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Stop the presses! Activists call out Murdoch’s manure machine

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XR activists Matt Shepherd, Justice Cambridge and Greg Thomas outside News Corp’s Qld headquarters at Bowen Hills. Image supplied.

A group of Extinction Rebellion activists have, quite literally, ‘called bullshit’ on the Murdoch media empire’s reporting of climate change and the bushfire crisis, dumping a pile of manure outside News Corp’s Queensland headquarters this morning.

‘Every lie published in the Courier Mail, the Australian, the Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun is done to put more money in the pockets of billionaires and ensure that they keep their Capitalist power structure,’ 29-year-old protestor, Matt Shepherd said from the company’s Bowen Hills building.

‘It’s bullshit. Murdoch will be dead by the time the climate crisis hits hardest, but the lies will continue to affect us all.’

News Corp, which controls 60 per cent of daily newspaper distribution in Australia a well as Foxtel and News.com.au, has consistently denied that climate change has played any role in the bushfire crisis, arguing instead that The Greens and arsonists were responsible despite having little factual evidence that this was the case.

Some of those connected to the company have begun to speak out against its editorial stance, including Rupert Murdoch’s son James who has publicly criticised the publishing of content that was contrary to scientific consensus.

There is also a nation-wide campaign pushing for Australians to cancel their subscriptions to News Ltd publications and other offerings including Foxtel.

After dumping the manure, three activists erected placards saying ‘Billionaire liars, Media monopoly, Climate denial. We call bullshit’ and then glued themselves on to the front of the building.

‘News Corp own so many news outlets under so many different names, most people don’t even know what they’re reading is essentially being signed off by one man,’ said one of the three activists, 25-year-old Justice Cambridge.

‘We know that News Corp has a huge influence over Australian politics. I don’t remember electing Rupert Murdoch to decide on the fate of my life,’ she said.

Another activist, primary educator Greg Thomas, said Australia was not on track to meet its obligations under the Paris agreement, and the media needed to hold governments and corporations accountable.

‘There is a violent link between media, government, and billion dollar corporations that is stopping any meaningful action being taken on climate,’ he said.


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10 COMMENTS

  1. Yay! These young people have it right. Rupert Murdoch and his stable of journalists are a huge blight on democracy in this country. And he is not even an Australian citizen… he gave that up for the chance to make even more money from the U.S. and other international interests. Our current government has his blessing, he orchestrated the removal of Malcolm Turnbull. So long as this government does his bidding he will make sure his press support them. He was behind the demonisation of Labor’s previous leader, Bill Shorten.
    He owns 70% of media in this country. He calls the shots. He can make or break governments. Yet, for all his power, his basic desire is to accumulate more power. A psychological case study on might say.

    • Misty bill shorten and labor demonized themselves.
      Could n ot even explain how much the energy policies were going to cost the taxpayer’s of
      Australia during the Election, Australia
      And that being the taxpayer’s could not afford
      a labor government, it is no secret labors front
      And centre policies are tax and spend ..
      Hence why the majority of Australia voted
      Accordingly.. vote whats best for this country
      At each election, regardless of any bias , always
      Will . This election was primarily a climate change
      Election Australia voted and the rest is history..

  2. Try reading The Weekend Australian newspaper
    & you’ll see the sheer power being inflicted on
    the Australian public; it’s a TKO [technical knock
    out] of fabricated bullshit. A large cut-back in
    advertising through Murdoch has been called on
    & is now in place.

  3. About time! Good on these young people to call out the toxic sludge that is the Murdoch media for what it is – not only a blight on democracy but also a significant political player in its own right .that is a root cause of inaction in Australia and the US in particular on climate change.
    Not sure whether the Murdoch empire is the media wing of the Liberal National Party Government or the Government is the political wing of the Murdoch media empire – hard to tell where one starts and the other finishes
    Regardless, Rupert Murdoch is The De Facto Prime Minister of this country. His influence emboldens the ultra right of the Liberal Party to the point where its lunar-right ideology that is now threatening the planet, let alone the environment of this continent as per our recent spate of climate-linked bushfires.
    The fact is that Murdoch’s troupe of dancing bear columnists – Andrew Bolt, Miranda Devine et al are peddling such climate change denialist nonsense that is to the point of criminal negligence – where our so-called leaders won’t act for fear of offending not only the coal industry (and other fossil fuel producers) but also the great God Rupert himself. Look no further than the offering from this week – Daily Telegraph on Monday from Mr Bolt – Global Warming is Good for You. I suppose toxic sludge is too!

    Regards,

    John Macleay

    • Virtue signaling while holding an electronic device
      That is made from fossil fuels , and powdered by rare earth metals that require significant fossil
      Fuels to mine and process. Charged with electricity that is primarily fossil fuels . Irony !

  4. Labour fed govt lost out. Because of a media mogul…I think not!
    Murdoch news has journalists with differing view points. We need that. Otherwise we’ll all be a bunch of sheep.

  5. I read ALL media just because the sheep are
    more fixated with the OZ owned toilet paper.
    Occasionally its reporters – usually those
    who write articles – have less bias. Still,
    we are know by who or whatever we choose
    as associates. Murdoch ‘rules the waves’
    down under; believe that.

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