Rudd’s latest contribution to the debate is The Case for Courage, part of a series curated by Australian publishing doyen Louise Adler and published by Monash University Publishing. This little red book, easily read in one sitting, is a call to arms to the Australian Labor party and its supporters. But it is a wake-up call for all of us. Rudd asks Labor to be brave and act with courage to hold the conservatives to account and guarantee media diversity by breaking Murdoch’s media domination, in order to protect and strengthen Australian social democracy. The book starts with a critique of the Murdoch oligarchy and ends with a vision for a “big Australia”, a fourth way, as Rudd describes it:
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.
Long ago, The Chaser declared war on News Corp Australia for its culture-warring, climate-change-denying ways.
Before they tricked News Corp into reporting on a fake petition about fairy bread being “cancelled”, the satirical publication’s team dreamed up a plan to help readers hit the company where it really hurts: its bottom line.
In 2019, The Chaser started cancelling subscriptions on behalf of people who were fed up with News Corp.
“Are you sick of that crotchety old billionaire Rupert Murdoch siphoning off your hard-earned cash each week?” The Chaser website asks.
“Are you sick of supporting a newspaper which gives airtime to climate deniers as the country burns down around you? Want to just cancel your subscription to The Daily Telegraph that keeps clogging up your mailbox, but can’t be arsed waiting on the phone for three hours?”
Participants use a simple web form to sign over their legal rights to The Chaser to act as a representative, who will then cancel their News Corp subscription on their behalf.
Think television, newspapers, public speeches, movies, sport, news, advertising, entertainment, radio and above all, politics. Think about what you see, read and hear. Now think about the word “exaggeration.”
We have the best firefighters in the world, the best law enforcement agencies, the best health experts. We have “the best” of so many and so much it’s a wonder we aren’t the best in the world. Whoops, I’m sorry, we are the best in the world.
“We have the best people in the world looking at these issues,” said Scott Morrison on ABC Insiders last Sunday. He was referring to the problem of obtaining vaccines.
For me, l must say that l find all the exaggeration rather appalling and unnecessary. It is lying dressed in the clothes of fools.
The heavy concentration of media ownership in Australia corrodes democracy. The antidote is a thriving public broadcaster, but by 2023, Coalition cuts to the ABC will add up to $1 billion. Elizabeth Minter reports.
But there is at least one other deal process in Australia that may have piqued Murdoch’s interest. An auction is under way for Australia’s largest listed gambling business, Tabcorp, after the $10 billion firm told the market last month it had received numerous approaches for its wagering business, which includes the TAB and Sky Racing brands.Could Rupert Murdoch’s last corporate punt be on the betting industry?
There has long been an alignment of interests between those who despise the EU and those who despise the BBC for its publicly funded journalism. This confluence has also been demonstrated by British newspaper owners and their editors; now two new television ventures are providing a fresh outlet.Is Britain’s TV news at risk of being dominated by those who shout loudest? | TV news | The Guardian
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
Snowflake Piers Morgan couldn’t handle being called out by his co-host for his treatment of Meghan Markle.‘Pathetic’: Piers Morgan Walks Off Set After Trashing Meghan Markle | Crooks and Liars
The News Media Bargaining Code will only further cement what the backward NBN began: a smaller, less informed, more conservative and less democratic Australia. Managing editor Michelle Pini and founder and director David Donovan report.How Morrison’s media bargaining code sold Australia’s soul to wretched Rupert and Mark Zuckerberg
The only comparison that can be made is that like Murdoch’s NewsCorp, Google and Facebook do not pay taxes – see Crikey’s article – “Tax dodging News Corp continues to rip Australia off – and is subsidised by taxpayers to do so“. Unfortunately, for verification purposes one of the many consequences of the Government’s pernicious agenda to undermine public interest journalism being shared on Facebook is I am unable to share the link to Crikey.Travesty – a false or distorted misrepresentation of something – » The Australian Independent Media Network
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
Kevin Rudd has made blistering accusations that News Corp runs a “protection racket” for the government and acts to “radicalise” Australians, drawing links between founder Rupert Murdoch and the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.Kevin Rudd links Rupert Murdoch to Capitol insurrection
The connections between the Murdochs and the Republican Party run deep. Joe Biden’s government must get it out into the open.Democrats should summon Rupert and Lachlan to Washington for a grilling
Murdoch had rehersed his skills as far back as the 70″s in Australia (ODT)
Rupert Murdoch had never had a US president in his pocket before Donald Trump landed there in 2016.Origin of the specious: how the Murdoch business polluted a democracy
Donald Trump may have lit the match that sparked the violence in Washington DC, but Murdoch planted the explosives, writes Kevin Rudd.Kevin Rudd: Rupert Murdoch can’t whitewash his role in the rise of Trump
Rupert Murdoch has funnelled Foxtel out of News Corp Australia to a mysterious entity in the secrecy jurisdiction of Delaware. Michael West reports on the secret transactions which appear designed to sell News Corp’s Australian media business.Inside Rupert’s Big Aussie Sale: Murdoch smuggles Foxtel – and its government grants – out of the country – Michael West
Australia might need another media inquiry — but, as history shows, it probably won’t do much good.Australia’s long and unproductive history of media inquiries explained
“The US election has highlighted the need for truth in journalism and the need to call out unsubstantiated and false claims,” said Hanson-Young. “Before we head into another election period in Australia, we can now take a proper look at the state of media diversity here and help protect a pillar of our democracy,” she added.Rudd’s anti-Murdoch petition results in its first steps – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The message from Fox is quite clear: Trump is going to win, and if he doesn’t, the reason is because of voter fraud by Democrats.Fox is playing a key role in Trump’s plan to steal the election | Media Matters for America
Dr John Jiggens gives an outsider-insider view of a journalist running as an independent candidate of the South Brisbane electorate.Queensland Election: South Brisbane and the Murdoch influence
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
Facebook, fake news, Rupert Murdoch — whatever the causes of the media’s misery, the government must act now.Australia needs to give life support to Australia’s media sector
Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News and an associate of President Donald Trump, has told people close to him that he thinks Democrat Joe Biden will easily win the election.Fox News’ Owner Murdoch Predicts Biden Landslide Win | Newsmax.com