Category: Murdoch Media

‘Unrelentingly partisan’: Did the Murdoch press sway the election?

Illustration: Matt Golding

“In Queensland, Murdoch has a near monopoly in print, not just in Brisbane but in the major regional centres. The core skill craft of the Murdoch editors, through headlines, photo selection and personality-based stories is to de-legitimise Labor leaders over time, as opposed for example to [Prime Minister] Morrison, who is routinely referred to as matey “ScoMo” or respectfully as simple “PM”. And try and find one unflattering photo of Morrison for the whole campaign. All these factors have a cumulative effect.”

The Daily Telegraph and other News Corp papers ran a relentless campaign against Bill Shorten's Labor - but did it work?
The Daily Telegraph and other News Corp papers ran a relentless campaign against Bill Shorten’s Labor – but did it work?

And yet, one difference between this campaign and previous elections was the willingness of Labor’s leadership to return fire on the Murdoch press.

‘Unrelentingly partisan’: Did the Murdoch press sway the election?

Mid-term election performance: Morrison fair, but Murdoch a terrible fail

But if it does and Shorten wins, then the Murdoch mob will have scored one of the greatest own goals in their sordid history. This one bit of over-reach has demonstrated to millions of people that News Corp coverage of Shorten and the Labor Party, day in and day out, is grossly unfair.

It is time that the Murdoch monopoly in Australian media – particularly in single newspaper cities – is broken up. And the fools at the Daily Telegraph have given this idea a boost that many of us could only dream of.

via Mid-term election performance: Morrison fair, but Murdoch a terrible fail

Are World’s Democracies finally turning on Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp/Fox ‘Cancer on Politics?’

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There is mounting evidence that Australia is sick of Rupert Murdoch and the political propaganda machine he runs in the guise of a news organisation.

In January, [center-left Labor Party leader] Bill Shorten rebuffed an open-ended offer to meet Murdoch whenever the opposition leader was in the United States. According to the ABC’s 7.30 political editor, Laura Tingle, Shorten replied that any dealings he had with News Corp would be conducted with the company’s representatives in Australia.

Shorten’s refusal to meet Murdoch, the searing attacks by him and other politicians on the Daily Telegraph, the criticism from News Corp-related journalists and the attacks by rival publishers suggest something is happening in the political zeitgeist, and not just in Australia: that at some level, democratic societies have had enough of Murdoch and his propaganda operation masquerading as a news service.The Conversation

via Are World’s Democracies finally turning on Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp/Fox ‘Cancer on Politics?’

News Corp’s army of apologists defend ‘Mother of Invention’ attack on Bill Shorten | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Tim Blair, Miranda Devine and Ray Hadley jump to Telegraph’s defence. Plus: Nine winds back clock at former Fairfax mastheads

via News Corp’s army of apologists defend ‘Mother of Invention’ attack on Bill Shorten | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

For 30 years I worked for News Corp papers. Now all I see is shameful bias | Tony Koch | Opinion | The Guardian

An employee enters the News Corp Australia office in Sydney

No editor I worked for would publish the rubbish they now produce

via For 30 years I worked for News Corp papers. Now all I see is shameful bias | Tony Koch | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Craziness has been dialled up’: News Corp journalist unloads on his own paper | Media | The Guardian

Rick Morton

Rick Morton says journalists at the Australian are increasingly uncomfortable about its political stance and there is ‘guerrilla warfare’ in the newsroom

via ‘Craziness has been dialled up’: News Corp journalist unloads on his own paper | Media | The Guardian

Tucker Carlson says Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo and other extremists being banned from Facebook is “fascism”

There is a divide between Free Speech and Propaganda. Not all Advertising is deemed Free in the USA. The Freedom and responsibility is Facebook’s and Instagram’s to choose. If Rupert Murdoch has that right so then does Zuckerberg. Advertisers also have an equal right to stop advertising on the Tucker Carlson show when they come to realize what it is he’s advertising off their backs. (ODT)

Many of the accounts affected by Thursday’s announcement had already been banned from other social media sites. For instance, pages relating to Infowars were removed from Facebook but until now the conspiracist news site had been allowed to maintain an account on sister service Instagram.

Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart News employee, had already been banned by Twitter and Facebook but the decision to remove his Instagram account means his only mainstream social media outlet will now be on YouTube.

The change in attitudes suggests Facebook is adopting a more consistent approach across all its platforms. The company has recently specifically banned white supremacist material from its service and has come under increased pressure to act against such content following the Christchurch terror attack, which was livestreamed on its network.

via Tucker Carlson says Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo and other extremists being banned from Facebook is “fascism”

Here’s how Fox News is spinning the Mueller report

The destruction of  The Fourth Estate in the USA and what the American Constitution intended. Extreme Conservative Collusion to privatise  and monopolise Propaganda in the USA under the banner of News and Opinion ” Money for nothing and chicks for free” as far as the current President and TV Reality personality is concerned. (ODT)

Here’s how Fox News is spinning the Mueller report

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The Mueller report didn’t address collusion, but that’s not stopping Fox News from screaming “no collusion”

Warringah voters complain about free copies of Daily Telegraph as election rancour boils | Australia news | The Guardian

Signs opposing Zali Steggall in Warringah

THE MURDOCH PUSH IN WARRINGAH FREE PROPAGANDA THE DTs DAILY TELEGRAPH. TONY IS MURDOCH”S BOY AUSTRALIA LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT (ODT)

Residents in the federal seat of Warringah are complaining about telephone push polling, unwanted copies of the Daily Telegraph arriving on their lawns and election posters being defaced.

The most mysterious event in the Sydney seat, where the former prime minister Tony Abbott is fighting a challenge from the independent Zali Steggall, is the arrival of unsolicited copies of the Telegraph, which began in late March.

Residents in Manly, Queenscliff, Curl Curl and Fairlight said they had begun intermittently receiving copies of the News Corp tabloid newspaper, despite not being subscribers. The Telegraph has run a number of stories that would not have delighted Steggall’s campaign.

Warringah voters complain about free copies of Daily Telegraph as election rancour boils | Australia news | The Guardian

Left Out Of Cool Kids Club, Tucker Carlson Lashes Out At AOC And Chris Hayes | Crooks and Liars

Tucker Carlson opens his piehole to suggest Chris Hayes isn’t a “real” man? Let’s recall multiple times Tucker Carlson was whipped on nationwide cable television. Also, he has no blue-chip advertisers left.

And then there’s this. Tucker’s show is without national advertisers because he is such a pu**y he pushes white supremacy on the air for clicks and views.

Biggest threat to Murdoch media and it’s personalities is withdrawlof their advertisers Just do It (ODT)

Left Out Of Cool Kids Club, Tucker Carlson Lashes Out At AOC And Chris Hayes | Crooks and Liars

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Fox Already Weaponizing Mueller Report After Misleadingly Suggesting Trump Exonerated | Crooks and Liars

Lets face it Trump TV downunder SKY and in particular Andrew Bolt were already obediently reporting this yesterday (ODT)

Trump TV is already declaring the Mueller report exonerates Dear Leader before anyone even knows what’s in it.

via Fox Already Weaponizing Mueller Report After Misleadingly Suggesting Trump Exonerated | Crooks and Liars

Christchurch shooting: The culture wars are real and represents a sad, broken state of Australian conversation

The Australian conversation is breaking down and could have dangerous consequences.

Ask Bolt if he recognises tribalism he’ll say no thenlook at his blogs. They ere consistent to a tee. (ODT)

Christchurch shooting: The culture wars are real and represents a sad, broken state of Australian conversation

Christchurch: Sky New Zealand Removes Sky News Australia Over Footage

New Zealand police have asked for the disturbing footage not to be shared.

A number of media outlets in Australia and the UK used some of the footage in their coverage, including Sky News Australia.

A Sky spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald: “We made the decision to remove Sky News Australia from our platform while disturbing footage of the shootings was being shown to avoid causing any distress to our viewers.

“It will remain off air until we are confident the footage won’t be shared.”

via Christchurch: Sky New Zealand Removes Sky News Australia Over Footage

Fox’s “news” team is an essential cog in a corrupt propaganda machine

Get over it folks this is journalistic integrity at Murdoch’s Fox News and in Trump’s reality a fake American immigrant who snuck in for the lifestyle and fascist opportunity to take over the country’s media. He hasn’t been able in Australia because they have the ABC an independant public media the most trusted in the country and compulsory democratic voting. Murdoch however has done a major job of it in the UK  and now almost a complete job of it in the USA. His profits in the USA are financing the consolidation of Murdoch media globally and ensuring a product that services the 1%  largely corporations across the English speaking world. Let’s face it he’s MMussolini’s and Trump’s wet dream. (ODT)

 

via Fox’s “news” team is an essential cog in a corrupt propaganda machine

Fox News ‘Outed’ As Trump Propaganda Unit? Really | Crooks and Liars

On the one hand, I’m glad Ms. Mayer’s story — rich with telling details as it is — exists in the world. And that fact that it was printed in The New Yorker has given it social media rocket fuel.

On the other hand, this feels so much like reading a weather report from 20 years ago that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

via Fox News ‘Outed’ As Trump Propaganda Unit? Really | Crooks and Liars

Ocasio-Cortez’s critics babble and bluster … but can’t ignore her | Arwa Mahdawi | World news | The Guardian

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I guess WSJ Editorial Page takes pride in their ignorance of our nation’s history of slavery, Jim Crow, & mass incarceration; willful doubt on the decades of science on climate change; targeting of indigenous peoples, and the classist, punitive agenda targeting working families.’

“I guess WSJ Editorial Page takes pride in their ignorance of our nation’s history of slavery, Jim Crow, & mass incarceration; willful doubt on the decades of science on climate change; targeting of indigenous peoples, and the classist, punitive agenda targeting working families.”
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Ocasio-Cortez hit the bigoted nail on the head with that. After all, what Turner was essentially saying in her op-ed was that minorities should respect a system that doesn’t respect them. That Ocasio-Cortez, who “doesn’t come from a rich and powerful family”, doesn’t have an Ivy League education, and has Puerto Rican heritage, should be grateful she is allowed to exist in America, let alone succeed. And that AOC certainly shouldn’t mess with the laws of nature and history that mean rich white men, and a few rich white women, are our leaders and superiors. Turner, and conservatives like her, are terrified by Ocasio-Cortez because she symbolizes a new generation who aren’t going to shut up and be grateful, but are intent on changing an unequal system.

via Ocasio-Cortez’s critics babble and bluster … but can’t ignore her | Arwa Mahdawi | World news | The Guardian

At Hanoi Trump Presser, Hannity Glorifies Failed Summit As ‘Reaganesque’ | Crooks and Liars

At Hanoi Trump Presser, Hannity Glorifies Failed Summit As 'Reaganesque'

America’s State TV is Fox News (ODT)

via At Hanoi Trump Presser, Hannity Glorifies Failed Summit As ‘Reaganesque’ | Crooks and Liars

‘Seriously damaging’: ASIO says advice on border security was misrepresented

Neither Murdoch Media nor the Government made any effort to correct the misrepresentation put out. Fake News Sure was (ODT)

via ‘Seriously damaging’: ASIO says advice on border security was misrepresented

GetUp! and Bank Australia: The Advance Australia hatchet job in The Australian

a dreadful piece of misleading Right-wing propaganda that it requires a response.

It portrays an arrangement between the mutual Bank Australia and the campaigning organisation GetUp!, where a contribution is made by the bank to GetUp! when members of that campaigning organisation become members of the bank, as a shabby and deceitful deal. It is as though GetUp! was a money-grabbing capitalist with poor ethics and Bank Australia a fly-by-night dodgy shadow bank, to read the account in The Australian.

Bank Australia is not a ‘little-known bank’. It is the former Members and Education Credit Union. It has 130,000 customers. It is a mutual. It is owned by its members, who are its customers. It has not just been crucified by the banking Royal Commission, unlike the Big Four. It is one of those Australian mutuals which have a commitment to ethical banking.

GetUp! is not particularly “Left-wing”, it just isn’t Right-wing, so it doesn’t support the current government.

Trying to link this arrangement to the report of the Banking Royal Commission, which was for so long resisted by the LNP of Gerard Benedet and the Liberal Party nationally, is contemptible. Laughable and contemptible.

Thanks to The Australian, though, for sharing the valuable information that people can contribute to Australia’s leading campaigning organisation by banking with this ethical mutual bank.

It seems they don’t approve of the fact.

Never mind.

via GetUp! and Bank Australia: The Advance Australia hatchet job in The Australian

The Difference Between Russiagate and Watergate: Nixon Didn’t Have Fox – Mother Jones

Conservatives protect Trump now, conservatives protected Nixon then. The comparisons keep adding up: demonizing law enforcement, keeping a list of enemies, an all-out war on leaks… it goes on and on.

There is, however, one key difference: Nixon never had Fox.

“It is hard to overstate how unusual what is happening on Fox is,” argues Vox media critic Carlos Maza on this week’s episode of the Mother Jones Podcast. “It is not just a right-wing network. It is an incredibly well-financed and a massive ‘get out the vote’ operation,” instructing viewers on how to vote, district by district, along strictly Trumpian lines.

“This expectation that we’ll have a revisit of what happened with Nixon, that the public will just wake up and say, ‘enough is enough,’” Maza notes, “assumes there is not this incredibly sophisticated, well-funded, and wide-reaching operation.”

He warns Fox News has now become “a different kind of beast than just a propaganda network.” Fox’s coverage of the migrant caravan in the run-up to the election, for example, was so relentless and extreme that it became a de facto “mobilization network,” argues Maza— adopting and amplifying the president’s false claims that the group’s inexorable northward march was nothing less than an “invasion,” had as its objective acting as a catalyst to get his base out to vote.

“It was pretty much constant ‘caravan’, ‘invasion’, ‘disease’ ‘vermin,’” says Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post media columnist who joined Maza in the studio for the taping of the podcast. Fox News is “so far off the charts that they basically function as state media for Trump.”

via The Difference Between Russiagate and Watergate: Nixon Didn’t Have Fox – Mother Jones

Victorian election 2018, Victoria votes, Matthew Guy, Daniel Andrews, Labor Party, Liberal Party

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When all the LNP does is listen to the IPA and Murdoch Media the poll then is really about the IPA & Murdoch Media and the likes of Fantasy their narrators like Andrew Bolt. How often has this right-wing pundit missed the barn wall firing his shotgun while locked inside? (ODT)

The downward trend is as neat and clear as you like.

In July, the Liberals were behind 49-51 and well in the race. By October they were out to 48-52. Now it’s 46-54.

But all the while, media were being briefed that everything was going great, things were “cutting through” that it “feels closer”, “Andrews is on the nose out there”.

via Victorian election 2018, Victoria votes, Matthew Guy, Daniel Andrews, Labor Party, Liberal Party

Lachlan Murdoch wants empathy for Fox hosts who push propaganda and racism

Murdoch also claimed that the “biggest critics of Fox News are not watching Fox News,” and that President Donald Trump does not like Fox News, but rather “dislikes us less than everyone else.”

Murdoch refused to take any responsibility for the company that he runs, instead offering a load of horseshit for an elite audience. While Murdoch claimed that Fox News just runs banal conservative programming in prime time, the network is actually broadcasting white nationalist propaganda indistinguishable from the likes of David Duke. And while Murdoch refused to acknowledge a revolving door between Fox News and the Trump White House, Trump is dialing up Fox hosts from the White House, and Fox is hiring people who leave the administration. Murdoch can pretend that Fox News is a normal news organization — and he wasn’t really pressed on the matter because Sorkin isn’t terribly familiar with what happens on the network — but the reality is that Fox News is a right-wing propaganda machine.

via Lachlan Murdoch wants empathy for Fox hosts who push propaganda and racism

Murdoch strikes at democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When a Corporation controls the State you have Mussolini’s version of heaven (ODT)

Going after Labor leaders is one of Rupert’s favourite pastimes. Rather than hunting lions in Africa or tigers on the Punjab – That’s way too dangerous and way too hard and goes nowhere towards right wing corporate control and exploitation of society.

If there’s one man in the world who might ever possibly build a device to control the weather and freeze us all unless the governments of the world pay him several hundred billion dollars and recognize Fox News’s copyright of the phrase “Fair and Balanced,” it would be Rupert.

via Murdoch strikes at democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A plague on democracy — Murdoch, Turnbull and demagoguery

Turnbull’s own detractors from within his own party did not receive generous dollops of encouragement from the News Corp fraternity and those with a traditional fixation nourished by the world view of Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch is in the business of backing, moulding and overthrowing governments. Some do it by the power of the gun backed by foreign finance, others prefer a battalion of editors and self-entitled opinion makers to do what amounts to much the same thing. The blood quotient might be less, but the impact is still impressively devastating.

Australia’s own national broadcaster has been wading in these troubled waters of late, taking the view that the country’s media moguls, supported by a phalanx of populist brutes gathered at Sky News and Radio 2GB, played a decisive part in forcing the hand that signed the death warrant in the Liberal party room.

‘Few executives are as synonymous with their companies as Rupert Murdoch is with his. News Corp, he had said in the past, “for better or worse, is a reflection of my thinking, my character and my values”.’  Richard Cooke

A plague on democracy — Murdoch, Turnbull and demagoguery

via A plague on democracy — Murdoch, Turnbull and demagoguery

Fox News Cuts Trump Speech Clip Just Before U.N. Laughs At Him | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump literally made himself an international laughing stock today as he boasted about himself in his address to the United Nations. Fox News thoughtfully cut the clip so that Twitter followers didn’t hear the derisive laughter.

via Fox News Cuts Trump Speech Clip Just Before U.N. Laughs At Him | Crooks and Liars

Fox News Climate Denier: News Outlets Using Science Are ‘Practicing Medieval Witchcraft’ | Crooks and Liars

Fact: Fox News USA came well before Andrew Bolt whose job is simply to stage a Fox News franchised event in Australia as if original. (ODT)

To Attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s newly proposed legislation that would make public companies disclose risks to their business posed by climate change, Fox & Friends brought out a non-scientist climate denier to claim Warren will sue companies for causing “bad weather.”

And then he called scientific research witchcraft from the Middle Ages to defend his global warming denier friends.

But to Fox and Friends that makes him an expert!

via Fox News Climate Denier: News Outlets Using Science Are ‘Practicing Medieval Witchcraft’ | Crooks and Liars

#SolidaritySunday – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Again, the fireworks were fun, the popcorn was buttery, and the tweet stream as distracting as it’s ever been, but still, we face an uphill battle. This unravelling started with Chris Ulhmann’s on-air rant about Murdoch and shock-jock friends influencing the Libspill. Then Bruce Guthrie, ex Murdoch-editor jumped in and told us what we already knew: that Murdoch uses his media empire to campaign against his political rivals. Then, just to be sure, Kevin Rudd said – yep – totally true, the Murdoch media is run as a political party and is a ‘cancer eating at the heart of democracy’.

Amazing, isn’t it, how Murdoch can campaign against Labor every single day for my entire life, and suddenly when he decides a Liberal PM has to go, he’s crossed a line! Well, at least we’re talking about this now, and it’s all out in the open, so I can stop being called a conspiracy theorist.

The bad news, of course, is that Labor still has to deal with the fact that whether Murdoch wants puppet Turnbull, Morrison, Dutton or Abbott in the driver’s seat of his political arm, he most definitely does not want Bill Shorten. Now that the dust has settled, Murdoch’s minions are back obediently carrying out the core-business of ‘Killing-Bill’. That’s why all us tweeps need to protect our country, protect our collective interest, to stand together like a wall of ‘we will not be fucked with by the Liberal-Murdochracy’.

via #SolidaritySunday – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australians are losing their trust in ‘the media’, but not in journalism – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Group of camera operators, photographers and journalists gathering outside Parliament House.

Australians are losing their trust in ‘the media’, but not in journalism – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fox News host: People who earn the minimum wage “don’t plan on raising a family” so we should keep it low

The minimum wage is the low — it’s a low temporary rung, you’re not supposed to hang out there. And that — and especially at restaurants. The big problem with restaurants is turnover, because everybody in New York is an actor or an actress so they — they’re just working on tips anyway, so you don’t need the high minimum wage there, and they don’t plan on raising a family.

via Fox News host: People who earn the minimum wage “don’t plan on raising a family” so we should keep it low

We all know Rupert Murdoch runs the Liberal Party – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We all know Rupert Murdoch runs the Liberal Party. Can we all agree it is time he stopped running the country too?

No matter who wins the ultimate cage fight victory, we all know who the real leader of the Liberal Party is. Whether Turnbull prevails to limp wet-lettuce-leaf-like to defeat at the next election, whether ScoMo blusters and lectures his way into high office, or whether the potato-man leaps triumphant from the boiling pot without being skinned, we know none of them hold any authority. No, the real leader all along is Rupert Murdoch. Always was.

via We all know Rupert Murdoch runs the Liberal Party – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Malcolm Turnbull should put his authority on the line over NEG – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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 Some sources do say there is leadership stirring going on in Liberal ranks. (Certainly, News Corp appears to be helping fuel the situation — it’s a nice irony that a lot of trouble is coming from the Government’s favourite media organisation, not the one it so dislikes, the ABC.)

Are they going to allow a toxic combination of revenge politics, anti-climate change ideology, panic over the Longman result, and sheer muddle-headedness kill the chance of giving certainty to energy investment and tear down or mortally wound their Prime Minister?

Tony Abbott says “Emissions targets that made sense three years ago when all countries were supposed to be in Paris and we didn’t need policy change and wouldn’t face economic dislocation do not make sense now. @TurnbullMalcolm take note.

Sureley this in itself reveals that all Abbott is doing is stirring the pot of personal political revenge. Here he’s calling for flexibility in the National Interest which would best be by regulation. Any change by Legislation would lock Australia in to a far more rigid position.The man’s simply out to destrot the LNP and if he wins this it will be for a very long time.(ODT)

 

via Malcolm Turnbull should put his authority on the line over NEG – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fox News calls Denmark socialist dystopia, draws swift response

So Danes don’t wants to work? 11 places better than US in OECD statistics! We are working much more than Americans and at the same time ranking as the worlds best in Work-Life-Balance. You should come to Denmark if you dare be confronted with facts 😀🇩🇰

Murdoch Media is little more than a global political tweet. (ODT)

According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the US is No 20 in a ranking of national employment rates, while Denmark ranks eighth. When it comes to income equality, Denmark has the sixth-best distribution, while the US is ranked seventh from the bottom, just above Turkey. In work-life-balance, Denmark ranks second-highest in the OECD (just after the Netherlands), while the US ranks ninth from the bottom.

The Danish ambassador to the US, Lars Gert Lose, also felt compelled to respond to the Fox Business item.

 

via Fox News calls Denmark socialist dystopia, draws swift response

US Editorials called the Polish immigrant Grandparents of Laura Ingraham ‘Undesirables’

The Global Goose step of Murdoch Media. Is Laura Ingraham really Andrew Bolt? One hand aren’t all the fingers different? Not at Murdoch Media it’s a closed fist (ODT)

Professional bigot Laura Ingraham, ensconced in the primo 10 pm slot at Fox Cable News, has delivered herself of one of her typical Know-Nothing pronouncements on immigration to the US.

US Editorials called the Polish immigrant Grandparents of Laura Ingraham ‘Undesirables’

Sharri Markson’s Barnaby Joyce ‘scoop’: Giving credit where credit is due

Markson is the first News Corp journalist to take out the $25,000 prize established in 2011 to commemorate the late Sydney crime reporter, Les Kennedy.

BUT : Follow the Bouncing Dates

THE NATIONAL POLITICAL EDITOR of The Daily Telegraph, Sharri Markson, last night at the Kennedy Awards won the 2018 Sir Keith Murdoch Award for Journalist of the Year for breaking the story on the sordid Barnaby Joyce/Vikki Campion affair and pregnancy, published in her paper on 7 February 2018. She also took home the Outstanding Political Journalism award and shared the Scoop of the Year award.

The problem is that she did not break the story of Barnaby Joyce’s affair or pregnancy. Credit for revealing the affair goes to Serkan Ozturk, the editor of True Crime News on 24 October 2017. News of Joyce’s staffer’s pregnancy was broken three weeks later in Independent Australia, in a story by Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones on 19 November 2017.

Joyce stood in a by-election in the seat of New England held on 2 December 2017. Dates are important. It is alleged – and it certainly seems – that the embedded mainstream media held off on the story until the seat, critical to the Government’s hold on the lower house of Federal Parliament, had been secured by Joyce.

Sharri Markson’s Barnaby Joyce ‘scoop’: Giving credit where credit is due

Sky’s the limit when it comes to rocketing audience numbers | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Andrew Bolt, presenter of The Bolt Report, on Sky News in Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s gloss in fact turns out to be 1.65% national rating on any single night over 6 states. But lets face it that’s O.13% of the whole population of 24,000,000. That’s rocketing isn’t it. Waleed Aly has an audience x 25 times larger and the ABC nearly X 19. Now this is a Bolt record but it’s not Aly’s or the ABC’s. The production costs of The Bolt Report are so high he can’t make a profit,something Bolt doesn’t tell you. That as a loss we actually subidize the twat. ( ODT)

Broadcaster puts the gloss on Andrew Bolt’s audience. Plus, Media Watch has fun with the gossip mags

via Sky’s the limit when it comes to rocketing audience numbers | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Fox News used images of Eagles players praying to suggest they kneeled during the national anthem

Murdoch Media Shameless in it’s use of Fake News to support Trump (ODT)

After President Donald Trump falsely implied that players of the Philadelphia Eagles protested during the national anthem, Fox News aired a segment that furthered Trump’s lie.

via Fox News used images of Eagles players praying to suggest they kneeled during the national anthem

The Daily Telegraph dealt court blow in Geoffrey Rush defamation case

Murdoch’s opinionated press is on the road to failure in its defence of Defamation against Geoffrey Rush. A reminder of just how loose with the facts it’s writers in fact are. How many times has Andrew Bolt been found guilty in similar cases or required to make an unpublicized settlement. Yet another case of David and Goliath it seems. (OD)

The Daily Telegraph dealt court blow in Geoffrey Rush defamation case

Goodbye, Mr Murdoch – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After Trump is impeached, it would be a sweet follow-up if Rupert Murdoch was to be arrested for actively deceiving the world – and some would say “endangering the world” – through his cancerous media empire?

via Goodbye, Mr Murdoch – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Power Behind the Throne Is ‘Fox & Friends’ | The Nation

 

Fox & Friends

Now, with Bannon out, we enter the uncharted waters of having a president whose chief strategist is the television. No staff member has replaced Bannon; the new power behind the throne is Fox & Friends.

via The Power Behind the Throne Is ‘Fox & Friends’ | The Nation

Sean Hannity: “People at the highest level in the DOJ and the FBI … must be investigated, they must be indicted, and probably many of them thrown in jail”

via Sean Hannity: “People at the highest level in the DOJ and the FBI … must be investigated, they must be indicted, and probably many of them thrown in jail”