Archive for ‘Murdoch merde’

April 28, 2013

Give A Man A Newspaper, and he can Overthrow Governments – by Penny Carter

We have all seen this quote:

But now, there is this:

text of images: Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank.
Give a man a bank, he can rob the world.

Give a man a newspaper and he can overthrow governments.

While the rest of us wait 4 years to cast our ballots, to choose governments, to have our say in democracy; the rich and powerful play by different rules.

They print front page headlines and entire governments can change. One person – One vote is meaningless when a headline in a neo-conservative newspaper can have more influence over the way the government runs, than every single voter who casts their ballot on election day.

Right now, Murdoch wants Labor and the Greens out of power, and their grubby headlines and their grubby puppets (for example Abbott’s homophobic innuendo against Slipper based on nothing more concrete than allegations) will say anything to make that happen.

News Limited will not stop until Tony Abbott is Prime Minister. News Ltd writers say that democracy is not sustainable, and they prove that every day, when a foreign billionaire (R Murdoch) has more power than every voting Australian.

Further reading: Rupert Murdoch’s war on Democracy… it is ‘not sustainable’ and interferes with his ability to make money

May 21, 2012

Doug Cameron: Murdoch press a threat to democracy

In an interview from November 2011, Senator Doug Cameron made the following statements regarding the undue influence of the Murdoch media on Australian politics, even though it was six months ago, as time goes on, these comments are becoming more salient.

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.

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.

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May 10, 2012

Federal Budget 2012 – social media reactions

Tony Abbott’s and Joe Hockey’s failure to give a coherent answer to how the Howard Government’s Baby Bonus is different from the School Kids bonus was a focus of much talk on social media sites. Abbott’s “they just are” is yet one more three word slogan that conveys very little information, and Joe Hockey’s “you have to have a baby” implies that if you do have a baby, you don’t have to get the child an education.

“They just are” is an inadequate response to a question from the man who wishes to be the next Prime Minister of this country.

Murdoch’s ‘The Australian‘ of course, could barely restrain themselves, invoking images of Stalinist Russia on their front page. Although, if this really was a Marxist-Leninist-Trotskyist nation, they wouldn’t be able to make front pages like that, or if they did, they would only do it the once.

Steve Gibbons, Labor Federal MP for Bendigo
tweeted: How is this different from Baby B @TonyAbbottMP is asked They just are he says Que: Believe what I say coz I’m a Liberal We’re born to rule

Laura Tingle, Political Editor, Australian Financial Review
tweeted: how is this different from the baby bonus? tony abbott is asked ‘they just are’ he says. #answeroftheday

Latika Bourke, Political and Social Media Reporter at Parliament House
tweeted: What’s the difference between the Baby Bonus and the Schoolkids bonus? Joe Hockey ‘you have to have a baby.’ #budget

Graham Perrett, Federal Labor MP for Moreton
tweeted: …I taught for 11 years and never met a parent who found a school student, just by chance.

Tanya Plibersek, Member for Sydney
tweeted: I want to make a bumper sticker: AAAustralia – thanks Wayne!

The Budget front section – 09 May 2012 from ‘The Australian’

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May 7, 2012

A piece of Murdoch merde – Rupert lectures twitter users about civility

Rupert Murdoch: Seems impossible to have civilised debate on twitter. Ignorant,vicious abuse lowers whole society, maybe shows real social decay.

Being admonished from the man whose organisation hacked into the phone of a murdered girl…
from the man whose editors (possibly, allegedly paid police informations for information or possibly lose information, it has been claimed)…
from the man whose newspaper reported on the deaths of 97 football fans in the Hillsborough disaster April 19, 1989 this way, 97 people crushed to death or killed in other horrific ways, and Murdoch’s newspaper responds by attacking the football fans that tried to help the victims

For a more detailed explanation of what happened that day: The Murdoch Virus Part 2 – Hillsborough from The Daily Derp. This shows why the refusal to hand over our money to any Murdoch organisation is important.

In this video, Alexei Sayle’s Liverpool – Don’t Buy The Sun: Sayle returned to Liverpool and in an experiment, in one newsagency, tried to entice customers to take a copy of The Sun, the reaction there to that newspaper was they wouldn’t even accept it when it was offered free.

We should all learn about Hillsborough, not to gain entertainment from other people’s tragedy. But to educate ourselves on just how low Murdoch and his minions sink when they publish headlines like ‘The Truth’ about 97 dead football fans.

And if that doesn’t make some people question just what spin stories in Australian media outlets is getting. Are we getting the Australian equivalent of “97 die in horrific tragedy, a nation grieves” or are we getting “football fans pickpocket victims”?

We should know that every time we buy a Murdoch newspaper, visit a Murdoch website, watch Foxtel or any of the other myriad business’s he owns or part owns, we are giving this our approval… and Murdoch our money.

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April 30, 2012

Music Monday – two Anti-Murdoch songs

Never Buy The Sun – Billy Bragg

This 2011 song by Billy Bragg, is a celebration of a 22-year Boycott, by Northern Englanders against the Murdoch newspapers in Britain. When people are “crying out for justice”, sometimes, if us commoners can’t compete with Murdoch and his billions, then perhaps our little rebellion is not buying his products. No point giving him our hard-earned dollars
(This song is also available for Free legal download from

Dear Mr Murdoch – Roger Taylor (of Queen)

An old song that found new meaning in recent years.

Here is Roger Taylors personal views about music:

What happened to the protest song? Music is now so polished, shiny and predictable, we have forgotten to try and say something with it. I am getting old and like everyone, have the right to say something about the “state of control” we live under – powerless to do anything about it. In case you hadn’t noticed. The high street is full of holes. We are fighting a pointless actively negative war which is killing our young soldiers and which we simply cannot afford. This war promotes and prolongs terrorism. This is our Vietnam. Unwinnable. Pointless. We are taxed and retaxed while the nation is not only broke but utterly bankrupt, being propped up with tax payers’ money and money which is simply printed. We are spied upon by 5 million cameras. We have thousands of petty rules and regulations more than ever before – no wonder people are bewildered and confused. As a nation we own almost nothing including water, electricity, gas, airspace and major manufacturers. Personal privacy is non-existent. We are directionless. I’m pissed off – you should be too.

April 26, 2012

5 Must-read articles that help explain Murdoch and News International

Tom Watson: News Corp operated like ‘shadow state’
Labour MP who led campaign against phone hacking also says News of the World aimed to investigate MPs’ private lives
Dan Sabbagh and Lisa O’Carroll of The Guardian

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is a “toxic institution” that operated like a “shadow state” in British society, according to a Labour MP who on Thursday published a book about the phone-hacking scandal.

Read the full article: here

MPs pressured to hold back on hacking investigation, book claims
New book claims News of the World ‘raked over’ MPs private lives and put Tom Watson under surveillance
by Paul McNally of

former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck tells the authors: “All I know is that, when the DCMS [Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee] was formed or rather when it got onto all the hacking stuff, there was an edict came down from the editor and it was find out every single thing you can about every single member: who was gay, who had affairs, anything we can use.

Read the full article: here

Media’s old master playing politics in Australia?
By ABC’s Jonathan Holmes

When the phone-hacking scandal finally made it big in the UK, with The Guardian’s discovery that Milly Dowler’s phone had been hacked, Julia Gillard famously (or notoriously) opined that News Ltd in Australia had “some questions to answer”.

The remark was greeted with outrage by John Hartigan, then News Ltd’s Chairman and CEO, and his editors. There was no proof, no suggestion, that such methods had been used by any News Ltd newspaper in Australia, they thundered. It was a slur on the professional reputation of every one of the thousands of upstanding journalists who worked for News Ltd. And so on.

Read the full article: here

The day James and Rebekah revealed the arrogant Murdoch way of business
There was a telling lack of judgment on display when James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks burst into the Independent to berate me
by Simon Kelner of The Gardian

As far as I recall – yes, I think that’s the phrase – it was late afternoon and I was sitting with the Independent’s art director working on that night’s front page. I looked up to see first Rebekah Brooks and then James Murdoch in the middle of the paper’s newsroom, and heading my way.

Murdoch was holding a copy of the Independent. It was a week or so prior to the general election of 2010, and we were running a promotion that asserted the (non-controversial) fact that the British electorate were capable of making their own minds up and would not be manipulated by vested interests.

Read the full article: here

Rupert Murdoch: myth, memory and imagination
The version of history told by Rupert Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry bears no relation to what actually happened
by Harold Evans of the Guardian

Rupert Murdoch has apparently lost a great deal of his power of memory, but nature has compensated by endowing him with a vivid imagination. He can surely deploy his new gift in the service of Fox movies. There is the great scene he pitched to Lord Justice Leveson on Wednesday morning where the editor of the Times enters left, closes the door behind him and begs: “Look, tell me what you want to say, what do you want me to say, and it need not leave this room and I’ll say it.” And our hero proprietor, so famously fastidious about such matters, has to tell Uriah Heep: “That is not my job.”

Read the full article: here

April 11, 2012

Carbon Price Not Evil, says Church

Despite misleading headlines in the Murdoch media (Dumping on charities – Salvation Army says the carbon tax will be a costly load of rubbish, story repeated in the daily newspapers in the capitals), it turns out this may not be the case after all.

Paul Bongiorno, a reporter on channel 10 tweeted: The Salvos tell me they have been misrepresented on the carbon tax in today’s News Ltd tabloids. They do not see the tax as evil.

Later on, in promo for his piece on the news tonight, Paul Bongiorno tweeted again: Australians dump thousands of tonnes of rubbish on charities and there is a carbon price link. Soon on Ten News

And, this time around, as pointed out by @GenGusface – Bongiorno called it by its correct name, Carbon Price, rather than its Murdoch name of Carbon Tax

Being misrepresented by the Murdoch media, who would have thought!

The Salvation Army issued a press release, clarifying their position and they way they were represented in the media: The Salvation Army Responds to Carbon Tax Reform (11 Apr 2012)

But the question is why are millions of tonnes of rubbish being dumped on charities, transferring cost of proper disposal to the charities?

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April 1, 2012

WFT ABC? … Time To #Occupy The ABC and end the Murdocracy

No, you are not seeing things. This is from the ABC website. The entire article is quoted below

Rupert Murdoch
Posted March 28, 2012 15:38:29

News Corporation has denied promoting piracy or sabotaging rivals’ commercial interests.
Lionel Bonaventure: Reuters

That is it. 18 words plus the date/time.

The original picture is so large you would have to scroll to see it all. Looking more like the Boss, or a Totalitarian dictator in pre-World War Two Germany or a South American fascist celebrating a military coup.

Australians on social media right across the country have noticed the lurch to the Right, so much so that New Limited looks almost Green these days in comparison.

We can no longer make jokes about Old Aunty selling herself to the highest bidder, the over-reliance of the IPA and former senior members of the Howard Government as commentators, The Opposition Says can no longer be the default way of starting every news story.

What the… No words…

Sorry, I need a cup tea, and watch a murder mystery in a quaint English village populated entirely by beige-people to get over the shock (perhaps horror!) of this.

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March 26, 2012

A piece of Murdoch merde – Rupert achieves Regime Change

Newspapers don’t make money. The only reason to own a newspaper publishing empire is to influence public opinion. There has been no secret that the Murdoch media empire in Australia has been trying to bring about Regime Change.

Media is not unbiased. It is not a neutral thing. It is run by editors that have political agendas, for good or bad, they are human.

And this, is Greens Senator Bob Brown’s reaction

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March 19, 2012

A piece of Murdoch merde – Turning Back The Boats “Impossible”

The News Limited broadsheet, The Australian, has decided to take a look at the issue of refugees. The article Visiting Indonesian ministers have said the Federal Opposition’s boats policy is ‘impossible’ (15 March 2012) makes reference to Julie Bishop.

Julie Bishop recently attempted to allay Indonesian concerns over the policy, telling Ambassador Primo Alui Joelianto that boats would only be turned back “where it is safe to do so”.

The Liberal Nationals tell the Australian public that they will Turn back The Boats, but tell the Indonesians something completely different.

Which is it? Which is the real Tony Abbott? And, Mr Abbott, will your party’s new slogan fit on a protest sign Turn Back The Boats…. where it is safe to do so”

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