Assessing the national mood has become much more difficult, but the media have continued reporting them as though nothing has changed.
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This election showed that Australia is stuck with an increasingly polarised media, a highly concentrated media ownership landscape and no apparent way to do anything about it.
In recent years, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp papers have become more politically aggressive, adopting the openly partisan approach of British tabloids.
New research reveals how News Limited was secretly established in the early 1900s by a mining company for the express purpose of disseminating 'propaganda'.
There is a sense that democratic societies have had enough of Murdoch’s propaganda machines masquerading as news services.
At some level, democratic societies have had enough of Murdoch and his propaganda operation masquerading as a news service.
Bill Shorten tearfully responded to the latest attack aimed at him by News Corp – a move that seemingly backfired for the Murdoch media empire.
Lack of scrutiny of the Coalition, barrage of criticism aimed at Labor: News Corp's coverage of the election campaign has been the definition of partisan.
In handing Geoffrey Rush a victory in his defamation case against The Daily Telegraph, the judge said the actor’s reputation was harmed by a “recklessly irresponsible piece of sensational journalism.”
The judgement is a personal and legal vindication for the actor, but it may have unintended side effects for the #MeToo movement and the reporting of sexual harassment allegations.
The difference in the Christchurch attacks is that propaganda supplied by the perpetrator was available to the professional media, even as the story was breaking.
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On the day of the Christchurch mosque shootings, several media outlets repeatedly failed the test of necessity in showing graphic footage.
Channel Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann has accused elements of the media of ‘waging a war against the prime minister of Australia’.
News Corp, Sky News and 2GB have contributed to the creeping 'Foxification' of Australian politics over the life of the Turnbull government.
Rupert Murdoch with sons Lachlan and James at his wedding in London, March 2016.
The proposed Sky takeover is just the latest chapter in the Murdoch family saga which will see power shifting at the top of the empire.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will hold just one seat in the Queensland parliament following the state election.
The seemingly disproportionate media attention given to One Nation is the result of a potent news-making brew.
It would be easy to set up an inquiry into the ABC – with the findings already known.
Of the four concessions One Nation won from the government in the latest media reforms, one has the potential to seriously threaten the public broadcaster.
The ABC had an unexpected viral hit last month.
ABC News has quietly moved into third place in the domestic online news market and had a piece that went unexpectedly viral in Korea.
The Australian media’s lack of diversity puts significant strain on our democracy.
News Corp on the right, Fairfax on the left. This division has a long history in Australia, to the detriment of quality journalism and public debate.
Public interest reporting is often equated with watchdog or investigative reporting. But it can include other factual stories that serve the public interest.
Public interest journalism exposes corruption and wrongdoers, and holds the powerful to account. But it is increasingly under threat, and we need to find ways to protect it.
Mitch Fifield recently announced the Turnbull government would once again attempt to tackle media reform.
The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
Striking Fairfax journalists protest out the front of Parliament House, Canberra.
As the federal government looks to reform media ownership laws, the Australian media environment – in diversity and stability – is looking decidedly shaky.
With every round of redundancies, significant questions arise around the long-term viability of mainstream news media in Australia.
There is lingering anger among journalists made redundant that expertise and experience seem to have become disposable assets in newsrooms.
Both News Corp and Fairfax get a decent profit from their digital real estate services.
Media companies say their results are an indicator of a transformation taking place from traditional business to newer profitable digital platforms, but it seems the proof is still missing.
Research in the humanities has come under attack from the Daily Telegraph in recent days.
The decision to refuse the ARC and academic researchers a right of reply appears to be a straightforward breach of the News Corp Australia code of conduct.
Is Rupert Murdoch’s influence on the Australian political landscape what it used to be?
Given newspapers' continued role as the main provider of new news every day, and the amplifying effect of social media, their potential to influence the body politic remains substantial.
As an eight-week election campaign stretches out ahead of us like a trackless desert, it might be useful to take a bearing on where the prime minister stands in relation to the conservative side of the…