In today's SMH there is an interesting article written about former UK MP Tom Watson who helped blow the whistle on the phone hacking scam. Mr Watson describes Murdoch's election coverage as an "insult to Australians". The article goes on to say:
Murdoch owns circa 70% of newspapers in Australia but his influence doesn't sto there. Newspaper articles drive conversations, talk back radio, other media outlets. To think Murdoch's influence stops at the printed word on one of his newspapers is naive.A fortnight ago, the ABC's Media Watch analysed one week's political coverage in Mr Murdoch's Daily Telegraph. Of the 80 election stories it printed, the program deemed half negative to Labor but none negative to the Coalition.
Murdoch backs who ever is going to be in his best business interests. He then has the power and means to pretty much guarantee it happen. It's called living in a Murdochracy.
Maybe I'm missing something?
My brain is a bit fried today. Any who.
Yep, news ltd. is biased!
Tim Blair dumbs it down quite nicely. http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegr...wnership_test/
And before you all rant and rave how much you don't like Tim Blair, here is the link to the Conversation.A simple two-question quiz determines your media ownership IQ:
1: Jonathan buys 200 newspapers. He fills them with former Fairfax staffers and achieves zero circulation. How many newspapers does Jonathan own?
2: Tracey buys 200 newspapers. She fills them with talented reporters and achieves massive circulation gains. How many newspapers does Tracey own?
If your answer to both questions is the same number, congratulations. You’re smarter than Kevin Rudd, Lenore Taylor and Paul Barry. In case there’s any continuing dispute over the definition of newspaper ownership, let’s turn to our tax-funded academic friends at the Conversation:
According to the Finkelstein Review of Media and Media Regulation, in 2011 News Corp Australia (then News Limited) accounted for 23% of the newspaper titles in Australia.
In a rebuttal of Kevin Rudd’s claim, Sally Jackson from The Australian observed that News Corp Australia accounts for 33% of the newspaper titles that have sales audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulation …
Kevin Rudd’s claim that Rupert Murdoch – or News Corp Australia – “owns 70% of the newspapers in this country” is, as a factual statement, false.
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