Tag: News Corp

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)

The New Nazis: How the meme-rich world of the internet is a threat in Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ethan with southern cross flag draped over shoulder.

The Nazi group attracting the most media attention, Antipodean Resistance (“The Hitlers you’ve been waiting for”), have been operating for over a year but so far have confined their activities to putting up stickers and posters on Australia’s eastern seaboard or taking hikes in the bush.

Noted ethno-nationalist Dr Jim Saleam attracted only 709 votes — or less than 1 per cent of the vote — as an Australia First Party candidate in the recent Longman by-election.
So does Australia have a neo-Nazi problem?

In short, yes. Look not on the streets but online. Nazism is thriving in the meme-rich world of the internet.

The 21st century’s “Nazi 2.0” looks very different from its predecessor.
What is the ‘final solution’?

Senator Fraser Anning said the “final solution” to what he called the problem of migration by Muslims was a national vote.

The goal these days is to shift mainstream political debate to the far-right around certain key ideas: white genocide, the importance of rejecting globalism, and establishing a white ethno-state. This process is called shifting the “Overton window” and is based on the idea that politics and policy can be deeply influenced by expanding what’s acceptable to talk about publicly.

Here’s an example of how it works. The plight of white farmers in South Africa was the basis for a series of rallies in Australia in early 2018. Conservative politicians and political contenders such as Avi Yemini (Australian Liberty Alliance candidate), Andrew Laming (Liberal), Fraser Anning (independent) jumped on the issue and called for special visas for the white farmers. In response, Minister Peter Dutton then asked Home Affairs to look into providing assistance, describing them as “the sort of migrants we want to bring into our country”.

Suddenly the notions of “white minority under threat” and “white genocide” became part of everyday political discussion.

The New Nazis: How the meme-rich world of the internet is a threat in Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Why I went to a neo-Nazi website to help me process the Pittsburgh massacre | +972 Magazine

The current mid-term election cycle is making it even harder to ignore how far unabashed racists’ and white nationalists’ attempts to enter politics have come.

Trump and his cronies are absolutely guilty of legitimizing, normalizing, and fueling white supremacy, white nationalism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, all of which invariably lead to abhorent violence, the likes of which we saw in Pittsburgh this weekend.

We must fight those things, those people, and their ideas as if our societies and our futures depend on it. They do.

via Why I went to a neo-Nazi website to help me process the Pittsburgh massacre | +972 Magazine

Tony Abbott describes conditions on Nauru as ‘very, very pleasant’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott grins as reporters try to interview him outside Parliament

Yes Tony Abbott and Chris Kenny of News Corp intend to holiday there. Children and adults with serious complaints are removed from Australian towns. In the case of complaints on Nauru the doctors are removed.(ODT)

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says Nauru is being unfairly portrayed as a “hell-hole” when it is in fact a “very pleasant” place. Children and

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Key points

Tony Abbott said medical facilities on Nauru were better than in some Australian towns
Medical groups have called for the immediate removal of children from Nauru
Labor said it shouldn’t be taking the Government so long to resettle the refugees

via Tony Abbott describes conditions on Nauru as ‘very, very pleasant’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Follow the money: how News Corp wields power to defend its interests | Media | The Guardian

they say that Murdoch’s primary interest in politicians is not political; it’s commercial,” Davies writes.

“He may be a highly political animal, they say – obsessed with the details of life in the corridors of power and personally possessed of some extremely rightwing opinions – but what he most wants from politicians is favours for his business. He’ll betray his own principles, he’ll embrace politicians for whom he has very little respect, just as long as they have the power to help the company get bigger.”

In practical terms, Davies says that often comes down to a repeated demand to be freed from regulation and for the state to be cut back to make way for private enterprise.

But sometimes News seeks regulation to protect its own position. Like right now, when News is angling for regulation to thwart the advance of social media juggernauts such as Google and Facebook.

News’s campaigns to protect or further its commercial interests are often cloaked in principle that sometimes obscures another financial interest beneath.

via Follow the money: how News Corp wields power to defend its interests | Media | The Guardian

News Corporation chalks up $1.9bn loss as Foxtel’s value written down by another billion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

News Corporation sign in New York

Global media giant News Corporation has suffered another nasty full year loss of $US1.4 billion ($1.9 billion) as it continues to write down the value of its Australian pay-TV subsidiary, Foxtel.

billion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Royal outrage as conservative chorus rounds on ABC | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

 

Royal wedding merchandise on sale in Windsor. The ABC has come under fire from News Corp and Coalition MPs for sending a TV crew to London to cover the nuptials.

Wedding coverage and executive bonuses spark new round of Aunty bashing. Plus Daily Telegraph gets it monumentally wrong

News Corp columnists, including the Australian’s Gerard Henderson, the Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt and the Courier Mail’s Des Houghton, have all lined up to denounce the ABC in the past few days.

Here is a taste from the Australian’s Chris Kenny: “Since last week’s budget the ABC has taken a bit of a break from demonising Australians as deplorable xenophobes, Islamophobes, homophobes, misogynists and racists to focus on its own funding problems.”

via Royal outrage as conservative chorus rounds on ABC | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Watch NPR’s David Folkenflik’s brutal takedown of Fox’s handling of Sean Hannity

Murdoch and Hannity are Trump “confidantes” and see value in that relationship.

The contradiction then becomes in the terms “news” and “journalism” and the product  that’s actually being delivered.

Watch NPR’s David Folkenflik’s brutal takedown of Fox’s handling of Sean Hannity

Geoffrey Rush And The Newspaper Accused Of Defaming Him Are Arguing About Who Is Liable

Actor Geoffrey Rush.

News Corp is trying to blame their source for their lack of verification

The newspaper accused of defaming Geoffrey Rush says the theatre company that confirmed a complaint had been made about Rush’s alleged “inappropriate behaviour” should also have to pay up if the publisher loses the high profile lawsuit.

via Geoffrey Rush And The Newspaper Accused Of Defaming Him Are Arguing About Who Is Liable

Why Malcolm Turnbull’s Government Will Win The Next Newspoll! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Andrew Bolt’s approach to commentary wrong move on wrong move on forget the facts even a clocks right twice a day just say it first. It lingers longer right or wrong ( Old Dog)

So it’s no surprise that these commentators don’t call out politicians for their lack of prophetic powers. After all, when everyone’s getting it wrong, it’s best just to move forward and hope that nobody has a memory or enough time to go back and point out that the most accurate thing that anybody said was: “Whatever. The sun will still rise tomorrow.”

Why Malcolm Turnbull’s Government Will Win The Next Newspoll! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wil Anderson on Tonightly: ‘People more offended by C at end of AB than about C-bomb sketch’ | Media | The Guardian

Tonightly with Tom Ballard (front) pushes the envelope with its edgy comedy on ABC.

In this case which came first the media or the politicians? In this case the politicians came from behind and were just media puppets pulled by the strings of Murdoch Media. It’s a case when neither the politicians or the media represent us. They merely try to service us in a prick of a way (ODT)

The communications minister Mitch Fifield and Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi both complained about a segment in which a candidate for Bernardi’s party Kevin Bailey was called a “cunt”.

“I would say the majority of people are not offended by the word, they are more offended by the C at the end of the AB than they are about the C-bomb that was used in the sketch,” Anderson, a Triple M Hot Breakfast co-host, told Guardian Australia.

“The majority of people who are offended by these jokes are not really offended by these jokes. They are, by their very nature, offended by the very idea of the ABC and they want to prosecute an agenda against the ABC. This is just an example of something they can use to prosecute an agenda.”

via Wil Anderson on Tonightly: ‘People more offended by C at end of AB than about C-bomb sketch’ | Media | The Guardian

On Twitter Lies Spread Faster Than Truth | IFLScience

 

“Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information,” the study authors report in Science. “Whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1,000 people, the top 1 percent of false-n

via On Twitter Lies Spread Faster Than Truth | IFLScience

“THE BONKING BEETROOT”: Deputy PM and “homewrecker” Barnaby Joyce allegedly may have traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist – True Crime News Weekly

Shari Markson from Murdoch’s stable didn’t break the Barney Story but did raise it to political thunder to discredit Malcolm Turnbull our PM

Only after billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch gave the nod to his News Corp foot soldiers last week to proceed with publishing the truth about some of the scandals surrounding Mr Joyce, did other journalists suddenly somehow discover their reporting mojo and investigative capabilities.

 

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Media mogul and political kingmaker Rupert Murdoch (Commons)

Over the past week, news headlines in Australia have involved almost nothing else apart from the struggles facing Mr Joyce. The headlines have even travelled around the world with media in the USA and UK reporting on Mr Joyce’s troubles and travails. Clearly and obviously this story was in the public interest. But why not in October and November last year when Mr Joyce was facing an important by-election in New England caused by his own ignorance of his citizenship status?

via “THE BONKING BEETROOT”: Deputy PM and “homewrecker” Barnaby Joyce allegedly may have traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist – True Crime News Weekly

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Barnaby Joyce affair — another case of #mediafail (except for IA)

 

‘There’s something of a convention in Aus politics: unless there’s criminality, coercion or abuse involved, private lives are private.’

This is nonsense, of course. There is no such convention — “something” or otherwise.

The media presented stories about Gareth Evans’ affair with Cheryl Kernot and Jim Cairns’ affair with Junie Morosi when there was not a hint of criminality, coercion, or abuse. The mainstream media also enjoyed reporting on the private life of Julia Gillard while she was prime minister, even outrageously asking her whether her hairdresser partner Tim Mathieson was a homosexual. The ABC then destroyed any notion of impartiality or discretion when it aired a tasteless and unfunny sitcom based on her supposed private life, called ‘At Home With Julia’.

via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Barnaby Joyce affair — another case of #mediafail (except for IA)

News Corp expands its pro-Trump fakenews despite failing U.S. economy

Most TV news reports over the weekend cherry-picked Friday’s data on January’s jobs. The statistics were a mix of good news and bad. Total jobs increased. But so did people looking for work. The jobless rate for women decreased. But for men, it increased. The overall jobless rate did not go up. It did not go down either. Wages increased over the year. So did inflation.

Naturally, the pro-Trump media highlighted only the positive — in stark contrast to their approach through the Obama years.

via News Corp expands its pro-Trump #fakenews despite failing U.S. economy

The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

Almost as bad is the claim that ’99 per cent of scientists believe’ as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts.”Votes? What votes?Abbott seemed to be suggesting that the 97 percent consensus (the 99 was a mistake by Abbott, it’s actually 97) was based on some bogus poll.Wrong.There was never any poll of scared scientists who pretended to be in furious agreement about climate change lest they be branded as heretics. In fact, the paper which first identified the 97 percent consensus was a 2013 survey of the scientific literature that was already out there.And what 97 percent of that scientific literature effectively said was: it’s happening and we’re causing it.

Source: The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

Why are we letting the fossil fuel industry make the rules on climate change action? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In an article in today’s Australian, Janet Albrechtsen waxes lyrical about departing boss of the Minerals Council, Brendan Pearson, who she claims was “shoved out of his job as boss of the Minerals Council of Australia by those who prefer feel-good corporate bromides and green myths over energy facts and figures.”These purveyors of “green myths” were, among others, BHP and Rio Tinto who said they had lost confidence in Mr Pearson due to his unstinting advocacy for coal, something Ms Albrechtsen, on the other hand, considers a virtue, Source: Why are we letting the fossil fuel industry make the rules on climate change action? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Richard Spencer tells Israelis ‘White Nationalism’ is akin to Zionism | +972 Magazine

The prominent white supremacist is given a platform on Israel’s top-rated news show, and the host doesn’t once challenge his anti-Semitism or hateful views. By +972 Magazine Staff Israel’s most popular prime-time television news show gave white supremacist Richard Spencer a platform to try and convince Jewish Israelis that White Nationalism is analogous to Zionism, adding that Israelis should relate to him and his ilk. [If the video below doesn’t play, watch here or here] “As an Israeli citizen, as someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and history and the experience of the…

Source: Richard Spencer tells Israelis ‘White Nationalism’ is akin to Zionism | +972 Magazine

Cries of ‘witch-hunt’ ring hollow for Catholic clergy survivors

Finally, to those who jump, without hesitation, to the defence of Cardinal Pell and assume that his accusers are “deluded” or “confused” or hold some maniacal vendetta: As stated above, George Pell is entitled to the presumption of innocence, but that does not mean that his accusers deserve to be summarily dismissed in the way that children almost always had been until the royal commission turned decades of silence and obfuscation and failure-to-believe on its head.

Source: Cries of ‘witch-hunt’ ring hollow for Catholic clergy survivors

Rupert Murdoch’s axing of Bill O’Reilly shows his defiance turn to pragmatism

Rupert Murdoch prizes loyalty and profits, both of which Bill O’Reilly brought him in droves, but Murdoch has also proved he is a pragmatist at his core.

Source: Rupert Murdoch’s axing of Bill O’Reilly shows his defiance turn to pragmatism

Fox News Caught Lying: Sweden Reinstated Draft Because Of Russia, Not Refugees

Fox News’ Fox & Friends falsely claimed that Sweden’s reintroduction of the draft was due to violence in the country precipitated by refugees, when in fact the draft is being reintroduced to counter Russian aggression in the region.Despite Fox’s assertion, Sweden’s government is reintroducing the draft for men and women in the count

Source: Fox News Caught Lying: Sweden Reinstated Draft Because Of Russia, Not Refugees

Donald Trump Stays Silent On Mosque Shooting While Raging Over Louvre Knife Attack

“A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART U.S.”

Six people died at the Quebec City mosque, and one person was slightly injured in the Paris attack.

Source: Donald Trump Stays Silent On Mosque Shooting While Raging Over Louvre Knife Attack

How Years Of The Right-Wing Media’s Obama Hatred Paved The Way For Trump

At noon today, Donald Trump will swear the oath of office and become president of the United States. His ascent would not have been possible without the years of vitriol that the right-wing media directed at his predecessor.That hatred of President Obama, and the related scorched-earth efforts to smother his agenda, prepared the way for Tru

Source: How Years Of The Right-Wing Media’s Obama Hatred Paved The Way For Trump

Reply to News Corpse: ‘Michael Danby staffer exposed as pro-Shorten blogger’|  It’s  what Andrew Bolt does and is still at News Corp

Dave Donovan explains in detail just exactly how far The Australian went to smear IA contributor Peter Wicks.

Norington smears Wixxy: The Australian gets caught lying, but refuses to apologise Part 1

Source: Reply to News Corpse: ‘Michael Danby staffer exposed as pro-Shorten blogger’  Part 2

Trumpists beat Muslim-American Child of frmr Fulbrighter, harass Family out of US | Informed Comment| What Andrew Bolt encourages here

By TeleSur | – – After a series of violent attacks and recrimination, an esteemed Muslim academic flees the U.S. …

Source: Trumpists beat Muslim-American Child of frmr Fulbrighter, harass Family out of US | Informed Comment

Fox’s Kurtz Pushes Fake Clinton Quote That A Different Fox Host Already Apologized For Airing

Fox News’ media critic Howard Kurtz attributed a fake quote to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, predicting that she would have to answer in tonight’s presidential debate for calling primary opponent Bernie Sanders’ supporters a “bucket of losers.” But Snopes.com and BuzzFeed have already reported that this quote — origina

Source: Fox’s Kurtz Pushes Fake Clinton Quote That A Different Fox Host Already Apologized For Airing

The reality of Manus Island – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Behrouz Boochani This is my answer to Peter Michael whose article (now behind a paywall) in The Herald Sun quoted Immigration Minister Peter Dutton: “MANUS Island asylum seekers are trading taxpayer-funded cigarettes on the black market to pay for ­alcohol, electronics and ­marijuana.” In the Manus prison, a skinny man with a pale and…

Source: The reality of Manus Island – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Weekly Beast: tough questions for News Corp hacks going for ABC job | Media | The Guardian

Journalists at Australian on shortlist for ABC news director. Plus Sarah Ferguson’s candid advice for anyone thinking of going into marketing

Source: The Weekly Beast: tough questions for News Corp hacks going for ABC job | Media | The Guardian

Woman With No Recollection Of Last 10 Years Asked To Run Major Media Company

rebekah brooks

A British woman who can’t recall any of the conversations she has had over the past decade will head up the UK arm of one of the world’s largest media organisations.

A spokesperson for the company said Ms Brookes, 47, was the obvious choice for the position. “Apart from the fact that she has absolutely no recollection of what happened at the previous companies she ran, she is the perfect choice for this role,” the spokesperson said.

“She has a knack for a good story, she’s great with people. Sure she couldn’t remember whether the Prime Minister of Great Britain attended her 40th birthday party. But then, who does remember these sorts of finer details?”

The spokesperson said Ms Brookes would run a tight ship as CEO of UK operations. “Although naturally we don’t expect her to have any idea about what’s actually going on at the company”.

Gayby Baby: Out Of The Mouth of Piers Akerman who never bothered to see it.

Whatever the Daily Telegraph pays Piers Akerman to spread his unique brand of ‘commentary’, it’s not enough. So if you’re reading this Rupert Murdoch, double the man’s salary.Akerman’s column this week attacking the independent Australian documentary, Gayby Baby – and the Tele’s complementary campaign of smearing shit all over itself and then grinning like a five-year-old – has done more than any hard working publicist could ever do to promote a film that every Australian should see.

Source: Gayby Baby: Out Of The Mouths Of Babes, And Piers Akerman | newmatilda.com

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John Pilger – Episode 12

the role of the corporate media in manufacturing narratives, its relationship to capitalism and commodification, and the importance of independent media to pierce through the propaganda. Pilger provides his blistering critique of the especially insidious liberal media whose misinformation and disinformation is so critical to the ruling class. Eric and John touch on an array of other topics including Greece, Ukraine, and debt as a neocolonial weapon. All this and much more on a slightly abbreviated Episode 12 of CounterPunch Radio, featuring as always intro and outtro music from the Dr. of the Blues, the man with a PhD in Boogie Woogie,

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun Endorses 2 Rival Parties in UK Vote

LONDON — Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid Sun has spoken, urging voters to back David Cameron’s Conservative Party in Britain’s election — unless they’re in Scotland. There, it says, they should vote for the Scottish National Party.

The differing endorsements raised a few eyebrows Thursday, since the London-based Sun dubbed the pro-Scottish independence nationalists “saboteurs” determined to wreck Britain.

But the Scottish edition — which has a separate editor — said the SNP would “fight harder for Scotland’s interests” and praised leader Nicola Sturgeon as “a phenomenon.” Its front page depicted her as Princess Leia from “Star Wars.”

The SNP is predicted to win most of Scotland’s seats on May 7.

Murdoch’s newspapers were long a powerful force in British politics, but their influence may be waning in the Internet age.