“It’s a political organisation that employs a lot of journalists”
THE ABC’s 7.30 is airing a hit piece tonight – yes, another one – this time against News Corporation, Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison. Without evidence, the far left-wing program that once aired made-up accusations against Cardinal George Pell will charge that Rupert Murdoch and the aforementioned LNP leaders have been engaged in a conspiracy to shore up Liberal prime ministers and denigrate the outstanding premierships of Messrs Rudd and Turnbull.
‘News Corp is now essentially propaganda’
While the petition has more than 500,000 signatures, it has failed to secure a royal commission so far. Instead, the Greens will hold a Senate inquiry.
“The critical thing, you have to recognise that News Corp is now essentially propaganda. It’s a political organisation that employs a lot of journalists,” Mr Turnbull said.
Kevin Rudd concurs.
“Whereas once the Murdoch press would generally lean conservative, but see it [as] in its interest to give the other side of politics a half a go, in the last decade, it’s simply been wall-to-wall propaganda on behalf of the Liberal National Party … And [in the US it’s become] propaganda for the far-right Republican Party,” Mr Rudd said.
“Well, enough is enough.”
So there you have it. Malcolm Turnbull agrees with Kevin Rudd who agrees with the Greens who agree with the ABC that News Corporation is politically biased. And lots of journalists are in on it. Without evidence, Turnbull goes further, alleging Tony Abbott committed what could be construed as near criminal acts:
“Tony Abbott operated almost in a partnership with News Corp,” he said.
“Their reporters, their editors had access to Cabinet decisions before they were taken, in fact, reported Cabinet decisions having been taken when in fact that [sic] turned out they hadn’t been, so there was extraordinary access.”
Mr Abbott declined an interview with 7.30, but released a statement describing the allegations as “baseless smears”.
“Unlike some, as Prime Minister, I never leaked out of Cabinet or backgrounded against colleagues,” he wrote.
“To me, this is dishonourable and a betrayal of the solidarity that should exist within a political party with a shared commitment to the people it represents.
“I make the general point that Australia needs more media outlets and more media diversity; but won’t otherwise respond to baseless smears or dignify a hatchet job.”
Well said, Mr Abbott.
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