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Stop the people smugglers

Crikey readers talk climate denialism, The Australian’s true purpose and who should set Australia’s immigration policy.

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‘A political organisation that employs journos’: how Fox sets the agenda

A new book sheds light on how Roger Ailes and Fox News have created a culture of intense fear — and then capitalised on it. So what do we learn about News Corporation and Rupert Murdoch?

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White Christmas: the US racial politics of Santa Claus

Some in America dream of a black Christmas, but the notion Santa is anything other than Anglo-Saxon offends the humourless at Fox News. Journalist Hari Raj reports from the US on the latest race controversy.

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Media briefs: Baird in NYT … exclusive watch … Hun‘s serial pest …

The New York Times has hired former Fairfax journalist Julia Baird. That and other media tidbits.

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When Americans wake up from the dream, there’s much to do on race

It’s been 50 years since Martin Luther King’s iconic speech, but the grim reality is that not much has changed for African-Americans since then.

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Ten’s hairy-chested bid for sport a losing game

Ten’s new idea to get into a bidding war for sports rights will increase the Murdoch family’s control of the network but won’t help it in important demographics.

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Murdoch confirms that News isn’t news

Announcing details of News Corp’s division into two separate companies, Rupert Murdoch confirmed that cable channel Fox News will be assigned to the News Corp entertainment group, reports Amy Chozick.

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NT News shocker … new iPad … Leveson latest …

Hands on with the new iPad: first impressions … Leveson inquiry: police buckled under Tory pressure, hearing told … Fox News draws the most “Super Tuesday” viewers …

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The Muppets attack Fox News

Miss Piggy did not pull any punches with her judgment on Fox News at a London press conference this week.

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Fox News’ greatest WTF? moments of 2011

Obama’s hip-hop BBQ, pepper spray: the food product, political agendas from Sponge Bob, Sesame Street and The Muppets and more. Buzz Feed presents the best — and worst — of Fox News in 2011.

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A little Murdoch corporate welfare

The eagle eye of my colleague Glenn Dyer noticed this little report in The Sydney Morning Herald: “News Corp takes Tax Office to task over $2b losses”.

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How to sidestep The Oz paywall … baby-face Salt … Tribune to close? …

How to bypass the Australian’s paywall … “Baby-face” Bernard Salt and the Courier Mail … Front Page of the Day … Tribune, journal of the left, faces closure after 75 years and more …

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Come in Spinner: why do we believe so much that’s wrong?

One of the great conundrums of modern life is how so many people have come to believe so much that is just plain wrong.

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Fox News stirs for America’s next class war

Barack Obama’s plan to ask the wealthy to pay their fair share of tax has sent Fox News into DEFCON 1.

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Gill’s new gig … ex-NotW ed arrested … media market pain …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … Former News of the World news editor arrested … Stock market swings punish media companies … Roger Ailes and the rise of Fox News … and more …

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Australia set to get a Fox channel

Following on from rumours that Fox International are set to launch a channel in Australia comes a significant number of job ads placed to staff up. Let the speculation begin, writes Dan Barrett.

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Crikey says: a cautionary tale

Recommended reading: How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory.

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The man who built the Fox News fear factory

A former executive of Fox News describes the culture of fear there as “like the Soviet Union or China”, with chairman Roger Ailes ruling with an iron fist.

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How a story is seriously twisted on its way to News Ltd readers

Watch how “Desperate Housewives is doing more to persuade Saudi youth to reject violent jihad than US government propaganda” becomes “Fox News – fair, balanced and turning Saudis off jihad like no CNN could” in just three easy steps, writes Jeremy Sear.

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The Simpsons: the torchbearers of liberalism at Fox

Who says the forces of liberalism are completely dead at the Fox network? The Simpsons are still carrying on the fight, with with a recent opening credits scene that prompted shock jock Bill O’Reilly to declare the producers his pinheads of the day, writes Richard Farmer.

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Rundle: the Thanksgiving when Palin became the turkey

In years to come, will we come to remember November 25, 2010 as the Thanksgiving when Sarah Palin became the turkey?

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Dining with the enemy: Rupert and Media Matters do lunch

The CEO of Media Matters — a progressive media-monitoring organisation that is highly critical of Fox News — paid $86,000 for the chance to lunch with Rupert Murdoch. Uncle Rupert will pick up the bill though.

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A 65% chance of an interest rate rise

The Crikey Interest Rate Indicator thinks that there is a 65% chance that the Reserve Bank will increase the official interest by 0.25 percentage points when it meets tomorrow.

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Fox News sneaks into the front row

After months of campaigning, Fox News will be getting a front row seat in the White House briefing room. But not Helen Thomas’ coveted front row centre seat, Associated Press has claimed that one.

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Who gets Helen Thomas’ seat?

Retired journo Helen Thomas had the prime seat for White House press conferences: front row, centre. Now she’s gone, the battle is on the coveted chair, with Fox News the current frontrunner.

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