Outrage from other media because one paper writes a harsh editorial against Kevin Rudd

The news media are sanctimonious pricks at the best of times. They like to claim that they are “holding the politicians to account” and other spurious claims.

They are clearly quite happy mounting their own campaigns on behalf of and for politicians, parties and causes that they think are important to them.

But all hell breaks loose when someone breaks ranks and says something outside of the approved group think.

And with the election campaign just ONE day old we already know how Rupert Murdoch is going to vote. Not of course that he IS an Australian citizen.

However, when you control two-thirds of Australia’s newspapers you can make your choice with a lot more power than the ordinary voter.

And this morning, on page one, day one , Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph jumped in with both feet.

Normally, papers wait till polling day to tell the nation what they think.

And when they do so it’s in more measured tones.

But Rupert’s tabloids round the world have always punched hard. And for the last few months he’s been tweeting and twitching for the fight to begin. 

Andrew Bolt points out the problems with all this handwringing, they are flat out lies.

Barry’s bias leads him to grievously misinform his audience:

And with the election campaign just ONE day old we already know how Rupert Murdoch is going to vote. Not of course that he IS an Australian citizen.

No, he’s not. And so? It’s not legitimate for an Australian-born businessman with Australian assets and an Australian home to have opinions about Australia? Why this fake xenophobia, British-born Barry?

However, when you control two-thirds of Australia’s newspapers you can make your choice with a lot more power than the ordinary voter.

False. Murdoch’s News Corp owns just 32 per cent of newspapers in Australia – half of what Barry claims. Sure, those papers are so popular that they make up 60 per cent of total newspaper sales, but that is due to Australian readers deciding they’d rather read a Murdoch paper than a competitors’. Murdoch doesn’t “control” that choice. Readers do. Barry has grossly exaggerated, and also mistaken Murdoch’s “control” for what is actually the readers’ choice.

And this morning, on page one, day one , Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph jumped in with both feet… Normally, papers wait till polling day to tell the nation what they think.

Barry is disingenous. Actually, most papers make perfectly clear by their daily coverage which side they tend to favor. The Age, for instance, has for decades leaned Left, as does the ABC.

If a paper makes explicit what normally is merely implicit, so what?

And people wonder why no one trusts the media.

 


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  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    Funny thing is, you know, you don’t hear of any Murdoch papers being sold off for a song. On the other hand, hardly a day goes by now without the reported knock down sale of one left leaning paper after another and usually for ten percent or less than was paid for them by their hapless former socialist owners.

    • Anonymouse Coward

      Printers ink flows through the Dirty Diggers veins. Plus the Digger has his own rosebud, his daddy Sir Keith Murdoch, who would look down sternly from above if sonny sold the papers.

      Recently News Corp was split into two companies, the entertainment part and the newspaper part. The Australian Financial Review uncharitably suggested the Australian payTV operation Foxtel was bundled with the newspaper part to provide a cash cow so the Digger could keep the newspapers afloat.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    The Dirty Digger loves to cast himself in the role of the king maker, makes politicians more considerate to his wants. Remember the headline “It’s the Sun wot won it” Tony Blair was someone who brought into this.

    What do you think the Digger will ask Mad Monk Abbott for on his wants list?

    • What ever Rupert Murdoch wants will be small change compared with what the unions have extracted for their support of Labor…and look how that is all turning out.

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