News monopoly in Australia is harming our democracy

James Murdoch speaks out in the NYT against the Murdoch Newspaper Empire – and it isn’t reported in one Australian Murdoch News Corp paper. He is disillusioned with the alt-right fake news cycle that Fox and kin are. As the NYT reports:

“I reached the conclusion that you can venerate a contest of ideas, if you will, and we all do and that’s important,” he told me. “But it shouldn’t be in a way that hides agendas. A contest of ideas shouldn’t be used to legitimize disinformation. And I think it’s often taken advantage of. And I think at great news organizations, the mission really should be to introduce fact to disperse doubt — not to sow doubt, to obscure fact, if you will…

…In 2017, President Trump’s praise for white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., as “very fine people” spurred James Murdoch to give $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. In an email to friends obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Murdoch rebuked Mr. Trump and wrote: “I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists.” The email stood in sharp relief, given Fox’s fetid racism-by-night routine…

In January, James and his wife, Kathryn, expressed “frustration” about News Corp’s peddling of climate change denialism in the face of apocalyptic Australian wildfires that incinerated 46 million acres. Fox nighttime anchors picked up a false story line about arson from The Australian, a Murdoch-owned newspaper in Oz.

New York Times: October 2020

The cancer is growing here as well. Australian news media are dominated by Murdoch (64.2%) and Nine (26.4%) – and now the main news empire in this country is unreliable and unscientific in its reporting on climate change and runs a protection racket for itself. Their control of Sky News has degraded their evening segment to being on par with Fox news, and this toxic propaganda sometimes drips down into their daytime and morning schedules as well. It’s time for a Royal Commission into media freedom and diversity in Australia. Even if you disagree with former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on other matters – please watch this short youtube.

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