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Murdoch’s knives out in Oz election

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, August 5th, 2013 - 13 comments
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Rupert’s at it again. The Murdoch media, notably the Australian, but also Sky News, were vicious in their pursuit of Gillard but it wasn’t personal. Now they’re after Rudd. And with Rudd as well, it isn’t personal or even political, it’s business as usual. Content download on high-quality broadband is the main threat to pay tv, and Labor’s NBN is perceived as worse for Murdoch’s SkyTV than the Coalition’s version.

The Fairfax media report that Murdoch has sent his key tabloid assassin, Col Allan, known as Col Pot, to Australia to head up the campaign. This front page of the Telegraph is an example of what can be expected. The other main knife-wielder is Peter Kelly, Editor-at-large of the Australian. He’s a bit more subtle – designed for the broadsheet audience.

It will be fascinating to watch – one more angle on the broadband wars.






13 comments on “Murdoch’s knives out in Oz election ”

  1. Tamati 1

    Newspapers across the ditch have always had an ideological editorial stance so it’s hardly surprising. The Tele is a right wing populist paper and it’s just doing what it does.

  2. Blue 2

    I think it’s actually better that they’re obvious about it. Screaming “We Are Biased Fuckwits” from the front page is far less damaging than pretending to be objective, as most media do.

    People know what they’re getting this way, and anyone who wants a balanced view of things will look elsewhere. Aussie has a greater range of media than we do, so there are alternatives.

    • Tamati 2.1

      Exactly, preaching to the congregation. Rudd wouldn’t have lost a single vote with that headline, Abbot wouldn’t have gained one.

    • RedLogix 2.2

      The correct response is: “Really … is that the best you can do?”

  3. Rodel 4

    Is that evil or is that evil?
    I hope and think Australians can see Murdoch’s sickness for what it is. Sickening.

    • tc 4.1

      Murdoch’s biggest sin the alot of eyes is he denounced OZ to take a US citizenship in order to create the FOX network as required under US law at the time.

      You diss the great flat brown land at your peril, Ruperts US centric power and recent UK scandal together with his gerrymandered shareholding in news corp have shown he’s far from fair dinkum.

      That just aint cricket cobber.

  4. tc 5

    Unlike here punters can turn to 2 public tv and more radio channels for a balanced view. Abc ratings go through their roof on election and major events as they are sought out rather than murdoch tv (10) etc.

    However the oz electorate is more mature, they have an upper house which only has half up for grabs each general election and unlike here the right leaning parties dont indulge in the cut throat policies the nats do here.

    Hawkes superannuation regime was left alone as one example whereas here 2 nat govts have dismantled prior schemes leaving us with the retirement funding issue amongst other neo liberal legacies.

    • Tamati 5.1

      “right leaning parties dont indulge in the cut throat policies the nats do here.”


      Turn back the boats
      Work choices
      Hand outs for private schools?

  5. Sable 6

    I think most Australians know what Sky News is all about but there are some people who take this information on face value so its a worry nonetheless. Very much the same concern we face here.

  6. grumpy 7

    Come on………

    In the previous 2 elections Murdoch supported Labour! What seems to have changed his view is Gillard’s shocking attack on Press freedom.

  7. Red Fox 9

    K. Rudd is about to become history once he loses the election.

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