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The Silent Voice of the Prime Minister

The truth is, News Ltd run a constant daily campaign to bring down the Government and bring on an election. It is quite blatant and obvious. Just yesterday, they had online opinion poll in all their publications on whether Gillard should call an immediate election. Unsurprisingly, given no-one but a Liberal Party supporter (or a masochist) would read News Ltd’s now entirely one-sided propaganda, an overwhelming number of people said the Prime Minister should. Upwards of 90 per cent — which is rather reminiscent of the 99 per cent election wins by Saddam Hussein. Of course, a Galaxy poll taken concurrently put this figure at a more believable 52 per cent — barely a majority of voters.

The News Ltd figure was simply propaganda.

The Australian Government has guided this nation unscathed through the global financial crisis — which has ruined much of the western world. For this alone, it should be held up by our media as at least partially effective. But this is never heard in our mainstream press, who portray the Gillard Government as ineffective and chaotic. There is no doubt at all that there is an agenda to bring down the Government by an organisation that owns about 70 per cent of the nation’s print media, and much else besides — including the cable news network we have been discussing in this piece.

We need to ask ourselves, how much of the current contempt for which the public holds the Government is real — and how much has been generated by the unrelenting campaign against it by News Ltd, followed along by the compliant tag-a-long ABC and Fairfax enterprises? We need to remember that, with a couple of small additions, News, Fairfax and ABC dominate the Australian media landscape — which is the least diverse in the western world. If they refuse to tell us the important news as it happens, then where else will we find it?

Of course, News Ltd is a commercial enterprise. It will argue that it is their right to run campaigns in the interest of their readers — and they have claimed that in the past. Fairfax will do the same. But what about the ABC, which blindly follows on wherever News Ltd leads? That, surely, is not part of its Charter.

For News to not report someone in a prominent position in Australian politics urging Australians, on one of their very own media outlets, to kill our nation’s democratically elected leader is an outright outrage — pure and simple. And for none of the Australian news media to pick up on this, even when the social media networks were in a frenzy? Well, we must conclude that these are very dark days indeed for journalism in this country.

The mass media in this country are now verging on the propagandistic. If you don’t think this a threat to our democracy, then you have been brainwashed — by the very same media that manipulates the news and refuses to give you the full picture.

I have to admit, I am constantly amazed by the amount of negative press thrown at Gillard. I swear I saw an article about her regarding recent announcements involving Slipper and Thomson, and in the whole article, no video of her was played. Tony Abbott, on the other hand, had three quotes.

I don't actually like Labor, or the Coalition, either, for that matter. But there's no denying that there is a systematic media campaign going on in the mainstream of Australia to sideline and remove the Labor Party from government. I mean, sure, the Labor Party has made mistakes--the whole debacle over Peter Slipper was a short time coming, but the way in which the Prime Minister's voice has been silenced, her every choice slammed, and the sheer amount of air time given to the opposition party... Christ, man, if you didn't have sympathy for Gillard before the year began, you'd be hard pressed not to find some now.

The article above reports on the former chief of staff to John Howard saying the public should kick the Prime Minister to death and the resounding lack of media coverage in response.



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May. 1st, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
It's like watching propoganda. The way words are used in the negative for Gillard and the positive for Abbot. The intense glee shown whenever anything actually does go wrong for the Government. And, as mentioned above, the way they go to Abbot for quotes for everything, not the appropriate Minister.
It's like watching Big Brother, the TV Show. My theory was that I could pick each week who would be voted off simply by watching/reading the media to see how they portrayed the housemates. I didn't watch the show at all, but week after week I knew who the public would vote off.
May. 1st, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
it's not like watching propaganda, it is watching it, i reckon. years from now we're going to look back at the first female prime minster, and history will talk about that media campaign. it represents, i think, a very strong move by conservative elements of the country to become more powerful and controlling.

May. 1st, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
True; remove the 'like' part. It is propaganda.
May. 1st, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
the only real question is... whose, and for what purpose?

the political parties aren't really that different. it's hard to imagine that there would be large social or political differences that you or i would feel with a change of government. so, what are we missing? what's the deal with it? i obviously need a mystery van.
May. 1st, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
You do need a mystery van. And a mystery fan.
Maybe it's the small things that do make a difference. Changes in policy that would affect the bottom line for some people.
May. 1st, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
i figure so. it might be what we're seeing is no more than the financial flex of the mining community and other rich australians who'll feel a bit of a pinch.
Toula Demetriades
May. 1st, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
This is a great piece, Ben. It's reassuring to know that there are people out there thinking and going against the tide by speaking up. xx
May. 1st, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: Yes!!
i guess i just don't remember ever seeing the media like this. but yeah, a lot of people should speak out, i reckon--if for no other reason than we all deserve a bit better than this.
May. 1st, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Re: Yes!!
It's fucking insane and it pisses the fuck out of me.

Gillard has been responsible for some tactical mis-steps (with Slipper and Thompson) but she's also held together a minority government and the Labor government as a whole got us through the GFC with nothing near the damage that was suffered by the US and the UK.

I don't like her approach to politics but I am disgusted by the relentless negativity of the media (and their willingness to flat out lie - for example, The Australian's reporting of the Carr appointment.)

I stopped buying The Weekend Australian or any Murdoch paper (with one brief exception) when I realised they were backing the invasion of Iraq on the flimsiest of premises. But then, we know they're corrupt. The ones who have a case to answer are the quislings at the ABC who are regurgitating Murdoch's excreta non-stop.

Edited at 2012-05-01 06:44 am (UTC)
May. 1st, 2012 06:48 am (UTC)
Re: Yes!!
yeah, it's terrible. it'd be nice if there was even the hint of an alternative set of reporting, but you'd be hard pressed to find it.
May. 1st, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)
Re: Yes!!
The only worthwhile alternative I know is Crikey.com.au, who boasts that they hate everyone equally.
May. 2nd, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: Yes!!
yeah, that's true. crikey does an alright job.
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May. 2nd, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
terrible, isn't it?

the worse part is that i really don't want to be seen as someone who supports either side of our governments, but man, when you shut down one side like the media has...
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