60 women Andrew Bolt ignored he’s a victim of women’s verbal violence (ODT)
We as a society go into collective outrage when strawberries have needles put in them. Or when sharks kill or attack a swimmer. Or when Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, a possibly mentally unwell man, kills Sisto Malaspina, a loved Melbournian.
Without conclusive evidence, the mainstream media saw fit to label it a terrorist act.
Yet when a man kills his partner or former partner, our politicians remain quiet.
“This new body count signals that, far from diminishing, the war is only intensifying.”
The United States’ so-called War on Terror has killed about half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, according to a new estimate from the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute.
The Trumpsters are no accident and it will always be supported by Fox News because that’s where the cash flow is (ODT)
Sarah Sanders accused of sharing ‘doctored’ video to justify CNN reporter’s suspension
The White House press secretary — who is upfront in accusing media of sharing “fake news” — tweets a video which analysts claim contains extra frames to make it appear Jim Acosta struck a female intern.
Murdoch Media is a PR firm masquerading as News (ODT)
In response to controversy over Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro campaigning with President Donald Trump, the network claimed that it “does not condone any talent participating in campaign events. … This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”
Fox’s statement is a lie.
Sean Hannity has previously participated in campaign events this year
None of this bad—deplorable—behavior on Trump’s part is ideological. He is not merely playing a vigorous role to advance his stances in fierce partisan policy debates. He is continuing—and intensifying—his war on truth and propriety. He is abusing his office, deploying troops to counter a nonexistent enemy, to create fear in order to gain a political advantage. He seeks to divide, not repair. He exploits tragedy. He engages in racism. He encourages extremism that leads to political violence and murder. Trump has been guiding the GOP and large parts of this nation into a dark place.
It’s true that many of the House and Senate races are about local concerns and matters that directly affect voters: health care, education, wages, and so on. But all these contests are occurring within a Trump-dominated context. As the egotist he is, Trump has proclaimed that this election is about him. In this instance, he is correct. That means the midterms collectively are a referendum on the damage Trump is doing to the office of the president and the political culture of the United States. Though Trump may not be on the ballot, decency is—and its future is on the line.
When EVEN Fox News pulls a Trump campaign ad as racist…
Fox News of all people followed NBC in changing their mind about the ad.
“Upon further review, FOX News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either FOX News Channel or FOX Business Network,” ad sales president Marianne Gambelli says.
When Crime in Victoria has dropped 9% and we are the second lowest in the country one might ask why Matthew Guy and the conservatives are flying False Flags with the help of Murdoch Media?
Trump with the aid of Rupert’s Fox News are running their anti-Immigration campaign in the US off the back of one Mexican killer and the use 15,000 American military troops at their Southern border as props to stop an “invasion” of “illegal” of some 4,000 asylum seekers who walked 1000kms, more than 50% of them are women and children. One might well ask if this is Trump’s false flag? Will his detention centers, family seperations and turnbacks “save them” too? (ODT)
It came as Opposition Leader Matthew Guy renewed his push to talk tough on crime ahead of the November 24 election, saying Premier Daniel Andrews “makes excuses for those who break the law”.
The Melbourne local government areas with the highest rate of residential aggravated burglaries in 2017 were Port Phillip (112 offences per 100,000 people) 0.11%, Yarra (100) 0.10%, Melbourne (86) 0.86%, Maribyrnong (80) 0.08% and Greater Dandenong (77) 0.07%.
How pathetic is this MSM Fairfax article distancing itself from this abject neo-Nazi attack in the heart of Western Sydney. It’s this that enables troll courage. (ODT)
Cowan MP Anne Aly’s electorate office was targeted overnight with “It’s okay to be white” posters, a slogan she described as a “white supremacist neo-Nazi mantra”.
The phrase was at the centre of an embarrassing gaffe by government senators in October when they accidentally voted for a motion proposed by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson to acknowledge “the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation” and that “it is okay to be white”.
And thank god for Aunty
but never really Independant. Turnbull’s son claims he’s been used
We ran Yassmin Abdel Magied out of the country but invited these speakers in and News Corp gave them support, promotion and a platform to speak. (ODT)
Australia has become a destination for a legion of far-right speakers from North America and the UK in recent months.
Milo Yiannopoulos’ controversial visit last December resulted in violent clashes between protesters and a $50,000 bill for Yiannopoulos for extra policing. (He never paid it.) Nonetheless, Yiannopoulos is planning a return in late November.
In March, the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson packed out auditoriums in three cities for speeches railing against feminism, political correctness and hate speech laws.
This was followed by the visits of Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneaux, which sparked more anti-fascist protests and resulted in another large police bill that remains unpaid. Southern’s “It’s Okay to be White” T-shirt served as the inspiration for Senator Pauline Hanson’s recent motion declaring the same message.
And Brexit-er Nigel Farage toured Australia seven weeks later with his anti-immigration message.
None of these speakers has yet to attract an organised movement of followers in Australia. But these tours are certainly having an impact on society, as Senator Hanson’s motion illustrates.
An ABC investigation revealed that the NSW Young Nationals were infiltrated by members with links to the neo-Nazi fight club that provided security for the Southern/Molyneaux and Farage tours. And Yiannopoulos was even given a platform to speak at Parliament House, the invited guest of Senator David Leyonhjelm.
The Nazi group attracting the most media attention, Antipodean Resistance (“The Hitlers you’ve been waiting for”), have been operating for over a year but so far have confined their activities to putting up stickers and posters on Australia’s eastern seaboard or taking hikes in the bush.
Noted ethno-nationalist Dr Jim Saleam attracted only 709 votes — or less than 1 per cent of the vote — as an Australia First Party candidate in the recent Longman by-election.
So does Australia have a neo-Nazi problem?
In short, yes. Look not on the streets but online. Nazism is thriving in the meme-rich world of the internet.
The 21st century’s “Nazi 2.0” looks very different from its predecessor.
What is the ‘final solution’?
Senator Fraser Anning said the “final solution” to what he called the problem of migration by Muslims was a national vote.
The goal these days is to shift mainstream political debate to the far-right around certain key ideas: white genocide, the importance of rejecting globalism, and establishing a white ethno-state. This process is called shifting the “Overton window” and is based on the idea that politics and policy can be deeply influenced by expanding what’s acceptable to talk about publicly.
Here’s an example of how it works. The plight of white farmers in South Africa was the basis for a series of rallies in Australia in early 2018. Conservative politicians and political contenders such as Avi Yemini (Australian Liberty Alliance candidate), Andrew Laming (Liberal), Fraser Anning (independent) jumped on the issue and called for special visas for the white farmers. In response, Minister Peter Dutton then asked Home Affairs to look into providing assistance, describing them as “the sort of migrants we want to bring into our country”.
Suddenly the notions of “white minority under threat” and “white genocide” became part of everyday political discussion.
Fox Business Network condemned comments by a guest on host Lou Dobbs’s show that critics saw as an antisemitic trope.
Chris Farrell of the conservative group Judicial Watch said in an appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight that the caravan of Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States is organized by groups whose affiliates “are getting money from the Soros-occupied state department”.
Soros is a financier and liberal donor and activist who is frequently the target of antisemitic vitriol. Last week, a pipe bomb was found in his mailbox, allegedly sent by a Florida man who promoted rightwing conspiracy theories about Soros.
The Dobbs segment originally aired on Thursday, but drew notice after it was rebroadcast Saturday, after the deadliest antisemitic attack in US history killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Critics likened Farrell’s language to the term “Zionist-occupied government,” a trope used in white nationalist circles to suggest the US government is controlled by Jews.
When you don’t have an ABC in Australia this is what you can expect (ODT)
But Daily Beast readers interested in knowing why Rothkopf is qualified to opine on matters relating to Saudi Arabia and other matters of foreign affairs would have no idea that he is paid a substantial sum by one of the region’s most repressive regimes to disseminate messaging on its behalf. That’s because there is nothing in any of Rothkopf’s articles for The Daily Beast that indicates this, nor does his bio page for the journal include this rather significant fact:
That a free press underpins British democracy is an enduring myth that has been allowed to go unchallenged, up there with unicorns and the Loch Ness Monster.
Because if a clutch of right-wing reactionary billionaires owning the bulk of a nation’s major newspaper titles and media constitutes a free press, the word ‘free’ has been stripped and shorn of all meaning.
Yet, while the aforementioned – let’s be kind here – ‘anomaly’ has long been understood by anyone of adult years with the ability to put their underpants on the right way round in the morning, the extent to which the British establishment press and media has been penetrated by intelligence services and acts as a conduit for their agenda is less well known.
Take Con Coughlin, for example, Defence Editor at The Daily Telegraph (more colloquially and accurately known as The Daily Torygraph). Coughlin is a product of a private school production line that has unleashed more knaves on the world than spittle on a dentist’s chair. While his outing as an MI6 asset may have been a long time coming, now that it has, it marks yet another nail in the coffin of a media class whose relationship to truth and objectivity belongs in the box marked non-existent.
(MENA Tidningen) – For the past week, the news cycle on the Middle East has been focused, for obvious reasons, on the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish authorities claim that they have hard evidence for the murder, which the Saudis are finding it increasingly hard to deny. The hired propaganda media of the Saudis are spinning a post-denial alibi of “rogue elements” to salvage the reputation of MBS as a great reformer. In this they are aided by President Trump, who would rather sell billions of dollars worth of weapons than reflect on the multiple human rights abuses of the kingdom. The Arab states who feast on Saudi money are, understandably in the Hobbesian sense, defending their royal oil daddies.
In addition to the lack of accountability, we have inundation of the airwaves with lies and misinformation. Those two things often go hand in hand in this administration, and journalists are increasingly at a loss to find a way just to manage them both. Furthermore, David Zurawik predicted that the lower Trumplestiltzkin’s ratings get, the angrier and more unpredictable and frenetic he’ll be, leading to an even more difficult job for journalists, and a more chaotic time for people they’re trying to inform.
Saudis have learnt from Trump and Fox News just yell “fake news” hard and for long enough and a good bit of policing and you will get the support of your people and some from outside as well. After all Trump is onside. (ODT)
In Saudi Arabia, major media outlets have cast the disappearance and apparent murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a foreign conspiracy to denigrate the image of the kingdom. The media accounts, which come from outlets run with the backing of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf monarchies, are spinning the coverage of Khashoggi’s disappearance as a plot by rival governments and political groups to hurt the kingdom — going so far as to make false claims about the Washington Post’s owners.
PHNOM PENH, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has pulled its mental health workers off Nauru on government orders, the medical charity said on Wednesday, calling the situation of asylum seekers and refugees on the Pacific island “beyond desperate”.
MSF said international staff had left Nauru, where it was providing mental health care to locals, refugees and those seeking asylum. Australia sends people trying to reach its shores to an offshore processing centre there.
“MSF is deeply concerned for the health and wellbeing of its patients and describes the mental health situation of asylum seekers and refugees on the island as ‘beyond desperate,'” it said in a statement.
The judge in the looming defamation showdown between film star Geoffrey Rush and a News Corp publisher has slammed the media company for its “undeniably unsatisfactory” conduct in the lawsuit thus far.
Our study analysed 1,366 media articles, examining the sentiment towards minority communities in them. We found that over a third of hard news stories contained negative sentiments towards minority communities, while more than half of the editorials and commentary pieces portrayed minority communities in a negative light.
There also needs to be a concerted effort to change the makeup of Australia’s newsrooms so that the leadership and journalists reflect the cultural diversity in Australia.
The sample included about 80% news stories, 4% features and 16% editorials and commentaries on selected events and issues during a six-month period.
If this were a pro-coal rally Murdoch media would have it as front page news world wide. It’s not the silence is deafening. Where is the MSM? ( ODT )
“This rally is about demanding that the German government break the deadlock of a climate policy that has failed to reduce carbon emissions for nearly a decade now, but it also is about showing governments everywhere that a growing climate movement is demanding an end to dirty and outdated fossil fuels.”
In the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, Justice Lesley Taylor said the case was a “very serious example” of contempt and fined Nationwide News Pty Ltd, the publishers of The Australian, $155,000. Justice Taylor also ordered the company to pay court costs of $45,000 on an indemnity basis.
Hersh revealed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the secret bombing of Cambodia, Parry exposed Iran-Contra, a drugs and gun-running conspiracy that led to the White House. In 2016, they separately produced compelling evidence that the Assad government in Syria had not used chemical weapons. They were not forgiven.
When he was US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus declared what he called “a war of perception… conducted continuously using the news media”. What really mattered was not the facts but the way the story played in the United States. The undeclared enemy was, as always, an informed and critical public at home.
It certainly doesn’t sound as though there had been discussions over several months which also included the managing director. Indeed, if a ‘long and detailed consideration of the matter’ had been underway, Guthrie being sacked without a succession plan already in place seems to back up her version of events. What was the ABC Board discussing – without the MD – if not who would replace her?
That her departure from the ABC was first “exclusively” reported by The Australian, apparently, before the ABC newsrooms had had their morning coffees, would also indicate that only the ABC Board (minus its MD), the Government and possibly News Corp were aware of the sudden need to fire Guthrie.
It’s a defensive acquisition with an aggressive price.
Comcast is clearly looking to massively increase its geographical reach and swell its subscriber numbers, across the US, UK and Europe which this deal will achieve.
It would appear that this bulking up is what Comcast sees as its salvation – and its management was crowing loudly over the weekend about Sky TV’s great platform, it’s wonderful brand and talented management.
Independent journalism is a far more reliable source of news than the mainstream media’s biased coverage of events, with emerging sources of critical thinking banding together to keep the spirit alive, writes John Pilger.
Australia’s Democracy corpratized and brought to it’s knees for over a decade. (ODT)
Malcom Turnbull’s demise as Australia’s 29th prime minister was unusual for many reasons, and truly unique for one: his was the first known prime ministership to be the subject of a billionaires’ tug of war between the nation’s most powerful media moguls.
But more importantly, this is California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and home to 40 million people, making a huge statement of intent that it’s serious about solving the climate crisis. And not just making a statement – SB 100 will mean the state reshapes its power sector and replaces dirty coal, oil, and gas facilities with wind, solar, and other clean energy technologies to do it.
If you think this bill sends a message to the rest of the country that if California can go all in on clean energy, there’s no reason they can’t too – you’re right. And fossil fuel companies have every reason to be terrified.
Guess if Andrew Bolt can self declare that he was educated at Adelaide Uni without ever having a degree anything goes on Murdoch Media when it comes to fake Expertise and commentary (ODT)
The Daily Beast further notes that Loudon’s new book’s cover, the one whose “true psychological theory” she declared proved Trump’s mental awesomeness, falsely states she has a Ph.D. in psychology, along with other dubious references to her professional acumen. According to The Daily Beast, the publisher claimed it had “simplified” her Ph.D. credential because her subject was in “the field of psychology.” The publisher promised, “We will be updating” her credentials in future printings and marketing materials. However, the publisher would not say whether Loudon reviewed and approved of the jacket copy before publication, as is customary.
Loudon also says she’s a member of Trump’s “2020 media advisory board” which seems to be an informal, two-person “board” at most. Yet, after The Daily Beast’s exposé was published, Trump tweeted his enthusiastic support for her:
Watch Hannity say he’ll “rely on the fact that you are a psychologist” to Loudon below, in a Daily Beast video. It also shows her introduced as a “psychology expert” repeatedly on Fox and Russia’s RT.
I have written this column for eight years and not once have I been censored or told to take a particular stance on an issue. For all its flaws, The Age tries to be fair and endeavours to publish the truth.
The Herald Sun’s response, to cry censorship and cast itself as the victim of oppression at the hands of coddled PC-types and oversensitive Americans, is predictable and transparent (it is also, by the way, terribly self-serious).
To expect national publications to refrain from publishing racist and sexist jokes is not censorship or political correctness run amok. Nor is it imposing American standards on Australian humor. It’s a request for consideration, fairness and common sense. It’s a request to take serious matters seriously. It is a simple, quintessentially Australian ask: Don’t be a dickhead.
Bill Leek’s Cartoon got the same and it was deserved.(ODT)
In the aftermath of the dramatic US Open women’s final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight sketched a cartoon of Williams that has drawn opprobrium worldwide.
Critics such as writer J.K. Rowling and basketball player Ben Simmons have denounced it as racist and sexist. However, the Herald Sun’s editor defended Knight, saying the cartoon had “nothing to do with gender or race”.
Legal observers who were present at the brawl outside a Collingwood pub at the weekend say alcohol was to blame and not “gang behaviour”.
Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre executive officer Anthony Kelly said volunteers went to the 66 Records label launch at the Gasometer Hotel on Saturday night due to fears of police racial profiling.
He dismissed claims 200 people were involved in the brawl and said the issue was alcohol not ethnicity.
Dressed in high vis vests, the legal observers said they were there to ensure police and private security staff did not infringe on civil and legal rights.
The lawyers said blaming the weekend violence on race was “simplistic and incorrect”.
Another Bolt hero but much much more influential than him. Everyone can pick up s phone according to Jones (ODT)
In the wake of the Liberal Party leadership upheaval – and amid debate over issues ranging from climate change, to bullying, to his own allegedly nefarious influence on the body politic – Jones had the grumps, to put it mildly.
You don’t need to be a journalist or a news junkie to be affected by the media. Its enormous influence in shaping our culture, politics and society means we all have a stake in how it functions, who it serves and the way it’s changing.
That’s why, today, we’re launching the first episode of Media Files, a new podcast featuring leading journalism researchers and working journalists taking a critical look at where the media is getting it right – and where there might be cause for concern.
Today’s episode is all about the Nine Fairfax merger, the largest media amalgamation in Australia in 30 years. Eric Beecher of Private Media, Stephen Mayne of the Mayne Report and ABC finance presenter Alan Kohler join presenters Andrew Dodd and Andrea Carson to discuss the implications for diversity and quality journalism.
Public money could be given to billionaire press barons such as Rupert Murdoch, ostensibly so the government can ‘sell the idea’ that they are safeguarding the future of British newspapers, according to a press freedom campaigner.
Brian Cathcart, a Byline contributor and a founder of Hacked Off, suggests that since the review panel, which is charged with finding new funding solutions, is jam-packed with representatives of the mainstream newspaper industry, “it’s obvious they are meant to be the beneficiaries.”
In the Anglosphere ultra-conservatives are all singing from the same song book and Murdoch’s the Whale. (ODT)
You’d think Sinclair Broadcast Group would lay low for a while and reassess its options after an extremely damaging month. Instead, the conservative media giant will force news stations across the country to air a 90-second segment exploiting the murder of Iowa woman Mollie Tibbetts to echo President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants.
Taking his lead from Tucker Carlson, the president is spreading the myth of a global “white genocide.”
If ‘Dirty Dossier’ author Christopher Steele deserves protection under the 1st Amendment but WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange doesn’t, then the concept of a free press is merely a distant memory.
Progressives need to mobilise to combat the rise of the far-right in Australia, writes Ben Eltham. The time for complacency is over.
Progressives need to mobilize Labour and focus on the root cause. Labour needs to mobilize international as it’s very much the common ground. Currently Corporate Media is paid to insure the opposite. (ODT
Boris Johnson is another. He once wrote about the insight of his Australian campaign mastermind Lynton Crosby who perfected the “dead cat on the table” strategy. When you wanted to avoid an issue, you said something outrageous – throwing a dead cat on the table, so to speak – to change the media cycle.
Back then it was a temporary diversionary tactic. Now, though, the tactic has become akin to cat armageddon: dead cat after dead cat after dead cat. Keep manufacturing outrage. Never apologise. Soak up all the free media coverage you can get.
THE anonymous online group, Sleeping Giants Oz, has this week come to the attention of conservative News Corp columnists and Sky News TV hosts, who fear they may lose their salaries if advertisers continue to pull away.
The Daily Telegraph columnist and Sky News reporter, Caroline Marcus, is the latest News Corp drone to join in.
Today we learnt that – no surprise here – Fraser Anning’s first speech was absolutely deliberate. Sky News played leaked audio of a telephone conversation with former One Nation adviser Jim Savage, in which he says he told Anning months ago to make his first speech count, to “say something really controversial”, and that he called Anning yesterday to tell him not to apologise but to “hold your f***ing nerve”. Anning’s speechwriter, Richard Howard, used to work for Roberts and is reportedly [$] “fascinated with Nazi Germany”. One of Anning’s own staffers, Richard Mcgilvray, today resigned in disgust. Union donors, like ETU and CFMEU, are walking away from Katter’s Australia Party, which may come to regret standing behind the One Nation defector. So much for Fraser Anning. The next election can’t come soon enough, although with Queensland’s track record of electing racists to the federal parliament, one can never be sure.
Media Unity vs Trump and Murdoch (ODT)
Fox News and Fox Business hosts are slamming hundreds of newspapers as “anti-Trump” and “fake news” for coordinating to publish editorials on August 16 denouncing President Donald Trump’s war on the press.
Trump and his administration publicly attacked news organizations and specific journalists hundreds of times in just his first year in office. Though he routinely attacked news organizations during his presidential campaign and the transition period between his election and inauguration, Trump’s anti-press rhetoric reached a new low in February 2017, when he began calling news organizations “the enemy of the American people”
Just gonna leave the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics here for any who thinks journalists have no obligation but to report a good story not naming names or anything.
The manner in which some journalists are defending their perceived right to publish salacious slurs against a woman, just because they can, is sickening. There’s little point in engaging with these people.
There’s a much-needed conversation about journalistic ethics begging to be had, but there’s no point in arguing ethics with people who simply don’t seem to have any.
Will this change Hadley? It won’t change his media mates unfortunately(ODT)
If Daniel Hadley’s issues are mental health-related, then I certainly hope he receives the appropriate care and rehabilitation and makes a full recovery. I also hope that his father may gain a better understanding of the consequences of stress and take that into consideration the next time he thinks about bullying someone, or stigmatising part of the community on his radio program.
Where the Sky News, Australian right and Andrew Bolt get their formulaic Racist Bigotry from the American Fox News desk. This what they attribute as their News and Opinion. They don’t win awards so they have their own Award Show. Wake up Australia (ODT)