Tag: News Corp

Lachlan Murdoch and News Corp thrown under a bus by their barrister Sue ChrysanthouKangaroo Court of Australia

Lachlan Murdoch’s own barrister Sue Chrysanthou has thrown him and his company News Corp under a bus, not once but twice, in his defamation claim against news website Crikey.

Source: Lachlan Murdoch and News Corp thrown under a bus by their barrister Sue ChrysanthouKangaroo Court of Australia

Old Dog Thought- Truss will get $205K for life Morrison will get X 2 with perks and the media gasp at Truss’s bounty.

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Newscorp polishes the knob – » The Australian Independent Media Network

, the Tories and their News Corp muck-spreaders will prosecute the culture wars to divide and conquer.

Venality unites the Tories. What they cannot understand is that empathy, the fair go, the helping hand unites the rest of us and so they will fail. Big time.

Source: Newscorp polishes the knob – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fascism and Fox “News” | The Smirking Chimp

Without Ronald Reagan, there would almost certainly have been no Fox “News.” He paved the way for this abomination, made room for a cable station devoted to spreading lies that served people in Rupert Murdoch’s wealth demographic by monetizing and manipulating the news, offering the nation what was, without embarrassment or irony, a version of the news they promoted as “fair and balanced.”

Fascism and Fox “News” | The Smirking Chimp

Tucker Carlson’s dangerous lie that Biden is targeting his audience with “87,000 armed IRS agents” | Media Matters for America

OMG Lachlan Murdoch is offended by Australia’s Crikey! So much so he’s threatening to sue. Yet, he employs Tucker Carlson et al and allows those hucksters to bullshit the American nation. It’s great to see him being sued by those voting machine corporations for the lies he and News Corp not just reported but actively supported all the way to the violence on Jan 6th in claiming they helped steal the election in 2020 from Donald Trump.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed on Monday that the Biden administration is hiring “87,000 armed IRS agents to make sure you obey,” a wildly inflammatory and false claim that his network’s White House correspondent debunked a few days earlier.

Tucker Carlson’s dangerous lie that Biden is targeting his audience with “87,000 armed IRS agents” | Media Matters for America

Lachlan Murdoch fires off legal threats against Crikey over January 6 article

The Murdoch’s claim to be major supporters of “free speech” but only as long as it’s not directed at them it seems. Their company Fox News has never shown it was strongly critical of what occurred that day. In fact they have shown to be major supporters and in no way apologists for what had occurred. Stronger criticism of Fox News was certainly provided by much of American media and in stronger terms but they took no action. Why is Australia the place they are taking their Godzilla like legal stand?

Lachlan Murdoch has threatened online news website Crikey with legal action over an article that suggested he and his media mogul father Rupert Murdoch were responsible for the riots at the US Capitol in January.

Lachlan Murdoch fires off legal threats against Crikey over January 6 article

What next for Kevin Rudd’s Murdoch royal commission push?

It has been almost two years since Kevin Rudd uploaded a video to his social media channels calling Rupert Murdoch an “arrogant cancer on our democracy” and invited Australians to sign his petition for a royal commission into media dive

rsity.It gathered half a million signatures, including that of former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, and triggered a year-long Senate committee inquiry that concentrated its focus on the influence of Murdoch’s News Corp empire.

What next for Kevin Rudd’s Murdoch royal commission push?

Capital v labour: where is the poll on neo-liberalism? – Michael West

Illustration of zombie pigs

In Fleet Street they used to call it the Reverse Ferret, to say one thing one day then take entirely the opposite editorial stance the next. And so it is with Nine, News Corp and Anthony Albanese. Michael West on media, government and neo-liberalism.

Source: Capital v labour: where is the poll on neo-liberalism? – Michael West

Poor sports: how Morrison put a shark bite on the taxpayer – Michael West

Scott Morrison and Cronulla Sharks

Rugby League Rorts: how Scott Morrison funnelled millions from Commonwealth grant programs into Rugby League

Brisbane Broncos.

  • One grant contributed $21.3m of the $23.7m. Initially the “Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy” received $8.8m for a 27-month period, a small variation decreased the amount by $200,000 after 11 months.
  • A second variation then added $13m and extending the contract by 24 months. The initial grant and variations were not allocated by a tender process, instead they were direct non-competitive grants. 
  • The 1936 S23(i) Tax Act making sporting clubs tax exempt still apply to the Brisbane Broncos (Income from non-members are taxable)
  • Brisbane Broncos is a publicly listed company
  • News Corp owns 69% of the Brisbane Broncos.
  • News Corp owns the broadcast rights for NRL
  • News Corp is foreign-owned and often pays low or no taxes here.

 

Source: Poor sports: how Morrison put a shark bite on the taxpayer – Michael West

Election: Australia’s Big Lie (from the right): Morrison went too far left

This Australian version of the Big Lie is the first stage of a war for the future of the federal Liberal Party, with the far-right unable to resist the opportunity to exploit the removal of so many more moderate MPs to drive the federal party away from climate action and towards culture wars, division and attacks on women and minorities.

At the centre of it will be the foreign political party News Corp. Despite its irrelevance to mainstream Australia being demonstrated by the election result, the Murdochs will continue to wield significant influence within a purged Coalition, and the company will seize on its status as an opposition party. From yesterday, the Murdoch campaign of regime change in Australia began — it’s just that the campaign extends to the Coalition as well as a Labor government.

This shouldn’t be treated as some sort of sideshow. When Tony Abbott defeated Malcolm Turnbull in 2009 by one vote, with the backing of News Corp, he set the stage for 13 years of climate wars and polarised, toxic politics. He was aided by Kevin Rudd’s failure to seize the moment and go to an election that would have smashed the Coalition. One mistake is all it takes and the course of political history can be very different.

The Big Lie, Australian style, is just the start.

Source: Election: Australia’s Big Lie (from the right): Morrison went too far left

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has a dangerous friend in Hungary’s Viktor Orban | Media Matters for America

Viktor Orban and Tucker Carlson looking menacing against a background of CPAC logo

CPAC Hungary offered a terrifying glimpse of this country’s future, if right-wing media have their way

Source: Fox News host Tucker Carlson has a dangerous friend in Hungary’s Viktor Orban | Media Matters for America

The election outcome exposes a gaping disconnect between News Corp and voters | Malcolm Farr | The Guardian

News Corp newspaper headlines from throughout the 2022 federal election campaign

The most stupid was the mouth that was never there. Andrew Bolt put his verbal boot into, not the ALP, but Scott Morrison wishing he was more like Blair Cotteral a “real man” than a real leader. Someone who inspires dogs to fight. One thing is obvious though had the LNP followed Andrew Bolt’s advice they would have been totally obliterated.

Now Sky News after Dark is back and they’re calling for a more divided Australia and mimicking the worst of what the Republicans are currently doing in America. Inspiring mass shooters to kill. Now that’s an original idea, isn’t it? Sky News already inspired the Christchurch massacre.

What is little Matthew Guy going to do now that he only has 6 months to prepare? How far right can Sky make him swing?

And news reporters on Sky News maintained standards on interviewing during the day, although the commentary cohort known as Sky After Dark made little attempt at balance.

But there was a constant rollout of the opinion panjandrums of the News Corp titles tut-tutting uninterrupted over the menace they saw, not just of a Labor government but all those female independents. Some big name writers should worry they look rather silly.

All legacy media might worry as well.

One aspect of the election campaign, anecdotally at least, was that voters knew what they wanted in news and opinion and were open to fresh avenues of information.

They watched press conferences live on the ABC or Sky News, or as they were livestreamed from online sites. Many younger voters didn’t need the newspapers their parents relied on.

The Greens even advertised on Grindr.

Source: The election outcome exposes a gaping disconnect between News Corp and voters | Malcolm Farr | The Guardian

Fox and its white supremacists in suits give succour to mass killers

Illustration: Simon Letch

Imagine this election without Murdoch

Today’s white supremacists tend to wear expensive suits and to work out of corporate or political offices. You will find more than a few at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, which is the headquarters of News Corp and its subsidiary Fox Corp, and in the big white building that sits atop of Capitol Hill in Washington DC. All these men and women, without exception, are firmly within the Republican Party.

Source: Fox and its white supremacists in suits give succour to mass killers

Old Dog Thought- Do you pass the Asshole Test

Fighting Fake News with REAL 17/5/22; Morrison abandons the poor; Summarising Morrison; Kerry O’brien for the ABC; The IPA LNP Marriage; News Corp’s impotence; Asshole Test; Dutton’s Hypocrisy;

As News Corp goes ‘rogue’ on election coverage, what price will Australian democracy pay?

Newscorp ( Murdoch) wants Australian Media Americanised. It’s how it made it’s profit. It wants the UK media well done burnt to the ground and the BBC gone like the ABC  too.

What does a democracy do when a dominant news media organisation goes rogue during an election campaign?

In 2022, News Corporation is confronting Australia with this question once again, as it did in 2019, 2016 and 2013, and as it did in the United States in 2016 and 2020.

“Going rogue” here means abandoning any attempt at fulfilling one of the media’s primary obligations to a democratic society — the provision of truthful news coverage — and instead becoming a truth-distorting propagandist for one side.

The evidence that News Corp has gone rogue during the current federal election is plentiful. It can be seen every morning in its newspapers across the country, and every evening on Sky News after dark.

A sample of its election coverage over the period April 27 to May 2 makes the case.

Source: As News Corp goes ‘rogue’ on election coverage, what price will Australian democracy pay?

Further News Corp Bias in Favour of Scott Morrison – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Earlier in the week, I published an article about what I perceived to be blatant media bias in favor of the Liberal Party and Scott Morrison during this 2022 Federal Election campaign. It has been brought to my attention by one of my fellow branch members (named Don) that The Courier Mail (CM) appears to only be publishing letters to the editor which are favoring Morrison and the Liberal Party, and normal progressive contributors like him are not having their letters published, even though he has been a regularly published contributor to the CM for many years before the 2022 Federal Election was called. As you may recall from my above-mentioned article, the CM is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia (NCA).

Source: Further News Corp Bias in Favour of Scott Morrison – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Weaponising Senator Kimberley Kitching’s death is vile and distasteful – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This week I witnessed the worst character traits of human behavior play out on my television screen as a Prime Minister in dire straits regarding his, and his party’s, popularity tried to weaponize a death for political gain, assisted by some elements of a partisan media which commenced with an article written by Shari Markson and published in The Australian on Wednesday, 16 March 2022. To my knowledge, Ms. Markson has never written a positive word about the ALP, and of course, the Murdochracy which owns The Australian has pinned its political colors to the mast supporting the Liberal Party since about 2009. To say the article and Mr. Morrison’s behavior was vile and distasteful is an understatement. Some of you may be feeling inclined to say, “Michael, you’re an ALP member”, which I am, and I am proud of it, but hear me out as this is an important statement I make for the future of our entire democracy, including for the Liberal Party.

Source: Weaponising Senator Kimberley Kitching’s death is vile and distasteful – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dud UK-based media index lauds News Corp and bashes ABC, SBS and IA

Lauding News Corp???

UK based GDI Index proves itself to be useless, almost conspiratorial as News Corp is. It’s based in the UK where Rupert Murdoch’s media behemoth was proved by Tory government inquiry to be totally corrupt. Where the world saw Rupert Murdoch do an Alan Bond and feign old age and dementia to stay out of jail. He had to close The News of the World and was allowed to keep his lisence. So fled to America to continue what he does best there, PR for the wealthy and powerful, misinformation his product. Currently, he’s spreading it for Russia’s Vladamir Putin. Fox News is even being celebrated by Putin’s State Media. I guess the UK based GDI is too.

The efforts of a self-appointed ratings agency that surveyed Independent Australia and 33 other Australian outlets have shown how you need to be careful in the tricky world of publishing. A report by the group called Global Disinformation Index (GDI) declared that the News Corp publications – Courier Mail, Sydney Telegraph and Herald Sun – were less likely to spread disinformation than Independent Australia.

Source: Dud UK-based media index lauds News Corp and bashes ABC, SBS and IA

News Corp claims coal and gas moratorium would be a revenue ‘black hole’. How much would it really cost? | Graham Readfearn | The Guardian

A worker walks through the Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas project site

Grattan Institute energy experts say News Corp’s eye-watering figures on the projected costs and job losses of an improbable moratorium are ‘inflated’

Source: News Corp claims coal and gas moratorium would be a revenue ‘black hole’. How much would it really cost? | Graham Readfearn | The Guardian

News Corp’s deal with Google and the Melbourne Business School questioned by journalism academics

First, we saw the Ramsey Foundation’s incursion into universities with bribery and their Western Civilisations degree. Now News Corp and Google have moved in on  Melbourne University’s Business School. and the L-NP removal of research funding to the commercial sector. What we are seeing is the replacement of an Indpendant Tertiary Institution with the Trump University model being deployed in Australia? We know how well that went. Will shares too be issued sometime soon? The division between private and public seems to have been accelerated by this L-NP.

Why then are we as journalism academics concerned? There are several reasons. The first and most obvious is the incursion of a high-profile and controversial media company into the higher education sector and the extent to which that is funded by a large disruptive digital search company.

Source: News Corp’s deal with Google and the Melbourne Business School questioned by journalism academics

Chalk up another couple for the Government – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day In 2011 Malcolm Turnbull didn’t think there was a need for an inquiry into the news media but agreed with the then PM Gillard that Newscorp should stop publishing crap. They still do. ( John Lord )

Source: Chalk up another couple for the Government – » The Australian Independent Media Network

News Corp’s shoddy ‘journalism’ again dominates Press Council complaints

Murdoch an American, owns 66% of the print media in this country and is the unofficial PR arm of the LNP government so what can we expect. The APC is after all like the ABC are a watered down version of our critical voice. Morrison’s promised an ICAC if and whenever it comes will be another watered down version of what our voice could be. But let’s be fair the defamation laws will be changed and called “strengthened” and MP’s will be allowed taxpayer money to sue us.

Australia’s media watchdog found more than two-thirds of all complaints upheld for violations of the media code of ethics in 2021 were against News Corp, Alan Austin reports. AUSTRALIANS WILL BE SAFER, healthier, happier and much better informed when Rupert Murdoch’s malevolent media empire eventually disappears.

Source: News Corp’s shoddy ‘journalism’ again dominates Press Council complaints

Fact-based journalists under fire

Imagine It’s what News Corp claims to do and all it’s “journalists” “informed commentators” like Andrew Bolt claim to do when calling journalist’s like Maria Ressa “hacks” and award chasers. They tell Australians they are delivering a rational analysis of the facts.

As misuse of communication technology rises, fact-based journalism to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda is under even more attack, writes Lee Duffield.

PUBLIC ADDRESSES late in 2021 by Maria Ressa – the Philippines journalist accepting the Nobel Peace Prize – and by Wanning Sun, a Sydney China scholar, displayed opposite experiences and understanding of the abrogation of media rights. Maria Ressa is self-consciously the journalists’ journalist as she declared at Oslo, on 10 December: “I stand before you, a representative of every journalist around the world who is forced to sacrifice so much to hold the line, to stay true to our values and mission: to bring you the truth and hold power to account.”

Source: Fact-based journalists under fire

Liberal or Labor, News Corp will back the winning team

This reads as a very uninformed puff piece on News Corp and Sky’s strategy as ” influencers and churnalists”, they are more than just wannabe lap dogs, much more and worse. As far back as Gough Whitlam Murdoch realized his business model was reliant on where the money came from and that was not from Labor. His investment money spent between elections was seen as a necessary expense to insure and modernise where the advertising dollars flowed every three or four years depending on the country. Yes, elections here have always been his tri-annual influencer’s payout for media and he has always wanted  the bulk of what was spent. Labor had X5-10 times less money spent on political promotion than the LNP, who had the direct backing of donors, the IPA, and the likes of Clive, Hanson and other sattelite right-wingers. So Murdoch isn’t about to even seem to change horses to attract a lesser payout. His business model is American and it dictates he won’t change too randomly. When Abbott was losing in Warringah News Corp was tossing the Teleraph over fences gratis.

Thus, it’s not hard to imagine that if the polls stay trending thusly or if new scandals emerge around Morrison’s remaining frontbench, that a few more generous pieces about Albanese will start to get published. Perhaps some editorials will explain how Labor had learned the lessons of the disastrous Rudd/Gillard/Shorten years and that they’ve abandoned their nutty leftism and are finally behaving like economically-responsible grown-ups. Whatever threadbare excuse they use to justify switching their support, it’ll be a placeholder for “because they’re going to win and we want to make them think we were responsible for that”. And when that happens, it’ll be all over bar the belligerent Morrisonian shouting — not because News anoints our leader, but because the team at News are masters of jumping on the winning horse and pretending to have been riding it all along.

Source: Liberal or Labor, News Corp will back the winning team

Old Dog Thought- Andrew Bolt and the climate deniers at News Corp are the fulcrums on which a reborn, greenwashed,”Fair and Balanced” Media will be sold for the IPA’s LNP by Rupert

How Murdoch manipulates the climate of Australian politics

Fighting Fake News with REAL 14/10/21; News Corp Promotes Climate Change like Philip Morris Promotes Anti- Smoking and Greenwash Scott

Mainstream media ignore mental health data to denigrate Dan Andrews

Andrews’ Government leads the world No other nation or state copped more than 700 COVID deaths in 2020 and then got that tally down to below 70 in 2021. Andrews’ Government alone has managed that. These eight states have comparable populations, demographics and health care systems — all highly advanced. All of them had surges in COVID deaths in mid-2020. Lives lost in the four months from June to September 2020 were: Ireland: 161 Switzerland: 112 Bulgaria: 685 British Columbia (Canada): 70 Massachusetts (USA): 2,610 Indiana (USA): 1,720 Tennessee (USA): 1,948 Victoria (Australia): 778 Scott Morrison to blame for latest Victorian lockdown Scott Morrison to blame for latest Victorian lockdown Victoria is entering yet another lockdown, but Victorians shouldn’t be blaming contact tracers or the State Government. All of them implemented recovery programs, with quite different outcomes. Their COVID deaths over the twelve months from October 2020 to September 2021 were: Ireland: 3,448 Switzerland: 9,199 Bulgaria: 20,057 British Columbia: 1,719 Massachusetts: 9,171 Indiana: 11,488 Tennessee: 12,737 Victoria: 63

Source: Mainstream media ignore mental health data to denigrate Dan Andrews

Old Dog Thought- AUKUS Now is that a new Asian State within Australia. Note who had whose backs in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq. The Kurd’s thought their’s were covered too and now Morrison has our bridges to the wider world.

Submarine composite

Fighting Fake News with REAL; 17.9.21 Morrison Captain of SS Australia; America and the UK have our backs;

Old Dog Thought-Biden’s ” little mate down under” has handed the Pacific over to an Anglo/American industrial-military trade deal and said FU EU and Asia

A US nuclear submarine in the water

Fighting Fake News with REAL 16/9/21; Morrison has handed the Pacific over for an Anglo/American Industrial Military bag of beans for which we will pay, News Corp the new Climate Change crusader. An Informed Comment, The world of alternative facts

Old Dog Thought-Murdoch changing is just a sleight of hand the equivalent of doing a repeat of his Alan Bond chamelion oscar performance for the benefit of his advertisers.

News Corp’s shift, if it sticks, could pave the way for both main political parties to support a more aggressive approach to reducing carbon emissions.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 10/9/21; Tampa, Refugees, Morrison, Republican LNP; News Corp Chamelion ploy;

Fires, Floods, Heatwaves: We’re Just Getting Started, Says IPCC – Mother Jones

“​​It is unequivocal.” Those stark three words are the first in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s new report. The climate crisis is unequivocally caused by human activities and is unequivocally affecting every corner of the planet’s land, air and sea already.

Source: Fires, Floods, Heatwaves: We’re Just Getting Started, Says IPCC – Mother Jones

Was ‘Fake News’ a Natural Outcome of Our ‘Give the People What They Want’ Corporate Media System? | The Smirking Chimp

SAVE THE ABC

As has been well documented, the violent incursion of the Capitol by thousands of white nationalists, armed militiamen, and a who’s who of MAGA-faithful was sparked by widespread, yet false claims about a stolen election, promoted for months by the most powerful man in the world in his public pronouncements and his social media channels. These lies found a reliable echo chamber in the right-wing corporate media ecosystem—Fox, affiliates of Sinclair Broadcasting, One America News, and a countless array of local and national voices that rhetorically agitate listeners every day on political talk radio. Nevertheless, it was social media that received the majority of the public backlash after the riot.

Source: Was ‘Fake News’ a Natural Outcome of Our ‘Give the People What They Want’ Corporate Media System? | The Smirking Chimp

The Coalition, the Labor Party and the media

Political bias and the lack of diversity in Australia’s media have received increased attention since former PM Kevin Rudd began a petition for an inquiry regarding these issues. Australia’s media is the most concentrated of any democracy in the world. The largest stakeholders (and chairpersons) of the three largest media companies in Australia – News Corp, Nine Entertainment Co and Seven West Media – all have known links to the Liberal Party. The ABC is also chaired by Ita Buttrose, another person with links to the Liberal Party. This overwhelming ownership (and management) of Liberal-aligned persons in Australian media has resulted in obvious bias in Australia’s media content, which is hindering democracy.

Source: The Coalition, the Labor Party and the media

Prayer Groups And Prayer Rooms And Liberals On Their Knees! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

However, it does make one wonder how lax things must be at NewsCorp when a complaint like that is mentioned in the PM’s press conference. I mean, who told him? If the Liberals can keep a sexual assault so confidential that Scott Morrison never hears about it, how did he find out about this one? Surely not gossip because he never comments on that, so it must have been official. Still, criticising the culture at a Murdoch operation is a brave move. A very brave move. He’ll be gone within the week!

Prayer Groups And Prayer Rooms And Liberals On Their Knees! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

News Corp’s dirty laundry aired in blistering Senate probe

News Corp

News Corp’s dirty laundry has been aired in a day of extraordinary Senate hearings, with former employees accusing the media giant of spiking public interest journalism, a toxic workplace culture, and sexist reporting. More than 74-years of combined experience at News Corp was on display in emotional testimony before the Senate inquiry into media diversity on Friday, as former staff exposed how the Murdoch empire’s dominance warps public perception and perpetuates stereotypes.

News Corp’s dirty laundry aired in blistering Senate probe

Devine intervention as Sky News Australia’s YouTube channel eclipses ABC’s | Australian media | The Guardian

A Sky News clip featuring Miranda Devine on Paul Murray’s program in which she accused US president Joe Biden of having a ‘cognitive impairment’ went viral

Asked by senators about the proliferation of rightwing views, Miller said Sky News covered “a range of opinions” and “often asks a range of people to appear”. He was responding to earlier claims by the star witness at the inquiry, Kevin Rudd, who claimed Sky News had the potential to build an “alternative political ecosystem out there on the far right”. There’s the “archdeacon of hard-right conservatism in this country, Alan Jones”, Rudd said. “My concern is: where does this land over time – because I’ve seen the ecosystem unfold in the United States.”

Devine intervention as Sky News Australia’s YouTube channel eclipses ABC’s | Australian media | The Guardian

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Former Neo-Nazi Recruiter: Fox News Driving Radicalization In America

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah interview needs to win over America

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to Oprah Winfrey.
What chance do these two have in the Murdoch’s tabloid world? Division, hate, and salacious gossip sold for profit have always been their product for sale.

Will the interview turn hearts and minds in their favour? In Britain, probably not. Because here’s another “truth”: after the raging success of their 2018 wedding, the couple are now deeply unpopular figures at home.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah interview needs to win over America

Far-right groups have used COVID to expand their footprint in Australia. Here are the ones you need to know about

Sky News commentators were only too eager to give them air time

The commissioners confirmed the convicted terrorist behind the attack that killed 51 people had been active in Australian extremist groups before moving to New Zealand.

Far-right groups have used COVID to expand their footprint in Australia. Here are the ones you need to know about

News Corp executives explain Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull criticisms to staff

The Australian's Michelle Gunn, Sky News' Paul Whittaker and The Daily Telegraph's Ben English appeared on a panel at an internal meeting.

The ABC’s charter is to be a critical and questioning voice of government no matter the persuasion. In that capacity it’s never really just a supporting voice of government which Murdoch media tends to be. So to say you won’t find a conservative voice at the ABC is in fact acknowledging the service it is intended to do on behalf of the Australian public. Governments of all persuasions don’t court Murdoch Media because it’s clearly known that it’s far from stable ground. On some occasions Murdoch media courts the left and is made use of in politics but this century those occasions have been rare indeed. (ODT)

“We run news programming during the day and at night we run opinion-based news programming that often shines a light on areas that our competitors either refuse to discuss or worse pretend don’t exist,” Mr Whittaker said. “I would argue that Sky has a much greater diversity of voices than the public broadcaster, for example, where you would struggle to find a conservative news point. “This is our brand value proposition that separates us from the dominance of voices on the left of Australian media.”

News Corp executives explain Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull criticisms to staff

News Corp received ‘blank cheque’ approach for Foxtel stake

Foxtel boss Patrick Delany.
News Corpse

Under the terms of the deal, the SPAC would have acquired a major stake in Foxtel and paid off a large amount of the pay TV company’s $2.1 billion debt pile. The sources said News Corp would have kept a substantial holding in Foxtel under the proposal, which was not successful. A spokesperson for News Corp declined to comment. Foxtel and Telstra, which owns 35 per cent of the pay TV company, also declined to comment. Advertisement

News Corp received ‘blank cheque’ approach for Foxtel stake

Rudd’s News Corp petition pushes Murdoch’s minions into meltdown

In its gormless retaliation to Kevin Rudd’s petition asking for a Royal Commission into the Murdoch media, News Corp has unwittingly confirmed why such an inquiry is so utterly essential. Founder and director Dave Donovan and managing editor Michelle Pini report.

Rudd’s News Corp petition pushes Murdoch’s minions into meltdown

Kevin Rudd courted Rupert Murdoch when it suited him, says ex-News chief Les Hinton

Les Hinton pictured with Rupert Murdoch in London in 2005.
Hinton smiling like the sycophant he still is for Rupert

That’s why Rudd is in the best position to inform us today of how Murdoch manipulates our political system (ODT)

Les Hinton, who became Murdoch’s most trusted official during a five-decade career at News Corp, took aim at the timing of Mr Rudd’s intervention and said he had witnessed firsthand the former prime minister’s courtship of the company when it was politically convenient.

Kevin Rudd courted Rupert Murdoch when it suited him, says ex-News chief Les Hinton