An Open Letter to Journalists at News Ltd

KickthisMobOutDear News Ltd Journalists,

I’m writing you this letter on behalf of all Australians. That includes everyone who can vote in the upcoming election, as well as those too young to have a say in their own future. I wanted to let you know that your behaviour throughout the election campaign has been appalling. I know you know as well as I do that it’s not the role of a journalist to campaign for a political party. Journalists often justify their bias by saying that opinion pieces can be whatever they want them to be – whether or not they’re biased, unbalanced, untrue, or part of a conspiracy on behalf of your boss to get rid of the NBN, which threatens his business interests. But you’re not just contributing opinion pieces and amateur PhotoShopped front page images, denigrating the target of your smear campaign. You’re also contributing news articles, designed to bring about a certain result, a result you’ve allegedly been instructed to manufacture to help your boss make money. Doesn’t this make you feel dirty? Doesn’t the 17 year old aspiring journalist in you feel even a little bit sad about finding their middle-aged-self behaving in this unethical way? Don’t you care about the impact your work has on the country you live in?

I’m sure many of you justify your blind obedience in the ‘get Rudd’ campaign to the fact that you need a job. You have to do what you’re told so you can keep working as a journalist. I know there’s not many jobs out there for journalists, but this doesn’t justify you doing the wrong thing. There are hundreds of examples throughout history of ‘employees’ doing the wrong thing on behalf of their bosses, and justifying this wrongness by saying they were instructed to do it. That doesn’t make it ok. If Murdoch told you to hit your wife, would you do that too? Where exactly is the line that you wouldn’t cross, no matter what your boss wanted? Is there a line? When you write puff pieces about Tony Abbott, when you do glamorous photo shoots of Tony Abbott’s daughters but don’t actually ask them a question, when you choose not to scrutinise Abbott, and omit news that is damaging to him, when you support Mal Brough’s campaign to destroy Slipper and then ignore the news that you were part of the Ashbygate conspiracy which a Federal Court Judge has revealed, when you cover your front page with blatant propaganda to help Abbott win government, but don’t tell your readers what his real plans are, when you give a candidate a free run and create the misleading impression that the Labor government is unsuccessful, you are failing Australia. Your job is not more important than your responsibility as a journalist. How are you ever going to get another job with this sort of behaviour in your background?

I actually think it’s an absolute outrage that not one of you has resigned in protest during this election campaign. Not one of you has stood up for journalistic integrity and said ‘enough’. Not one of you has said your pay cheque isn’t more important to you than your ethics. And what about all the jobs your readers will lose because of your campaign? You know Tony Abbott has proudly announced that he’ll sack 12,000 public servants. These are people doing important work in our communities. They help people. They support the disadvantaged in society. How is your job more important than their jobs?

No doubt many of you are Liberals yourself, having been hand-picked by your boss to make sure you’re on his side. But even if you think Tony Abbott deserves to win the election, and even if you like his policies and are completely in favour of his plans for this country (assuming you know what these are), don’t you think the Australian people have a right to hear both sides of the story before making up their own minds? Don’t you think it sounds a little bit like Fascism for your boss to decide that he wants an Abbott win, and then for you, his minions, to do his dirty work in the most blatantly dishonourable and immoral media campaign this country has ever seen?

Perhaps you read letters like this, and you are so hardened to the world that you let it roll over you, like water off a duck’s back. But I just hope that somewhere, deep down inside you, there’s a little voice reminding you that you’re doing the wrong thing. If you even have the ability to feel guilty, to feel ashamed, even if it’s just at 3:00am in the morning when you can’t sleep, I hope you feel awful.

It’s also important for you to know that we won’t forget what you’ve done. If your boss gets his way, and you do manage to deliver Australia the most conservative, austerity obsessed, downright mean and selfish government we’ve ever had, it’s very likely most of your readers, especially those in areas like western Sydney who’ve you’ve conned most successfully, will not be very impressed with you. They might ask why on earth Abbott is cutting spending on services they need, like health and education, when they didn’t hear about it before the election. They might be disappointed to hear their work rights are being undermined by the same front bench who came up with Work Choices. And they might be really pissed off when the surplus they’ve been promised is actually a gigantic $30 billion dollar black hole. No doubt you’ll do your best to blame all these woes on Labor, as this is your unthinking knee-jerk reaction to everything. But how long can this work? I know you like your readers dumb, but don’t underestimate how quickly people work out that they’ve been screwed over. I hope your precious job is worth it then. I would have thought your entire industry was in enough trouble without you putting another dozen nails in its coffin through your own arrogance and incompetence.

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190 replies

  1. Robert Miller, perhaps you’d feel more at home with the Labor bashing articles on the Murdoch sites.

  2. “I would have thought your entire industry was in enough trouble without you putting another dozen nails in its coffin through your own arrogance and incompetence.”

    - BOOM!

  3. Nice rant, Robert but I think you’ve missed the point. Besides, your entire comment was pretty much negated by the third last sentence where you finally made some sense.

  4. At no point did I say anything related to supporting Abbott in my comments. I commented on the hypocrisy of the opened ended letter address to news ltd I. Regards to its attacks on Rudd. I am an individual that believes in not promoting hypocrosie. So believe what you will about who I support or don’t support. It doesn’t change the fact that this was an article that was written full of hypocrisies.

  5. Flawed from the opening sentence. You don’t speak for me.

    And full of lefty nonesense about Tony Abbott.

    Thank God we have a force to combat the left wing Fairfax and ABC outlets.

    Oh, you forgot to mention that our debt is heading for half a trillion dollars with nothing to show for it and that we are now officialy living beyond our means. Welcome to the New Greece courtesy of the madman Rudd.

  6. Well said Brian F.. Thankyou

    Exactly what I wanted to say.

  7. How presumptuous of you to write “on behalf of all Australians”. I might actually agree with your sentiments… but I most certainly never issued you a proxy for my own opinions in this matter. Your impotent dummy spit does a disservice to those of us who think Australia deserves better and think we need to actually work hard to recapture the government benches rather than warm our hands before a fire of righteous indignation. Before your pathetic contribution, I most certainly would have avoided anything that would please the hearts of the News Ltd cronies quite so effectively as your obtuse, irrational, self-serving little diatribe.

  8. Robert,

    Wow, that was quite a rant. It’s a pity, though, that not a single sentence of it is supportable by facts. I mean anyone who claims, in relation to the NBN, that Labor hasn’t actually built anything is surely not inhabiting the same reality as the rest of us. There are already NBN services available all over the country, primarily on the eastern seaboard.

  9. Here here if the daily ends up being the cause for a lib win I hope Murdoch and every one he employs is sued for more than any of them are worth their factories burned down and a national riot one the truth is revealed all over the news everyday that the nation join together in protest for re election and if denied grab the guns mr Offarrel let them use so liberally and shoot the fuck out of the liberal party and vote for a republic unanimously!

  10. Calm down Elyse please. Let’s resolve things peacefully. Are you from the Middle east?

  11. Can anyone name a genuinely honest politician? WE (not politicians or journalists) are the productive capital of Australia and we should not allow ourselves to be misused and squandered.

  12. 3:00am in the morning..
    As opposed to 3:00am in the afternoon ?

    Great article, marred by this clumsy tautology.

  13. Scotland Yard have started a new investigation into the Murdoch Press. This has sent shock waves through group. interestingly they are also interested in the Australian perspective. If it had been anyone else they would be in jail by now. Good Hunting Scotland Yard…!!

  14. I don’t know why people are so shocked by Murdoch’s behavior. He has been doing since I first voted in 1972.

  15. The new name for the Tory party should be -The Sky is Falling Party-

  16. Judgey bullshit.

  17. Makes it more important to encourage people to understand what policies and changes they are voting for, unfortunately News Ltd brings it down to personalities. How about thye talk to Queen slanders, they were very pissed off with Labour and now have one of the worst governments in power now as a result.

  18. Show me a surplus and you’ll get my vote. An economic train wreck. Not rocket science, spend less than you earn labor. Pathetic.

  19. Haven’t been keeping up Bill? Your Tones has promised a surplus in 2016-17, exactly the same as Labor. 8O 1% of GDP “within a decade”…

    Now perhaps you can explain why a budget surplus sooner rather than later would be good economic policy? ;)

  20. The first line of your letter was as far as I’m concerned – appalling. (“I’m writing you this letter on behalf of all Australians.”), I am an Aussie, born and bred, and I am more than capable of writing my own letters and expressing my own opinion. I do not appreciate someone writing something on my behalf. Please not presume that you have the authority to write on other people’s behalf, especially mine. Thank you.

  21. Thank God we have a force to combat the left wing Fairfax

    Am I living in some alternative reality? The majority of the right wing talkback radio shows are all Fairfax. Just how right wing does the media need to be?

  22. Seriously you people are delusional, your views are as biased as news limited views, you think anyone who does not agree with your view of the world is wrong or somehow brainwashed by News Ltd.

    I asked a simple question in an earlier post: Were you all so morally outraged in 2007 when News Ltd supported Kevin Rudd?

  23. John,

    It’s the case that Murdoch endorsed Rudd as a potentially good Prime Minister in 2007. However, one could not possibly reasonably assert that the extraordinary editorial bias that is evident in News Limited’s political coverage in 2013 existed in 2007.

  24. To those people criticising the author with claims that she does not represent them, I say that the author is simply asking for honesty. If you don’t want honesty, then fine.

  25. to everyone that is bitching about our debt, its actually the thrid lowest in the world of developed economies per head of our population SOURCE:

    what this means, for anyone who doesn’t understand, is that we do not need a “surplus” to be a functioning, sophisticated country. there are very few countrys in the world who operate without debt.

  26. Dan, the Murdoch media also awarded Rudd their Australian of the Year for his handling of GFC, which hasn’t stopped the ongoing accusation that Labor’s handling of the economy has been “incompetent”..but then, when did the Murdoch ever let consistency intrude into his newspapers..

  27. Liberals believe the Socialists are wrecking the the country & the strong Plutocrats will lead it out of the mess. It is a dog eat dog world out there. Well I think that is insanity! The only mess will be the one the Liberals create to benefit their overlords.

  28. The 12,000 public servants will be “lost through attrition”. Don’t you read the detail of Abbott’s policies? And you can’s say you are writing the letter on behalf of all Australians. I certainly don’t agree with all that you say. It is Labor who always use the saying “Whatever it takes”. Well, if this is what it takes to get rid of this mob, well then, so be it.

    And so you don’t think the journalists and presenters on the ABC are pushing Labor at every opportunity? And Fairfax, Channel 7 and Sky? Come one. Get with the game here. It’s election time.

    So many lefties commenting here. So good for a lauch.

  29. That covers it.
    With readership of major newspapers is dropping in double-digit percentages perhaps a better way for newspapers to make money would be to report truth.

  30. You do not have the right to write on my behalf and I don’t believe that you have received permission from all other Australians to write on their behalf, therefore negating all that you have said. You sound like a leftist whom, when the media is not supporting your point of view, wants to go on a rant.

  31. Rodger, I take it that the Murdoch media write for you.

  32. You lot Would Not Know Good Governance If It Was Biting Your Arse. Not One Intelligent Response. You Are All As Weak As Piss. Where Are Your Real Leaders You Piss Weak Generation Exers?.You Are Going To Get The Government You Deserve. Not Anywhere Near The One You Need …And Miles Away From The One You want

  33. Anyone who wholeheartedly supports one party while condemning the other is a fool. I’m sick of both major candidates and their snide comments, their constant offloading of blame onto the opposing side, the ridiculous “pop” policies designed to appeal to the largest majority of voters while sacrificing their own party’s integrity. Unfortunately, this seems to have become the norm at some stage. If you honestly think Australia will be better off under either of these dissolute candidates, you’re sadly mistaken. All they care about is how to grab the upper hand against their opponent with diluted policies.

  34. more fools on here than on the hill. So many mis-informed statements on both sides.
    Maybe some one can explain why an Aussie who gave up being an Aussie, who has a rep of being questionable in his conduct can decide who runs the country.

    Come the 8th of September my life wont change, taxes will go up, promises will be broken and as a nation we will once again lose the chance to advance ourselves and remain the fools on the hill

  35. Ignoring all of the political trash talk, my interest in the article was solely based on the fact that the author was calling into question the ‘journalistic integrity’ of the paper. I’m glad someone has had the guts to do so. I found it appalling that a national newspaper could be so blatant in it’s championing of one particular party instead of being impartial. In my humble opinion, newspaper journalism is there to inform their readers of what is happening in the world, when those articles are written regarding elections and the political parties involved, they should impartially be reporting on the policies that each party are purporting to enact so as to give their readers a well rounded basis on which to make an informed choice.
    I duly expect to see the typical slander articles on one party member or another… it’s all a part of politics and it sells papers, let’s face it.
    But for a paper to go so far as to force their political opinion on it’s readers in this fashion is way over the line.
    So I say hear hear to the author of the letter in calling them out on that score.
    Journalism on that level is nothing more than trash rag articles.

  36. Rupert Murdoch is a pig and controls the Australian media – that much is fact. And fact; Murdoch is anti-labour. What the writer clearly states (for those of you having a dig back) is that journos is Australia should present the news as fact not fr such an outright one-sided political agenda or essentially in campaign to support any party (and in the writers’ opinion – NOT being a journo – especially a party with weak policies full of holes and whom openly admit their disconcern for social welfare and support in the public sector and services). Politics are cyclic and unfortunately whenever we have a labour government with a social conscious and an amazing track record of introducing a phennenal amount of good policy, support and getting us through a global recession virtually unscathed (and you were all more then happy to sit up and shut up when given your $1000 to stimulate the economy – just quick to bag after you’d spent) a Liberal or LNP government takes over – claims the hard work then blames all their f*ups and terrible policies on the previous government. People are generally to naive or lazy to educate themselves and then listen to the media which I have seen time and time again promote its right wing agenda, conceal the facts and report inaccuracies. Time and time again I will watch parliament in session or listen to it on ABC radio only to then watch the news that night and hear an absolute spin-story that is so warped and beyond fact.

    Well guess what – being a Queenslander – it happened here – case in point; Campbell Newman.

    So writer, I applaud your argument and I will repost. Regardless of whom you support or how you vote the key issue here is that the news should be produced as simple facts not as some insane propaganda and biast- warped agenda.

  37. P.S is early morning and I’m lacking sleep and typing this on a tiny iphone screen so please excuse the plethora of typos in my previous comment including (but not limited to) *conscience, *phenomenal etc.. But I’m sure you get the general gist of my thoughts/response

  38. Amber, that’s an ordeal I can relate to. :(

  39. I asked a simple question in an earlier post: Were you all so morally outraged in 2007 when News Ltd supported Kevin Rudd?

    What rubbish. Murdoch only gave Rudd a few favourbale pages in a sea of Liberal favourable pages in the dying days of the election when it was clear Rudd would win. You call that support? I remember the Australian continually fawning over Howard, especially Shanahan and Peter Brent called it the “Governments Gazette” at the time. I distinctly remember the Daily Terror telling people to vote for Howard and do not remember this love in that conservatives allude to. It’s bullshit.

    Instead of todays saturation bombing of Labor by Murdoch, there was only carpet bombing. I guess that counts as support for the right wing.

  40. Newspapers should be reporting the news and not views. Especially the views of Murdoch who isn’t even an Australian citizen. That’s what I find appalling. We have a foreigner dictating how Australians should think.

  41. Rupert would be ecstatic about the number of you lefties that obviously read his papers diligently.
    I mean, you wouldn’t be making all these derogatory comments if you hadn’t thoroughly read all his papers would you?
    Surely you lefties don’t form opinions on random Internet searches or tribal breast beating (such as this blog). That would be extremist wouldn’t it?

  42. Stuart,

    Funny that Campbell Newman made the same commitment regarding the manner in which the public service would be reduced. We know how that turned out.

  43. I couldn’t agree more Amber well said!

  44. Dan: Bill Shorten was asked why Murdoch supported Labor in 2007 and now has swung over to the Libs. Could it be that Murdoch realised that Labor would not be coerced or bullied into commercial monopolies such as being the sole distributor of the new NBN scheme?

    2nd point: These journalists like the rest of us want to hold onto their jobs and if they want to keep their careers intact in a Murdoch media must be seen to be comrades who share their bosses political opinions!

  45. cassilva48,

    Bill Shorten did a pretty good job on Q&A last night. I don’t think the NBN is the reason for Murdoch’s editorial stance. I suspect it may be more to do with the changes to media laws that Labor tried to introduce. Either way, the notion that Murdoch supported Labor in 2007 is not entirely true. When I run the idea through my personal Politifact device, which is the most objective and accurate of the 867 versions currently out there, I find that it’s Mostly False, and that Murdoch only really supported Rudd when the polls began to show that Rudd was going to win.

  46. Bill Shorten mentioned that Murdoch’s political interest really lie (excuse the pun) with the commercial gains he and his corporation will receive, which makes me think that Murdoch has weighed up the odds and will get a better deal from the Libs. Murdoch doesn’t give a shite about who runs the country just how he will benefit from it.

  47. Rudd convinced me with his own performance, his language, his behaviour NOT to vote for him. It has nothing to do with News Ltd…..How dare you suggest media bias as the reasoning behind my democratic choice. I am the epitome of a swinging voter and Rudd’s hypocritical language and behaviour as demonstrated by his public speeches and debates have done the damage. These have not been editorialised, these have not been adjusted. The man himself has convinced me. Stop your whinging and fight the good fight.

  48. We suffer from an overdose of oxymoron’s Example 1- Liberal Party.
    Example 2- Journalistic integrity.
    Perhaps we could push the envelope and use the news limited journalists edgy comment and spelling. Example 3- Judgey bullshit.

  49. The title News Limited says it all…

  50. Not only is the Murdoch press an attack on journalistic integrity and democracy, it is an attack on human decency.

    Gemma Jones is a disgusting individual who has carried out a vile campaign to demonise asylum seekers. Her stories are poorly written and deliberately misrepresent facts in an undisguised attempt to influence public opinion.

    For those who have chosen to castigate Victoria saying she does not speak for all Australians, I would ask you why you too are not decrying this abominable practice as an assault on common decency.

    Regardless of political affiliation, make NO mistake. Murdoch papers represent a far more insidious attack on our way of life than just playing at king-making or protecting commercial interests.

    “Gemma Jones has been a federal politics reporter at The Daily Telegraph for some time now. At some point either before or during her tenure, her brain disintegrated into mush.

    Jones uses the language and tone of actual political reportage to further a monstrous agenda predicated on virulent xenophobia and sad, limp patriotism. Every other hack I’ve discussed in this series has been an opinion columnist, because that’s the medium through which ideas are discussed in this country. We don’t have widely read, expert-written policy publications. Jones, however, hides behind a veil of nonpartisanship and objectivity while spitting some of the most hateful anti-refugee sentiments imaginable. She is a bad writer and a worse journalist. She deals in lies dressed up in the formal stuffiness of news. Vilifying immigrants in an opinion column is one thing. Vilifying them in a front page article which masquerades as researched truth is quite another.”

  51. Then Jonesy tell us where Abbott was not a hypocrite in his language, for there are far more examples of his blatant hypocrisy than you allege for Rudd?

    Can you give examples of where you believe Rudd was hypocritical?

    What Rudd behaviour are you talking about, his white anting of Gillard? Can’t disagree there, but on any measure Abbott is demonstrably worse in behaviour.

    So just what is it in Rudd’s public speeches and debates, where it’s mostly agreed Rudd is superior to Abbott, that has irked you so much?

    It seems to me the very things you are lambasting Rudd for apply far more to Abbott, so you have me perplexed in your reasoning for not voting for Rudd. If you said you won’t vote for both then it would be understandable, but from you post I’m assuming you are voting for Abbott.

  52. I think this sort of debate is fantastic as it is allowing the real underlying problem to surface… politics just makes it obvious. We really have to be aware 24/7 how media applies these principles into just about every decision that we make. We have to make sure we don’t become lazy in how we keep ourselves informed and how we make our choices. I find its good, especially with politics, to get a balanced view from a range of independent media. Lets not forget the role Fox played in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Just a little bit of history repeating.

  53. I am the epitome of a swinging voter

    Every time I hear that on forums, I eventually find out the person saying it, is actually a life long rusted on Conservative.

    You can tell people are swinging voters by the way they speak. And that’s one rusted on conservative.

  54. I am seriously disturbed by the Abbott worship by Fran Kelly ABC Breakfast Radio. Is she angling for a job in the Abbott Government? Her interaction with Michele Gratin is creepy.

  55. This debate, I love, but seriously can you people actually hear yourselves it’s laughable, not because I disagree but because of the hypocrisy. This debate is as one sided and biased as the one so many of you are arguing is so wrong. The Fairfax press is very much biased to the left as is the ABC and SBS and many commentators on Sky and the commercial TV networks yet I don’t see any attack on those media outlets, between them they talk to so many more people then News Ltds papers. Are any of you any different to News Ltd, other then the size of your audience, why shouldn’t your views be censored in the same way you want Mr Murdoch’s views censored.

    Anyway the reason I love this debate and the freedom of News to print what they want within the law is because you are free to do so unlike many other parts of the world were free speech is Ltd and tyrants run wild…..ask the Russian gays about free speech.

  56. I have been trained in journalism and trained to have an investigative and questioning mind and yet I am observing the media ignoring this quality deliberately to feed their agenda and bias towards one political party. Correct me if I’m wrong but I have only witnessed Rudd asking the crucial question to Abbott, where will the cuts be? No journalist has asked this. I want real questions, answers and facts from both party leaders. Only the prime minister is being hammered and therefore my vote and decision will not be an informed one. I see bias and agendas in this campaign towards one party which is against the integrity and ethics of Journalism, though not surprising these days. However it is important that people ask for more integrity and balance from the media so they can make an informed vote, not an ignorant one. So I welcome this article because it opens up important discussions as many people I talk to are being blindly led and are not asking crucial questions. Let the people be properly informed before they choose, unfortunately the agenda by the media is casting a shadow on that.

  57. John read this and get back to me.

    New research on ABC current affairs panel show The Drum conclusively shows its preference for guests from the Liberal Party aligned – climate change denying – Institute of Public Affairs.

  58. This FAKE is the “evidence” that the Sydney Morning Herald put forward in Court as evidence of wrong doing by Craig Thomson, it (the “evidence”) was provided to the SMH by the HSU to discredit and defame Craig Thomson, his name was misspelled as ThomPson, (the forgers first blunder) it was purported to be evidence to prove a transaction with a brothel using Health Services Union funds.

    Craig Thomson correctly defended his reputation and SMH settled out of court and declared himself vindicated. This document was never examined “forensically“ in Court by his defence lawyer and the judge.

    This little piece of paper caused years of turmoil in parliament. Tony Abbott even though he knew it was a crude set up, made it key, to a disgusting three year campaign of smear (goes to Abbott’s character). The Coalition have attempted to drive Thomson to bankruptcy with legal proceedings, (so as to have him disfranchised and rejected from Parliament), the media have hounded him and printed lies, and he has become a human punch-line, the butt of a million jokes.

    Lets look at the ‘evidence’ Abbott relies on. The rejection code 211 is what banks use once they are called by a sales person, the banks will ask you to write this number on the front cover of the slip. This number (the forgers second blunder) indicates and instructs you that NO transaction should proceed.

    The slip is coloured pink, (the forgers third blunder) indicating it is the slip that should be sent to and held in the bank’s records. It would not, in the ordinary process of business be in the possession of the (HSU) customer.

    Because it has blue and black pen ink on what is actually, a carbon copy, (the forgers fourth and fifth blunder) It becomes clear that this ‘evidence’ is fake.

    I am shocked by the deliberate avoidance and refusal to examine or publish any reference by the Australian mass media to this first crude attempt to bring down an elected parliamentary member, for what ever motive was involved.

    The reporting of this stupid forgery as ‘proof of guilt’ defies imagination, and is evidence of the criminal manipulation of the people’s perception by billionaires who own our media, and are attempting to own our minds.

    The thing that really amazes me is the person who oversaw the Fair Work Australia investigation into Craig Thomson was the Vice President of Fair Work Australia, and HSU Secretary Kathy Jacksons partner Michael Lawler, a Fair Work Australia judge. Michael Lawler, is brother to the very same John Lawler who was AFP Deputy Commissioner of National Security in 2007 when Dr Mohamed Haneef was charged with terrorism offences — a decision later slammed by the Clarke Inquiry, and lately the Essendon fishing expedition) Michael Lawler FWA had been appointed by Abbott, Michael Lawler is the lover of Craig Thomson’s union opponent Kathy Jackson. She had sworn to ‘get ‘ him when he was elected to parliament after he had exposed her as ripping off the HSU.

    Kathy Jackson has been a respected Guest speaker at the HR Nicholls Society. For those who are unaware the HR Nicholls Society is a Liberal Party think tank. Contributors include Peter Reith, Eric Abetz, Peter Costello, Mal Brough, Andrew Bolt, Michael Kroeger, barrister Stuart Wood who is providing free legal services to Jackson, and of course Tony Abbott.

    As the Vic Police investigation cranks up a notch, it is becoming clear that people want to distance themselves from both Kathy Jackson and Michael Williamson, as things unravel.

    Now Abbott says he will stop taking Tobacco industry money, but only if Rudd stops “propping up Craig Thomson” and stops taking help from the HSU. He never stops and its about time He did.

    What a scandal, it is yet to land on the LNP smear machine. If it ever got on the MSM it could change the outcome of the Election. 

    Don’t hold your breath while you wait for that to happen!

    Please like and share.

  59. John,

    I strongly feel that despite our personal views about “evidence” in the Thomson case, it is properly a matter for the Court and that amateur observations about the evidence merely further muddies already murky waters.

  60. The Telegraph tells us “Public Headline Worm confirms News Corp trends neutral while rival media outlets show political bias ”

    Apparently the Australian Press Council disagrees with the Telegraph’s self-assessment

  61. brian f – nothing to show for it… what are you talking about? we have a better standard of day to day living than almost every country on the planet. so sick of these selfish statements.

  62. Hi Kayelee1, I didn’t say the ABC was 100% I just said it leaned left and let’s be honest it does. I think you missed the point of my post, I love your freedom to disagree with me and do so with great gusto, be critical of News Ltd to the cows come home for biased but for an argument to have real weight you can’t turn a blind eye to biased that supports one political view of the another. Here’s the thing love or hate what News Ltd prints or for that matter (as many on the right do) what the ABC puts to air, but rejoice in there freedom to do so, our ability to debate what News Ltd has printed is where the pressure comes from and with the growth in social media, the Internet and multiple news sources you and many others have over stated News Ltds actually market power, I think you will find this headline was more about getting a attention hoping to boost a circulation in decline. Finally be very careful what you wish for, because censorship will never be limited to just oneside, have a look at history the first thing a tyrant will do is limit or take control of the press. I can tell you there are many people waking up in China today who would love to live in a place where the press was free to print such a headline.

  63. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what News Ltd, Fairfax, or the Murdoch press and media in general say about Abbott et al, or Rudd et al. The single most disappointing thing about the whole business, is the number of Australians who really don’t understand the voting system, how to use it or how to critique either the Government, the media, the Opposition or much else. Australians just bend over and take it, and their only question revolves around “time” not depth, which they don’t appear to care about.

    There is no anger at “treaties” like the TPP etc., which will make Australia a dependency of USA, and then we will be completely stuffed and those same people who didn’t vote effectively, nor consider who they voted for, or just as importantly, why.

    I have to agree with the writer though.. I have never yet seen “Murdoch. R” as a choice on a ballot paper, nor “News LTD” nor have I seen “Fairfax” as a party, though I think that’s because there is more money in media, than there will ever be in politics.

    Daemon Singer
    Board Member
    Electronic Frontiers Australia (

  64. Who is the “we” you refer to Peri?
    Is it the 1,000,000 Australians who are under employed?
    Is it the millions of Australians who are worried about losing their jobs?
    Is it the country towns that are collapsing due to unfair trading laws?
    Is it the thousands of public servants and contractors who have been sacked by the Labor Government?
    Is it nationalists like me who are concerned that Labor has sold this country down the gurgler through unrestrained foreign ownership; loss of our sovereignty; and precious chance of defending our land, people and values because Rudd et al sabotaged our Defence Force?
    Is it country people despairing at the state of their roads as they watch $15 billion dollars disappear off shore each yaer to pay Labor;s massive interest bill?
    Is it the younger generations saddled with paying off the massive debt selfishly incurred by older people in propping up their unsustainable social welfare life style?
    Is it pragmatists concerned that most countries with a higher debt to GDP ratio are basket cases?.
    Or is it just you selfish bourgeoisie with rose coloured glasses embracing the “LCD Principle”? (Note: LCD=Lowest Common Denominator)
    So keep telling yourself “we’re better of than other countries” but just watch as the countries we are better off than reduces to the likes of Zimbabwe and North Korea.

  65. @Brian F- does this mean you actually think there is a difference between LNP and the Labor Party? One of the things that has come to the fore over the last probably 20 years, is that the more they seek to be different, the more they are the same. At various times they tried versions of “wedge politics”, with varying levels of success to them, but with absolutely no improvement in the end product for us as political consumers.

    It would be good to see a major party politician come on board whose primary interest is “Australia”, rather than continuing to stay in power which seems to be the prime directive as far as the current crop of political aspirants go. Makes a mockery of anything even resembling the People’s voice which is as I understand it what democracy is about.

    Probably the biggest single item on my hate list is a question of the so-called illegal boat arrivals. Each party is doing its utmost to be the worst in terms of its management of this mess, which appears to me with the single exception of Sri Lanka, to be our fault involving ourselves in a war that should never have been started.

    As long as Australia continues to bend over a barrel in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we will always be accountable to the United States, even if at the end of the day were we to get into a fight with somebody in our own right the likelihood of them supporting Us is almost Zero.

  66. John I beg to differ. In my opinion it is YOU who are missing MY point. The standard of journalism in this country has deteriorated to the level that it is time they were called on it. As I stated before, regardless of political affiliation, to have people like Gemma Jones distorting the truth specifically to demonise asylum seekers is an absolute travesty. I deplore the lack of factual reporting. I abhor the hate stirred up by the likes of this vile person. I am disgusted by the lack of respect shown to our politicians and to people in general.

    It is not a matter of left or right – it is a matter of decency, respect and truth. We ask for it in the workplace, we ask for it from our children, we have every right to demand it from our media.

  67. The Murdoch and Fairfax media procession need to be destroyed. Their manipulation of the political divide and attempts to turn voters away from the non-conservative parties is a farce and a disgusting commentary on journos across Australia. To have a view is one thing but the malevolence involved here shows a putrid disrespect for the job they do. It stinks of rot. These so-called journos disgust me and should lose any position hold…

  68. Kay Lee, I do get your point and I agree to a point, but dont be blinded by your own views, its on both sides of the divide that you find poor reporting to focus just on News Ltd is wrong and very biased, this comment is not just ment for you but to all on here who have been so aggressive in there criticism of News Ltd when it’s the media as a collective and politicians who have allowed the standards of decency to drop. But advocating some sort of government control is a slippery slope that will only make us all the poorer and undermine all our freedoms. To give you an example, there will most likley be a right wing gov in Canberra come next Sunday and I am guesing that all will be praying for the freedom that exists today to continue because if the changes some are advocating occurred would also curtail the lefts abilty to run a similar campaign against the right. The current set up,works well it is not perfect but it is also fearless and if the new government does not perform News Ltd will criticise and Fairfax for example will crucify, much like today’s political commentating but in reverse.

    However I do believe there is room for massive reform wthin the current framework in relation to retractions, they should be equal to the original article, so if it was on the front page so too shouldmthe retraction, this does nt undermine free speech one bit and would put massive pressure on editors to ensure theybgetbit right. The Complaints process needs to be more streamlined and an oversight body set up much like a court of law, that is independant of government and the industry with adjudicators appointed with tenure until retirement. The defamation process, needs to be easier, cheaper and take less time then it does now to get a result in court.

  69. To see what liberals have in store for Australia , have a look at the job Colin Barnett is doing for Western Australia. So far not one promised item being done. Railway link to airport now not being started before the promised completion date of 2018, cuts to education support workers, looking toward a debt of 30 billion in 4 years. And let’s be honest he’s been in the last four years so the blaming of labour for the trouble is getting a bit thin. Don’t get me wrong I don’t particularly like either party but when will we get a party that makes it law that they can be punished for not fulfilling their election promises. The people of WA are getting that peeved off they are getting close to calling their own vote of no confidence.

  70. John, the problem here is that the ilk of Murdoch & Fairfax have been left to run their own media frenzy & obviously enjoy having to much power. If they had any integrity at all the journos would turn their backs on their own organisations but they don’t. Piers Akerman, Andrew Bolt & Alan Jones need to be turfed due to their unbelievable bias. The fact that they make their “facts” known when every scientist with any credibility ages with climate change, who are they to let their own whimsy stand before truth. Are they Americans believing in Creationism? I doubt it. Just conservatively biased prats of unchallenged bigotry.

    As for the political bias against Labor & the Greens, this muck-raking bunch of toilet-bowl inhabitants need to be shut down. The majority media voice makes Murdoch & Fairfax the equivalent of terrorists. Their bias could end up being the instigating determinant against a Government that has so far run our country exceptionally well. Terrorists’ voices are clammed & Murdoch & Fairfax should have the same thing done to them. To read any claims of fairness is like hearing the same message from the Kremlin or the CIA for that matter.

    The corporate bias lending support to the major miners & oil companies by crushing information giving credibility to climate change & the big companies’ intent & causation has rendered their articles scoff-worthy at best. The editors & lead journos are criminals in fact & should be incarcerated for the lies printed so far.

    Yes they should be controlled, in fact they should lose publishing rights completely…

  71. John this goes beyond politics. You say we must fight for their freedom to print what they want as long as the retraction is commensurate. Well how would that help John Brogden who attempted suicide after the Telegraph article titled “Brogden’s Sordid Past: Disgraced Liberal leader damned by secret shame file.” He had already resigned. The Telegraph’s desire to sell papers via a gossipy headline nearly cost a man his life.

    And then we had the headline about a year twelve cohort labelling them as failures accompanied by a class photo naming them all. Those kids successfully sued (go0od on them) but the public perception about kids from their school, and them personally, remained.

    We have Utegate, and the Slipper and Thomson cases, and the fake naked photos of Pauline Hansen, all attempts to destroy the credibility and integrity of individuals, using false information.

    We also have completely incorrect information being published about the carbon tax and climate change and the NBN.

    You say we need an independent arbiter with greater powers. That was EXACTLY what Stephen Conroy tried to introduce and the Telegraph portrayed him as a Nazi….an increasingly common theme for them about anyone they disagree with.

    I am not talking about political bias. I am talking about standards of behaviour and accountability and consequences. I am talking about the responsibility that comes with being the people who inform our nation. It is their right to express an opinion….it is most definitely NOT their right to lie and distort and spread hate and division.

  72. RETRACTION: Stalin wasn’t a Nazi.

  73. Can anyone explain to me why the hell David Speers is the adjudicator for all of Tony Abbott’s performances? Why does Mr Skynews get to decide who is a member of the Canberra Press Gallery? Why does Mr Skynews get to decide what is asked and how people should respond? I said to my husband whilst watching the debate that my anger has turned more towards the media than the Opposition. Who the F do these people think they are?

  74. There are 2 clear intentions in this article:

    1. To highlight a perceived bias in Murdoch publications; and
    2. To attempt to square up that bias.

    The first is integrous. The second is not.

    I like the idea of bringing these biases to the awareness of the general public. That’s a worthy cause. Attempting to do it by printing an article of exactly the same nature to that which you so vehemently criticise is hypocrisy in its most basic form.

    Do a piece in favour of the ALP if you like. Or do a piece criticising the perceived Coalition support given by Murdoch’s publications. But realise, if you put them together, you lose all credibility.

  75. I fail to see how writing an article exposing the failings in our media and promoting discussion of that is hypocrisy or how it makes anyone lose credibility. I have read several critical comments here that have contributed NOTHING to the discussion or debate. In fact I would suggest they sound like frustrated wannabe teachers who are armed with a red pen and sadly have no place to use it.

  76. All I can say to you Victoria is “Good on Yah” keep them coming. I have already e-mailed one to Queensland, I will send another to the UK tomorrow. The World should know the truth about this evil Man , which I hope won’t be with us for too long. May I say on behalf of most Australians and the World , “God please take this man sooner than later”.
    Australia has become the most hated place to be since Tony Abbott became the opposition. , as you know, all he wants is to be in the Lodge. and pretend to be the Prime Minister. he will never ever be what Julia became, A strong intelligent, inspirational and determined woman . He hasn’t got what it takes to be a Prime Minister it’s only Murdoch that’s pushing the media to kill labor .and to abuse their position to damage Kevin Rudd.

    What we have had from the journalist working for this obnoxious man Rupert Murdoch is lies, and a biased written crap.

    I will never ever respect them again,

    I would like to know , Why is it that the MSM NEWS LTD, haven’t followed the Ashby gate, in the seat of Fisher in QLD, this is a huge story that needs to be told , this has been a conspiracy for the last three years and Tony Abbott, Mal Brough, Christopher Pyne, Julie Bishop, and Ashby himself, are up to their necks in it and try and bring Mr Slipper down from his seat in Fisher QLD

    The only ones that has followed this up is the Independent and has had it investigated further , Ashby gate Trust fund was set up and $50,000 dollars raised by these people who wants justice done .

    Clive Palmer has already said that Mal Brough went to see him in Coolum resort and asked him to pay for Ashby’s Court bill. and is now suing Brough for calling him a liar.

    Where have these other journalist been hiding, aren’t they capable of writing about this story, It seems that way. This story is still alive and will bring these people to answer to these crimes and for the conspiracy to bring the government down in the last three years ,
    These politicians should not be in Government, Sedition is a crime in itself.Why have the media and all the channels ignored it.
    Sunshine Coast Daily is the only news paper to do so last week. good on them.

    The article on the Ashby gate is in the Independent Australia .net. and click on to Ashby gate.
    Tony Abbott should not be standing in this election. he has put innocent people behind bars , he has had a hand in the Craig Thomson case too he seems to be above the law. he has lots of hard questions to answer.

    Kevin Rudd will make a good PM but with constant abuse from the media we are going to be lumbered with this crap of a man called Abbott, Shame on all the journalist who didn’t have the guts to stand up and tell Australia what Murdoch orders were.
    Thank you again Victoria and Amber I couldn’t have said it better.

    Keep the bastards honest if that is possible since they have all been brainwashed by those responsible,
    I will send your letter to other places this week. cheers.
    Bring on a leveson type enquire,

  77. Dear Robert Miller,
    I call & bow in the presence of a true seer. Magnificent! Absolute bullshit but truly no actually just a wank. I don’t vote Labor at all & I never have. I actually like Malcolm & accordingly believe Rudd to be a genius that can’t lead & Julia, a leader with little personality. Abbott, on the other hand, scares the hell out of me. He is a mysogynist, a bully & a triumph of indulgence created by the media. He changed stories on a daily basis, lives by no creed that I understand, has proven himself a jerk on a regular basis but the media protects him constantly. Little, if any commentary, paints him badly & any that does is very kind how they do it. The belittling of little Johnnie Howard was also minimal whereas the disgusting tirade of personal attacks on both Gillard & Rudd has been relentless.

    Despite what you believe 90% of those people of moderately high intelligence will continue to vote for Rudd over Teflon Tony because he is intelligent. Abbott is a twat of mediocrity rather than the golden boy tag given to him at a time when he proved his bullying behaviour many times over. I dare say some religious repositioning may have affected the outcome of the “Rhodes” scholar title. Perhaps his paedophile priest mate helped him here. The problem lies in the manipulation of the masses by Mudroch & Fairfux, those that believe in essence, the battered & remodeled twaddle that has no basis in reality.

    As for being a manager of people & providing jobs for people, how did you get to that place? Did you instantaneously become a manager? I doubt it. Btw, I still don’t vote Labor but I would never vote for a jerk like Teflon Tony…

  78. Alfielee, I think your assumptions re Abbott’s Rhodes scholarship are correct as are many other comments re the odd one. But it doesn’t matter about the truth because the press only tells us what they want us to know and so those poor buggers out in the western suburbs of sydney who buy the telegraph and listen to Alan jones or Hadley, will vote for abbott who will then make them pay big time in cuts to services and benefits that they can’t even imagine.

  79. Tony Abbott equals Rupert Murdoch equals Phone Hacking. Enough said!

  80. The one thing I’m truly grateful for is the chance to voice my opinions over the net. We do have the opportunity to right the mud-ridden toilet-gossip of the Murdoch & Fairfax media. It just takes a little effort on the past of those of us who have some insight into the media mud-slinging that is baseless. I am worried terribly about the possibility of Abbott in power.

    Please tell everyone you know even if it seems impossible. There are several standpoints that can be shown on the net easily.

    1/ Our financial situation as seen by the rest of the world through the worst horror, financial meltdown since the great depression.

    2/ Johnnie Howard’s positive financial exciting of government wasn’t real & any funds were the result of a new tax & selling Telstra.

    3/ Despite the Libs blocking everything & anything put forward by Labor, Labor managed to pass more changes than ever before; Gillard’s doing by the way.

    4/ Rupert’s media rarely put anything negative about Abbott but always find dirt on Rudd or Gillard & stick with the grubby for days & sometimes weeks.

    5/ Notice how little of the grime stuck to Teflon Tony despite being demolished publically by Gillard for being a mysogynist. His promises change on a daily basis. He says what he thinks the audience wants to hear where ever he is. He’s been charged several times for violence towards others but somehow escaped legal ramifications. I’d suggest again the power of the church, their money & either paying people off or a truly scary legal team paid for by the church who will want their come-uppance once he’s got the job. Maybe it was Rupert’s mob who paid. He truly is a bully & ultimately scum…

  81. Was going to write a reply but then I saw Robert Miller’s article that far exceeded the preceding in both clarity an content. So Robert, i thank you. Great job.

  82. Well said Cass !! Many have missed the whole point of the article.. reporting facts evenly and letting readers decide. !

    Cassandra Price
    August 27, 2013

    Ignoring all of the political trash talk, my interest in the article was solely based on the fact that the author was calling into question the ‘journalistic integrity’ of the paper. I’m glad someone has had the guts to do so. I found it appalling that a national newspaper could be so blatant in it’s championing of one particular party instead of being impartial.

  83. I am Australian…I will be voting….you don’t speak on behalf of me. This is a minority viewpoint, so please don’t open with “on behalf of all Australians”.

  84. WOW just WOW. Thank you


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