Tag Archives: Rupert Murdoch

RICHARD BUTLER. Turnbull and Trump: Everything Is Illuminated. 

In New York, for the Coral Sea commemoration, Turnbull pledged permanent Australian fealty to the US and expressed agreement to Trump’s concept of “fake news”. Rupert Murdoch presided over the ceremony. Greg Norman was present as a witness. Very illuminating. … Continue reading

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WALTER HAMILTON. Fake news triumphant

Japan’s Shinzo Abe, US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have a great deal in common, particularly their aversion to being exposed to a free press. 

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JOHN MENADUE. White man’s media – Rupert Murdoch’s faulty memory.

Rupert Murdoch has asserted again that he has never asked anything from any Prime Minister. 

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BRIAN McNAIR. The empire strikes back.

Just five short years after (literally) eating humble pie live on national TV for presiding over the most corrupt, criminally minded, bin-raking, sleaze-mongering crowd of press hacks ever to spread their poison in the English-speaking world, Rupert Murdoch is back … Continue reading

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Murdoch takes Abbott as his guest to President’s banquet in US.

According to a report on Media Watch on 8 February, Rupert Murdoch brought Tony Abbott as his guest at a banquet in Washington which President Obama attended. Several of the Murdoch papers in Australia suggested that this was a personal … Continue reading

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Quentin Dempster. Countering Rupert Murdoch’s plan to destroy public broadcasting in Australia.

I regret to report there are forces at work in this country out to destroy public broadcasting… the ABC and SBS. But the fight to protect and enhance a more dynamic public broadcasting sector has just begun. Tomorrow in The … Continue reading

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Ranald Macdonald. The ABC and a Call to Arms.

A CALL TO ARMS –Why this Country needs you to act. That is the title to my talk today and my exhortation to you all. The latest figures show over 400 ABC staff already “removed” from the ABC, as we … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Murdoch is losing his touch.

Two weeks before the fall of Tony Abbott, Rupert Murdoch tweeted “Abbott, far the best alternative”. The Liberal Party ignored his tweet and chose Malcolm Turnbull. Rupert Murdoch’s declining influence is becoming plain to see. At the last SA state … Continue reading

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Rod Tiffen Lord Leveson, your country needs you, again.

Two events in the past week show the importance of the Leveson Inquiry reconvening to complete its second report. The Leveson inquiry was set up by British Prime Minister David Cameron in July 2011 at the height of the phone … Continue reading

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Brian McNair. News Corp and the future of public service media.

I’ve been teaching students in Hong Kong about the relationship between politics and the media, and wanted to illustrate the sometimes problematic relationship between media and power. So I showed them Robert Peston’s BBC Panorama documentary about the “industrial-scale” criminality … Continue reading

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Quentin Dempster. Rupert Murdoch destroys freedom of the press.

In a recent address to the Medico-Legal Society of NSW, Quentin Dempster has referred to the parlous state of journalism and the media and particularly the damage being caused by Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. It is a no-holds barred … Continue reading

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John Menadue. What a dreadful week.

Last week an important public debate on key issues facing Australia was sabotaged by Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and News Corp. The old scare campaigns were back again. Bill Shorten’s timidity did not help. Paul Keating commented ‘We have a … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Murdoch is about ideology not tax dodging.

There was an interesting exchange between Julian Clarke, News Corp’s local boss, and Senator Christine Milne in the Senate Economic References Committee into Tax Avoidance. Julian Clarke spelt it out very clearly that Rupert Murdoch was running The Australian for … Continue reading

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The speech that Rupert had written for Gough.  30 November 1972

The following is the speech that Rupert Murdoch had written for Gough Whitlam’s final election rally in St Kilda in the 1972 election campaign. It was written by Evan Williams.who at the time was a senior journalist on The Australian. … Continue reading

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Rod Tiffen. Murdoch blames Credlin

Does ‘Red Rupe” have any remaining ‘red’ beliefs? Murdoch was called ‘Red Rupe’ by his fellow Oxford students in the early 1950s.  He had a bust of Lenin on his mantle, was a member of the Labour Club and generally … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Murdoch, Abbott and Credlin

In August 2013 I wrote about Rupert Murdoch’s abuse of power and his intense fascination with party politics. That blog is reproduced below. Rupert Murdoch is a frustrated politician. He loves the political game. Usually he works indirectly through ultra-loyal … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Be careful what you wish for.

You may be interested in this repost.  John Menadue   Be careful what you wish for. With the Victorian election result the Labor Party may be hoping to see the demise of Tony Abbott in the New Year. But it … Continue reading

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Rodney Tiffen. Murdoch – The tabloid tweeter tangles the truth.

With two glaring exceptions, Australian public figures and media outlets generally rose to the challenge during the long siege at Martin Place this week. Mike Baird and Tony Abbott spoke with calmness and compassion, careful not to inflame the situation … Continue reading

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Take your pick on the way News Corp operates.

On oath before the Leveson Enquiry, Rupert Murdoch said “I’ve never asked a prime minister for anything’. (Leveson transcript 25 April 2012) In his book ‘The Whitlam Government 1972-75’, published in 1985, Gough Whitlam says ‘ … in the week … Continue reading

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Rod Tiffen. ‘The Australian’ and tobacco consumption.

As the Australian approaches its 50th anniversary amid much self-congratulation, an insight into its editorial standards and how it conducts itself in controversies is provided by its recent reporting of competing claims over tobacco consumption. Tobacco is still the largest … Continue reading

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News Corp – a rogue organisation

The high farce of Ken Cowley’s interview by the Australian Financial Review, and the denials within 24-hours in The Australian, got me thinking again about News Corp*. I had worked with Rupert Murdoch and Ken Cowley for seven years in … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Anzac and hiding behind the valour of our military.

For those who may have missed this. I have reposted this earlier piece about Anzac and hiding behind our heroes.  John Menadue There is an unfortunate and continuing pattern in our history of going to war- that the more disastrous … Continue reading

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Lagging the field on climate change. John Menadue

Across the world there are clear signs that the tide is turning with acceptance of the reality of climate change, that humans are the cause and that we need to address the problem. But not in Australia.  We keep acting … Continue reading

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Climate change as portrayed in ten major Australian newspapers. John Menadue

Last week the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney released a report on the above subject. It highlighted, amongst other things the unprofessional performance and influence of News Ltd publications in shaping the public debate … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott’s debt to Rupert Murdoch. John Menadue

  Media Watch of 9 September gave us a snap shot of what Rupert Murdoch did for Tony Abbott. It said “the final tally of (the Daily Telegraph’s) coverage in the election campaign stacks up like this.Out of a total … Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch’s abuse of power. John Menadue

Controlling 70% of Australia’s metropolitan newspapers, one would hope that Murdoch would exercise some responsibility in the use of that power. But none of that responsibility for Rupert Murdoch! The Australian is the ‘intellectual’ leader of the mad-hatter’s tea party … Continue reading

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