Posts tagged ‘Rupert Murdoch’

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

April 30, 2012

Ah, is that what left-wing bias on the ABC means?

Is it no surprise that Latika Bourkes’ nickname is LIBtika. Harsh or not depends on your perspective.

Imagine the dynamics within caucus if Julia Gillard hasn’t flushed out Kevin Rudd in March (and then carpet bombed him c/o Roxon+Swan et al)

And there we have it, ABC’s raison d’être, it is all about the dynamics, carpet-bombing, fireworks – the media is pushing leadership challenges because it gives lazy political journalists something to do. Speculation and opinion have replaced research and facts.

At least, it wasn’t Tony Abbott says

They rewrite history, and there is no one to stop them. Apparently Stalin was pretty good at rewriting history, to remove enemies or add himself. Maybe that is what critics mean by ABC has a left-wing bias, the Stalinisation of the news.

Did I just hear ABC news refer to @PeterSlipperMP as a ‘Labor MP’?

Did they? Who knows, probably, that kind of fact-checking is beyond the reach of most ABC reporters these days.
By the way, ABC, Slipper is NOT a Labor MP, no matter how hard you hope and wish it to be so.

These people are playing games with our future – because when you have a 24-hour news cycle something has to fill the airwaves.

When they don’t have actual news to report, or rumours to speculate on, or opinions to bore us to death with, they just simple sit around talking to each other.

ABC news. ABC reporters interviewing ABC reporters is not news. Nor is it cutting edge, groovy or interesting. Please stop it.

There you have it, ABC, you are not groovy. A sentiment that many former ABC viewers would whole-heartedly agree with.

But have no fear, all that left-wing bias is more than balanced by the Murdoch media.

The Daily Telegraph’s an unapologetic liar that creates ‘news’ yet we allow it to try manipulate regime change by publication? #auspol

Murdoch, and his near saturation levels of ownership, does not seem to affect politics any, because if there is one that Murdoch media is, it’s fair and balance. You will only get truth, justice and the American way if you read one his publications.

All this surveying people about trusting leaders, how about asking about trusting media commentary, so-called analysis & “reporting”

Many people don’t know their local politicians any more, so they only way they know them or their parties is through the media. When all the media in this country is pushing a Liberal-party, Election-now, Abbott-for-PM agenda, it is presenting a distorted view of reality. Of course, right-wing voters are happy with that distortion, it reflects their biases, makes them feel comfortable that they are right, but it is not a healthy democracy.

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

Has the death knell just sounded for Federal Labor?

Or, is that just the business as usual, one opinion of one reporter for #TheirABC?

With the Levenson inquiry into Rupert Murdoch and his toxic culture of media ownership, there has been a frenzy of investigation about whether the same shadow-state, toxic media culture exists here – oh wait, there hasn’t.

Murdoch’s influence over the vast majority of media in this country has, strangely enough, been ingored by the media.

Australian political reporters have more important things to worry about. Yes, another Media-LNP manufactured scandal. In a series of tweets, discussing Bill Shorten, the Prime Minister, Peter Slipper, and the Health Services Union, Latika Bourke has said:

This all feels like the same feeling of watching the final years of the NSW Labor Govt…

Without knowing what in particular, Ms Bourke is referring to, as this tweet is vague, perhaps Shorten, Thomson, Slipper (who apparently joined the Labor party without anyone knowing) – other than the current Government of the Day, which is Labor.

It may feel that way to the media, but amongst those of us on the Left, it feels like a Government under constant attack by journalists, especially from the Murdoch stable, who confuse rumour and innuendo with research. In an ongoing attempt to achieve regime change – if the Liberal Nationals can’t win government at the ballot, then, they will do it by hook or by crook.

If it is anything like NSW State Labor then it is more about the media obsession, like sharks who can smell blood in the water, and less to do with reality. If this is the Last Days, then it is because the current mob of political journalists keep saying so – creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. From the Murdoch media at near saturation levels of media ownership in this country to #TheirABC which takes its lead from the Murdoch media headlines.

We deserve better in this country than a media which creates a frenzy of attack against a performing, reforming government that is delivering real change, to the betterment of all Australians, not just the faceless billionaires and mining magnates.

If the government does not fulfil its full term – the media in this country will be responsible for not only subverting democracy, but shoving a dagger in democracy’s heart and twisting the knife, just to make sure it stays dead.

By Hook or By Crook – is an old English phrase that means by any means necessary as in not meant to imply that Murdoch media, aided and abetted by #theirABC are doing anything illegal, or crooked, but if the reader wishes to infer that, it cannot be helped.

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 22, 2012

Tony Abbott charged with Indecent Assault – He Must Step Down

With the Liberal Party, and their puppet masters at News Limited baying for the blood of Peter Slipper, it is time to take a second look at the past of the man calling for Slipper to step down – Tony Abbott and his not so innocent past.

The allegations against Slipper – and that is all they are at this stage, allegations – are 9 years old. This is not on the head of PM Gillard. If there was a crime, it happened while Peter Slipper was a member of the Liberal Party, and while he continued to get endorsement election after election.

If News Limited can bring up allegations that are 9 years old, in an attempt to bring down the government, let us look at an incident that is more recent than that.

This story from Michelle Grattan in the Sun-Herald in 2004 Abbott: I was charged with indecent assault, shows that these allegations against Slipper are not about Justice, it is a political witch hunt, by the Murdoch media in a last ditch attempt to force an election before the carbon pricing comes in, in July.

Does anyone think that these allegations would have seen the light of day if Slipper was still a voting member of the Liberal Party?

In his past, Tony Abbott was charged with indecent assault after groping a female activist on the upper part of her leg, and between her legs, while she was on stage in front of an audience of over 200 people debating student unions.

Was this an attempt to humiliate a woman who dared to stand up for something she believed in?

In 2004 Abbott dismissed this as a long time ago… It’s part of the Abbott story – it is not part of the Abbott present – well so what? Allegations against Slipper are also a long time ago, and were covered up by the Liberal party – which surely equals accessory after the fact (or whatever the crime is, I am not a lawyer).

What reason did Abbott give for this shockingly indecent assault on a woman in public? She spoke of him, as Tony Abbott says in a highly critical way, calling me… right wing. So someone speaks badly of Tony Abbott and he thinks a justified response is public indecent assault?

Yes, this may be an old incident, but so are the allegations against Slipper, something the Liberal Party may have suspected, and did nothing for 9 years, so clearly they never thought that they were serious enough. After all, they are simply rumours at this stage.

Abbott here is Not denying the incident took place, he is just saying that it took place in his past. So why does he not apply the same criteria to the allegations against Peter Slipper?

Why is the Liberal Party cover up of any allegations against Slipper while he was a member of the Liberal Party, under both John hoWARd and now Tony Abbott, glossed over by the media?

At what point do we abandoned the premise of presumption of innocence and replace it with Trial By Murdoch Media?

This was not the only criminal incident that has blighted Tony Abbott’s ability to cast stones. He also destroyed public property by damaging a street sign, but fortunately for him, not the street sign, no conviction recorded.

(If you think, so what? this is old, my response is twofold – one, it gives an indication of how Tony Abbott treats people who challenge him; and two, if Slipper is going to be targeted by News Limited, and Abbott for allegations that are almost a decade old, why stop there, why not go a little further and drag up every incident of someone’s past.)

This man is a menace to women, public property, decency. He must stand down.

It is time someone else in the Liberal Party step up.

image from The Age

direct quotes: Abbott: I was charged with indecent assault, Michelle Grattan, 2004, Sun Herald
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April 21, 2012

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

Some countries go to great lengths, bloody military juntas, rebellions, wars, coups, all in the name of overthrowing the democratically elected government.

Here in Australia, we have a media mogul, who not only has his mind set on regime change and over throw the democratically elected Gillard government (in cooperation with the democratically elected Independents and Greens), we have a media mogul who wants to dismantle democracy all together.

Less expensive, less casualties, but the result is exactly the same.

An article in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian (April 20) says

As Winston Churchill said, democracy may be the best form of government among known alternatives, but it is probably not sustainable.

This is the same media organisation that calls the Westminster system of choosing Prime Ministers bloodless coups and assassinations. They want to destroy entire political parties, governments, and systems of governing. Makes choosing a Prime Minister by ballot seem rather noble.

Democracies subsidise bad decisions. Voters, especially ones who pay no tax, care little for the preferences of future generations.

Remind me again, how much personal tax did Twiggy Forrester, Australia’s richest man pay in personal tax…. ZERO, you mean, someone who pays no tax. Yet dictates Australia’s taxation, workplace and environmental policy, that kind of subsidising, yep, that’s a big mistake on the part of democracy.

Alex de Tocqueville said democracy would “degrade men without tormenting them”, enmeshing them with stifling if well-meaning regulation.

Big deal, the writer of this Murdoch piece has bought a quote-of-the-day app for his mobile device.

Mussolini said Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power See I can quote dead people too, doesn’t mean we should destroy our system of government because of it.

And if by regulation, that means, paying people a fair wage, not damaging the community with toxic waste dumps or chopping down all the trees and poisoning the water or arresting rogue journalists for hacking peoples phones and paying off police, or children in the mines… yes, I can see how that would interfere with the economy.

Full article: Joe Hockey on the right track, if slightly idealistic

April 4, 2012

ABC wants you to change your mind about climate change

The ABC website is running a survey to gauge viewers opinions about climate change.

And so far, those dismissive of climate change are out in front – by a long way. 80% when I voted. (68% dismissive + 12% doubtful)

What a complete farce – of course the climate change deniers will vote en masse to skewer the results, unless that was the objective, was it?

Which is interesting because I don’t remember surveys being done to get peoples opinions on any other science, such as physics, botany, geology, mathematics.

Although I am sure it is only a matter of time before we start canvassing whether the earth is flat or should creationism (intelligent design) be taught in science classes.

When did this scepticism about science take hold in the public debate in Australia. It’s not philosophy, it is not something where everyone’s opinion is entitled to equal air time on the national broadcaster.

Nor, is this 70s style conciousness raising where I feel becomes more important than I know especially when said by someone who has spend a career studying issues as compared to, say, an office worker, or banker, or a Cardinal, who think their opinion should hold as much weight as climate scientists.

This is climate scepticism on par with Murdoch’s News Limited. But there is a difference between News Ltd and the ABC, News Ltd are trying to make a profit, promote the agenda of their own, sell advertising space, create fear, and keep the people voting Tory. As much as we might not like it, News Ltd have a duty to maximise profits for shareholders, not save the planet. And if for some reason, action on climate change became profitable for Murdoch, then News Ltd may probably start getting alarmist over lack of action.

But from the ABC, what is their agenda? This is beyond mere scepticism, this is heading into rabid climate change denial territory.

This is not balance, this is agenda setting. It is no longer objectively reporting news, ABC are actively trying to change opinions and beliefs.

Can we now finally stop the myth that the ABC has a left-wing bias?

disclaimer: the number 99/100 used in this image is not based on any real information, but I feel it to be true, it is my opinion

image by @redglitterx
text by @redglitterx
references to ABC, News Ltd, Rupert Murdoch, and Climate Scientists are in no way intended to imply that they would in anyway endorse the contents of this blog, but I don’t know, I haven’t asked them

April 2, 2012

IPA Run The Country, Some At ‘Limited News’ Seem To Think So

text of image: Apparently the IPA’s James Patterson saying something now means “officials says”. Seriously, lift your f*cking game.

The IPA is a right-wing think tank, who seem to be given an extraordinarily large amount of time to push their agenda on the supposedly balanced ABC. No we know why, apparently they run the country.

And from @lynlinking (who blogs at The Political Sword)

Managing editor David Donovan completes the final part of this research into ABC Q&A programme by looking at the way it is emblematic of the ABC as a whole, in the way it creates false debate on non-controversial issues, while stifling debate about issues that are truly important.

The ABC’s false balance

The ABC protected IPA

An ABC QandA adventure in false balance

text of tweet from @beneltham
Notice the IPA has had a go at Flannery’s “taxpayer-funded” salary. When will the IPA renounce its own tax deductible status?

text of reply from @senatormilne – Christine Milne (Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Tasmania)
When will the IPA be upfront about which companies and individuals fund it?

But the question must be asked: Since the IPA benefits from public funding, surely they should be left to the mercy of the free market? After all, accepting government handouts would be socialism.

text by @redglitterx
additional text by @GrogsGamut, @beneltham, @senatormilne, @lynlinking
I suspect that the image of the fox/abc logo will be removed soon for infringement of copyright or trademark logo, if you like it, and want to keep it, take it

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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