The Murdoch tabloids have just embarked on a bold new climate campaign, despite previously describing those who want action as ‘loons’.
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The media empire now seems to be wrestling with internal division over masks, vaccines and lockdowns – while being careful not to damage the Coalition ahead of the next election.
Cardinal George Pell preparing to make a statement at the Vatican in 2017.
There is a clear legal reason why publications including The Age and news.com.au have copped hefty penalties.
In a pandemic or any other emergency, the first ethical duty of the media is to report accurately and soberly, and specifically not to induce unjustified anxiety or panic.
The timing of Google’s deals raises questions, coming just as the News Media Bargaining Code is set to be introduced into federal parliament.
There is a renewed discussion about the role of News Corp in Australia. But so far, this is ignoring how the Murdoch press is particularly hostile towards female politicians.
Murdoch has become very adept at changing colours to suit changing political landscapes – and the US election is yet another example of that.
There have been regular calls and inquiries into media ownership in Australia. But despite the howls of outrage, there has bene little political appetite to do anything about it.
Research shows Google News results often prioritise mainstream media over smaller news businesses. It’s a double-edged sword. While local outlets suffer, it’s actually better for readers.
Small newspapers and new start-ups face significant barriers to receiving government grant money and a share of ad revenue from Google and Facebook, making their survival less than assured.
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The letter is part of a campaign running across Google’s platforms, designed to gaslight Australian users. Don’t fall for it.
Unless we address the lack of diversity in newsrooms, we will continue to see work like Leak’s cartoon making it through the gate.
In happier times: Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch at Rupert’s marriage to Jerry Hall in 2016.
It is more likely the Trump administration, and the cosy relationship it has with Murdoch’s Fox news, on top of differences on climate change, that was the last straw for James.
From personally targeting the Victorian premier to railing against the compulsory use of masks or scapegoating a minority group, News Corp’s coverage has been not just biased but dangerous.
News Corp’s announcement it will stop printing 100 suburban and community newspapers is another blow for regional Australia and the the media landscape more broadly.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on his autobiography, ‘A Bigger Picture’
In this episode of Politics with Michelle Grattan, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull gives his assessment of Scott Morrison as a former colleague and as prime minister, warns about the right of the Liberal party, and tongue lashes News Corp.
The High Court handed down a mixed decision on the AFP raid on a News Corp journalist, highlighting just how fragile media freedom in Australia really is.
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The usual pretence that right-wing commentators are on the side of their audience falls away in times of crisis. They are on the side of business - particularly their own.
Arthur Sinodinos: “One of the dangerous trends has been that the media itself has become a battleground”.
As he leaves to take up his new post as Ambassador to the United States, Arthur Sinodinos warns that the Australian media landscape is becoming increasingly partisan.
Sinodinos warns about dangers for democracy and science posed by a polarised media.
Arthur Sinodinos with some reflections and advice
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As Arthur Sinodinos prepares to leave the Senate for his new role as Australian ambassador to the US, he sits with Michelle Grattan to reflect on his time in politics.