Wednesday 30 May 2018
In recent weeks, once it became apparent that an election was imminent, the Murdoch Media ramped up its attack on the left of politics. The Australian newspaper changed the way their polls counted preferences so as to give the impression they were closer than they actually were.
In reality, Monday’s results should have shown a 6 point difference between the parties. The tabloids have started their outrageous front page insults sowing the seeds of untruth followed by inaccurate stories like the one that accompanied The Australians poll.
“Also featured is a poorly framed question as to “when should company tax cuts be introduced”, which primes responses favourable to cuts both in the wording of the question and the structure of the response options, two out of three of which are pro-tax cut. For what they are worth, the results are that 36% favour such a cut “as soon as possible”, 27% do so “in stages over the next ten years” and, contrary to polls that haven’t privileged a positive response in this way, only 29% want one “not at all”.
Of course, The Australian is Rupert Murdoch’s favourite broadsheet. It loses around $20 million every year but Murdoch refuses to give it a decent burial, instead, using it as a feeder publication for the likes of Jones, Bolt and Hadley and other shock jocks of dubious accountability.
Shock jocks who shout the most outrageous lies and vilify people’s character with impunity and in the process do nothing to promote decent democratic illumination.
The Australian online edition is full of anti-ALP headlines that at times beggar belief. One example is their support for the Government’s massive tax cuts for the top end of town. One day recently I counted 10 headlines either supporting the government or attacking Labor.
In every publication, derogatory names for the Leader of the Opposition are used more often than “stop the boats.” Because of there juvenile nature none have captured the imagination of the public. Now they are having another go with “Unbelieva-Bill.” Unbelievable isn’t it.
Of course, these days Murdoch and his majority-owned newspapers; with blatant support for right-wing politics have done nothing to advance Australia as a modern enlightened democratic society. On the contrary, he has damaged it, perhaps irreparably. His only interest seems to be the elimination of the ABC and the superiority of right wing conservatism.
Declining newspaper sales have resulted in lost revenue and profits. It is losing its authority, real or imagined. As a result, newspapers, in particular, have degenerated into gutter political trash in the hope that they might survive.
Despite an avalanche of “deplorable government” stories Murdoch continues to support Turnbull. There is no logical reason to do so. He could just as easily print/post the truth.
As for Coalition politicians they lust after the nearest mike to spread their lies and blame Labor for all that ails society. Yes despite 6 years in power they press the default button and sprinkle well-rehearsed words that place the blame for everything on Labor.
My thought for the day
”This Government’s performance over its time in office has been like a daily shower of offensiveness raining down on society.”