Tag: Media

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

Google & Facebook laws just a Backrub for News and Nine – Michael West

Bye Bye Google

Google threatens to withdraw search from Australia and Facebook to remove news posts. These are not idle threats. Is propping up old media with grants gouged from Google good public policy? It delivers cash for Rupert Murdoch but does it serve consumers? Kim Wingerei reports.

Google & Facebook laws just a Backrub for News and Nine – Michael West

Terrorized Yet? If You Speak Out, You Probably Have Been. Or Will Be. | The Smirking Chimp

Which is why we’d better root out this homegrown terror with at least as much urgency and a lot more sanity than we did when we spent billions attacking the wrong enemy, getting ourselves mired after destabilizing the Middle East, all while enriching war profiteers and giving the American troglodytes of the right a big boost in their power to do us all harm.

Terrorized Yet? If You Speak Out, You Probably Have Been. Or Will Be. | The Smirking Chimp

The Morrison government’s two alarming assaults on freedom of speech after spruiking liberty

The Australian government continues to curtail what you can say online.
Why is it we allow our PM to get away with BULLSHIT. Bring back the ABC

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison was invited at a recent press conference to condemn far-right conspiracy theories promoted by government members such as George Christensen, he refused. He also defended another Liberal backbencher, Craig Kelly, who has undermined the government’s health message by spreading false information about COVID-19. At the time, Morrison said: “There’s such a thing as freedom of speech in this country and that will continue.”

The Morrison government’s two alarming assaults on freedom of speech after spruiking liberty

Faustian Pact: no way back from public relations for News and Nine – Michael West

Tamed Estate

Old media caps off annus horribilis 2020 with its traditional horrible week. Michael West, standing in for Michael Tanner, looks at the fall of Fairfax, PR masquerading as journalism, who guards the Guardian, Seven News’ calls for war with China and how Scott Morrison’s media team has the game sown up.

Faustian Pact: no way back from public relations for News and Nine – Michael West

The Julian Assange Pardon Drive – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Even a broken clock is right twice a day Carlson is certainly right on this issue

Carlson was certainly convinced, taking a position at odds with various national security wonks that pullulate the US airwaves. “Whatever you think of Julian Assange and what he did, he is effectively a journalist. He took information and he put it in a place the public could read it.” The Australian was spending time in prison for releasing documents “he did not steal,” merely providing a platform for their dissemination, showing that “the US government was illegally spying on me, and everybody else in this country.”

The Julian Assange Pardon Drive – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A Deepening Democracy Crisis: More than 70 Percent of Trump Voters Distrust the Best-run Election in Years | The Smirking Chimp

Trump Built a Wall to Lock Latin American Politics into the USA

When America faces a leader with totalitarian impulses who thinks he can will his way into another term, it is also facing its greatest democratic crisis in decades. The passage of time always heals wounds, including political wounds. But what can be done to revive public trust in elections in the meantime is not just an open-ended question. Democracy’s fragile skin has been stretched as never before, when tens of millions of voters say that they don’t trust the results from the best-run election in years.

A Deepening Democracy Crisis: More than 70 Percent of Trump Voters Distrust the Best-run Election in Years | The Smirking Chimp

Rush Limbaugh Argues For Secession: ‘There Cannot Be A Peaceful Coexistence’ | Crooks and Liars

Rush Limbaugh Argues For Secession: 'There Cannot Be A Peaceful Coexistence'

Suddenly Rush Limbaugh doubts two different outlooks can exist in the same country while ignoring that he has stoked the fires of hate and division for decades. By Karoli Kuns

Rush Limbaugh Argues For Secession: ‘There Cannot Be A Peaceful Coexistence’ | Crooks and Liars

2020: It Doesn’t Exist And I Have Entered A Parallel Universe! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In the recent few days, there’s the Cartier watches; the ABC paying Foxtel so that they can cover women’s soccer after Foxtel was given government money to cover women’s sport; the disappearance of all documents relating to the “grants” in NSW; the realisation that even if Trump is voted out, some people still think that Donald Trump is a reasonable pick for President; the confusion that, four years after Trump’s surprise win, the best the Democrats could come up with was Joe Biden; the media’s presentation of the Melbourne lockdown protests and the fact that many people are tipping Richmond to win the AFL flag by more points than they’re likely to kick for the whole game… Strangely that last one is the least of my concerns! Ok, let me take them one at a time:

2020: It Doesn’t Exist And I Have Entered A Parallel Universe! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump has COVID-19: More evidence that he’s always put his ego ahead of public health | Salon.com

Trump has COVID-19: More evidence that he's always put his ego ahead of public health
The media won’t write him off he’s too valuable to their bottom line

Will we now see policy discussions and debates in the media? No Effen way. (ODT

Donny SuperSpreader can’t benefit from catching a virus he has claimed affects “virtually nobody”

Trump has COVID-19: More evidence that he’s always put his ego ahead of public health | Salon.com

Murdoch: forever brutal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Depressingly readable is the best way to describe Paul Barry’s revealing biography of Rupert Murdoch. I placed the word mongrel in the title of this piece but it could just as easily used scumbag which means a contemptible or objectionable person. It is a story about one man. A man with a love for money, power, influence, acquisitions, wives, children and even scandal. Scandal makes money.

Murdoch: forever brutal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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?