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August 9, 2013

The real political battle is not over economic policy. It is between the old News Ltd---now News Corp Australia--- and Rudd Labor. To put it crudely Murdoch wants to destroy the Labor Government to protect his commercial Foxtel interests and the influence of his declining newspapers.

RoweDBoxingring.jpg David Rowe

Thursday’s Daily Telegraph, for instance, depicted the prime minister and deputy prime minister as bumbling Nazis from Hogan’s Heroes, and the front page of Monday’s Daily Telegraph told voters to “kick this mob [Kevin Rudd’s government] out”. “Send in the clown” was how page 1 of how Brisbane’s Courier-Mail reported Peter Beattie’s recruitment as a Labor candidate on August 9. It appears that the newspaper editors of the Daily Telegraph and Courier-Mail are working under orders from New York during the election.

The confrontational, populist and biased coverage of the election has made News Corp Australia an election issue in that it draws more attention to Murdoch's motives and agenda.

This is especially so in the light of the executive disunity and News Corp's back to the future direction.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:28 PM | | Comments (7)


"Murdoch wants to destroy the Labor Government to protect his commercial interests (Foxtel) and his declining newspapers."

An open, wholesale, fibre-to-the-premises NBN – the Labor version – would undermine the Foxtel business model by allowing new traditional-type pay TV providers and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) to compete on an even playing field in the pay TV marketplace.

haven't some audiences stopped listening to Murdoch some time ago? They know that his newspapers do not provide reliable information on which people can base their choices at election time.

"and his declining newspapers."

Print media revenue is being squeezed worldwide as readers and advertisers gravitate to internet-powered alternatives. Established media groups have no choice but to pull their print media operating costs down as they attempt to navigate a course to a sustainable digital media model.

Exacerbating unnecessarily the problem of the ideological bias of Murdoch's media is the fellow travelling status of the rest of the mainstream media.
For example, ABC's Radio National Brekky show is virtually a rehash of whatever is Murdoch's daily theme with a procession of right wing pundits, usually including a Murdoch representative, someone from the IPA or Grattan institute or similar, and then a polly or two to give a 'he said, she said" flavour [a couple of days ago we had both Katter and Robb on the same programme - dog knows why], all hung together with Fran's indomitable pro-COALition bias where Tony can do no wrong and Michelle Grattan agrees.

We, the Australian public, deserve better than this.

Rudd is about to about to get a working-over from the Murdoch Press. Orders from Rupert.

Rudd deserves it.

"Rudd deserves it."
But we don't.
And, come to think of it, Abbott, and the COALition deserves it more.