tip off

Yes, Rupert, racism is disgraceful — tell your newspapers

Rupert Murdoch has attacked Labor for being racist and portrayed himself as an immigration advocate. Does that ring true, given the stories his newspapers run? Crikey intern Ben Westcott trawls through the archives.

Yesterday News Limited chairman Rupert Murdoch, who is visiting Australia, took aim at Labor for being racist while portraying himself as a champion of immigration.

I think the way they’re talking about the 457 [visas] is disgraceful and racist. I’m a big one for encouraging immigration, I think that’s the future,” Murdoch told Sky News from Darwin in relation to the Gillard government’s criticism of 457 visas.

We thought we’d trawl the archives for stories from Murdoch’s News Ltd publications over the last three years, relating to immigration and race issues. Judge for yourself whether Murdoch’s anti-racism crusade rings true …

In May 2012, The Daily Telegraph ran this piece:

The Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2012

The poll beside the article said 67% of readers thought immigration should be completely banned. The paper followed up in October 2012 with a piece describing the diseases that asylum seekers carry:

The Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2012

Piers Akerman, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, was once described by Murdoch as “one of News Limited’s greatest assets”. During controversial Dutch MP and anti-immigration activist Geert Wilders’ visit to Australia, Akerman published this:

The Daily Telegraph, 19 February 2013

Akerman wrote:

His message cut through strongly — Islamists make poor migrants in Western liberal democracies. We need to hear his message and think about what our misguided multicultural policy has wrought here.”

News.com.au published this last week on some of the “perks” asylum seekers receive once they arrive (such as medical care):

News.com.au, 28 March 2013

The Herald Sun has also persistently and extensively followed the issue of asylum seekers, writing this in November 2011:

The Herald Sun, 29 November 2011

This year the paper raised concerns about educational requests by Muslim leaders:

The Herald Sun, 20 March 2013

The popular Herald Sun columnist and blogger Andrew Bolt has found himself in trouble in the past for remarks others deemed racially discriminatory. He was taken to court in 2010 over two blog posts — “It’s So Hip to Be Black“ and “White is the New Black” — in which he claimed “fair Aborigines” were emphasising their indigenous heritage to obtain political clout.

In 2011 Bolt wrote “Keeping up appearances on immigration”, in which he discussed immigrants who commit crime:

The Herald Sun, 27 April 2011

Murdoch’s critics have often claimed he exercises strict editorial control over his publications. Given his remarks this week, and the examples above, have they got that one wrong?

22
  • 1
    Achmed
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I am still bewildered how anyone can claim that a review of the use of 457 visas to ensure the system is not being rorted by employers and that the employers are employing qualified Aussies and employing 457 Visa workers for what is intended is in anyway racist.
    A desperate attempt by using the “race” card to stifle debate and protect the employers who are misusing/rorting the 457 visa system

  • 2
    klewso
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    So you’re asking “Is what Rupert says for public consumption (and appearances), and what Rupert does are the same thing?”?

  • 3
    klewso
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    So what line does Murdoch push in public re “Climate Change”, and what barrow does his press push?

  • 4
    Matthew of Canberra
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Just breathtaking.

    There must have, surely, been a discussion on the plane with a media adviser which went something like

    Rupert, there’s just no way you’re going to get away with that - you’ll be laughed out of town”

    Just watch me”

  • 5
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Achmed, it is racist because Gillard was talking about the workers who are largely brown when she should have been talking about the employers who do the rorting.

  • 6
    Matthew of Canberra
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    is in anyway racist.”

    Even if it was an outright crack-down, it’s still a stretch to claim it’s anything to do with “racism”. It’s protectionist, sure. But I don’t see where anyone (at least in the ALP) is expressing a view on what “sort” of people get should approvals.

  • 7
    MJPC
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Rupert is towing the political line in his newspapers, for the consumption of the great unwashed. For his big end of town buddies he is all for immigration, the less educated the better as they are the slaves of the future in an Australia which the LNP will seek to create a working poor.
    At any rate why is the government taking any notice of Rupert, is is an american.

  • 8
    Microseris
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Given the content of his papers, the only reasonable explanation is dementia.

  • 9
    Jeff Allen
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    What? Rupert an Australian? I thought he left for (tax) pastures greener (until his mate Little Johnny ammended the capital gains tax legislation so he could buy and sell media operations in Australia without troubling himself with triffling taxes…)
    What right does he have to come over here and say ANYTHING let alone be critical? Just becasue he decides who will run the country, doesn’t give him the right to criticise it!

  • 10
    Andybob
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Ben I trust you had your tongue firmly in your cheek with the closing question to your article. Rupert’s editors have nightmares about falling out of step with the great man, but this latest thought bubble for public consumption will not result in a change of coverage at all.

  • 11
    CML
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Rupert was waxing lyrical about how “great” America was. I suggest he goes back there - and stays permanently!

    Agree with Achmed and Matthew. The Labor Party’s stance on 457 visas is not rac+st. I think the biggest rort of that system is the fact that these 457 visa workers (wherever they come from) are supposed to be “temporary”, but instead it is being used as some kind of immigration/permanent residence scam. Shades of the Howard era private college students, who came here for some dubious educational purpose, but were allowed to stay.
    Neither system is adequate for running our immigration policy, IMHO.

  • 12
    The Pav
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I reckon somebody hacked into his system and its not actually Rupert doing tweets

  • 13
    Achmed
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    sheperdmarilyn
    Herald Sun March
    ANDREW, a chicken sexer from Griffith, backs Julia Gillard’s attack on 457 visas. He is among 22 highly trained chicken sorters who have lost their jobs to imported Korean workers.
    Simon, who has been an IT contractor for 25 years, says he’s missed out on several jobs in Melbourne because employers imported Indian workers who were cheaper than hiring experienced Australians. Richard the civil designer, Huw the marine engineer and Scott the carpenter are among many who have contacted the Herald Sun to vent their anger at Koreans, Filipinos, Dutch, Russians, Indians, Italians and others being imported to take their jobs.

    On the other side are people like Antonio the Filipino painter and sandblaster, brought to Australia as a 457 worker, who claims the Victorian employer who sponsored him treated him like a slave. Instead of skilled work he was made to clean office toilets and forced to muck out cow sheds on a farm.

    Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor says rogue employers have been abusing the system. He says a suburban pizza shop said it needed a human resources manager normally found in a big company but officials were unable to stop the visa even though it suspected it was a rort.

    He also uses the example of a company that said it needed to import high-skilled managers but they turned out to be low-skilled security guards.

  • 14
    Achmed
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the 457 skilled migrant worker visa program is “riddled with rorts” and must be fixed.

    She’s concerned the program is being abused by employers and that Australian workers are missing out on jobs.
    Ms Gillard is proposing that employers be required to show they are nominating a position where there is a genuine shortage of workers.
    NOTE: Gillard is talking about the program not the individual workers

  • 15
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    That is toeing, not towing. Towing is the means of pulling something or someone, toeing is obeying.

    The Tele though is one of the most feral ranters in this country - they simply will not stop inciting racist attacks on people.

  • 16
    danny field
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    klewso : in 2010 Rupert Murdoch gave a speech to his Australian media force stating basically greenies were ratbags and telling them not to take notice of “alternative power” sources like wind power etc and that nuclear energy was superb, safe and booming.

    Then came the 2011 Tsunami that and eons long problems with a flooded nuclear plant that will follow.

    In 2013 alternative energy profits in the USA out-stripped nuclear energy profits for the first time.

    I don’t think Rupert Murdoch has a bloody clue what he’s talking about most of the time.

  • 17
    Steve777
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Let me think - I don’t recall in the recent debate about 457 visas any Government, ALP or union figure:
    - ever referring to the nationality, faith or ethnicity of 457-visa holders or suggest that these were in any way relevant to the debate
    - suggest that 457-visa holders brought TB, typhoid and/or other dread diseases into the country
    - suggest that 457-visa holders threw their children into the ocean
    - suggest that 457-visa holders were potential criminals who needed to be monitored by the police
    - suggest that 457-visa holders were potential terrorists.
    However, these and other imputations have been made in Murdoch’s rages about asylum seekers.

  • 18
    Steve777
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    No 17 - sorry - ‘rages’ should read ‘rags’.

  • 19
    Elvis
    Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    My personal favourite was The Australian’s triumphant headline: “Blacks’ face-wash plan a success” (street headline poster 8.4.05)

  • 20
    Cathy Alexander
    Posted Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Elvis, do you have a photograph / copy of that poster? Perhaps we could run it in Crikey Tips. Seems memorable … email us at boss@crikey.com.au. Thanks Cathy

  • 21
    TheFamousEccles
    Posted Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    What does this American want? Can’t he just go away - tedious prat.

  • 22
    Glenn Smith
    Posted Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    And all this from the man who brought us “headless torso in a topless bar”. His very public decline is nothing but pure schadenfreude,keep it up Rupert it’s great to see you go out backwards mate.

Womens Agenda

loading...

Smart Company

loading...

StartupSmart

loading...

Property Observer

loading...