Category: Murdoch Media

Media Matters submits supporting evidence after testifying to U.K. regulator against 21st Century Fox, Sky deal

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.

Media Matters submits supporting evidence after testifying to U.K. regulator against 21st Century Fox, Sky deal

Dear Sean Hannity: Allahu Akbar is in the Catholic Catechism | Informed Comment

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.

Source: Dear Sean Hannity: Allahu Akbar is in the Catholic Catechism | Informed Comment

#CashOut: Is it ever okay for journalists to protect politicians who have lied?

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.

Source: #CashOut: Is it ever okay for journalists to protect politicians who have lied?

Fox signed Bill O’Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement

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.

Source: Fox signed Bill O’Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement

Tony Abbott’s climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

The pitch behind the London speech was that a climate ruckus aids the Coalition. He should have been laughed out of the room

Source: Tony Abbott’s climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott speech: Allies go to ground and Labor lashes ‘loopy’ ex-PM over climate change views

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.

Source: Tony Abbott speech: Allies go to ground and Labor lashes ‘loopy’ ex-PM over climate change views

Australia’s Big Media Set to Get Bigger, With Help From Lawmakers – The New York Times

 

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.

Fox News commentator files lawsuit saying she was raped by Charles Payne | Media | The Guardian

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.

Source: Fox News commentator files lawsuit saying she was raped by Charles Payne | Media | The Guardian

The Genuine Article in Australian Politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

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”.

Source: The Genuine Article in Australian Politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Channel Ten: Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox joins battle to block CBS takeover | Media | The Guardian

Despite being in receivership, and a lack of viewers, Ten’s future is being fought over by two of the world’s most powerful media companies

Source: Channel Ten: Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox joins battle to block CBS takeover | Media | The Guardian

Day to Day Politics: ‘Will Murdoch tell you how to vote?’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thursday 7 September 2017 I haven’t been well for a few days so I thought I would take a short break. However, here is something I wrote in 2016. Where Did All His Readers Go? Recently I found myself without access to the internet. It only lasted a day and a bit, thankfully, but it…

Source: Day to Day Politics: ‘Will Murdoch tell you how to vote?’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘There are no good Nazis’: James Murdoch takes $1.3 million stand against Trump

Rupert Murdoch’s second-eldest son is the first of the powerful media mogul’s family to publicly condemn the US president’s performance after the violence in Charlottesville, pledging to donate money to a civil rights organisation.

Source: ‘There are no good Nazis’: James Murdoch takes $1.3 million stand against Trump

Angelo Carusone on The Bill Press Show: Trump’s defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville “sounded exactly like Fox News”

Angelo Carusone on The Bill Press Show: Trump’s defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville “sounded exactly like Fox News”

Source: Angelo Carusone on The Bill Press Show: Trump’s defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville “sounded exactly like Fox News”

As the nation reels from Trump’s embrace of neo-Nazis, Fox News invites racist, anti-Semite Ted Nugent on for full hour

As the nation reels from Trump’s embrace of neo-Nazis, Fox News invites racist, anti-Semite Ted Nugent on for full hour

Source: As the nation reels from Trump’s embrace of neo-Nazis, Fox News invites racist, anti-Semite Ted Nugent on for full hour

Newt Gingrich: Like ISIS and the Taliban, the left wants to destroy our memory of what it means to be American

Newt Gingrich: Like ISIS and the Taliban, the left wants to destroy our memory of what it means to be American

Source: Newt Gingrich: Like ISIS and the Taliban, the left wants to destroy our memory of what it means to be American

This one segment shows how differently Fox treats Christians and Muslims when it comes to terrorism

In a notably hypocritical segment on Fox & Friends, the hosts and their guest, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, attacked media outlets that called on Christian leaders to denounce white supremacy and the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA. ”For years, Fox personalities have demanded that Muslims denounce, apologize, and atone for terrorism committed by ISIS and other Muslim extremist groups, even though Muslim groups have often been quick to criticize and denounce these acts of terror.

Source: This one segment shows how differently Fox treats Christians and Muslims when it comes to terrorism

Manufacturing Social Dislocation: The Road To Fascism – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If this terrorist was a Muslim, they would have screamed for blood and confected fake outrage over the people who died. Let’s face it, the right are incredible hypocrites when it comes to terrorism. If the perpetrator is a white male, who has obvious Nazi views, it is the fault of everybody else. As one thug posted on DLATP, and I quote, “I have no sympathy for the protesters who were injured (and killed) – they deserve it and should not have been demonstrating.” How the hell does one deal with this level of psychosis?These people are clearly lunatics, but this type of thinking does not emanate from a vacuum. Rather, it requires decades of careful programming via media and other vested right-wing interests. By far the biggest propaganda outlet is the Murdoch media. Pure evil just oozes from their disgusting rags and “news” services. Clear racial division and narratives are pushed, depending on the colour of the person’s skin, religious affiliation, political leaning, and/or socioeconomic background.Anything remotely orientated towards social justice is labelled “communist” or leftist. Unions are constantly attacked and the poor and in particular minorities such as Aboriginals are continually attacked. This is all done for one reason: to protect corporate wealth and to distract and divide the majority who are being mercilessly exploited and attacked economically.

Source: Manufacturing Social Dislocation: The Road To Fascism – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Government declines to explain Foxtel’s $30m handout for sports broadcasting | Australia news | The Guardian

Department says there are no documents on grant announced in budget and minister only says it is part of media reform

Source: Government declines to explain Foxtel’s $30m handout for sports broadcasting | Australia news | The Guardian

ReachTEL: One Nation voters prefer Abbott to Turnbull by over 3:1| Sky News  Poll Not Talked about on Sky News

A ReachTEL poll for Sky News, conducted Thursday from a sample of 2390, has Labor leading by 52-48, a one point gain for the Coalition since the previous Sky News ReachTEL, just after the May budget. Assuming…

Source: ReachTEL: One Nation voters prefer Abbott to Turnbull by over 3:1

Channel Ten calls in receivers, operations to continue as usual amid sales process – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Channel 10 building in Adelaide

A number of expressions of interest have been made to buy Ten, including a joint bid from Mr Murdoch and Mr Gordon.

Source: Channel Ten calls in receivers, operations to continue as usual amid sales process – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fox host: Shooter at Congressional baseball practice “was essentially radicalized by the left-wing media”| Even Fox claims the media enables radicalization. So Why is Andrew Bolt allowed to be a recruiter of violence?

Fox host: Shooter at Congressional baseball practice “was essentially radicalized by the left-wing media”

Source: Fox host: Shooter at Congressional baseball practice “was essentially radicalized by the left-wing media”

“Oh, Boy”: Media Matters Bill O’Reilly Ad In The Hollywood Reporter

One week after Fox News was forced to fire Bill O’Reilly after advertisers boycotted his show because of reports of serial sexual harassment, Media Matters for America released its first ad emphasizing that companies must be mindful about where they spend their advertising dollars. This ad is running on page 67 of issue 13 of The Hollywood Report

Source: “Oh, Boy”: Media Matters Bill O’Reilly Ad In The Hollywood Reporter

After Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment By A Conservative, Hannity Blames ‘Liberal Fascists’ | Crooks and Liars

Memo to Sean Hannity: The Fox News employees pushed out of Fox News were sexually-assaulting conservatives, accused by conservatives and eventually ousted by conservative Rupert Murdoch.

Source: After Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment By A Conservative, Hannity Blames ‘Liberal Fascists’ | Crooks and Liars

Rupert Murdoch’s Disturbing Corporate Legacy: Chronic Sexual Harassment In US, Rampant Lawbreaking In UK

Bill O’Reilly may be gone at Fox News, but Rupert Murdoch’s festering Fox News mess isn’t going away anytime soon.Murdoch cut ties with the host last week after multiple women’s reports of sexual harassment became public. Since then, seven black Fox News employees indicated that they plan to join a racial discrimination suit

Source: Rupert Murdoch’s Disturbing Corporate Legacy: Chronic Sexual Harassment In US, Rampant Lawbreaking In UK

Rupert Murdoch’s axing of Bill O’Reilly shows his defiance turn to pragmatism

Rupert Murdoch prizes loyalty and profits, both of which Bill O’Reilly brought him in droves, but Murdoch has also proved he is a pragmatist at his core.

Source: Rupert Murdoch’s axing of Bill O’Reilly shows his defiance turn to pragmatism

Fox News Didn’t Care About Sexual Harassment Until You Knew About It

As Fox News parts ways with longtime host Bill O’Reilly, some may be tempted to claim that his departure is a sign that the network and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, care about women who have been sexually harassed. But the decision has nothing to do with the systemic toxic misogyny Fox News traffics in; it’s about the bottom line.

Source: Fox News Didn’t Care About Sexual Harassment Until You Knew About It

Murdoch Takeover Of Sky Would Undermine British Broadcasting Standards, Joint Report Shows

Media Matters, in partnership with global activism group Avaaz, submitted a report to U.K.’s chief broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, detailing the risks Rupert Murdoch’s desired takeover of British satellite broadcasting company Sky poses to British broadcasting standards. On March 16, U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley had referred Murdoch’s take

Source: Murdoch Takeover Of Sky Would Undermine British Broadcasting Standards, Joint Report Shows

Rupert Murdoch’s Memo To Fox News Will Cause Panic

Media Matters President Angelo Carusone, a recognized advertiser pressure campaign expert who is also running the @StopOReilly Twitter account, released the following statement after Rupert Murdoch reportedly sent a memo to staff members praising them for Fox’s recent ratings success.Rupert Murdoch’s memo to Fox News staff should cause 21

Source: Rupert Murdoch’s Memo To Fox News Will Cause Panic

Read Attorney Lisa Bloom’s Letter About Fox News’ Toxic Culture And Why It Should Tank Murdoch’s Sky News Deal

Fox News’ “ongoing culture of sexual harassment, its recent payouts of tens of millions of dollars of hush money, and most egregiously, its role in ending the careers of women who complained has been well documented in American media,” and it reveals an “utter disregard for the rights of women,” according to attorney Lisa Bloom.Bl

Source: Read Attorney Lisa Bloom’s Letter About Fox News’ Toxic Culture And Why It Should Tank Murdoch’s Sky News Deal