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’.
“Bolt’s a service as long as he’s debunked and that’s easy” (ODT)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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?
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.
Poor Andrew Bolt. Not long ago the right-wing blogger and News Corp columnist was in line to become the Bill O’Reilly of Australian television, leading the way into a Foxified future, assisted by changes to Australia’s media laws.
But not anymore.
a more Machiavellian explanation: clearing the path for the 100 per cent takeover of Britain’s Sky, given that the major sticking point has been the Murdochs’ character and fitness.
“So could this ‘Mickey Mouse’ merger simply be a feint in order to ease the Sky bid approval process?” Mangan says.
“Once the Sky bid is approved might some problem appear derailing the likely 18-month process that is the ‘Mickey + Homer’ show? Sure, it will cost him. The break fee Rupe (actually his shareholders), will owe Mickey Mouse is $US1.5bn. But if it secures him 100 per cent of Sky, that price might just be worth paying.
Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch reportedly said in a Sky interview that the network’s ongoing culture of sexual harassment was actually “all nonsense” and consisted simply of “isolated incidents.” Murdoch further asserted that the harassment at Fox was only perpetrated by former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, and “there’s been nothing else since then.”
But the internet service providers– corporations such as Verizon and Comcast, were deeply unhappy about the neutrality, the liberty of the internet. They would like to charge MSNBC millions of dollars a year to deliver their news site to the public. What they have in mind is to create lanes on the internet– fast lanes and slow lanes.
It has been demonstrated that if a web site takes a little longer than usual to download, readers simply close the page and go on to another site. So the sites slotted into the slow lane over time will lose all their readers.
And you get slotted in the slow lane because you cannot pay the millions for delivery of your site that MSNBC or Fox can.
In other words, fast lanes and slow lanes wipe out the diversity of the internet and deliver it into the hands of a few billionaires and of governments such as the Russian Federation, who can pay for a fast lane.
It would be as though all highways in the US cost $1,000 to get on each day, and if you couldn’t pay that, you’d have to use surface roads, service roads and dirt roads to get where you are going. Billionaires could get on the highway because for a billionaire $1000 is chump change.
Guess which belong to MURDOCH
As exemplified in Fox News’ culture of sexual harassment and racial discrimination, there is an identifiable link between 21st Century Fox’s poor corporate governance and what is broadcast on the news outlets it owns.
Recent Russia-related coverage and commentary on Fox News and in The Wall Street Journal signify that the Murdochs and their news outlets continue to meddle in politics in damaging ways.
Regulators should be acutely aware that the line separating opinion and news programming at Fox News is nonexistent. The hiring of former White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka to a news position and a recent report from British broadcasting regulator Ofcom ruling that individual segments on Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity were in violation of broadcasting standards reinforce this fact. There are many more segments on Fox News programs from the last year that should be taken into consideration to assess 21st Century Fox’s commitment to broadcasting standards.
Sky’s warning that Sky News could close if 21st Century Fox’s bid is not approved is suspect at best. No evidence has been presented showing that Sky News’ closure was being planned before 21st Century Fox’s proposed acquisition.
The CMA should also consider that aside from Sky News, 21st Century Fox post-merger would have access to — and potentially take financial and political advantage of — information about consumers by way of internet service.
Andrew Bolt and Sean Hannity both Murdoch boys seem both come from the same genetic pool. They look at each other smile and say Allahu Akbar it gives them strength.
But Sean Hannity, being both a bully and sneaky, would not let it go even after Fox (afraid of another multi-million dollar libel or harassment suit) deleted the tweet.
To the best of my knowledge, this lie originated in a Herald Sun story by James Campbell and Matt Johnston on 20 April 2016. It was seized upon by Coalition MPs for its propaganda power and soon became a regular feature of news coverage. Seemingly nothing could stop the propagation of this lie. The CFA – which, at the time, was still in dispute with the union – refuted it on 20 May, but the lie lived on. On 1 June, the Fair Work Commission handed down a Final Recommendation that largely supported the union’s position and included clarified wording that left no doubt: volunteers would not have to wait for professional firefighters to arrive.
Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News commentator forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network’s parent knew about the deal when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
Despite promoting Trump’s claims about “fake news,” Fox News fell for a fake Navy SEAL
The pitch behind the London speech was that a climate ruckus aids the Coalition. He should have been laughed out of the room
The ABC’s London bureau chief Lisa Millar said on Twitter that her news team were “not allowed to hear [the] speech or report on it firsthand in London”, having been told it was a “non-media event” – despite parts of the speech being given to News Corp publications in advance. Guardian Australia’s editor Bridie Jabour said on Twitter the Guardian was blocked from attending. Fairfax Media also sought attendance but Mr Abbott’s office said the speech was by invitation only and not open to the media.
Most of Australia’s newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters are controlled by only a handful of owners, like Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, making it one of the most concentrated media markets in the developed world.Soon, even more Australian media properties could be in fewer hands.
NRA breaks silence by enlisting Fox News in its attempt to deceive America
Hughes’s lawsuit names 21st Century Fox, Fox News and Payne among the defendants, adding to the sexual and racial harassment scandal facing the Murdochs at Fox.
The Australian, a Murdoch paper usually in favour of drum beating reactionary politics, found this particular idea dazzling for its original stupidity. “The proposal to invade Iraq raises the issue of Mr Abbott’s judgment – it was made two months before his decision to award a knighthood to Prince Philip.” Trump would have been impressed with both.If deploying Australian armed personnel into a Ukrainian war zone to consolidate an air crash site was possible, he would also step up to the mark. This nugget surfaced in the revelations of former Australian Army officer James Brown, who called this “the clearest case in recent times of a prime minister struggling to grasp the limits of Australian military power”.