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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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