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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 02:28 PM

1. This has been a growing concern, at least since Brenton Tarrant's

mass murder in New Zealand. Jason Wilson at the Guardian may even have been writing about this before that horrendous incident.

JOHN MENADUE. The crazed Brendan (SIC) Tarrant did not operate in a vacuum.
By JOHN MENADUE | On 18 March 2019

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News which influences his newspapers in Australia, has given a megaphone in the US to Islamophobia. The February 2014 issue of the International Communications Gazette said ‘One study that analysed Fox News viewers anti-Muslim feeling reported for example, that 60% of Republicans who most trusted Fox News also believed that Muslims were attempting to establish Sharia law in the US.’

Since that report in 2014 Fox News in association with Donald Trump has stepped up the anti-Muslim rhetoric. As a colony of US media and Fox News in particular, Australian media has ceaselessly carried on the anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The Murdoch tabloids in Australia have consistently encouraged bigotry and hostility towards Muslims.



MPACT: News Corp Australia is an Australian media conglomerate of newspapers, magazines, websites, and the cable television channel Sky News. Each month, nearly two out of three Australians consume its media. Headed by Rupert Murdoch, News Corp Australia has strong links to conservative politicians and regularly promotes anti-Muslim views. Institutionally linked to Fox News in the U.S., News Corp Australia media content is readily shared on white nationalist Facebook groups, including those that the Ōtautahi/Christchurch mass killer frequented.

News Corp Australia is an Australian media conglomerate chaired since 1952 by Australia-born American Rupert Murdoch. It is a subsidiary of News Corp, a global media corporation headquartered in the U.S. Rupert Murdoch’s son, Lachlan Murdoch, is co-chairman of News Corp and “heavily involved in the operations of News Corp Australia.” News Corp Australia produces Australia’s only national newspaper The Australian, mass circulation dailies in every state except Western Australia, websites including news.com.au, lifestyle websites and magazines, Sky News TV channel, and over 100 local newspapers. According to its website, more than 16 million Australians — 63% of the population — consume News Corp Australia media each month.

News Corp is widely seen as the world’s most powerful media empire. In April 2019, The New York Times published a series of articles based on interviews with 150 people. It argued News Corp enabled, promoted and profited from right-wing populism, stating, “What we as reporters had not fully appreciated until now is the extent to which these two stories — one of an illiberal, right-wing reaction sweeping the globe, the other of a dynastic media family — are really one … the White House — just like the prime ministers’ offices in Britain and Australia — is just one tool among many that this family uses to exert influence over world events.” In the run-up to the invasion and occupation of Iraq in March 2003, Murdoch media in Australia, the UK, and the U.S. played a concerted role supporting the war effort. Murdoch newspapers in Australia have also campaigned against climate change, asylum seekers, “African gangs,” and the Safe Schools anti-bullying program for LGBTQIA+ students.


If you dig into the current conflict between Facebook and Australia, many tech specialists and reporters who have studied this issue see it more as a confrontation between Zuckerberg and Murdoch.

Depending on how, or if, Australia handles Murdoch, maybe we can learn some tricks from whatever comes next. So far, it doesn't appear that Australia's current government is going to pick a fight with News Corp Australia.

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