A Senate Inquiry has been established on the back of Kevin Rudd’s petition, which was signed by 501,876 people, into Australian media which will definitely set the agenda and ground rules in current and future battles for truth in Australian media reporting.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull are leading the charge, but they are backed up by millions of Australian’s and that is why the Coalition did not try and stop the Senate Inquiry. The real battle is between Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull and social media users versus Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and the Barbarians. The Barbarians being the likes of Nine Entertainment and Seven West Media who also have a financial stake in supporting the federal Liberal/National Coalition.
I am not fan or supporter of Kevin Rudd or Malcolm Turnbull and I have been extremely critical of both on this website but the bigger battle against the lies and propaganda in Australia’s media that is undermining democracy needs to be the focus. So, while I don’t support Rudd or Turnbull, I do support the 501,876 people supporting the Senate Inquiry.
The background to the senate inquiry is explained by The Saturday Paper as:
Pressure is mounting against News Corp, led by former prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd. They say democracy is damaged by the company’s ‘propaganda’ and ‘vendettas’.
Rudd set the ball rolling a month ago, when he drafted a petition calling for a royal commission into media ownership and concentration in Australia.
“Our democracy depends on diverse sources of reliable, accurate and independent news,” it began. “But media ownership is becoming more concentrated alongside new business models that encourage deliberately polarising and politically manipulated news.”
Rudd’s petition went on to canvass a number of areas of concern, including whistleblower protection, official secrecy, unjust searches and prosecution of journalists, and the threats posed by Google and Facebook. But its strongest language related to News Corp, “founded by Fox News billionaire Rupert Murdoch”.
News Corp’s “overwhelming” control of the nation’s print media, the petition said, gave it power that was “routinely used to attack opponents in business and politics by blending editorial opinion with news reporting. Australians who hold contrary views have felt intimidated into silence. These facts chill free speech and undermine public debate.”
The petition garnered more than half a million signatures – including Turnbull’s – and might have got even more had it not overloaded the parliament’s website. (Click here to read more)
Given 501,876 people signed the petition, which I was one, the real support would be in the millions.
Murdoch’s media didn’t take long to fight back once the Senate Inquiry was announced and Tony Abbott’s former advisor Peta Credlin, who is now one of Rupert Murdoch’s puppets on Sky News, started telling lies as per below. Kevin Rudd Tweeted:
This is a 100% lie from the Murdoch media’s Credlin. She accuses me of “data harvesting” from the petition. The truth: we chose the parliament’s own petition site which prevents any form of data harvesting. I await her apology on air.
Keven Rudd then fired off another Tweet as per below.
My lawyers have just sent Murdoch’s Credlin a formal letter demanding an immediate on-air apology for her lies yesterday. She lied that I was “data harvesting” petition signatures. The parliamentary petition site simply makes that impossible.
To my knowledge, Peta Credlin has not apologised at this point which means it could end up in court.
Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull both have deep pockets to run legal proceedings if they need or want to but that would achieve little without support, What the petition shows and does is it gives them the support they need to really take the battle to Rupert Murdoch and the others. So if you don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account get one now if you want to back them up along with the 501,876 people who signed the petition.
Malcolm Turnbull signed the petition and in one of the biggest and best takedowns on national TV he absolutely destroyed another Murdoch propagandist Paul Kelly who works at The Australian as per the below video which is from last Monday’s QandA show (9/11/20):
While people complain about other media being biased, and I’m currently working on a story about bias on the ABC’s Media Watch program, no one even comes close to the blatant lies and propaganda that is spewed out onto the Australian public daily by Murdoch’s puppets at his papers and on Sky News.
Murdoch does what he does because it is all about money as far as he is concerned. The same can now be said for Nine Entertainment which is chaired by former Treasurer Peter Costello who also makes millions from lobbying the federal government and Seven West Media which is controlled by Kerry Stokes who makes millions from the mining industry.
Rupert Murdoch, Peter Costello and Kerry Stokes all get favourable treatment from Scott Morrison and the coalition government which will certainly be revealed in more detail at the Senate Inquiry.
Kevin Rudd hasn’t managed to get a Murdoch Royal Commission up and running but a Senate Inquiry is a good start. And while Rudd and Turnbull are the ones driving the issue it is the 501,876 who signed the petition who are the power behind it because without them there is no Senate Inquiry.
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