Tag: Media

The announcement artist | The Monthly

Doing the TRUMP

He switched to an announcement-based approach to leadership, and it made complete sense. In the current environment, there are no disincentives for doing so. Press conferences are held at short notice with details postponed until later, and inconvenient questions are easily batted away, well after headlines have established an underlying narrative. Outlets rush to break the news first, follow-ups are negligible, corrections are buried, and the media as a whole paints the picture you would expect from an ecosystem increasingly dominated by supporters of Morrison and his government (most notably in the News Corp stable). It’s all working for the prime minister – he’s a ­self-styled practical dad, an optimist taking care of business. If there are objections or uncomfortable revelations, he doesn’t accept the premise of your question. Next, please. And tomorrow he’ll have another announcement.

The announcement artist | The Monthly

These creeps are going to make the next few weeks harder than they need to be | The Shot

My beautiful but astonishingly pooey two-year-old has handled himself through this pandemic with more grace than Melbourne’s largest newspaper. And the Victorian Liberal Party. Both of whom should feel grateful I’ve listed them as distinct entities.

These creeps are going to make the next few weeks harder than they need to be | The Shot

Trump told a reporter his biggest secret: that he is a danger to the American people | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Our very stupid genius vomited up all manner of secrets that collectively prove beyond all reasonable doubt that he represents the greatest single danger to the fate of both the American people and to himself.’

Trump is a particularly stupid man who thinks he is very smart. Perhaps this lies at the root of his monumentally dumb decision to grant Bob Woodward 18 interviews

Trump told a reporter his biggest secret: that he is a danger to the American people | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

Australia takes high moral ground as China expels journalists

 

Australia takes high moral ground as China expels journalists
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Multiple Chinese media sources now claim the ASIO raided four Chinese journalists in Australia. Given the focus on Chinese espionage in Australia at the moment this may be true — and could possibly tip the problem on its head — but the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would not confirm or deny it.

Australia takes high moral ground as China expels journalists

Old Dog Thoughts- The anti- lockdown demonstrations seem as if organised by the UPF or the Proud Boys but publicised as if spontaneous

Fighting Fake News with REAL 6/9/20; The virus is real it visibly damages and invisibly scars and travels silently faster than a bushfire. News Corp denies the evidence and promotes anti COVID restrictions without charge;

PM must sack Michael Sukkar over Liberal party branch-stacking allegations, Labor says | Australia news | The Guardian

 

The assistant treasurer and housing minister, Michael Sukkar

Liberal party powerbroker Marcus Bastiaan resigns after being accused of organising staff to recruit members

PM must sack Michael Sukkar over Liberal party branch-stacking allegations, Labor says | Australia news | The Guardian

 

‘Riddled with errors’: Paul Fletcher slams ABC fact check

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.

When a Minister gets that flustered you know a nerve has been hit. (ODT)

The RMIT ABC Fact Check unit, funded jointly between the RMIT University and the ABC, describes itself as an “agenda-free zone” that does not allow staff of the unit to be members of political parties or activist groups.

via ‘Riddled with errors’: Paul Fletcher slams ABC fact check

Was the ABC’s funding cut?

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher (pictured) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have disputed the ABC is facing cuts to its budget.

This truly isn’t even a debate to allw it to become one is to blow smoke into the eyes of the Australian public. Tony Abbott lied in 2013  and the LNP has been doing it ever since with the aid of News Corp and now Ch9 suggesting there’s even a question! (ODT)

via Was the ABC’s funding cut?

Social media has created an open season on journalists

It’s worth noting that the same week of this press conference, some in News Ltd had been pushing a completely false story that the Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton had resigned. Headlines around the country in the News Ltd press such as ‘Dan-Made Disaster’ are indicative of News Ltd’s bias and their preoccupation with promoting opinion as news.

After weeks of the national press gunning for the Victorian Premier, while neglecting to hold our Prime Minister to account for the pandemic wrecking ball swinging through the Federal Government-managed aged care sector, amongst other things, public anger at the media hypocrisy was a blister waiting to burst.

The relentless and desperate attempts to “get Dan” by some in the Victorian press was certainly worthy of criticism in my view.

via Social media has created an open season on journalists

Mainstream media holds politicians to account — some of them, sometimes

However, we believe all politicians and powerful people should be held up to the same scrutiny. But when it comes to the coronavirus – and many other issues – it’s pretty plain this simply doesn’t happen with respect to the Morrison Government.Scrut

via Mainstream media holds politicians to account — some of them, sometimes

The Israel lobby and media independence

The decade of News Corp’s demise

The media skews towards affording pro-Israel voices a substantial amount of exposure, largely excluding Palestinian perspectives, Dr Evan Jones contends.

Nine Entertainment is not merely cowardly with respect to the pro-Israel lobby, it (with the Murdoch media) is an integral part of that lobby, debasing its privileged and crucial medium and sacrificing its integrity — this in tolerating the systematic attempted buying off of its journalists and in opening its pages readily to racist apologists. In short, it’s an ongoing obscenity.

via The Israel lobby and media independence

Shadow ministers slam priorities in Fox Sports “handout” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison Government kowtows to the Murdoch global Dynasty (ODT)

Opposition communications ministers have called out the Morrison government’s continued hypocrisy in its funding of its broadcast interests – granting $10 million of public to Fox Sports, weeks after revelations of continued cutting millions of dollars in funding to the ABC.

“The ABC has suffered from repeated budget cuts under the Coalition Government, some $783 million since 2014, and is now cutting jobs and news services to stay afloat. If there is money to go around for broadcasting, it should go to the ABC and SBS.

“The PM needs to reverse the funding cuts to the ABC. He can easily find the first $10 million by taking it back from Murdoch and putting it where it will be the most benefit to broadcasting and promoting women’s sport and where fans can actually watch it without forking out more money,” Hanson-Young said.

via Shadow ministers slam priorities in Fox Sports “handout” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Rupert Murdoch’s big investment headache: Australia – Reuters

The birthplace of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, News Corp’s Australian business, is shaping up as a trouble spot for the global firm, following a billion dollar writedown and a move to stop printing more than 100 regional newspapers.
— Read on www.reuters.com/article/us-news-corp-australia-focus/rupert-murdochs-big-investment-headache-australia-idUSKCN24G36B

Morrison morphs into ‘Strict Father’ mode – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In accepting Morrison’s ‘Strict Father’ behaviour, we are also accepting his judgement, which in turn is predicated on his political ideologies and his belief system. To expect the electorate to accept unthinkingly his decisions on this basis is a big call.

What are you prepared to accept from our national leader?

via Morrison morphs into ‘Strict Father’ mode – » The Australian Independent Media Network

TV News’s near silence on record shattering temperatures in the Arctic is part of a disturbing trend in climate coverage | Media Matters for America

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via TV News’s near silence on record shattering temperatures in the Arctic is part of a disturbing trend in climate coverage | Media Matters for America

Informed Comment-Julia Gillard

Not your average Aussie

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Julia Gillard becoming Australia’s first female…

It bewilders me that our mainstream media is taking such a vociferous and concerted stand against public and international opinion. The impact of the speech is lost on them. One could be forgiven for thinking they have an agenda. Regardless of how much they condemn the Prime Minister, the world isn’t listening.

Heads they win, Tails you lose! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The LNP Piss UP sponsored by CH9 needs to be taken off the front pages (ODT)

It’s not easy being a politician. Every day there are challenges that the average punter doesn’t have to face.

Just take the dilemma that Stuart Robert, Dan Tehan and Simon Birmingham had to face last year when deciding whether to go from Canberra to Sydney for a Liberal Party piss up. They had booked their flights and had their staffers book them into an upmarket Sydney hotel when some pesky intern in the minister’s office had the temerity to ask “but who’s going to pay?”

via Heads they win, Tails you lose! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Downplaying risk of death, Sinclair ran a national segment promoting hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment | Media Matters for America

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The day before Trump claimed he was taking hydroxychloroquine, Sharyl Attkisson touted the drug on Sinclair stations nationwide

via Downplaying risk of death, Sinclair ran a national segment promoting hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment | Media Matters for America

Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

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The level of Trump’s mendacity is far grosser than that used to sell the Iraq War by claiming that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Then too there were stories of secret laboratories developing biological weapons. Though Trump is purging US intelligence chiefs and replacing them with Trump loyalists, even they could not stomach his latest conspiracy theory. “The intelligence also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified,” said a statement from the office of the director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell.

The purpose of Trump’s lies is not to convince by rational argument but to dominate the news agenda by outrageous allegations. This simple PR trick has previously worked well for him, but scapegoating China may not be enough to divert attention away from the price Americans have paid for his calamitous mishandling of the pandemic. The casualty figures tell their own grim story: in China there have been 84,373 cases of the illness and 4,643 deaths while in the US there have been just over 1.1 million cases and 64,460 deaths. Trump loyalists will claim that the Chinese are lying, but then they must also explain away the lower loss of life in South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

via Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

Trump Lies to Dodge Question From Fox on Pandemic Team

Reporters raise their hands to ask questions as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In Trump Media just Lie and deal with the fallout later. After all it’s a 24/7 cycle (ODT

Donald Trump’s latest campaign rally disguised as a coronavirus task force briefing took a remarkable turn on Wednesday when he was stunned by a tough question from, of all people, John Roberts of Fox News.

Trump was sailing along, singing his own praises (“Did you know I was number one on Facebook?“) and denying any responsibility for the catastrophe when Roberts asked the president about the massive blunder of disbanding the White House pandemic preparedness team set up by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

via Trump Lies to Dodge Question From Fox on Pandemic Team

White House Won’t Say When More Masks Will Be Available To Health Care Workers | HuffPost Australia

Repeating the I’m not responsible claim coupled with the “amazing number of tests” and supplies are coming as if they are here. Snake oil (ODT)

Trump also blamed the previous administration for the current shortage of tests and supplies.

“We inherited an obsolete broken system,” the president said. “When you hear the number of tests that we will be providing, and are now, it’s incredible. And I’ve heard a lot of governors saying the same thing.”

via White House Won’t Say When More Masks Will Be Available To Health Care Workers | HuffPost Australia

Mainstream media is hiding the truth about koala extinction

The public is being misinformed about the true fate of koalas following the devastating effects of drought and fires, writes Sue Arnold.

IS THERE A CONSPIRACY to hide the fact NSW koalas are on the verge of extinction? Not in 2050 as WWF continues to predict, but in plain sight now.

Given the ongoing evidence of misinformation across mainstream and social media, one could be forgiven for thinking that a U.S.-style misinformation campaign is in full swing.

In reality, the legacy of the bushfires and drought make it almost 100 per cent certain that NSW koalas are facing looming extinction, save for a few small colonies. The only significant colony remaining is in southwest Sydney.

via Mainstream media is hiding the truth about koala extinction

Scott Morrison Scorecard: before Triple Black Swan of bushfires, floods and virus – Michael West

Economic growth has halved, debt has rocketed, but the share market is up and bond yields have collapsed. Female representation in Cabinet is down to one quarter, yet women on top boards have edged up to nearly 35%. This is the MW30, a quarterly snapshot of Australia.

via Scott Morrison Scorecard: before Triple Black Swan of bushfires, floods and virus – Michael West

Trump impeachment: US President’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz stuns with US election campaign defence

Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz stunned observers with his extraordinarily broad view of presidential authority.

This supposes what Trump a 16,000 + count Fact Check liar since his inaugauration is now being pleaded by his defence for his unbridled honesty. If you believe that then you do believe their are fairies at the end of the garden. (ODT)

The day began with a question from moderate Republican senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

They asked Trump’s legal defence team whether they had any indication that Trump was concerned about the actions of Joe Biden in Ukraine before Biden became a candidate for president.

Trump’s lawyers could not cite any example of him doing so

“So I can’t point to something in the record that shows President Trump at an earlier time mentioning specifically something related to Joe or Hunter Biden.”

via Trump impeachment: US President’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz stuns with US election campaign defence

Philanthropy, the Twiggy Forrest way

Tony Abbott tried to set up a Climate Council within our Universities with the cheap $4million Bribe and Dr Bjorn Blomborg sold to us by News Corp as the world’s foremost intellect on Climate Change why? So Abbott could control “his” argument on Climate. Abbott did much the same supporting the Ramsay Foundation’s bribe of Universities to control our Culture and History. Again with the full backing and sale by News Corp The Spectator and Quadrant.

Twiggy Forrest is doing an Abbott controlling his Philanthropic Grant to consolidate his and Mining’s message on Climate. This isn’t generosity driven by any means but rather a bribe and grab for power and the privatisation of the  Science much the same as when big Tobacco and Big Pharma wanted to control the research and thus the message vitally needed to serve their interests rather than the Common Good . Forrest is a Miner afterall. (ODT)

What Andrew Forest does is avoid paying tax and instead makes donations, so that he gets to control who and how the money is used, while also building up his reputation as a good Aussie bloke.

Not one Australian has voted for Twiggy and yet he helps set government policy, along with his profiteering climate change denier mates.

A true philanthropist is one that gives; not one who seeks fame and glory or the power to control how their gift is used.

It’s likely that Andrew Twiggy Forest is far from a true philanthropist.

via Philanthropy, the Twiggy Forrest way

Making sense of Australia’s bushfire crisis means asking hard questions – and listening to the answers

When the immediate threat of these fires has passed, many bigger questions will remain. The Conversation will continue to bring you the responsible, evidence-based journalism you need to be properly informed. Thank you for your continued support.

via Making sense of Australia’s bushfire crisis means asking hard questions – and listening to the answers

Billionaires Are Not the Answer – Mother Jones

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Deadspin (where, interest declared, my amazing colleague Tommy Craggs was once editor-in-chief), was a lot of what journalism should be: a thorn in the side of the smug, self-righteous, and overly comfortable. The story of its demise is the story of a news industry bleeding from a thousand cuts—litigation, the collapse of advertising revenue, platform changes, political point-scoring, and rapacious and/or incompetent owners.

At Mother Jones, we’ve encountered a lot of the same challenges Deadspin and so many other organizations have. We fought a massive lawsuit from a conservative billionaire. We’re regularly attacked by everyone from members of Congress to Twitter trolls. We lost advertising revenue with the flick of a switch at Facebook.

But here’s the difference: Our owners have a deep commitment to journalistic independence and fearlessness. They are smart, funny, and exceptionally good-looking. They are…you.

via Billionaires Are Not the Answer – Mother Jones

Dallas Morning News editorial board conducted a rare climate change-focused Q&A. The participant was a discredited climate contrarian. | Media Matters for America

Bjorn Lomborg

via Dallas Morning News editorial board conducted a rare climate change-focused Q&A. The participant was a discredited climate contrarian. | Media Matters for America

Trump Allies Smear Decorated Veteran Testifying In Impeachment Inquiry | HuffPost Australia

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Trump still contends that the summary of the July call released by the White House clears him of any wrongdoing, a claim that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has distanced himself from and that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has effectively contradicted.

via Trump Allies Smear Decorated Veteran Testifying In Impeachment Inquiry | HuffPost Australia

Pelosi slams Trump for cutting Democrats out of loop on Baghdadi raid | World news | The Guardian

Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters on Capitol Hill this week.

Another UNPRECEDENTED move by  Trump ODT)

Top Democrats reacted with anger to Donald Trump’s decision to go ahead with the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid without giving them advance notice, on grounds that they were not to be trusted with such highly sensitive information.

In a break with precedent, Trump excluded senior Democrats on the so-called Gang of Eight – the group of congressional leaders who by law are to be informed of covert actions ordered by the US president – from all operational intelligence.

Those cut out of the loop included Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, and Adam Schiff, who chairs the House intelligence committee.

via Pelosi slams Trump for cutting Democrats out of loop on Baghdadi raid | World news | The Guardian

Did The White House Stage Situation Room Baghdadi Raid Photo? | Crooks and Liars

Did The White House Stage Situation Room Baghdadi Raid Photo?

Donald Trump is so weak and pathetic he actually may have staged a photo from Saturday to make it appear as though he was monitoring the raid on the Baghdadi compound when his official schedule shows that he was actually on the golf course.

It’s truly sad when the Reality Show President* is more concerned about appearances than doing the real work that every single other President did before him. Here is a great compilation of real and unstaged photos taken by Pete Souza from the Situation Room, taken during the raid on Osama bin Laden. The most iconic is this one:

Did The White House Stage Situation Room Baghdadi Raid Photo? | Crooks and Liars

Trump’s Endless Wars

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Trump’s not bringing the troops home. He’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad, while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.

Donald Trump loves to talk about ending the endless U.S. wars that he inherited as president. He tweets about it. He endlessly criticizes his predecessors for their martial mistakes.

But like the old saw about the weather, Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn’t do anything about them.

via Trump’s Endless Wars