Archive for 'The Australian'
The exorbitant pay rewards the top ABC managers, interviewers, commentators and news readers for playing the bourgeois game so well and guarantees they continue to do so. It also removes the celebrity journalists from the working class. Someone on $75000 in the ABC right now could do the job these over paid voices do so well for their masters and do it better because they would not be, at least initially, part of the bourgeoisie’s club.
Under the present mainstream media duopoly the views of a large number of Australians are silenced.
On the basis of a few minor tax changes The Australian calls the Greens (laughingly, in my opinion) a party of the far Left. (‘Greens have a solid red core’ The Australian 16 July.) How then to describe a newspaper that calls, as The Australian does in the same editorial, health and education the most [...]
The Australian’s anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions propaganda is reaching new heights of the bizarre. The shrillness perhaps suggests the panic reaching into the heart of Zionism as the effectiveness of the campaign grows, built on the obvious fact that Israel is an apartheid state.
It is good to see Cut & Paste publishing intelligent letters to the editor from The Age. (Cut & Paste Wednesday 8 May). It makes a good counterbalance to the festival of reaction that is normally the letters page of The Australian and the paper more generally.
I call bullshit on The Australian and its reporting of climate change and its denial of humanity’s role in it.
Just to let you know how The Australian itself values free speech, here are 3 letters I have sent recently to them. None have been published. To whet your appetite, here is an entree. ‘I love The Australian as the representative of the fruitcake faction of capital. But the number of nutters you are publishing in your letters and opinion pages is getting somewhat tiresome.’
We all know Rupert Murdoch’s Australian newspaper is big on free speech. (Its own, if no-one else’s.) And investigative journalism. And making sure our leaders are people of integrity. So I thought I’d post the letters I sent to The Australian in the last few days that it hasn’t published.
I suspect Mick Armstrong would be surprised to learn he is now in Socialist Alliance (‘As for Bob Brown, Laurie Oakes and the Socialist Alliance, the differences are wafer thin’ Cut & Paste, The Australian Monday April 16). So in the interests of accuracy - a topic my good friend at Cut and Paste pillories the Fairfax Press about when they [...]
If all this setting upon and intimidation and violence at the Invasion Day demonstration are true, why have there been no arrests? Maybe because the police on the ground – not liars sitting hundreds of miles away – know the truth. There was no violence by protesters. If all this setting upon and intimidation and violence at the Invasion Day demonstration are true, why have there been no arrests? Maybe because the police on the ground – not liars sitting hundreds of miles away – know the truth. There was no violence by protesters.
But don’t let racist stories as part of a racist agenda of continued dispossession and genocide of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders stand in the way of the truth.
These two disgraceful articles are just a further indication to me that racism is systemic and entrenched in Australian society and its institutions, including the media.
A good first step is telling the truth. As George Orwell put it, that is a revolutionary act.
But in the end only a mass struggle of Aboriginal people and their millions of supporters can challenge the systemic racism of Australian capitalism.