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Social responsibility of media organisations

April 22, 2019 - 15:43 -- Admin

There is a regulatory
agency called the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC)1, which is an administrative tribunal that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in the public interest. In the
first decade of this century, this organisation had been considering revoking
or relaxing the rule on ‘prohibited programming content’ that includes ‘broadcasting

Accusing others of the crimes you commit

April 19, 2019 - 09:00 -- Admin

The Chief Executive of
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, Robert Thomson, delivered the Keith Murdoch Oration
in Melbourne on Tuesday night1. Keith Murdoch was Rupert’s father
and was one of the founders of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)2,
a far right-wing ultra-libertarian, climate change denying, tobacco denying
organisation that masquerades as a think tank3 and which is
effectively the policy arm of the Liberal Party4. Indeed, the IPA

Stating the obvious 30 years too late

April 16, 2019 - 22:25 -- Admin

Very few Murdoch ‘journalists’
are real journalists; many are just Liberal Party fundament osculators. One of
the few who is a real journalist is Malcolm Farr, but he has not done himself
any favours this week in publishing an article in which he stated that “the
public debate on the existence of climate change is over and we are owed an
apology”1. To be blunt, this is equine ordure. The debate was over

Where are the free speech warriors now?

April 16, 2019 - 10:57 -- Admin

It was mostly members
of the coalition who railed against the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and in particularly
Section 18C of that act1. This campaign got going in earnest when
one of their mouthpieces, Andrew Bolt, was found guilty of breaching the Racial
Discrimination Act after he was sued by nine Aboriginal people for two articles
he wrote in 2009. These articles maintained that pale-skinned people who

Shorten’s perceived unpopularity

April 14, 2019 - 12:05 -- Admin

It is ironic that an
article attempting to explain Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten’s perceived
unpopularity has appeared in a Newscorp media outlet1, when it is Newscorp
which has been at the forefront of the attempt to damage Shorten’s ‘image’
among its readers ever since he became opposition leader. The only conclusion
that the article came to, was that, as Shorten himself said: “When you’re the

A clear choice

April 13, 2019 - 10:30 -- Admin

When Prime
Minister Scott Morrison announced the date of the election (May 18), he said
that there was a clear choice, and so there is. It is a choice between a
government which is incapable of even having a working policy on climate change
or energy and an opposition that does. No doubt many people would point to the
Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) and Morrison’s rebadged version, the Climate
Solutions Fund (CSF)1  and say