A senior ALP [Australian Labor Party] faction leader branded Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited “a threat to democracy” today as the feud between the newspaper group and the Government intensified.
Two months ago I reposted a warning by Australian scientist: “The Murdoch Media Empire Has Cost Humanity Perhaps One or Two Decades in Battle Against Climate Change.”
Clearly one reason the 1% have been able to assert such a disproportionate influence on national and global policy — beyond their control of nearly half of the wealth — is that the most powerful media empire in the world supports their disinformation campaign unquestioningly.
Murdoch’s News Corp is the leading purveyor of anti-science, anti-clean-energy disinformation around the world and especially in this country — see “Foxgate: Leaked email reveals Fox News boss Bill Sammon ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science” and “93% of WSJ‘s Climate Op-Eds Misrepresent Science” and links below.
Murdoch’s stranglehold in Australia is even tighter, since he has a near monopolistic control of the media in many major cities:
The Australian is the country’s biggest-selling national newspaper. It is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which “also owns the sole dailies in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin and the most popular metropolitan dailies in Sydney and Melbourne.”
Here’s more from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation story:
“The Murdoch press are an absolute disgrace, they are a threat to democracy in this country and we should absolutely be having a look at them.
“They run unsubstantiated stories. I’m saying it’s a fabrication. They run unsubstantiated stories in relation to the leadership of the party”….
“We should not be diverted by the Murdoch press and their attempt to destabilise this government. This is a good government. It doesn’t suit Rupert Murdoch and his minions and we are prepared to take that on.
“Day in and day out the Murdoch press are putting false headlines out there. They are misrepresenting the position of the government. Day in and day out it’s absolute lies and nonsense that is getting printed in the Murdoch press, and that’s the issue.”
… Senator Cameron linked the Australian arm of the Murdoch empire to News International, the UK newspaper arm of News Corporation, which saw its popular News of the World tabloid closed after a phone tapping scandal.
“You can’t tell me that the culture that permeates the Murdoch press internationally has not permeated Australia. I don’t buy that for one minute.”
… Greens leader Bob Brown has also been bitterly critical of News Ltd papers, particularly the Australian, which he brands “the hate media”, and Senator Conroy has accused the Daily Telegraph of running a campaign for “regime change”.
As Former NY Times Executive Editor Howell Raines put it last year: “Why has our profession … helped Fox legitimize a style of journalism that is dishonest in its intellectual process, untrustworthy in its conclusions and biased in its gestalt?” That was a WashPost op-ed, “Why don’t honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?“
Joe Nocera, who originally supported the takeover of the WSJ by News Corp, now says “The Journal Becomes Fox-ified“:
Along with the transformation of a great paper into a mediocre one came a change that was both more subtle and more insidious. The political articles grew more and more slanted toward the Republican party line…. [E]ditors inserted the phrase “assault on business” in an article about corporate taxes under President Obama. The Journal was turned into a propaganda vehicle for its owner’s conservative views.
As in so many other areas, the 1% have a vastly disproportionate influence over the media in many countries.