Category: Media

Media concentration by Murdoch, Nine and Stokes, and ABC cuts, a danger to democracy – report – Michael West

The heavy concentration of media ownership in Australia corrodes democracy. The antidote is a thriving public broadcaster, but by 2023, Coalition cuts to the ABC will add up to $1 billion. Elizabeth Minter reports.

Source: Media concentration by Murdoch, Nine and Stokes, and ABC cuts, a danger to democracy – report – Michael West

Doxxing the Whistle Blower – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In return for this disclosure to the public, in our interests, the whistle blower has today been doxxed by Chip le Grand, who has described his disclosures as a “hit job” against the government. Le Grand also does a good job of maligning the whistle blower in an attempt to discredit him. It is not a huge stretch to speculate that le Grand and the Sydney Morning Herald under the chairmanship of former Liberal treasurer, Peter Costello, are acting in the interests of a besieged LNP government, and not the public. Regardless of your personal opinion of the man, there can be no doubt that he acted in the public interest in taking his story, with videos and texts as proof, to van Onselen. Whatever his other motives are, and is there one among us without complex motives for much of what we do, he acted in the public interest, which is all that need concern us as citizens struggling to deal with the outrages visited upon us by a government entirely bereft of all morality.

Doxxing the Whistle Blower – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Be Thankful for small blessings ! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Watch Live Sky News Ratings Collapse

Three years ago, Sky was trumpeting this larger footprint when it signed the historic deal with Win to launch in 30 markets to a potential audience of 8 million people. But along came Nine Entertainment last week to ruin the party by inking a new seven-year deal to broadcast its metropolitan free-to-air television channels 9, 9GO!, 9GEM and 9Life into the regional markets, displacing Sky because it has no room. Sky News did not respond to a request for comment.”

Be Thankful for small blessings ! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just Another Grotesque Night with Tucker, Sean, and Laura | The Smirking Chimp

Thus passed another primetime journey through the Fox wormholes of bile and infantile ridicule. I suspect the network’s ratings will only regrow, once all the Trumpeteers overcome the trauma of an unstolen election. Just look at the appetizing grist to grind, already here, or on its way: the exciting, systematic disenfranchisement of un-real Americans; the jeering at the inexorable flaws and foibles of dispensing nearly $2 trillion; more Bidenesque gaffing; the gift-wrapped purges; the exhilarating race to retake Congress; the scramble to crown the next Führer. And Fox News will be there to cover it, as will Newsmax, OAN, Breitbart, The Federalist and all the other reactionary organs of chronic hate.

Just Another Grotesque Night with Tucker, Sean, and Laura | The Smirking Chimp

News Corp’s dirty laundry aired in blistering Senate probe

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News Corp’s dirty laundry has been aired in a day of extraordinary Senate hearings, with former employees accusing the media giant of spiking public interest journalism, a toxic workplace culture, and sexist reporting. More than 74-years of combined experience at News Corp was on display in emotional testimony before the Senate inquiry into media diversity on Friday, as former staff exposed how the Murdoch empire’s dominance warps public perception and perpetuates stereotypes.

News Corp’s dirty laundry aired in blistering Senate probe

How Democrats successfully silenced Republican opposition to Biden’s COVID relief bill | Salon.com

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If you consumed exclusively right-wing media this week — which is normal in red state America — you’d get the impression that the Amerian Rescue Plan is a minor bill, and that the biggest problem facing this country is the onslaught of “woke” people that are stepping on the god-given right of every red-blooded white American to be shielded from criticism for saying racist and sexist things.

How Democrats successfully silenced Republican opposition to Biden’s COVID relief bill | Salon.com

Is Britain’s TV news at risk of being dominated by those who shout loudest? | TV news | The Guardian

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Murdoch’s revenge Americanizing UK Media

There has long been an alignment of interests between those who despise the EU and those who despise the BBC for its publicly funded journalism. This confluence has also been demonstrated by British newspaper owners and their editors; now two new television ventures are providing a fresh outlet.

Is Britain’s TV news at risk of being dominated by those who shout loudest? | TV news | The Guardian

‘Pathetic’: Piers Morgan Walks Off Set After Trashing Meghan Markle | Crooks and Liars

'Pathetic': Piers Morgan Walks Off Set After Trashing Meghan Markle
Style over meaning when confronted. A production miss or hit? Moving to another Murdoch chanel to come

Snowflake Piers Morgan couldn’t handle being called out by his co-host for his treatment of Meghan Markle.

‘Pathetic’: Piers Morgan Walks Off Set After Trashing Meghan Markle | Crooks and Liars

Bubble Politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As we emerge from four years of disastrous Trump politics, fervently hoping for a modicum of normality in US politics, we find ourselves confronted with a growing phenomenon: the desire of many to live in a bubble of their own choice. We saw this coming as the likes of Fox News in the US fostered a cult of Trump followers, feeding them with a consistent diet of what they wanted to hear. They lapped it up and came back for more. Trump was their idol, a reliable source of intelligence. They needed no more. Rather than seeking uncontaminated truth, they sought only re-affirmation of their pre-existing views, their ‘truth’. Fox gave it to them in spades. Herein lies an impending disaster. If individuals and groups choose to insulate themselves from what they don’t want to hear or know, what happens to our inherent sense of curiosity, to humankind’s constant search for truth, for knowledge, for understanding, for advancement? It atrophies and dies. The death of curiosity would herald the death of science.

Bubble Politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Travesty – a false or distorted misrepresentation of something – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The only comparison that can be made is that like Murdoch’s NewsCorp, Google and Facebook do not pay taxes – see Crikey’s article – “Tax dodging News Corp continues to rip Australia off – and is subsidised by taxpayers to do so“. Unfortunately, for verification purposes one of the many consequences of the Government’s pernicious agenda to undermine public interest journalism being shared on Facebook is I am unable to share the link to Crikey.

Travesty – a false or distorted misrepresentation of something – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Facebook’s news ban is a win for misinformation

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It’s a win for misinformation because since when has News Corp actually printed News or Information. It’s greater impact being the ABC yet again has been locked out providing News Corp and Ch9 with a far larger playing field of bullshit heading into an election ODT

But its bid to limit news content is a double-edged sword. It may save users from some heated debate, but it also leaves the platform wide open to those who wish to spread false information while restricting fact-checked news content. As Liberal MP Craig Kelly showed before being banned from Facebook for a week, he was able to freely promote his views on treatments for COVID-19 and mask wearing that were at odds with official government and medical advice. He is hardly alone.

Facebook’s news ban is a win for misinformation

Facebook announces news content sharing restrictions in Australia

“It has left us facing a stark choice: Attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”

In effect News Corp has it’s ability to churn opinion for the LNP boosted. It’s sacked it’s journalists for churnalists just as Google and Facebook have been accused of but with a difference Murdoch has a pact with the LNP. Maybe a exclusivity agreement should be drawn up between the ABC Facebook and Google while they forget News Corp and Ch9.

Facebook announces news content sharing restrictions in Australia

‘Now fire Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson’: Liberals call for BIGGER PURGE at Fox News as canceled Lou Dobbs shares tweets of support — RT USA News

‘Now fire Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson’: Liberals call for BIGGER PURGE at Fox News as canceled Lou Dobbs shares tweets of support

Donald Trump and other fans are expressing support for Lou Dobbs after the sudden cancellation of his “number one news program” on Fox News, but liberals are so giddy they want other conservatives like Sean Hannity pulled.

‘Now fire Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson’: Liberals call for BIGGER PURGE at Fox News as canceled Lou Dobbs shares tweets of support — RT USA News

OAN runs giant DISCLAIMER warning before airing MyPillow guy’s documentary claiming to present ‘100% proof’ of election fraud — RT USA News

OAN runs giant DISCLAIMER warning before airing MyPillow guy’s documentary claiming to present ‘100% proof’ of election fraud — RT USA News
OAN runs giant DISCLAIMER warning before airing MyPillow guy’s documentary claiming to present ‘100% proof’ of election fraud
It’s Time Corporate News 2021 OANN, Newsmax, Fox, now need to issue Disclaimers before the NEWS

MyPillow founder Mike Lindell aired his promised documentary alleging voter fraud against Donald Trump on Friday to a wave of mockery, with even One America News Network airing a telling major disclaimer before the show.

OAN runs giant DISCLAIMER warning before airing MyPillow guy’s documentary claiming to present ‘100% proof’ of election fraud — RT USA News

Three strikes out! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The intention of this post is to examine three areas of concern which have arisen or have persisted in concerning the world at large. They are: the COVID-19 pandemic; Climate Change; and Donald J. Trump. The focus will be on how these topics are presented in various arenas, including Murdoch media.

Three strikes out! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

For the Corporate Press, It’s All the Spin That’s Fit to Print

The mainstream media claims to prize objectivity above all else. But for every story scrutinizing corporate power, you’ll find 10 or 20 depicting CEOs and corporations as the great saviors of America.

For the Corporate Press, It’s All the Spin That’s Fit to Print

Internet’s founder, US officials slap down News and Nine’s crusade on Google – Michael West

Google and Facebook link Murdoch and Costello and advertise them for free

Is Government intervention viable, or just a favour for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Peter Costello’s Nine Entertainment? Opposition is growing both locally and globally to media laws introduced by the Coalition Government requiring tech giants Google and Facebook to pay for displaying news content. Kim Wingerei delves into the numbers.

Internet’s founder, US officials slap down News and Nine’s crusade on Google – Michael West

In the lead-up to Biden’s inauguration, right-wing media fearmongered about his immigration agenda | Media Matters for America

Breitbart, Fox News, Newsmax over American flag

In the lead-up to President Joe Biden’s inauguration, conservative media spent weeks fearmongering about his immigration policies, arguing that he would allow in an immense number of new immigrants who would overwhelm the United States — a familiar line of attack used by the right to demonize both elected Democrats and immigrants.

In the lead-up to Biden’s inauguration, right-wing media fearmongered about his immigration agenda | Media Matters for America

To publish or not to publish? The media’s free-speech dilemmas in a world of division, violence and extremism

To publish or not to publish? The media’s free-speech dilemmas in a world of division, violence and extremism

How do they cover the activities and rhetoric of political extremists without giving oxygen to race hate and civil insurrection? How do they integrate news-making social media material into their own content, when it is also hateful or a threat to the civil peace?

To publish or not to publish? The media’s free-speech dilemmas in a world of division, violence and extremism

How right-wing misinformation filled the void left when local newsrooms cut staff | Media Matters for America

Right-wing media replacing local news

Social media’s replacement of local news outlets as the primary source for community information will likely contribute to an absolute deluge of conservative misinformation and the spread of local conspiracy theories in the years ahead, both issues we have already seen play out this year during the election cycle and the pandemic. The year 2020 has proven yet again that protecting resources for local reporting is essential — and could even save lives.

How right-wing misinformation filled the void left when local newsrooms cut staff | Media Matters for America

More Than Meets The Eye: The Media and Politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When 70% of private Media is in the control of one corporation how does this ring true?

For all their flaws, the media does serve a purpose: they are the primary sources with access to the politicians. The media reports their actual words, and while the media does spin the facts, the ability of intelligent people to see the spin, bias and other shtfckery is our power. The media provides the primary evidence, on which we use our analytical scalpel to get at a far closer approximation to the truth than these propagandists will ever profer.

More Than Meets The Eye: The Media and Politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sky News?

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“What we have is a pattern where people who create content consumed by the far-right, aren’t shunned or excised from the media environment — but they’ve reached a level of success unseen since the Christchurch attack. That’s the most terrifying thing.” Their existence in these spaces can help set people on the path to terrorism, counter terrorism, and political violence, analyst James Cutler told Junkee.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sky News?

Research Report: mainstream media either ignores young Australians or castigates them – Michael West

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Youth has borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession, yet their representation in the media is minuscule and dropping, according to a research report. News Corp’s widespread use of damaging stereotypes about young people was also notable, writes Elizabeth Minter.

Research Report: mainstream media either ignores young Australians or castigates them – Michael West

Far-right groups have used COVID to expand their footprint in Australia. Here are the ones you need to know about

Sky News commentators were only too eager to give them air time

The commissioners confirmed the convicted terrorist behind the attack that killed 51 people had been active in Australian extremist groups before moving to New Zealand.

Far-right groups have used COVID to expand their footprint in Australia. Here are the ones you need to know about

Australia pays high price for megaphone diplomacy – Michael West

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The hysteria over the Victorian government’s MoU with China’s Belt and Road Initiative shows a disturbing lack of understanding of the project by media commentators, academics and some MPs, writes Colin Heseltine.

Australia pays high price for megaphone diplomacy – Michael West

Gaetz And Hannity Urge Trump To Admit He And His Family Are Guilty Of Committing Federal Crimes | Crooks and Liars

Someone needs to remind Trump lickspittles Matt Gaetz and Sean Hannity that accepting pardons also means an admission of guilt.

Gaetz And Hannity Urge Trump To Admit He And His Family Are Guilty Of Committing Federal Crimes | Crooks and Liars

News Corp received ‘blank cheque’ approach for Foxtel stake

Foxtel boss Patrick Delany.
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Under the terms of the deal, the SPAC would have acquired a major stake in Foxtel and paid off a large amount of the pay TV company’s $2.1 billion debt pile. The sources said News Corp would have kept a substantial holding in Foxtel under the proposal, which was not successful. A spokesperson for News Corp declined to comment. Foxtel and Telstra, which owns 35 per cent of the pay TV company, also declined to comment. Advertisement

News Corp received ‘blank cheque’ approach for Foxtel stake

Foxtel’s government begging bowl is brimming with goodies

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany

While the ABC is made to suffer like no other media organisation (ODT)

As FOI documents reveal the extent of Foxtel’s government support, it’s important to remember that Foxtel has always been about haggling for government money.

What we do know, after an extensive freedom of information (FOI) request reported by the ABC on Friday, is that the struggling News Corp-controlled television company gets concierge treatment from the federal government on a scale unavailable to almost any other Australian media organisation.

Foxtel’s government begging bowl is brimming with goodies

Australia’s newspaper ownership is among the most concentrated in the world | News | The Guardian

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If not for the ABC what hope for Democracy?

The results show that in 2011 Australia had the most concentrated newspaper industry out of any country studied with the exception of China and Egypt:

Australia’s newspaper ownership is among the most concentrated in the world | News | The Guardian

Rudd’s anti-Murdoch petition results in its first steps – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“The US election has highlighted the need for truth in journalism and the need to call out unsubstantiated and false claims,” said Hanson-Young. “Before we head into another election period in Australia, we can now take a proper look at the state of media diversity here and help protect a pillar of our democracy,” she added.

Rudd’s anti-Murdoch petition results in its first steps – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fox is playing a key role in Trump’s plan to steal the election | Media Matters for America

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The message from Fox is quite clear: Trump is going to win, and if he doesn’t, the reason is because of voter fraud by Democrats.

Fox is playing a key role in Trump’s plan to steal the election | Media Matters for America

South Australia first to be 100% Solar-Powered, as Solar becomes Cheapest form of Energy

Not Newsworthy in Australia

The state of South Australia is the future. For one hour, on October 11, all of its electricity was generated by solar power, the first time this feat was achieved by any major jurisdiction in the world. So reports Richard Davies of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. October is a spring month in Australia.

South Australia first to be 100% Solar-Powered, as Solar becomes Cheapest form of Energy

How the media will affect the Queensland Election outcome

Most media coverage of the Queensland Election campaign has been well behaved, except for newspaper journalists campaigning against Labor and a few others who would fancy joining them. Most media coverage of the Queensland Election campaign has been well behaved, except for newspaper journalists campaigning against Labor and a few others who would fancy joining them.

How the media will affect the Queensland Election outcome

Australia needs to give life support to Australia’s media sector

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The LNP won’t challenge this man

Something needs to change or we may be headed toward Rudd’s dystopian vision of an American-style media and social hellscape — and who knows what else.

Australia needs to give life support to Australia’s media sector

Call for Fox Media News Monopoly to be Broken up: Rupert Murdoch an “arrogant cancer on … democracy” – Rudd

You may say that Rudd is a disgruntled Labour Party politician. But Murdoch’s son James noisily resigned from the Newscorp board this year on the grounds that he couldn’t stand the constant campaign of “disinformation.”

Call for Fox Media News Monopoly to be Broken up: Rupert Murdoch an “arrogant cancer on … democracy” – Rudd

Mainstream media chastises China, ignoring U.S. crimes

The best we can hope for when picking up our daily paper is that an attempt has been made to present opinions with at least a passing nod to objectivity. That should not be too much to ask but increasingly opinion is clearly just that: opinion. What happens when propaganda replaces journalism?

Mainstream media chastises China, ignoring U.S. crimes

Fox News systematically attacked coronavirus public health recommendations. Now its most famous viewer has it. | Media Matters for America

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Where the blame lies FOX News

Yes Trump was an amplifier trivializing Covid-19 but never forget he was amplifying Murdoch media his primary PR company. Include Sinclair Breitbart and others in the excercise

The president of the United States is one of those members of the Republican base. He learned about the virus through Fox’s dismissive coverage and refused to take steps to protect himself and those around him from it. And now he has it.

Fox News systematically attacked coronavirus public health recommendations. Now its most famous viewer has it. | Media Matters for America

Trump says Proud Boys need to ‘STAND DOWN’ and let police do their job – but he ‘doesn’t KNOW’ who they are — RT USA News

Trump says Proud Boys need to ‘STAND DOWN’ and let police do their job – but he ‘doesn’t KNOW’ who they are

The Russians are POLISHING THE TURD (ODT)

Pressed to clarify his debate comment about Proud Boys, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday they need to get out of law enforcement’s way, and insisted he has always denounced white supremacists and vigilantism.

Trump says Proud Boys need to ‘STAND DOWN’ and let police do their job – but he ‘doesn’t KNOW’ who they are — RT USA News

Murdoch: forever brutal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Depressingly readable is the best way to describe Paul Barry’s revealing biography of Rupert Murdoch. I placed the word mongrel in the title of this piece but it could just as easily used scumbag which means a contemptible or objectionable person. It is a story about one man. A man with a love for money, power, influence, acquisitions, wives, children and even scandal. Scandal makes money.

Murdoch: forever brutal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Warning of a left-wing coup, Trumpist media prep their audience for election unrest | Media Matters for America

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Tucker Carlson opened the segment by telling his viewers that Democrats were promoting mail-in voting not as a way to boost safe turnout during a pandemic, but because “they want the uncertainty over the outcome of the election, so they can manipulate the results.” His guest, Revolver News’ Darren Beattie, then explained that “a very specific type of coup called the color revolution” is “unfolding before our eyes.”

Warning of a left-wing coup, Trumpist media prep their audience for election unrest | Media Matters for America