THE AUSTRALIAN misled its readers this week when it carried a major article purporting to be written by a climate activist who was, as it turned out, admitting climate science was bunkum.
Andrew Bolt was certainly promoting it, Like Trum he doesn’t read either (ODT)
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is shrinking – Facebook is now 60 times the size – yet its political clout still has Australia’s politicians entranced. When will its hold over politicians fade?
News Corp is just not that big any more. Google is worth $US946 billion on the sharemarket and Apple $US1.3 trillion while the American media mogul Rupert Murdoch presides over an empire in decay. News is valued by the sharemarket at a piddling $9.5 billion.
We say piddling with tongue firmly planted in cheek. It is still enormous but it is shrinking. Having just posted a billion-dollar loss for the March quarter, News and its rival Nine continue to flog assets to raise cash.
News Corporation is the latest international media company to reveal that it has been hit hard by COVID-19, with third-quarter accounts showing a $US1 billion ($1.5 billion) loss.
It is a setback that spurred Rupert Murdoch to join the growing list of senior executives forgoing their bonuses for this year.
But while the US, like the rest of the world, is feeling the heat from COVID-19, much of News Corp’s pain came from Australia.
As the owner of 65 per cent of pay TV operator Foxtel, News Corp’s accounts give an insight into how Foxtel is travelling.
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And it’s not pretty.
“In one, two, three years, then either they totally change their business model and become like another Netflix, or, you know, another model that they may think of, otherwise I don’t think they will survive for much longer.”
As Virgin Australia found out a few weeks ago, when shareholders stop stumping up the cash for a loss-making business, the consequences are dire.
It beggars the question of just how many more $1 billion-plus writedowns Mr Murdoch is prepared to tolerate
Murdoch cares nothing about Australia or Australians. It was Murdoch who tossed his Australian citizenship in the garbage all those years ago when he wanted to spread his tentacles throughout the USA and could not do so with dual citizenship! All Murdoch cares about is himself and the fascist, neoliberal agenda of his IPA!
Murdoch swaggered into News Limited with the instructions: “Kill Whitlam!” … and that’s exactly what the fascist Murdoch papers did! Murdoch was the one who helped bring down the democratically elected Whitlam government and the manipulated, gormless idiots out there in the Australian public hung on to every word, believed his lies and followed his agenda. Murdoch did it all again with Gillard and Rudd and, trust me, he will do it again at the next election!
Who was dutifully promoting and playin wingman to this bullshit none other than Andrew Bolt (ODT)
After my essential journey to the supermarket to buy chocolate, I couldn’t help noticing the front page headline on “The Australian” which blared:
TEACHERS DEFYING VIRUS SCIENCE
Quite a neat trick rely, I thought. How does one “defy” science? Is it like defying gravity? Or is it like defying your boss and announcing that there’s no way you’re going to perform that task without the correct safety equipment?
No, what I find amazing is the sheer hypocrisy of a newspaper that can switch from an “everyone has a right to an opinion and scientists have been wrong in the past” position to a “you don’t have the right to question because you’ve been told by the PM so shut up and do what you’re told” stance.
And, of course, this completely overlooks the fact that teachers are doing what they’re told. In some states, teacher unions are pushing to ensure safety, but to the best of my knowledge none have suggested teachers refusing to attend school. Except for private schools, it’s state governments who’ve made the decisions about schools, not the teachers themselves.
Still, Rupert’s editors have never let the truth get in the way of the story.
NEWS CORP, SKY, MURDOCH, COMMENTATOR SPREADING THE PANDEMIC RECOMMENDING “IT’S TIME TO GO BACK TO WORK” & HERD IMMUNITY IN AN UNDERPREPARED AUSTRALIA. HE’S ALWAYS BEEN ISOLATED AND PRACTICED SOCIAL_ DISTANCING. (ODT)
PREPARE NOW FOR THE BANS TO END
March 22, our exit strategy was clear (to me): “Ring-fence the sick and old, but let everyone else get back to work… That could include… certificates of immunity — which we should start issuing soon.” Today: “German researchers plan to introduce coronavirus ‘immunity certificates’ to facilitate a proper transition into post-lockdown life.” (Andrew Bolt)
Andrew Bolt is promoting advice against the experts and the Government. He’s promoting Herd Immunity denied the world over. Is he breaking the LAW?? SHUT HIM DOWN & RING- FENCE HIM!! (ODT)
Character assassination is what Fox News does. The problem for Trump when it comes to the impeachment scandal is that Fox News has too many characters it needs to assassinate.
So far, it looks like no real live gender diverse people have actually been consulted on this. The Australian has sunk to a new low — it’s as though they are out looking for a new group to spread misinformation about, vilify and throw to their rabid yet shrinking audience. The Australian never used to be as bad as this, back in the 90s when Emma Tom wrote entertaining columns for Generation X-ers on page one of the Weekend Australian, it was a different sort of beast. That was before far-Right politics and Pentecostalism infiltrated the MSM.
Andrew Bolt has been attacking this young girl since she was 14 he can’t beat her on her arguments it seems so he does it visciously and extremely personally akin to verbal child molestation. Yes the same Andrew Bolt who went on a racist warpath against Adam Goodes. The difference however Bolt lied ,edited video footage in order to make the Australian of the Year appear to be the Racist abusing a 13 year old.. Bolt’s been convicted in our courts of Racial vilificationm isn’t it time he was brought before our courts again for his attack on Adam Goodes?
Greta well she’s shown incredible maturity given the personal onslaught and verbal abuse Andrew Bolt, a 60 year old News Corp wordsmith, heaped on her. Guess he must have learned that skill raising his daughter. He shames himself and Australia. He’s a proud Conservative and diametrically opposite role model Australian children need to Adam Goodes a deserved Australian of the Year.(ODT)
I am indeed ”deeply disturbed” about the fact that these hate and conspiracy campaigns are allowed to go on and on and on just because we children communicate and act on the science. Where are the adults?
IN RECENT MONTHS, many questions have been raised over the degree of influence Australia’s media corporations are having on the day-to-day lives of Australians.
The latest Federal Election makes it clear that Rupert Murdoch remains powerful.
He and his News Corp entities have had an enormous grip on much of the news media, particularly in print and online formats, which we consume daily.
When joined by Australia’s television juggernauts Seven, Ten, Nine and Win, and radio broadcasting giant Macquarie group, it becomes increasingly alarming as to the lack of diversity displayed across Australia’s media landscape.
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Fox Business host: “Almost everyone in America can change their economic lives,” but the “main ingredient missing is a lack of confidence”
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“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.”
And yet, one difference between this campaign and previous elections was the willingness of Labor’s leadership to return fire on the Murdoch press.
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.
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.
Tim Blair, Miranda Devine and Ray Hadley jump to Telegraph’s defence. Plus: Nine winds back clock at former Fairfax mastheads
No editor I worked for would publish the rubbish they now produce
Rick Morton says journalists at the Australian are increasingly uncomfortable about its political stance and there is ‘guerrilla warfare’ in the newsroom
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.
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)
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.
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)
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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.
Ask Bolt if he recognises tribalism he’ll say no thenlook at his blogs. They ere consistent to a tee. (ODT)
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.”
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)
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.
“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.”
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.
America’s State TV is Fox News (ODT)
Neither Murdoch Media nor the Government made any effort to correct the misrepresentation put out. Fake News Sure was (ODT)
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.
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.”
Will this be addressed on the Bolt Report? (ODT)
Murdoch media culture is global and helped destroy Liberal chances in Victoria.(ODT)
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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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’.