Rupert Murdoch has been trying to force the government to privatise the ABC for years, which has failed, but he has done the next best thing by having his propagandists on various ABC shows on a daily basis which has had the effect of turning the ABC into a megaphone for Murdoch’s lies.
In the video below ABC executives, Director of News Justin Stevens and Managing Director David Anderson give evidence at a Senate Estimates hearing, admit they are Murdoch fans and are almost falling over each other grovelling to Rupert Murdoch, but more on that in a minute.
Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of the ABC is complete with the promotion of Murdoch’s puppet David Speers to Canberra
Three weeks ago, the ABC sacked political editor Andrew Probyn who filed political reports for the ABC News and ABC online from the Canberra press gallery and he “said he was “pretty flabbergasted” to be told by the national broadcaster that they no longer needed a political editor for TV news.” (Click here to read more)
No one could work out why Andrew Probyn was sacked. But it is now obvious why Probyn was sacked after it was announced on Wednesday (5/7/23) that Rupert Murdoch’s puppet David Speers has moved to Canberra with his propaganda show on the ABC, Insiders, and Speers has also been given a new role at the ABC as the “National Political Lead”. It means Speers will be popping up on various ABC news shows on a regular basis as well as hosting Insiders. (Click here to read more)
David Speers worked for Rupert Murdoch at Sky News for almost 20 years from 2000 to 2019 promoting Murdoch’s lies and propaganda. Journalists in senior roles don’t work for Murdoch for that long without being morally and ethically bankrupt. An example I have written about recently is Samantha Maiden who Speers has as a guest on Insiders on a regular basis.
The Insiders show on the ABC is full of crooks and criminals from Rupert Murdoch’s stable of propagandists and liars and any self-respecting journalists would have nothing to do with the show.
The journalists who do have some credibility and go on Insiders are allowing their own credibility to be used to prop-up the show to allow Murdoch’s propagandists to push their lies onto the public. Their argument would be if they don’t go on the show there will be no one to contradict Murdoch’s lies which I think is a weak argument.
It’s not just Insiders that Murdoch’s stable of propagandists go on, they also appear on shows like QandA, The Drum and radio shows etc.
In the below video Senator Sarah Hanson-Young grills ABC executives, Director of News Justin Stevens and Managing Director David Anderson for not speaking up sooner regarding attacks on Stan Grant even though “NewsCorp have been attacking the ABC for years” and she asks why the ABC give a platform to News Corp journalists when they have “such disdain for the public broadcaster”.
Managing Director David Anderson says News Corp have some very good journalists and the ABC want their views and opinions for the ABC shows such as QandA, The Drum and Insiders. As I point out in the video everyone in Australian media, and global media, knows that Murdoch’s journalists push Murdoch’s propaganda and lies so it is in effect David Anderson admitting the ABC are happy to push Murdoch’s lies.
Rupert Murdoch’s companies have been exposed for committing crimes such as phone hacking for years and are still in court in the UK over the matter and recently Murdoch’s Fox News in the US paid almost $1.2 billion compensation in a defamation case and are likely to pay the same or more in a similar defamation claim soon.
Yet the ABC keep on promoting Murdoch’s lies by giving his propagandists a platform on the various ABC TV and radio shows allowing them to promote Murdoch’s lies.
But now at least, as per the above video, we have concrete evidence that the problem goes all the way to the Director of News Justin Stevens, Managing Director David Anderson and given their open support for Rupert Murdoch and his propaganda they would also have the approval of the ABC Board and Chairperson Ita Buttrose to promote Murdoch and his lies.
The bottom line is the Managing Director and all the Board members at the ABC have to go as the ABC has been badly stacked by the previous government with Murdoch supporting cronies.
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