Turnbull replaced after Rupert Murdoch visits Australia

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The Murdoch empire really runs Australia. Photo: AP

 

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Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media mogul behind News Corp and 21st Century Fox, has visited Australia this month and once again invariably seismic events have been triggered, culminating with the #LibSpill.

Is it any surprise that Malcolm Turnbull has been replaced less than a fortnight after Murdoch arrived here? Of course it isn’t, Ethan Nash argues.

UNCLE RUPERT RETURNS

Rupert Murdoch flew in on August 10th and set about doing what he always does: he attended the annual ‘News’ Awards, conducted one-on-ones with his editors and then signed off on the inevitable promotions, demotions and executions of the company’s most senior staff.

What’s unique about Australia is Murdoch owns two-thirds of the country’s print media. No other democracy has anything approaching his effective media monopoly.

Murdoch’s print media has a disproportionate impact on setting the day’s overall agenda, and more often than not, the electronic media just rips what Murdoch has put on the front page to publish.

Related: Analysing Mass Media – Fear & Manipulation

Combined with a masterful conflation of ‘opinion’ with ‘news’ – a technique in Murdoch’s own world of fake news well before “fake news” became topical after the 2016 US elections – this man has been able to influence and manipulate Australian society for decades.

The message to Australian journalists is clear: either toe the line on what Murdoch wants or he kills your career. This includes going along with the fake corporate political circus.

To this notion, the Sydney Morning Herald described the importance of the occasion upon landing:

“…It comes as the global media conglomerate he spent decades building up faces a critical juncture – and as everyone attempts to guess what Murdoch’s next move in Australia will be.”

Murdoch would also attend the 75th birthday of the Institute of Public Affairs on Monday night and was interviewed on stage with former Liberal PM, John Howard, by one of the media tycoon’s preferred columnists, Janet Albrechtsen.

HELLO RUPERT, GOODBYE MALCOLM

Shortly after leaving the IPA conference in Melbourne, the #LibSpill circus commenced.

Now, while much of Tuesday’s manufactured party room drama was painted to be driven by Tony Abbott and his ‘ultra-conservative cohorts’, the willing executioners were within News Corp, its various arms and associated broadcasters.

The front pages of the company’s tabloids were firmly against Turnbull, the Herald Sun branding him “Dead Mal Walking” and the Courier-Mail welcoming candidate Dutton with “The Pete Is On”.

The choir was clearly singing from the same song sheet.

Anyone who doubts Rupert Murdoch’s role in the political chaos that has played out in recent days has never worked for him at a senior level.

Bruce Guthrie, former editor-in-chief of News Corp’s the Herald Sun, spoke this week on Murdoch’s latest visit and the influence it would have had on the current spill:

“I once endured all three on one of his visits – surviving a relatively benign one-on-one with Murdoch, accepting a News Award and then getting sacked, all in a matter of days.

Throughout all this he would have been forming a view that Turnbull’s time was up – in fact, he probably arrived with that view – and then imparted that message to his editors.”

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also spoke on Murdoch’s visit this week:

“What we know is Murdoch visited Australia in the last few weeks. He called his editors in. And then each of the papers turned feral.

I know dozens of politicians, business leaders, academics and journalists, both left and right, too frightened to take Murdoch on because they fear the repercussions for them personally.

They have seen what happens to people who have challenged Murdoch’s interests as Murdoch then sets out to destroy them.”

This is not the first time this type of painfully obvious media influence has been the underlying cause of turmoil relating to Australian politics. In fact, his global influence in the United States and Europe in particular is well documented.

Time and again it’s been shown that he likes to meddle in the politics of the countries his outlets operate in. Just last month The Washington Post reported that he talks with US President Donald Trump every day.

NOT THE FIRST TIME

Just take a look at some of the headlines from the last time we had to sit through this nonsense:

Flashback to the print nightmare of 2013. Photo: Broadsheet

Journalists traditionally tread a fine line with politically coverage, forced to sift through leaks, whispers and background conversations when reporting a fast-moving story. On this occasion though, too many appeared to cross it, and that is not a ‘coincidence’.

Most of those work for News Corp or its entities.

We are talking about The AustralianThe Daily Telegraph, tabloid newspapers around the country, 2GB in Sydney, and Sky News in particular with its evening line-up, led the campaign.

In the end, it took just 11 days after Rupert Murdoch’s arrival to bring about a party room spill.

It played out less than 24 hours after that IPA appearance.

It’s all a game folks.

Let’s not forget what they were distracting us from while all of this was happening.

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12 thoughts on “Turnbull replaced after Rupert Murdoch visits Australia

  1. Interesting article 🙂
    Aletho news – L.A. Times conceal facts regarding climate repudiation policy which triggered Australian PM Turnbull’s ouster – by Larry Hamlin – Watts Up With That.

    On Watts Up With That – I also found – Aussie Climate Treachery? Cabinet Resignation, “I will always put reducing power prices, before Paris” 😛

    It looks like Our Malcolm Turnbull was pushed by several forceful bodies. 😀
    The question is – are forces trying to push the Liberal Coalition Party out as well as Turnbull? 😉

  2. “Nothing ever changes, not in a hurry anyway”

    “The Montefiores have taken Australia for their own, and there is not a gold field or a sheep run from Tasmania to New South Wales that does not pay them a heavy tribute. They are the real owners of the antipodean continent. What is the good of our being a wealthy nation, if the wealth is all in the hands of German Jews?” W. HUGHES, Prime Minister of Australia, Saturday Evening Post, June 19, 1919?

    100 years on, is anyone you vote for going to tell you this?

    A man of the same surname;
    Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=16&v=DrJP0Ew3QEY
    “No better slave than one who believes he is free”
    http://www.untoldtales.net/uploads/5/4/7/1/54712775/whhiteslavery_orig.png

  3. Does ‘anyone’ you vote for know this?
    I seriously doubt it.
    They live & die, living the lie that suits them best – that suits their comfort zone.
    As for change in a hurry … not when the same old players are in control.
    However, throw a few spanners into the works & see how quickly everyone gets the hang of the rhythmic swing of the new game.
    A new scriptwriter is all we need / new musical chairs & everyone will play.

    1. We have no idea what forces are pushing for Pauline Hanson to become PM.
      Even German Jews – 😀
      It has to be money, power & influence to be so ambitious & confident that she will make it. 😛
      National or International ?? 😉
      Who knows. 🙂
      We are merely onlookers to the fact.

      1. Once upon a time, there was a little boy called David & he had a slingshot.
        Was David’s aim guided by God ??
        Or did he just get lucky ??
        He was just a small kid , after all. 😛 😛 😛

  4. The guy from the local council who came to install my smoke alarm proudly said he voted for Pauline Hanson.
    He is sick to the back teeth of the bullshit that is “THE NORM”
    Pauline Hanson For PM of Australia 😀
    And why shouldn’t he ??

    1. ‘And why shouldn’t he’
      Perhaps due to the fact that if his vote mattered he would not have it.
      A sexual predator for 50 years is to be released into Qld society, Why?
      The Qld government applied to the Qld Supreme Court in opposition to his unconditional release wanting to monitor this predator, address, movements etc to protest the society, right? The Qld Supreme Court over-ruled and the predator will be set free.
      The Qld Supreme Court RULED because it is the RULER, not who the plebeians who both vote and are voted for.
      Hey! It ain’t rocket science, ask einstien who could not find science with a search warrant.

  5. Interesting, they are both Jews and one would think that Mal would remain on his perch.
    Mal with his millions will be looked after but what concerns me is the change.
    As the Jews have strong power over the Liberals as they do over the Labour and Greens I am wondering why Mal got booted out?
    Put Shorten in and up goes our debt which would suit the Jewish International Bankers.
    Morrison?
    What’s old Rupy up to? It won’t be in our interests!

    1. We need to let go the good ol’ days.
      All those stuffed shirts ever so fond of their own private parts.
      Nothing can be the same – the resources have all but run out.
      No more “lend us $XXXXXXX & we will give you our forests in return.”
      Much of the cash was spent feathering their own nests.
      Today they can ask all they like & only dream of day when it was given to them.
      Australia’s court system is a horses arse – is all & not long for the knackery.

  6. Do our Politicians symbolise us or do we symbolise our Politicians.
    The latter seeks fact as we, in our ego selfishness, promote a State system that allows manipulation against our very survival.
    We think we vote these people into power but the reality shows that the State that we chose, be it Democracy, Communist, Fascist etc is not of our vote but is the promotion of other peoples self interests. These groups, if you like, have a lot of power and wealth and they gain that thru the manipulation of human energy, the masses, and to maintain that power and wealth they must continue to manipulate and control.
    They do this via the mainstream media that you are so addicted too.
    So, how come a Jew media owner in Australia can control our Political world and say who represents us.
    It\’s a very sick sceniaro!

    1. Should we remember it was Murdock with the elites faithful, Maggie Thatcher, that gave Murdock power over the media in England at the expense of the working class.
      Ah! yes, and then he polluted this new media with sex and sin that attracted the stupids to support his rise. If you wish to help then do not read mainstream media as it will own you!

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