Tag: News Corp

Coronavirus Victoria: experts warn against blaming migrant communities for spreading misinformation | Victoria | The Guardian

Coronavirus pop-up testing facility in Broadmeadows, Melbourne.

From the top-down “shut up News Corp you’re being a totally irresponsible community divider”. News Corp overly eager calls to get back to work the pandemic isn’t that bad is assisting the spread of conspiracy theories encouraging irresponsible behaviour and the spread of Covid-19. Media accountability is sorely lacking. The concept of “Free Speech” totally misconstrued bullshit. (ODT)

via Coronavirus Victoria: experts warn against blaming migrant communities for spreading misinformation | Victoria | The Guardian

Unrelenting attacks: News Corp alleges the ABC is ‘too left-wing’

 

Death to critical thinking it’s too progressive and leads to people from the bottom have second thoughts (ODT)

The top four search results for the term “ABC left-wing” on Google produce articles from News Corp media institutions.

The first three come from Sky News commentary and the fourth result is an article by The Australian.

 The emotion-laden headlines read:

  • The ABC is a left-wing blob of boring, woke views;
  • ABC becoming too right-wing’ following ‘occasional conservative guest;
  • The ABC no longer even pretends to be balanced; and
  • Forces from within are destroying the ABC.

 The notion that “the ABC is too left-wing” seems to be gaining momentum. It appears that News Corp has played a significant role in furthering this narrative.

 

Unrelenting attacks: News Corp alleges the ABC is ‘too left-wing’

Coronavirus update: China issues travel warning to citizens asking them not to travel to Australia due to post COVID-19 racism – ABC News

Chinese flags fly high outside the Australian Parliament House in Canberra

 

via Coronavirus update: China issues travel warning to citizens asking them not to travel to Australia due to post COVID-19 racism – ABC News

The rot in Australian media is already advanced. We need to understand the damage wrought in 2020 | Jason Wilson | Global | The Guardian

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The coronavirus emergency has dramatised this. In the US, people have poured into state capitals to demonstrate against pandemic precautions derived from the advice of public health experts. Antivaxxers and conspiracy theorists have been front and centre at the events. Facebook has played a crucial role in allowing the anti-lockdown movement to organise at a local level. And frequently people are coming to state capitols from the same rural areas where newspapers have been supplanted by cable news and partisan websites.

This perfect informational storm has driven the US slightly mad. Its effects have been fractal. Shattered local news ecosystems have made local communities easy prey for ideologues and grifters; at the same time, a polarised national media landscape makes any resolution of the country’s abiding problems difficult to envision.

Now the storm is settling in over Australia.

via The rot in Australian media is already advanced. We need to understand the damage wrought in 2020 | Jason Wilson | Global | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Media Australia the pain before the dawn

A rolled up copy of the Morning Bulletin newspaper sits on a green grass lawn.

News Corp Australia ‘totally challenged’ by shrinking revenue, declining Foxtel

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 30/5/20; News Corp and Foxtel suffering terminal diseases; Trump has turned to total DENIAL of the rest of the world; You just have to laugh;

More than 150 Australian newsrooms shut since January 2019 as Covid-19 deepens media crisis | Media | The Guardian

The logo of news website BuzzFeed

The worst remain. So while shrinking they have greater control of non-news and persuasion while the LNP has spent 7 years cutting the ABC budget after Abbott  promising NO CUTS TO THE ABC (ODT)

via More than 150 Australian newsrooms shut since January 2019 as Covid-19 deepens media crisis | Media | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Our History is so Hollywood, a Fantasy

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What’s happening with ‘Insiders’?

AN INTRIGUING development in Australia’s media landscape this year is that it appears ABC’s Insiders, a substantial television program paid for by taxpayers, has become a vehicle for the rehabilitation and promotion of Rupert Murdoch’s tawdry media empire.

via What’s happening with ‘Insiders’?

Old Dog Thoughts-Bigot’s like Bolt would stand out in the crowd if not social distancing

 

 Western Culture looks less Western these days. 

Whose Muslim? Whose Christian? Complexion protectors or Hijabs. Middle East was always hot; Now we all keep our distance and out of the sun.

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Old Dog Thoughts News Corp’s Pandemic No Adevertisers. Get back to work!!

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Old Dog Thoughts- Why is the notion of a “common good” or a “transition to” create such panic in conservatives. They feel they just might lose a “historic right”

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Fighting Fake News with REAL,19/2/20; Australia’s Economy has no place for the Common Good; Elitist Sound Bytes dominate our News;

Climate Change Isn’t The Elephant In The Room… It’s Capitalism – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s national firestorm tragedy has driven many of the usual right wing, Newscorp, coal lobby, anti-science climate change denialists back into their caves.

Stark factual reality has a way of subverting ideology and belief, no matter how strongly we cling to our chosen “views”. It’s hard to argue that climate change is a greenie conspiracy when its impacts are so evident: lives lost, homes destroyed, dreams shattered. Extreme weather events are now occurring on a global scale.

Where are Malcolm Roberts, Alan Jones, Andrew Bolt, Peta Credlin, et al? Where’s that guy who regularly rings ABC Radio talkback regurgitating the dodgy claims of Rupert Murdoch’s opinionators?

The battlefield of climate change debate is now littered (figuratively) with the bodies of the denialist fallen.

Who shall fight the good fight on behalf of the billionaire class to repel those hordes of scientists, with all their researched facts and evidence, before they take the castle of the plutocrats?

Don’t worry, Gina. Don’t worry, Rupert… you still have Tony Abbott and Craig Kelly, those staunch legionnaires, out there proslytising on your behalf: “Reality be damned!” they cry. “Facts don’t matter, it’s how you interpret them.”

via Climate Change Isn’t The Elephant In The Room… It’s Capitalism – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bots and trolls spread false arson claims in Australian fires ‘disinformation campaign’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Firefighters tackle a bushfire in thick smoke in the New South Wales town of Moruya

News Corp is I believe happy to amplify these fake messages.(ODT)

Online posts exaggerating the role of arson are being used to undermine the link between bushfires and climate change

via Bots and trolls spread false arson claims in Australian fires ‘disinformation campaign’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- News Corp’s $306 mill loss despite Clive Palmer’s$60 mill media spend and the Government’s $30 Mill

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Fighting Fake News with REAL,9/11/19; News Corp posts $306 mill loss. Commentators are failing to rate and their incompetancy showing;

The Australian Blames Malfunctioning Printer For Accidentally Blanking Out The Words ‘ABC’, ‘Safe Schools’ and ‘Gender Wars’ On Front Page – The Shovel

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Blacking out your Right to Know

Right to Know Coalition is run out of News Corp’s Sydney headquarters at 2 Holt Street, Surry Hills, and all its material is authorised by News Corp’s corporate affairs, policy and government relations supremo, infamous former Daily Telegraph editor Campbell “Dead Fish” Reid (note the below).

News Corp only began to express concerns about “press freedom” under the Coalition Government when one of its journalists, Annika Smethurst, had her house raided by the Australian Federal Police in June, shortly after the last Federal election. Now, the “Right to Know Coalition” has sprung into action.

Independent Australia strongly supports press freedom. But it does not support a campaign led by a self-serving, amoral and deeply corrupt organisation. An organisation tightly in the grip of a foreign billionaire, Rupert Murdoch, who has so many unanswered questions about his own opaque behaviour.

So much for “your right to know”.

via Blacking out your Right to Know

 

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Fighting Fake News with REAL, 16/10/19; LNP Government Economic Management; No Jobs No Welfare Drug Test; Crown & Corporate Culture News Corp

Job snobs? This News Corp rhetoric is just another way to blame unemployment on the individual | Opinion | The Guardian

A fruit picker at an apple orchard near Shepperton, Victoria, Australia.

News Corp is taking us Back to the Future of the world of “Dole Bludgers” and a Labour Force that simply doesn’t want to work. (ODT)

The “job snobs” are back on the agenda.

With some in the Australian government’s own ranks arguing for a lift in the unemployment benefit, senior ministers appear to be upping the rhetoric about joblessness being a matter of choice for many.

“There are jobs out there for those who want them,” the federal minister for employment, Michaelia Cash, has told the Australian.

The Murdoch-owned newspaper published her comments in a front-page story on Monday that suggested Department of Employment research showed almost half of all employers were finding it difficult to hire workers due to “lack of interest” – or because applicants did not have adequate qualifications.

The article was vague on which issue was the bigger problem, but it led with the claim “job-seekers are actively snubbing work opportunities”.

via Job snobs? This News Corp rhetoric is just another way to blame unemployment on the individual | Opinion | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- A Racist Kabal Exists much to Australia’s Shame. LNP, IPA & News Corp

Cape York leader Noel Pearson lashed opponents of the Indigenous voice at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land.

Fighting Fake News with Real, 4/8/19; How did insanity take America by storm? The IPA, News Corp, and the LNP should attempt to provide Australians with the TRUTH for once;

‘Politics off the front page’ is part of Scott Morrison’s bid to dial down the volume | Sarah Martin | Australia news | The Guardian

Scott Morrison has effectively told his MPs: shut your collective trap, and go and do your jobs

Shut your collective trap, and go and do your jobs.

He makes a fair point. Politicians in Canberra, including many of Morrison’s colleagues, have been obsessed for years by internal ideological divisions and personality clashes rather than their actual job of serving the Australian people.

Rewind to 2012 and it was Julia Gillard saying the same thing: “What do people want government to do? Talk about themselves, or deliver results? Well I want government to deliver results and that’s what I’m doing as prime minister,” she said (before the talking to themselves crescendoed and blood was spilled.)

via ‘Politics off the front page’ is part of Scott Morrison’s bid to dial down the volume | Sarah Martin | Australia news | The Guardian

Time for a change — a major change

THE SLY OLD CROCODILE SLIDES INTO DENIAL

There is a theory that Rupert Murdoch always backs winners. That he prides himself about it. In election after election, when his preferred conservatives are heading for defeat, News Corp has dialled down the decibels of its pushy right-wing propaganda in the final few weeks, or months, before the vote. But this time, even though Bill Shorten is almost certain to lead Labor to victory on Saturday night, the Murdoch media have, for whatever reason, decided to double down — attacking the Labor Party and Bill Shorten with even more unconstrained hyperbole.

via Time for a change — a major change

Ex-Murdoch lieutenant Chris Mitchell says criticism of News Corp ‘worth thinking about’

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via Ex-Murdoch lieutenant Chris Mitchell says criticism of News Corp ‘worth thinking about’

Andrew Bolt was never a “chief lieutenant” so he just hung on the tail of the rise (ODT)

Rupert Murdoch’s former chief lieutenant in Australia, Chris Mitchell, says criticism of News Corp’s political reporting from current and former journalists is “worth thinking about”, amid outrage over the media empire’s election coverage.

Mr Mitchell – who was editor-in-chief of The Australian for 13 years until 2015 – praised this week’s two most prominent News Corp critics as excellent journalists, although he argued the furore about the company’s coverage was overblown.

Old Dog Thoughts, News Corps place without ethics

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For 30 years I worked for News Corp papers. Now all I see is shameful bias | Tony Koch | Opinion | The Guardian

An employee enters the News Corp Australia office in Sydney

No editor I worked for would publish the rubbish they now produce

via For 30 years I worked for News Corp papers. Now all I see is shameful bias | Tony Koch | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Craziness has been dialled up’: News Corp journalist unloads on his own paper | Media | The Guardian

Rick Morton

Rick Morton says journalists at the Australian are increasingly uncomfortable about its political stance and there is ‘guerrilla warfare’ in the newsroom

via ‘Craziness has been dialled up’: News Corp journalist unloads on his own paper | Media | The Guardian

Easter Sunday bomber radicalised in Australia, Sri Lanka PM suggests | World news | The Guardian

One report has linked the Sri Lanka bomber Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed to terror recruiter Neil Prakash, pictured.

The strength of News Corp Hatred and Religious vilification in Melbourne may just have radicalised the Sri Lankan suicide bomber. Will the AFP and National Security take a closer look at those that are known to publicly disparage Islam and Muslims? (ODT)

Sri Lanka’s prime minister says investigators of Easter Sunday’s deadly string of suicide bombings are aware of “some militancy going on in Australia” and believe one of the attackers may have been radicalised while studying in the country.

Ranil Wickremesinghe told Guardian Australia that Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, who undertook a postgraduate degree at Melbourne’s Swinburne University in 2009 and left the country in 2013, appeared to have been influenced by extremist ideas during that period.

“That’s how the family feel,” Wickremesinghe said at his prime ministerial residence in Colombo. “We know there is some militancy going on in Australia among the Muslims. Australia has been out there fighting [in the war on terror].”

via Easter Sunday bomber radicalised in Australia, Sri Lanka PM suggests | World news | The Guardian

Change the Rules rally: Melbourne CBD flooded with protesters as ACTU demonstration forces road closures, delays

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News Corp supports economic growth and the widening of the wealth and income gaps. Protests apparently should have rules and go unnoticed style comes before meaning. Of course it does when News Corp are propagandists operating via fraudulent style of News Media. (ODT)

Change the Rules rally: Melbourne CBD flooded with protesters as ACTU demonstration forces road closures, delays

Old Dog Thoughts- Why aren’t Abbott Hanson and Dutton out the door like Sam?

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Andrew Bolt’s Blog,9/4/19; 6000 children detained by Israel; 2850 Islamophobic articles by News Corp in Melb in 2018; Would Trump dare criticise Murdoch?

News Corp columnists declare Cardinal Pell innocent and ‘a scapegoat’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Miranda Devine and her fellow News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt wrote that convicted child molester George Pell was innocent.

Who Needs Evidence when you have News Corp on side and the Wealth of the Catholic Church (ODT)

via News Corp columnists declare Cardinal Pell innocent and ‘a scapegoat’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Media Beat Up vs Reality

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ABC and SBS are not distorting media market, government inquiry finds

The government’s inquiry into whether the ABC and SBS are competing fairly with the private sector’s media operators has given a tick to the public broadcasters.

The report concluded: “Given their market shares, and other factors, this inquiry considers the National Broadcasters are not causing significant competitive distortions beyond the public interest”. But it did see the need for greater transparency from them.

The review arose from a 2017 deal between the government and Pauline Hanson to get One Nation support for media law changes which liberalised ownership rules. It has been chaired by Robert Kerr, formerly from the Productivity Commission. The report was released by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Wednesday.

The outcome will be disappointing to News Corp in particular which has been highly critical of the ABC’s expansion in online publishing. The former Fairfax organisation, now taken over by Nine, also complained about the competition eating into the market of commercial media groups.

via ABC and SBS are not distorting media market, government inquiry finds

‘I don’t believe that’: how a 17-year-old student stole the show on Q&A

Striking students defy PM to protest at inaction on climate change

Watch Fossil Fuel’s lobbyist News Corp’s Andrew Bolt and all you will see is the the voice of the reactionary right wing elders not just aloof but defiant and with tin ears broadcasting and mocking the young 17 year olds who are soon to be voters (ODT)

But the voice and face of the revolt on Monday night painted a different picture. Bellemo was no dill headed for a dole queue.
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Student activism has many precedents over decades, but in 2018 it resonated especially strongly. It’s been the year of the teenage revolt in the US after the Parkland school shooting in February, a tragedy that sent survivors out on a potent public campaign for gun control.

Their message: we may not yet be able to vote, but we do have a voice.

via ‘I don’t believe that’: how a 17-year-old student stole the show on Q&A

Australia should be wary of the Proud Boys and their violent, alt-right views – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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We ran Yassmin Abdel Magied out of the country but invited these speakers in and News Corp gave them support, promotion and a platform to speak. (ODT)

Australia has become a destination for a legion of far-right speakers from North America and the UK in recent months.

Milo Yiannopoulos’ controversial visit last December resulted in violent clashes between protesters and a $50,000 bill for Yiannopoulos for extra policing. (He never paid it.) Nonetheless, Yiannopoulos is planning a return in late November.

In March, the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson packed out auditoriums in three cities for speeches railing against feminism, political correctness and hate speech laws.

This was followed by the visits of Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneaux, which sparked more anti-fascist protests and resulted in another large police bill that remains unpaid. Southern’s “It’s Okay to be White” T-shirt served as the inspiration for Senator Pauline Hanson’s recent motion declaring the same message.

And Brexit-er Nigel Farage toured Australia seven weeks later with his anti-immigration message.

None of these speakers has yet to attract an organised movement of followers in Australia. But these tours are certainly having an impact on society, as Senator Hanson’s motion illustrates.

An ABC investigation revealed that the NSW Young Nationals were infiltrated by members with links to the neo-Nazi fight club that provided security for the Southern/Molyneaux and Farage tours. And Yiannopoulos was even given a platform to speak at Parliament House, the invited guest of Senator David Leyonhjelm.

via Australia should be wary of the Proud Boys and their violent, alt-right views – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)