Murdoch’s News Corp has accused him of undermining democracy
Malcolm Turnbull has accused Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp of eroding US and Australian democracy by dividing people and undermining institutions by lying and right-wing populist ideology.
The former Australian prime minister said in a parliamentary inquiry that Donald Trump’s presidency was partly the creation of a media mogul and that the attack on the US Congress in January was the result of Murdoch’s Fox News ’partisan campaign.
“What does Vladimir Putin want to do with his operations in America? He wants to divide America and put Americans against each other, ”said Turnbull, who has been a staunch critic of Murdoch Australians for 45 years.
“That’s what Murdoch has done: because Americans have divided against each other and weakened their faith in political institutions, thousands of people, many of them armed, the Capitol was attacked“.
Turnbull blamed News Corp for ousting the Prime Minister in a 2018 Liberal Party coup that News Corp outlets were “completely free from the truth”. He questioned whether Fox News ’relationship with Trump was on par with the state media in an authoritarian country, always apologizing and ignoring the government in his favor.
“I’ve hung around with media owners for a long time. I’ve never seen a politician as contemptuous of the media owner as Trump is with Murdoch, never in any country,” he said. “The US Murdoch media had a symbiotic relationship with Trump.”
News Corp did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
Turnbull compared News Corp to a party made up of a family party who are not accountable to anyone. He denounced the fact that outlets in the U.S. and Australia were in favor of denying the climate, encouraged hostility to minorities, especially Muslims, and lied, including that President Joe Biden stole the Trump election.
“If you don’t think this is a threat to American democracy and it undermines the strength and capacity of our most important ally. Then, you know, you’re kidding yourself,” he told lawmakers.
Turnbull was invited to demonstrate the parliamentary investigation that was subsequently launched request The call to probe Murdoch’s media empire garnered 500,000 signatures.
News Corp. executives told the poll in February that the company had not committed a “character murder,” nor what it was supposed to publish to the editors. Both charges were leveled against Kevin Rudd, another former Australian prime minister and petitioner.
Michael Miller, chief executive of News Corp Australia, dismissed the company’s dominance in the country or launched a “disinformation campaign” last year about covering deadly fires because it was partly blamed on climate change.
“Same [Murdoch] he made it clear that we are not deniers of climate change. Climate change is real, ”Miller said.
News Corp. owns 59% of Australia’s metropolitan and state print media market and earns 40% of its television revenue through Foxtel’s pay-TV service, according to a report released Monday.
“News Corp’s dominance in media settings has been unprecedented in liberal democracies,” said a report commissioned by the GetUP activist group and conducted by academics at the University of Sydney.
Turnbull says MPs News Corp’s main position has allowed the company to put pressure on Canberra, citing the example of one controversial Facebook and Google forced media groups to pay for news on their platforms. “It sounded like a shake,” he said.
“Australia’s most powerful political actor is not the Liberal Party or the National Party or the Labor Party, it’s the News Corporation,” he added. “It simply came to our notice then. It is controlled by an American family and their interests are not, if ever, as broad as ours. “