Tag: Media

After CIA Plot Revealed, Press Freedom Coalition Says DOJ Must Drop Assange Case

Demonstrators demand the release of Julian Assange

“We appreciate that the government has a legitimate interest in protecting bona fide national security interests, but the proceedings against Mr. Assange jeopardize journalism that is crucial to democracy,” wrote the organizations.

“In our view, a precedent created by prosecuting Assange could be used against publishers and journalists alike, chilling their work and undermining freedom of the press.”

 As Common Dreams reported last month, under former President Donald Trump, the CIA reportedly discussed kidnapping or assassinating Assange, who is currently imprisoned in London’s maximum-security Belmarsh prison.

“The actions laid out in the indictment are virtually indistinguishable from common practices in newspapers around the country.”

Yahoo News first reported the revelations that officials at the “highest levels” of the agency considered attacking Assange, as well as “extensive spying on WikiLeaks associates, sowing discord among the group’s members, and stealing their electronic devices.” “In February, members of this coalition wrote to the Acting Attorney General, urging that the criminal charges against Mr. Assange be dropped,” the groups said. “We now renew that request

Source: After CIA Plot Revealed, Press Freedom Coalition Says DOJ Must Drop Assange Case

The Media’s Rotten Reporting on Biden’s Social and Climate Bill | The Smirking Chimp

The ambitious social and climate legislation now working its way through Congress will be enacted in some form. But its agonizing journey to date reveals the rotten job done by the media that’s supposed to inform Americans about our democracy. Last week, the New York Times described the delay in House Democrats’ approval of the infrastructure bill as caused by a “liberal revolt.” On Saturday it reported that Biden had “thrown in” with his party’s “left” rather than its “center,” thereby “leaving his agenda in doubt.”

Source: The Media’s Rotten Reporting on Biden’s Social and Climate Bill | The Smirking Chimp

Pandora Papers expose offshore systems exploited by the rich and famous

Vladimir Putin is just one world leader whose financial ties have been revealed in the Pandora Papers.

If nothing was done 5 years ago what makes one think something will be done now. The scandal lasted the blink of an eye on the front pages of the Mainstream news back then it didn’t make the front pages this time and its bigger now.

The trove, dubbed the Pandora Papers, exceeds the dimensions of the leak that was at the centre of the Panama Papers investigation five years ago. That data was drawn from a single law firm, but the new material encompasses records from 14 separate financial-services entities operating in countries and territories including Switzerland, Singapore, Cyprus, Belize and the British Virgin Islands. The files detail more than 29,000 offshore accounts, more than double the number identified in the Panama Papers. Among the account owners are more than 130 people listed as billionaires by Forbes magazine and more than 330 public officials in more than 90 countries and territories, twice the number found in the Panama documents.

Source: Pandora Papers expose offshore systems exploited by the rich and famous

Morrison and Frydenberg set multiple ‘all-time worst’ records on jobs

The Morrison years have been appalling for Australian workers. Alan Austin reveals the actual state of employment — because the mainstream media refuses to do so.

Source: Morrison and Frydenberg set multiple ‘all-time worst’ records on jobs

Twenty Years Ago, the Mainstream Press Created the War on Terror

Two decades ago, the mainstream media responded to the September 11 attacks by stacking their news coverage and pundit commentary with the country’s most belligerently pro-war voices. We are still paying for their appalling misjudgment.

Source: Twenty Years Ago, the Mainstream Press Created the War on Terror

Twenty Years After the Tampa Affair, Australia’s Left Must Keep Standing Up for Refugees

In 2001, conservative prime minister John Howard demonized 433 refugees who had been rescued at sea. It inaugurated an era of racist, abusive policies toward asylum seekers in Australia — and a movement that fights in solidarity with refugees.

Source: Twenty Years After the Tampa Affair, Australia’s Left Must Keep Standing Up for Refugees

Government and media misinformation making the pandemic tougher

As long as profit is the driving force of our MSM and Truth, a dispensible sideshow, the battle against the pandemic, climate change, economic injustice, and for our democratic unity will not be just tougher but will continue to be a planned political strategy.

Malevolent fringe groups, smelling blood on the periphery, seek to prey on the confused, reaching out to them when no one else will. This all takes place on a stage set by a corporate entity that has no care for the damage it leaves behind. How we choose to perceive, navigate and communicate this social crisis will have a bearing on the outcomes of our communities and determine the future state of our national harmony. Why is it on the population to bear the burden of these considerations? Without a national message and guidance, without a press willing or able to talk truth to power, Australians are left to fend for themselves in a murky maelstrom of misinformation and political self-interest.

Source: Government and media misinformation making the pandemic tougher

Cable News Military Experts Are on Defense Industry Dole

US Army armored humvees and MRAPs driven by soldiers from 1-506 Infantry Division patrol in Paktika province, situated along the Afghan-Pakistan border, on November 27, 2008. Afghanistan is not in a security crisis and disillusionment and recriminations about its situation should be avoided, a UN Security Council team said Thursday at the end of a three-day assessment tour.   AFP PHOTO/DAVID FURST (Photo credit should read DAVID FURST/AFP via Getty Images)

Jim Naureckas, an editor at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, or FAIR, a progressive media watchdog, said such conflicts of interest put a premium on potential atrocities over existing ones. “The imaginary future bloodshed of the Taliban has so much more emotional weight in the coverage than the actual people who have been killed by the U.S. in the last 20 years,” he said. “There’s a symbiotic relationship between media outlets who need sources, the weapons industry that needs favorable news coverage, and the former military officials who need jobs, and it all works out together.”

Source: Cable News Military Experts Are on Defense Industry Dole

Rupe’s Tantrum: NSW Edition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In my last piece, I looked at how Scott Morrison appeared to have lost the support of the man who truly runs Australia. There we looked at the column published under the name of Morrison’s dog, which left the Prime Minister beaten and bloody in an alley somewhere. This time, I want to look at NSW, again using the Errorgraph as the example. Similar to last time, I do not have the link to the article, but someone in my household buys this rag and so I have photos of the appropriate pages.

Source: Rupe’s Tantrum: NSW Edition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘The Australian people had their chance’: finance minister dismisses criticism of Coalition’s car park fund | Australian politics | The Guardian

Finance minister Simon Birmingham was grilled on Insiders on Sunday as to whether the Coalition government targeted the car park funding at seats it was trying to hold and win, rather than where congestion was worse.

Simon Birmingham says voters chose Morrison government last election as he refuses to rule out similar programs in the future

Source: ‘The Australian people had their chance’: finance minister dismisses criticism of Coalition’s car park fund | Australian politics | The Guardian

Donald Trump and the new Lost Cause | Salon.com

Donald Trump, a painting of the Confederate army losing and the January 6, 2021 US Capitol Riot (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

They’re going to keep this up. They’ve kept up the fiction of the Lost Cause of the South’s defeat in the Civil War for more than 150 years, so why shouldn’t they keep pushing the Lost Cause of Donald Trump’s defeat in the election of 2020? The South has been enslaved by the lies they have told about the Civil War. Look at John Bell Hood! They even managed to get a United States Army base named after the man who lost more Confederate soldiers on a single day than anyone during the entire war! Why give up now? Next thing you know, they’ll be pushing to erect monuments to General Michael “Let’s have a coup!” Flynn! If they can celebrate the criminally incompetent Hood, why not the criminally pardoned Flynn? Why not rename the FBI building after Rudy “Hunter Biden! Burisma!” Giuliani? Or re-name the building housing the Department of Justice after William “What Mueller report?” Barr? Or erect a grand statue of Mitch “I forgot where I was on January 6” McConnell? Or name a federal courthouse after Sidney “I lost every election lawsuit I filed” Powell?

Source: Donald Trump and the new Lost Cause | Salon.com

Murdoch media, Nine Entertainment, mining lobby, busted for record bullartistry, go into hiding – Michael West

Minerals Council of Australia, Deloitte, taxes and royalties, Australian mining

The Minerals Council of Australia, a foreign-controlled mining lobby, has duped Australia’s major media in an $80bn PR scam by falsely claiming more than $72 billion of GST payments to exaggerate the contribution of the minerals industry to Australia. Callum Foote reports.

Source: Murdoch media, Nine Entertainment, mining lobby, busted for record bullartistry, go into hiding – Michael West

Old Dog Thoughts- What does Morrison have to offer the G7 in the way action and not just promises and a photoshoot?

Illustration: Reg Lynch

Fighting Fake News with REAL 13/6/21; Humour, Erasing Information off your Iphone; Mining and the pay to say Industry; Bruce Pascoe and the real debate; Scientology was never a church it was a donor; Male replacement is no theory;

Tamed Estate: Christian Porter ‘zero for three’ but News Corp claimed Porter victory – Michael West

Tamed Estate

Legal experts were in no doubt whatsoever that Christian Porter had given up but News Corp madly spun the line that it was a humiliating backdown by the ABC. Michael Tanner dissects the coverage of what had been billed ‘the defamation trial of the century’.

Source: Tamed Estate: Christian Porter ‘zero for three’ but News Corp claimed Porter victory – Michael West

Propaganda Machine: Deloitte skews fact on economy, media laps it up – Michael West

Deloitte's dodgy data

Deloitte Access Economics’ claims about Australia’s economic recovery were repeated verbatim by media outlets, although many were based on cherry-picked data and mixed verified GDP figures with unverified data in a classic apples with oranges comparison. Alan Austin takes a closer look.

Source: Propaganda Machine: Deloitte skews fact on economy, media laps it up – Michael West

Belarus condemned for ‘hijacking’ after fake bomb diverts Ryanair flight

President Alexander Lukashenko is being blasted for forcing the passenger plane to make an emergency landing so authorities could arrest a journalist who has been critical of his authoritarian leadership. The presidential press service said a bomb threat was received while the Ryanair plane was over the Belarusian territory. Ryanair said in a statement that the plane’s crew was notified by Belarus of a potential security threat on board and were instructed to divert to the nearest airport, Minsk. Police then proceeded to detain journalist Roman Protasevich, a prominent opponent of Mr Lukashenko.

Source: Belarus condemned for ‘hijacking’ after fake bomb diverts Ryanair flight

Palestinians are not a “Death Toll”: How Corporate Media’s “Objective Reporting” on Israel-Palestine Favors Governments

For the journalists who report this violence on our behalf, there is nowhere to hide. There is no neutral, objective mode. Your choice is to stand so far back from the “conflict” that you obscure its brutal irrationality and, in so doing, unwittingly or otherwise, put your support behind the most powerful belligerents. Or you can come in close and show mutilated and traumatised children, and suffer the journalistic ignominy of “biased” reporting.

Source: Palestinians are not a “Death Toll”: How Corporate Media’s “Objective Reporting” on Israel-Palestine Favors Governments

Corruption thrives in Federal Government as media turns a blind eye

The Federal Government has never been so corrupt, writes Richard Gillies. THE LIST OF corrupt decisions that the Liberal-National Coalition has made is 124 items long and growing. In all but a few cases, there have been no consequences for offending members of the Government.

Source: Corruption thrives in Federal Government as media turns a blind eye

AP President ‘Shocked And Horrified’ At Israel Bombing Of Gaza Media Building | HuffPost

A thick column of smoke rises from the Jala Tower as it is destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Saturday. 

An Israeli airstrike that obliterated a 12-story Gaza City building that housed offices for The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media outlets sparked an outcry from international press advocates on Saturday, with AP leadership calling it an “incredibly disturbing” development in the conflict. “We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement. Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, slammed the attack as a “war crime.” “We call on the international community to condemn such barbaric actions and targeting of journalists and we demand an immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for its deliberate targeting of journalists and the media institutions,” Souag said in a statement. He went on to accuse Israel of attempting to “hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza.”

Source: AP President ‘Shocked And Horrified’ At Israel Bombing Of Gaza Media Building | HuffPost

 

Israeli forces destroy media outlets’ Gaza base, says it housed ‘Hamas military intelligence’ – ABC News

The side of a building begins to collapse as smoke bellows all around it.

The 12-storey building housed the offices of The Associated Press and Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera An Israeli military spokesman said the building housed “Hamas military intelligence” The building’s occupants were warned of the strike about an hour before it was targeted

Source: Israeli forces destroy media outlets’ Gaza base, says it housed ‘Hamas military intelligence’ – ABC News

Tucker Carlson is the face of Fox News | Media Matters for America

Tucker Carlson Fox News

Time to choose Fox has engaged in a deliberate strategy to make its brand inseparable from Carlson’s. The network should pay a price for that. Advertisers who support the network are now indirectly — and at times directly — supporting Carlson’s vile rhetoric. Media buyers should remember that when Fox tries to pitch them on ads at the upfronts later this month. If they continue to support Carlson, they own the results.

Source: Tucker Carlson is the face of Fox News | Media Matters for America

Tamed Estate: cosy media club getting Coalition’s ‘drops’ expands to include Rupert’s tabloids – Michael West

Tamed Estate

And in true Orwellian Doublespeak, Prime Minister Scott Morrison used the war footing to paint himself as the champion of peace. Michael Tanner reports. It’s been a while since the government actually announced a policy and that drought looks set to continue. Because even though there was blanket media coverage of the fact that the federal government is planning a big budget spend, the government once again delivered that announcement via “a cosy briefing to a tight crew of chosen Canberra-based journalists“. And the cosy crew dutifully did their bit, with near-identical articles posted almost simultaneously late on Wednesday night, each regurgitating Josh Frydenberg’s draft speech, with reports of what the Treasurer “will say” littered throughout their publications. The only difference this time from previous drops was that the circle has expanded beyond The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Age/SMH, The Conversation, ABC and The Guardian. Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids are now also getting looped in, with The Adelaide Advertiser, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun and The Courier Mail all getting the drops, all running segments of the Treasurer’s upcoming speech,

Source: Tamed Estate: cosy media club getting Coalition’s ‘drops’ expands to include Rupert’s tabloids – Michael West

Journalism Is in Crisis. Only Public Funding Can Save It.

For the Left, it’s easy to hate the media, with its entrenched centrist biases and loyalty to the status quo. But a world without high-quality news is a world where meaningful democracy is impossible. That’s the message of media scholar Victor Pickard, who argues for a transformation of our media system away from the model of commercial news and toward a “public option.”

Source: Journalism Is in Crisis. Only Public Funding Can Save It.

Biden Calls on Senate to Immediately Pass Gun Reform Laws in Wake of Mass Shootings – Mother Jones

Biden called on lawmakers in the House and Senate to pass new gun reform measures in brief remarks Tuesday morning following a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado Monday that claimed 10 lives. The shooting took place a week after a separate shooting in Atlanta killed 8 people.

Biden Calls on Senate to Immediately Pass Gun Reform Laws in Wake of Mass Shootings – Mother Jones

Rape, masturbation and lewd acts all part of Parliament House under Morrison

Rape, masturbation and lewd acts all part of Parliament House under Morrison

It’s increasingly difficult to keep apace of the torrents of misinformation, disinformation, obfuscation, avoidance, denial and bare-faced lies that emanate from the Morrison Government and its enablers every day.

Rape, masturbation and lewd acts all part of Parliament House under Morrison

Fox News Liars Call Biden ‘Senile’ After Speech | Crooks and Liars

Fox News Liars Call Biden 'Senile' After Speech

Fox had to cover Biden’s first prime time address after b**tching for days about no presser. So they lined up “pundits” to pan the speech afterwards. Fox News has given up having anything to do with news.

Fox News Liars Call Biden ‘Senile’ After Speech | Crooks and Liars

We Are All Living in Rupert Murdoch’s World

We Are All Living in Rupert Murdoch’s World
SAVE THE ABC

The right-wing media baron Rupert Murdoch turns 90 today. His news empire has been instrumental in reshaping the world in the image cast by conservative elites. The need to build a robust and democratic alternative media has never been more urgent.

We Are All Living in Rupert Murdoch’s World

Mass Layoffs at the Huffington Post Signal Doom for Journalism

Mass Layoffs at the Huffington Post Signal Doom for Journalism

A massive round of layoffs at the Huffington Post confirms that the media industry stands at the edge of a precipice. The only way it can shield itself from the whims of sadistic media baron owners who care nothing for journalism is by looking beyond capitalist ownership.

Mass Layoffs at the Huffington Post Signal Doom for Journalism

Michelle Pini interviewed by RTV Slovenia on Australia’s Google and Facebook code

Following an IA article analysing the real winners of the Morrison Government’s proposed News Media Bargaining Code, managing editor Michelle Pini was interviewed by RTV Slovenia’s Jaša Rajšek about the Code, the Facebook blockade and the Australian media landscape.

Michelle Pini interviewed by RTV Slovenia on Australia’s Google and Facebook code

Facebook is right to call the Australian Government bluff

Google was prepared to pay these “premiums” to make sure that its business model would still survive. It is the company’s advertising business model that it was keen to protect and for that reason, it was prepared to pay off the news companies. So nothing fundamental has been solved by the Australian Government through its media code. It is now simply waiting for the next battle and the regulator (ACCC) has also already foreshadowed that it will concentrate on that advertising business model. This will be a much tougher battle that Australia will not be able to win on its own. Google will use its full legal power with gigantic financial resources to defend their business.

Facebook is right to call the Australian Government bluff

Un-Friending Facebook? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why is this all happening? Our gutless Government is owned lock stock and barrel by conservative media. Our monopoly mainstream media is jousting with the monopoly social media platforms to gouge whatever they can out of each others’ revenue streams. Without the backing of monopoly level conservative media our current Government would have been chucked out long ago. So no surprise that the Coalition is sucking up to Murdoch. Bit trite for our Government to argue on behalf of Murdoch et al about how their revenue streams are being ripped off by the larger social media platforms, when that same Government is flaying the revenue streams of the ABC.

Un-Friending Facebook? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Pacific media warns Facebook ban on Australian news could have serious effects in the region – ABC News

A group of people hold a banner reading 'Pacific Communities Council Far North Queensland'

Tony Abbott closed Radio Australia down and let the Chinese in to take that space. Now the Morrison Government is preventing Australian News reaching the Pacific again giving that space to the Chinese while they slash the ABC’s budget instead 0f expanding it to to compete with Facebook. The LNP is supporting Murdoch and Costello’s private interests in exchange for political influence and ensuring fake news is concentrated in their hands. LNP are certainly the Pillocks of the Pacific( ODT)

Facebook’s move has also drawn an angry response from Pacific community groups in Australia. Nai Tuuut from the Pacific Community Council of Far North Queensland said her organisation relied on Facebook to share community news, as well as vital public health information in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Without us being able to share Australian news or even the Queensland Health is unable to post on Facebook, that just makes it extremely hard to keep our community up to date and just aware of what’s going on,” she told the ABC.

Pacific media warns Facebook ban on Australian news could have serious effects in the region – ABC News

Pay The Bully? Townsville paper hits peak nasty as Rupert Murdoch demands bail-out – Michael West

Pay The Bully? Townsville paper hits peak nasty as Rupert Murdoch demands bail-out – Michael West
Townsville Bulletin AC

Hiding behind a pay wall and in hoc to its advertisers, The Bully, The Townsville Bulletin, is a law unto itself in Queensland as its owners demand subsidies from the Government. Should we pay? asks Kim Wingerei? Meanwhile, Seven Network gets the first forced payment from Google for its “journalism”.

Pay The Bully? Townsville paper hits peak nasty as Rupert Murdoch demands bail-out – Michael West

Mainstream media roll out pro-Coalition narrative for the election year

They can’t cut the ABC it’s too obvious .However Face Book and Google are their targets for not the right reasons

With a federal election due this year or early next, the misinformation from Australia’s mainstream media is ramping up. Alan Austin reports. COALITION PARTIES and the pro-Coalition media already spreading the falsehoods they hope will dupe enough voters. The upcoming election is already being influenced by these elements.

Mainstream media roll out pro-Coalition narrative for the election year

Seeking the Post-Covid Sunshine: Neutrality in the Commercial Disputes Between Media Giants – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The harvesting of news content from the Old Media to the New Soft Media certainly degrades news reporting but this is essentially a commercial dispute which should be settled through negotiation between the parties. The LNP’s Media Bargaining Code fails to address the wider issue of tax evasion. Both Old and New media networks are involved in the tax evasion game. Although most of News Corporation’s operations are global and diversified well beyond the print media and television networks, the company shares with Google and Facebook a penchant for tax avoidance. News Corporation declared a loss on its entire operations in 2020 and 2018 (News Corporation Annual Report 2020):

Seeking the Post-Covid Sunshine: Neutrality in the Commercial Disputes Between Media Giants – » The Australian Independent Media Network