Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and the Scott Morrison government are conspiring in an attempt to shakedown Google and Facebook for hundreds of millions of dollars. To prove the first point, about Murdoch’s role, the draft legislation that the ACCC recommends the government should legislate was literally drafted by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp who submitted it to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for them to countersign.
Murdoch does not run a media company in Australia as it has become nothing more than the media arm of the Liberal Party / National Party coalition. If Murdoch wants something from the politicians he gets it which is evident in the Google / Facebook shakedown. Even The Conversation website, which is owned by Australian Universities, has reported it as fact as per the 2019 article which started off:
“There is mounting evidence that Australia is sick of Rupert Murdoch and the political propaganda machine he runs in the guise of a news organisation.” (Click here to read more)
In the above picture, Murdoch says he wants Facebook and Google to pay a fee to “trusted news publishers”. Well, that rules out all of Murdoch’s media which are the home of fake news such as News Corp papers, Sky News and Fox News and are all propaganda publishers and broadcasters.
To prove the second point, about the shakedown, when the draft legislation was announced regarding the federal government forcing Google and Facebook to pay Australian media companies Facebook said they would stop allowing links to be posted on Facebook linking to Australian media websites and immediately Australian media companies complained it was a threat.
When Facebook made its “threat” a week ago Prime Minister Scott Morrison came out talking tough and the SMH reported:
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has maintained the government’s hardline stance on a proposed mandatory code to force Facebook and Google to pay publishers for news, warning he did not respond well to coercion.
In his first comments since Facebook last week threatened to switch off Australian news on its platforms, Mr Morrison reaffirmed the government would proceed with the code of conduct and urged the tech behemoths to engage “constructively” with the process. (Click here to read more)
Australian media are complaining that Google and Facebook profit from their articles but don’t pay for it when they should but when Facebook says they will stop Australian media claim it is a threat when it is what they should want.
That says Australian media are in effect demanding that Google and Facebook promote their articles and websites and also pay for it. That is what I would call a shakedown.
You won’t read the facts as outlined in this article in the old media as they all have their hand out hoping to also profit from the Google and Facebook shakedown.
Why should Facebook pay media companies’ for putting a link to media companies articles which encourages people to click on the links and visit the media companies websites? It’s really free advertising for the media companies and the same goes for Google promoting the media companies’ websites in search queries.
When the ACCC announced they were holding an enquiry into forcing Google and Facebook to pay media companies I made submissions supporting it but on further reflection, it really is a “Murdoch Tax” the government have introduced to keep Rupert Murdoch happy and help try to save Murdoch’s News Corp which is in big trouble financially. (Click here to read my submission to the ACCC)
The old media such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Kerry Stokes’ Seven West Media have already had their hands out for government grants totalling around $100 million already during the COVID19 crisis and the shakedown of Facebook and Google could be the ultimate prize.
Why not have foreign companies pay their fair share of tax instead?
There is no benefit for the public in the shakedown of Google and Facebook and the public would be better off if the government focused on making foreign companies like Google and Facebook pay their fair share of tax which they currently don’t. But that wouldn’t suit Rupert Murdoch as News Corp is also a foreign-owned company that has paid no tax in recent years and Murdoch would prefer that Google’s and Facebook’s money went into his pocket, not the taxpayer’s pocket.
If Murdoch’s shakedown of Google and Facebook gets over the line, then the Scott Morrison’s government will want payback above and beyond the support they are already getting from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp papers and Sky News with biased reporting in their favour. Which means the new “Murdoch Tax” will undermine democracy even more than what Murdoch has done to date.
Australian media is in the process of going through its biggest shake-up in history and an example of that is Seven West Media don’t want to pay for the cricket anymore which would have been unthinkable a few years ago. A major reason is that Seven West Media are almost bankrupt the same as News Corp and that’s why they have their hands out so much trying to survive but they don’t deserve help with the lies and propaganda they publish and broadcast.
Australian democracy and the public would be far better off having Seven West Media, News Corp and other struggling old media companies going bankrupt then having Google and Facebook propping them up.
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