Fox News host Tucker Carlson has spent years telling his audience that white supremacists do not pose a serious threat to the public. Even as Americans motivated by racist ideologies committed acts of domestic terror — including the January 6 sacking of the U.S. Capitol — he was quick to scoff, arguing that Democrats and the press were exaggerating the threat for political gain. So after FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress the exact opposite on Tuesday, Carlson was left with three choices — admit that he was wrong, lie about what happened, or ignore it. He chose the latter path, preferring to devote his show to issues he apparently considered more pressing, like the purported cancellation of Dr. Seuss.The FBI director dismantled Tucker Carlson’s lie that white supremacists aren’t a threat — so Carlson ignored him | Media Matters for America
Right-wing media use loner activist’s arrest to revive conspiracy theories about “antifa” at the January 6 insurrection | Media Matters for America
To bolster those claims, they’ve zeroed in on Utah man John Sullivan, who recorded the events and reportedly cheered on the mob l, regarding his past attendance at Black Lives Matters protests. But the fact is, those local activists all say Sullivan is not welcome, and they’ve been trying for some time to keep him away. Despite early claims by right-wing media and Republican members of Congress that far-left provocateurs had really been the ones to instigate the attack on the Capitol, FBI Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono told reporters later that week, “We have no indication of that, at this time.” And a report in the Los Angeles Times has found that the suspects who have been arrested since the riot have represented “a broad cross section of President Trump’s supporters — people with office jobs, kids and mortgages, and otherwise respectable public reputations,” along with some “fringe radicRight-wing media use loner activist’s arrest to revive conspiracy theories about “antifa” at the January 6 insurrection | Media Matters for America
Ordinary common media provide the sound bytes that radicalize. In Australia that 66% ++ media concentration lies with Murdoch Media and it’s commentary and opinion providers that do not rely on facts for news.(ODT)
“The individual claimed that he was not a frequent commenter on extreme right-wing sites and that YouTube was, for him, a far more significant source of information and inspiration. Although he did frequent extreme right-wing discussion boards such as those on 4chan and 8chan, the evidence we have seen is indicative of more substantial use of YouTube and is therefore consistent with what he told us.”NZ’s Arden: Mosque Massacre was Enabled by ignoring White Supremacist Terror Threat and YouTube Radicalization
Australia is not alone in having a concentrated media market. We can see similar patterns emerging both in the US and in some parts of Europe[i]. But Australia stands out as one of the most concentrated media markets in the world and this increasing concentration has been happening for some time[ii]. There is also the question of why it also appears to be speeding up.The distortion of the Australian public sphere: Media ownership concentration in Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network
How the news mogul sold his media empire to himself. It’s a shocker.Rupert Murdoch and the ‘big surprise’ theory of accounting
A major shift towards clean energy targets is being seen among some of Australia’s leading businesses and brands, writes David Ritter.Major corporations rush towards clean energy commitment
The Murdochs own Fox News but rarely get the scrutiny they deserve for bankrolling racism and hatred.We Need to Talk More About the Murdoch Family
Andrew Bolt denied he had any influence on the Christchurch shooter however he certainly promoted the European Identitarian movement by giving air time to the likes of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux. Bolt also gave air time to Blair Cotteral head of the UPF all influencers of the NZ mass-shooter. On the occassion of the aftermath of that massacre Bolt literally went to ground for 3-4 days as if told to be extremely careful about how he was to respond to the event given Sky News was cut off by the NZ government for attempting to continue to broadcast it live when asked not to..
It’s about time that the use of free speech as a feeble justification for the right to commercial profitability carried with it some responsibility as does the sale of other dangerous products in our so called “free market” Some accountability is needed to prevent the damage that flows from irresponsible broadcasting and the selling of right-wing ideology as fake news or merely opinion that allows Bolt to get away with inspiring murder mayhem and chaos.
Let’s face it after the bombings in Barcelona he said he “admired” the commitment to cause the young terrorists hand and wished young Christians were the same and not “gutless” If thats not throwing down a challenge what is? (ODT)
From the document the perpetrator posted online before the shooting, the messages he scrawled on the weapons he used and his links to the European Identitarian movement, it was clear he wanted to brand himself as a member of a larger global community. Certainly the links to the far right in Australia were real enough. After the shooting, the leader of an Australian white nationalist group said he had previously approached the Christchurch shooter to join his Lad’s Society, and an investigation by the ABC found he had posted online comments supporting another Australian far right group, the United Patriots Front, as early as April 2016. Advertisement He also praised the UPF founder, Blair Cottrell, as the “true leader of the nationalist movement in Australia” and dubbed him “Emperor” on the night of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US election. Cottrell has said he did not know the gunman and recently described him as “an idiot”.As the Christchurch shooter faces sentencing, what has Australia learned about far-right terror? | World news | The Guardian
Bolt loves the attention he’d be jobless without the ABC. Murdoch Media’s loss of $1,5 billion has resulted in the wholesale sacking of journalists diminishing it’s News content but not it’s opinions and public relation activity yet it continues to falsely portray itself as selling News. Sporting and entertainment maybe but not sufficient to describe it as a News organisation selling news. Peter Foster Australia’s infamous con man was jailed for selling product under false pretences.
Murdoch is an American who has been increasingly involved in interfering with our elections with heavy editorial influence and modelling Sky News on Fox News the USA. When will this foreign interference in Australian Democracy be addressed for what it is foreign interference? After all how does a company run and what is its purpose with a $1.5 billion loss paying no taxes given subsidies but losing readers and viewers but being largest organisation in the country not selling news (ODT)
However, the letter writers misunderstand the fundamental issue here: The problem is not that The Wall Street Journal’s opinion section undermines the newsroom’s credibility — it’s that in the right-wing media environment, especially under the ownership of the Murdoch empire, the newsroom only exists in order to help confer a patina of credibility on the opinion section as it spreads right-wing falsehoods. And this should become all that much clearer when looking at the opinion section’s responses and its total lack of accountability.
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
Is America, in lockdown, with 26 million unemployed and entering a new depression, up for a confrontation and Cold War with China?
For that appears to be where the GOP wishes to lead us.
The Rupert Murdoch owned The Wall Street Journal ran back-to-back editorials last week urging a more confrontational stance toward Beijing and endorsing GOP plans for new defense spending on U.S. air and naval forces in the Western Pacific.
Who was dutifully promoting and playin wingman to this bullshit none other than Andrew Bolt (ODT)
After my essential journey to the supermarket to buy chocolate, I couldn’t help noticing the front page headline on “The Australian” which blared:
TEACHERS DEFYING VIRUS SCIENCE
Quite a neat trick rely, I thought. How does one “defy” science? Is it like defying gravity? Or is it like defying your boss and announcing that there’s no way you’re going to perform that task without the correct safety equipment?
No, what I find amazing is the sheer hypocrisy of a newspaper that can switch from an “everyone has a right to an opinion and scientists have been wrong in the past” position to a “you don’t have the right to question because you’ve been told by the PM so shut up and do what you’re told” stance.
And, of course, this completely overlooks the fact that teachers are doing what they’re told. In some states, teacher unions are pushing to ensure safety, but to the best of my knowledge none have suggested teachers refusing to attend school. Except for private schools, it’s state governments who’ve made the decisions about schools, not the teachers themselves.
Still, Rupert’s editors have never let the truth get in the way of the story.
Murdoch Media the voice of Trump have shut up promoting Chloroquine
After aggressively promoting an anti-malaria drug as a “miracle” in the fight against COVID-19—a push that flew in the face of repeated warnings from experts—President Donald Trump and Fox News personalities suddenly appear to be cooling on hydroxychloroquine just as a new study reports the drug could lead to a higher death rate.
Australians are social distancers by design. Londoners, NewYorkers, don’t have that luxury. However, it doesn’t mean we can stop social distancing until we have sufficient testing and quarantine stations available. The problem is exacerbated with the flu season coming on. However, Murdoch Media insists it’s time to lift bans and get back to work their generalising of that call offer no specifics or how a global economy can be stopped from crashing. Their call for a drop in bans and self-reliance is not only counter to expert advice but grossly irresponsible. (ODT)
So be it if they are disproportionately Black (ODT)
“Amusing Ourselves to Death”: News media and the public’s desire to be entertained vs. its need to be informed
Murdoch is the proxy State Media for the LNP government “No questions asked” as long as you slash the funding to the ABC. Today our public media has been reduced ti the equivalent funding it had in 1984. This Government rode into power on the promis of No Cuts to the ABC. (ODT)
Any decent journalist would have asked basic questions such as:
How and when did the extraordinary surge in asylum seekers come about?
How big is the problem, really, given the Government is saying it is no big deal?
Is the Government really getting on top of the problem or are they just spinning a line?
What is the surge costing the economy and the budget?’
Does the Government actually have an effective plan to get on top of the problem?’
But no, Chambers and Kelly just happily ignore such basic questions.
Spurned on by extremist and biased Islamophobic media globally. The largest in the English speaking world being Murdoch Media. In Melbourne alone in 2018 some 2850 anti- Islamic articles were published in the Herald Sun alone with Andrew Bolt an obsessed and leading contributor via his columns, radio, blogs, and Sky presance. He played a part so much so after the Barcelona bombings he was imploring the Christian youth of Australia to have the guts and fight back. A reminder of Alan Jones during the Cronulla Riots. (ODT)
The emergence of cold-blooded psychopaths and murderers who harbor plans to slaughter Muslims is becoming an alarming trend not only in Europe, but in the rest of the world.
Without its legacy film and television business, Fox Corp’s most-high-profile division is Fox News, which is in a symbiotic relationship with the president of the United States. That relationship is already challenging Lachlan to deal with what one Hollywood executive called “the elephant in the room” for Fox – the toxic identity of Fox News in a mostly liberal entertainment industry.
On the other side of the political spectrum, several Fox News staffers said they are distrustful of Lachlan’s devotion to the cable news channel, and some call Lachlan “Fredo” behind his back, an unkind reference to a weak-willed son in “The Godfather.” The opinionated, conservative faction of the company that supports Trump is already testing his authority.
Trump became president, giving Rupert unprecedented access to a sitting US president – a relationship he has long coveted. The two men talk weekly, according to people close to them, and sometimes more often than that.
Lachlan doesn’t like to talk to the politicians. Rupert, however, has always has been attuned to political realities.
This is what Murdoch has always been about THE ART OF THE DEAL something Trump could never finese. (ODT)
“Rupert understood all along that governments care about media and that they meddle in it, and they have rules and you have to have a rapprochement to be successful,” said Reed Hundt, a former FCC chairman in the Clinton administration.
The Murdochs agreed to the Disney offer as the Justice Department was fighting AT&T’s $US85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. In contrast to the hostility Trump displayed toward that deal, Trump spoke to Rupert the day the Fox deal with Disney was announced and “congratulated him,” according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
(In another sign of the Murdochs and Trumps having close ties: When Ivanka Trump joined the White House, she relinquished her role as trustee of the fortune of Rupert Murdoch’s two youngest children.)
“It’s Lachlan versus the president,” said the 21st Century Fox film executive. “Who do you think is going to win that?”
How tight are Murdoch’s strings on Trump? (ODT)
A 50-year-old driver injured Syrian and Afganistan migrants and shouted racist comments as he was being arrested.
A 50-year-old man has been arrested after driving his car into a crowd of people in Germany in what police say appears to be a racist attack.
A group of migrants from Syria and Afghanistan was attacked in the town of Bottrop, an area of western Germany. According to official reports, the driver shouted xenophobic and racist comments while he was being arrested.
In the early hours of January 1, the driver had first tried unsuccessfully to hit a pedestrian. He then headed downtown, driving into a crowd of Syrian and Afganistan migrants, injuring four.
This is despite the fact that, its then-editor, Chris Mitchell, said eight years ago: “for several years the paper has accepted man-made climate change as fact”.
But last week, the paper gave columnist Michael Asten more than 400 square centimetres, for an article of well over 900 words, to argue there are massive divisions about the science.
To be fair, he probably did not write the headline:
And why does The Australian continue to publish articles designed to raise doubts about anthropogenic climate change and the urgent need to tackle it when it does not provide similar support for tobacco lobbyists and flat-earthers?
In the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, Justice Lesley Taylor said the case was a “very serious example” of contempt and fined Nationwide News Pty Ltd, the publishers of The Australian, $155,000. Justice Taylor also ordered the company to pay court costs of $45,000 on an indemnity basis.
As a young man I remember back in 1964 the American government announcing that one of their battleships has been attacked by North Vietnam and this led to their mass bombing and full-scale war leading to the deaths of over three and a half million people. Twenty years later the truth came out that there had never been an attack on that American ship.
The earliest lie I remember was when I was just eleven years old and Britain and France announced they were invading Egypt to stop the war between Egypt and Israel. All the politicians behind that lie were dead long before the truth emerged that Britain and France had asked Israel to invade Egypt so that this would give Britain and France the chance to overthrow Nasser’s Egyptian government and take back control of the Suez Canal.
Always be careful about what you believe.
Greg Sheridan Political Editor for Murdoch’s economically bleeding Australian clearly stated his confidence in the Israeli courts and the IDF to be able to carry out objective investigations into the deaths of Palestinians killed by Israel’s forces. on Q&A (ODT)
Israeli soldiers shot 16-year-old Samir Awad eight times in the back, killing him. After a two-year delay, they were finally indicted. Now the prosecution has announced that it is dropping the charges against them.
The inaccurate notion that abortion is an unsafe or “risky” medical procedure was put to rest this month, with the release of a new report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States. But as usual, Fox News didn’t let facts stand in the way of a sensationalist segment attacking abortion as unsafe.
Australia’s key institutions – government, business and not-for-profit organisations – are among the least trusted in the world. Our trust in the media is now the second lowest in the world, behind only Turkey, at 31 per cent.