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The ridiculous Murdoch press

In a perfect example of how ridiculous the Murdoch press is, Amy Harris reported in the Daily Telegraph that “RAINBOW flags and ‘yes’ or ‘no’ slogans have been banned from tonight’s rugby league Grand Final and will be seized by security officers making compulsory bag checks.”

Read down a few paragraphs and Amy says “This morning, however, ANZ issued a clarification stating Rainbow flags would be permitted if they met the standard conditions of entry for all major events.”



  1. diannaart

    Kaye Lee

    Works for me as a moment of Zen.

  2. Kaye Lee

    It reminds me of the Telegraph headline from Gemma Jones “Julia’s Boats Baby Bonus” where she claimed “asylum seekers are being offered free domestic help and childcare”.

    If you read as far as paragraph 4 it turns out to be one woman who had a severely traumatised child and a new baby. She thanked them for the offer of help but said she didn’t need it.

  3. diannaart

    Kaye Lee

    I do believe “failing to read beyond headlines” will be diagnosed as a severe intellectual incapacity.

  4. Glenn Barry

    Is losing a primary school class debate, against a primary school student, as an adult, a pre-requisite for employment as a journalist with Murdoch?

  5. Matters Not


    … more interesting, a headline changes the way people read an article and the way they remember it. The headline frames the rest of the experience. A headline can tell you what kind of article you’re about to read—news, opinion, research, LOLcats—and it sets the tone for what follows.

    Psychologists have long known that first impressions really do matter—what we see, hear, feel, or experience in our first encounter with something colors how we process the rest of it. Articles are no exception. And just as people can manage the impression that they make through their choice of attire, so, too, can the crafting of the headline subtly shift the perception of the text that follows. By drawing attention to certain details or facts, a headline can affect what existing knowledge is activated in your head. By its choice of phrasing, a headline can influence your mindset as you read so that you later recall details that coincide with what you were expecting

    Applies to all and sundry. Give them the ‘theory’ – the mental construct and the like. The meaning then follows.

  6. Terry2

    I knew a lecturer in journalism who would hammer home to his students, accuracy, critical analysis, factual reporting, research, objectivity and fact checking (as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation). He’s retired now and must wonder was he wasting his breath.

    Remember when as media editor Sharri Markson, attended media lectures at Sydney universities “undercover” by dressing as a student, and claimed subsequently that students were being indoctrinated with anti-News Corp beliefs by their lecturers.

    Scoop Markson said students were taught to be hostile to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

    Seems to me that Scoop Markson who is now National Political Editor for The Daily Telegraph was among those who sold out their professional ethics for Rupert’s coin.

  7. Kronomex

    Go with the lies and scare tactics first for effect then sneak the truth in towards the bottom of the article. That’s a Rupert (sod the Murdoch) news report. I suspect the average reader of his spewspapers don’t go beyond the first three paragraphs anyway.

  8. diannaart

    Re: Murdoch (where truth goes to die).

    Students being indoctrinated? Ids that because that is what far-right Christians do to their kids and then they judge everyone else by their own behaviour?

    How can anyone take Murdoch seriously? I managed to become quite hostile to his ‘brand’ of journalism just by attempting to read newspapers like the Australian – this was a few years ago as I have given up completely.

  9. corvus boreus

    In another piece of blatantly dishonest phuq-knucklery by the corrupt and incompetent Murdoch press, Piers Ackermann of the ‘Daily Tell-crap’, a bilious toad with well dusted nostrils, railed against ABC ‘fake news’, whilst describing NZ Family First, a registered political party, as ‘an apolitical body’.

  10. Zathras

    Piers Ackermann’s nickname within the media is “Rupert’s Dancing Bear” for a reason.

    He’s just a mouthpiece, a pundit and an apologist when called upon and whose opinion is wholly owned by his employer.
    He fell out in particular with Latham some years ago when Latham used his other nickname (“Cokey”) in Parliament, alluding to Piers well-known habit among the media.

    If it wasn’t him spouting Murdoch’s script it would be somebody else. That’s the logic most of Murdoch’s lickspittles probably use to justify their toxic articles.

    Then again, there’s a fair number of people who read this stuff because they think or want it to be true.

  11. Andreas Bimba

    It’s not just a case of the 98% being defrauded and ruled by the 2% but also the entrenchment of a two tier society within the 98% over the last 40 years. The conservative mindset that values personal discipline, frugality and hard work along with the narcissistic and greedy sections of society, are attracted to the neoliberal propaganda of small government, austerity, less taxation, less red tape and generous tax concessions that assist with personal wealth creation.

    Our two tier society manifests itself in our policing and system of justice, our healthcare system, our education system, our housing and property ownership, our superannuation system and with employment opportunities and networking opportunities. We are bit by bit returning to a more stratified feudal structure which is the main aim of Rupert and his class of corporate oligarchs. Even Rupert’s mother Elizabeth who was a great philanthropist probably saw herself as a generous aristocrat who treated the peasants well – and she did.

    The Anglo cultures have degenerated over the last 40 years and have become much more stratified with the victims of austerity and the working class in general being treated extremely badly by our neoliberal Conservative and Labor governments.

    Mass unemployment and underemployment are not inevitable and are not the result of our international trade circumstances but are A RESULT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AUSTERITY AND POOR FISCAL POLICY.

    We can have full employment, social justice, adequate government social services, a dynamic economy, environmental sustainability, material well being, affordable housing, free education, aged pensions at 60 or less, security and all the other good things. We have the money, we have the resources, we have the knowledge and technology, we know how to do it.

    The neoliberal duopoly will not deliver this as they remain trapped by the financial elites, the corporate oligarchy and those that buy printing ink by the barrel or that control the electronic media. Even the Greens fiddle around with economic policy by not fully embracing competent fiscal policy and a job guarantee program and foolishly fall for the false hope of a universal basic income which unfortunately is not possible at a livable level. A UBI AT A LIVABLE INCOME IS NOT POSSIBLE as it would be hugely inflationary and ultimately politically doomed as the upper tier of society will do its utmost to not pay sufficient tax to fund it.

    Full employment, environmental sustainability and a generous and humane welfare system with a mixed government and private sector economy is however economically feasible.

    Voting Labor next election will not suffice, we will be better served by voting for the Greens or competent micro parties like the Australian Workers Party or the Australian Progressives or similar, even if these parties don’t have the complete package right just yet. Politics is dynamic and evolutionary and a push from the progressive side is desperately needed to wake up our underperforming and even destructive neoliberal duopoly, to improve the national debate and to shift politics back to serving the people – all of the people.

  12. etnorb

    I worked for the defunct Adelaide News–a Mudrake paper–in the 70’s & 80’s & it was a far better publication than ANYTHING his company puts out now! Yes, he still ruled the Editorials etc, but it at least made sense back then & his Adelaide paper was ok. Also the Sunday Mail, back then was also ok–albeit a joint Advertiser/News publication. But now,ALL his rags are just that! Loaded with anti-Labor VERY pro Liberal crap! Makes me sad to see how he has become as he gets older–more right wing, lie telling & complete disregard for facts & truth. BASTARD!!

  13. Michael Taylor

    The Adelaide News was a half-decent paper back then, etnorb.

    It’s a pity that the new owners didn’t get very far with it. But then, Murdoch hated competition. He even got heavy on a bloke who started up a small paper in the Adelaide Hills.

  14. halfbreeder

    The Adelaide News was always crap! It was the local equivalent of ‘The Truth’. Rupert Murdoch made it even worse.

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