Murdoch strikes at democracy
By Stephen Fitzgerald
The first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, said there were two sights the public should not see: The making of laws and the making of sausages. To this list of enduringly nauseating spectacles we should add one more: The political machinations of media moguls. It's called one sided censorship. So, it only goes half way towards removing freedom of speech but, it goes all the way to undermining democracy.
The headlines read: “Murdoch press a threat to democracy: Cameron”. Senator Cameron said he would take a motion to Labour caucus seeking to widen the existing inquiry into the media to look specifically at News Limited's "absolute hatred" of Labour.
Going after Labour leaders is one of Rupert’s favourite pastimes. Rather than hunting lions in Africa or tigers on the Punjab - That's way too dangerous and way too hard and goes nowhere towards right wing corporate control and exploitation of society.
As an example - The response from the average bucko in the street is that Bill Shorten is an idiot. Oh really, on what do you base that powerful observation? The response is always the same - "Because he is". Whereas, the truth would be: "Because Rupert Murdoch told me so".
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd launched an incendiary attack on Tony Abbott and News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, who he claims have undermined Australian democracy and contributed to the "orgy of political violence" that led to Malcolm Turnbull's ousting.
Murdoch blew in to take a swipe at Turnbull for being too middle conservative and usher in the extreme right wing of the LNP. Right-wing media have given a megaphone to reactionary forces in the Liberal Party. ABC political editor Andrew Probyn outlined what look like the very plausible entrails of the evident involvement of Rupert Murdoch in the recent Liberal Party leadership spill.
SMH - "Turnbull lodged complaint with Murdoch over coverage in last days of his prime ministership" Only later, according to sources familiar with the conversations, did Mr Turnbull learn of a private discussion in which Mr Murdoch told fellow media mogul Kerry Stokes that the government leadership had to change. Clearly, you need to be a Murdoch bitch if you wish to lead the LNP and run the country - What does that say about Scott Morrison? What does that say about our democracy?
I vaguely remember, somewhere back, Turnbull having a go at Murdoch. Now, would Murdoch really be that vindictive, that he would make a concerted effort, to get rid of our elected Prime Minister, because Malcolm wouldn’t play ball? That's one theory and it has felled previous politicians but, if the truth be known, Malcolm Turnbull proposed action on climate change to the detriment of the powerful fossil fuel industry. And, that speaks for itself.
In the U.S. the headlines read “Corruption? Is Rupert Murdoch Hacking our Democracy? Reagan exempted Murdoch from foreign ownership rules and eliminated the "Fairness Doctrine". Rupert Murdoch then became the propaganda recruit for Reagan. A Reagan bitch or, was it the other way around?
Rupert Murdoch bought the Rockefeller mansion in New York for $44 million dollars in cash. The fact that the house used to belong to a Rockefeller shows that Murdoch understands his spiritual ancestors and his role in the world. Every era needs an evil, heartless elitist it can blame its problems on and Rupert foots the bill for the James Bond villain.
If there's one man in the world who might ever possibly build a device to control the weather to burn or drown us all, unless the governments of the world pay him several trillion dollars and recognize Fox News's copyright of the phrase "Fair and Balanced," it would be Rupert. Backing the global fossil fuel industry and war economies, to destroy the planet with global warming, fits the bill nicely for Mr Murdoch.
The man has amassed a giant fortune and news empire through consistently pandering to the lowest common denominator and relentless shock journalism, in true William Randolph Hearst fashion. He got big in Britain by putting topless girls on page three of The Sun and the Daily Mirror. If you recall, he was unable to use this tactic in the U.S. They are not so easily titillated so he had to latch on to stuff like the non-existent killer bee threat to get a foothold.
Of course, he also owns the Fox networks, which have given the world some great TV shows, but mostly tasteless sitcoms and horrible reality shows about gold-digging idiots. And then there's Fox News. Rupert must have gotten up one day and said, "I don't like the progressive left, so I'm going to start my own news channel where I can hang shit on them all day. Excellent. It's not really the politics of Fox News that are entirely objectionable as much as Murdoch's ability to start up his own blatantly obvious propaganda news network.
With all the talk about evil corporations around today, and yesterday, even those clowns at Enron the drop kicks on Wall Street couldn’t compete with a good old-fashioned robber baron like Murdoch. He's a super-rich, selfless jerk who doesn't even attempt to hide it. The only constant for Murdoch is power, money and self-interest.
Thanks Rupert, what, you don't have enough already! You feel the need to suck the life out of society along with the rest of your parasitic cronies. We have independent and social media now and, we see straight through you. Leave our democracy alone or we will switch you off. “Click” Murdoch’s gone. It’s that easy.
SteveFitz October 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm
Thanks NEC brought back fond memories – During the Vietnam war, to boost the numbers Billy McMahon introduced conscription for 18-year old’s. Back then we didn’t have the vote until age 21. So, we had no say in the matter, which seemed a bit undemocratic, to the average kid who just wanted to go for a surf. Two years in the armed services or two years in prison, if you objected, was the choice. Yes, we are in Australia.
I was called up, so I remember 1972 when Gough promised to save young boys from the war, release us from prison and give us the vote. With that national wave of support Gough would have won the election hands down without Murdoch and, Gough could see that.
Murdoch had hated Menzies. He also hated McMahon, who was in the pocket of the Packers. He campaigned for Whitlam in 1972, with all the emerging power of his newspapers and expected rewards in return. From Whitlam he got nothing and, fair enough.
Miffed by that and, Whitlam’s failure to accept the Murdoch view on how to run the country, Rupert began his ugly, ruthless campaign to bring Whitlam down. In 1975 Murdoch came back from England where he had just purchased The News of the World.
He came back expressly to destroy a government which three years earlier, he believed, he had helped to elect.
At the behest of a furious, jilted, Rupert Murdoch it was the most savage attack on an elected government in the history of this country – with the possible exception of the attacks on Julia Gillard and Labor’s reforms in the last term of Parliament.
As pointed out – Murdoch’s hatred for Labor continues to this day. So, how do we get around that. For the sake of higher ideals and, that would be protecting democracy, as already suggested – Switch him off.
Mr Murdoch – There is a wave of protest rising up against corporate interference in Australian politics. If you interfere with our democracy we will boycott your News Corp products: For starters that would be: news.com.au, Chanel 10, Nova radio, Foxtel, Fox News, Sky News, The Australian, The Telegraph and The Herald. I’ve already done it.
SteveFitz October 30, 2018 at 4:11 pm
David – Imagine a world without fossil fuel – And nothing to fight over. We will run out of it one day so, we have something to look forward to. If we still have a liveable planet.
Jim – There is political activism coming from all sorts of minority groups – Being aware of it puts us in a better position to respond accordingly.
Coralie – “Just as they are ready to do anytime free men anywhere waver in their defence of democracy”. We need a collective conscience where good people don’t let bad people get away with it.
SteveFitz October 30, 2018 at 4:59 pm
@ IFTL – The merger of Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment will create Australia’s largest media company, trumping Fairfax Media’s long-time rival Murdoch’s News Corp for the title. Politicians allow these media giants to grow and expand and create their own problems, in terms of political interference, down the track.
Fairfax and Nine are not Murdoch although, it would be prudent to have an independent body keep an eye on them to subdue political bias without impacting freedom of speach. It’s a tough one and, I think it must come back to our choice – Who do we watch and who do we believe? We already have the guts on Murdoch's self serving political agenda and here's another update: -
SteveFitz October 30, 2018 at 6:01 pm
Thanks Zathras – I have a vague spark of a memory of that now. “As you recall (perhaps from Menadue’s memoirs?), after Whitlam’s win Murdoch wanted Whitlam to appoint him High Commissioner to London in return for his media support. Whitlam refused and called Murdoch “a shonky slob” into the bargain. The rest, as they say, is history”.
Whitlam owed Murdock nothing and it shows the arrogance of Murdoch. Something that seems to echo in the character of the LNP. Birds of a feather I guess.
SteveFitz October 31, 2018 at 8:58 am
Henry – The average life expectancy for the Australian male is 82.5 years. Murdoch is 87. Knowing that they should have been dead 5 years ago, most people pull their horns in. Not demi-gods, they believe they will live forever. They don’t and, then we will have Lachlan Murdoch. We can only hope he doesn’t worship false idols.
SteveFitz November 1, 2018 at 10:38 am
Your right Christopher – Murdoch holds about 70% of the regional news papers – It’s called clout. When someone hangs shit on someone else there is always an agenda of self interest or revenge. We should always look for motive and, the unprovoked attacker is generally the bastard with the most to gain. Wiser country folk understand the concept.
Still, if we didn’t collectively fall for the brain washing, budding right-wing authoritarians would probably aim to do what China does. Set up vast re-education camps with giant photos of embracing LNP and corporate leaders hanging along the walls. And, nationalistic songs of pride and glory playing all day. Just give them half a chance.
I like this one: “Let us go children to the Fatherland – Our day of glory has arrived”.
Good on the French - They storm the streets when they are being screwed by right-wing media and their elected representatives. Go the yellow vests.
SteveFitz November 1, 2018 at 11:22 am
Even with media backing, extreme right-wing politics don’t get much support from thinking people. That’s when they seduce the church with billions to pick up the sheep vote.
So, what we have is the LNP coalition with corporates, the media and now the church. It’s a winning combination that has been woven together over eons. For the sake of democracy, it needs to be unpicked occasionally. With the LNP falling apart, and with the help of social media, I think we could be seeing that.
SteveFitz May 21, 2019 at 1:59 pm
Then again, Murdoch's attack dogs do draw blood. Murdoch v Labor. Did News Corp’s Queensland monopoly decide the 2019 election?
SteveFitz June 06, 2019 at 9:15am
Working hand in hand with Murdoch is the right-wing LNP Morrison government in another all out effort at censorship to stifle freedom of speech and undermine our democracy. Australia May Well Be the World’s Most Secretive Democracy.
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