Flake News

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Craft Standards, News Corp, Political News

Now Murdoch’s media has abandoned claims of a connection to actual journalism and shark-vaulted into the Trumpian post-truth void, we can set aside conventional media criticism and marvel at the death-throes desperation of its ‘yarn’-spinning.  No longer content to merely feed today’s news through the standard News Corp grinder and pack it together with the usual ideological offal, the Daily Telegraph’s fact butchers are now manufacturing the meat altogether. […]

‘Fourth Estate’ Documentary

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Following a nine-month international screening run, the independent UK documentary ‘The Fourth Estate’ is now online for all to view, download, and share for free. During 2015, filmmakers Elizabeth Mizon and Lee Salter hosted numerous sold-out screenings and Q&A sessions throughout the UK. They want their take on the monopolisation of the global mainstream media industry to be seen and heard far and wide, and thus they are now […]

Freedom for Whom?

Posted 9 CommentsPosted in Government Policy and Regulation, News Corp, Profession

Freedom! Is there any word more abused than this in the debate about politics and media standards? From Rupert Murdoch, his editors and commentators and the ubiquitous IPA, the rhetoric of ‘freedom’ is now ritually used to forestall any examination of media power. This American style hand-on-heart eulogising of freedom reached a crescendo recently with the failure of the Gillard government’s media reforms. Having gone as far as sending […]

Oh, THOSE ethics!

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Ethical Standards, Government Policy and Regulation, Profession

With the report of the Leveson inquiry into UK press ethics due within days and decisions from the Australian government on its own twin media inquiries now well overdue, get set for a coordinated rendering of garments and gnashing of teeth against the coming assault on our sacred freedoms. In fact, the hysteria-meter has already been activated by brave defenders of freedom – the lone voices speaking up for […]

The Murdochratic State

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Books, Ethical Standards, Government Policy and Regulation, News Corp, Newspapers

Anyone beguiled by appeals by the Murdoch press in Australia for the defence of “freedom” against the Leviathan of the state needs to read Tom Watson’s ‘Dial M for Murdoch’ – a forensic examination of the gradual corruption of the British state by News Corporation. Reading the book should cure any delusion you have that these events are in any way controversial. Using court and police records, it shows […]

The Untouchables

Posted 11 CommentsPosted in Government Policy and Regulation, News Corp

They squibbed it. Given the chance to tackle News Ltd’s stifling ┬ádominance of the metropolitan newspaper market in Australia, the federal government has left ownership issues out of the remit of its independent inquiry into the media. That was really the only reason for holding an inquiry in the first place. Instead, the inquiry – to be led by former Federal Court judge Ray Finkelstein – will focus on […]

Strings Attached

Posted 21 CommentsPosted in Government Policy and Regulation, News Corp, Political News

Business institutions so large and powerful that they distort the democratic process; frightened politicians in the pockets of large monopolistic companies; a corrupted and constricted public debate and an ever increasing separation between the actions of those large institutions and the generally agreed standards of public decency: The grim pathology of the global financial crisis comes to mind when watching the beginning of the end of Rupert Murdoch’s malignant […]