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Oct 30, 2008

Brace yourself for a lecture from Rupert Murdoch

Orwell was right to suspect that some of us were meant to be freer than others, writes Humphrey McQueen.

To redress the left-liberal bias of the commercial media, the Board of the ABC has invited Rupert Murdoch to deliver the Boyer Lectures, starting on Sunday 2 November. As he observed in his 1972 A. N. Smith Lecture: “The public does not want to read propaganda: it wants to read objective news and informed comment.”

A promotional clip has Murdoch confronting the question of his Australianness. He gave up his Australian citizenship in September 1985 to secure broadcasting licences in the United States. Nowadays, Murdoch can hold dual citizenship. The matter of his nationality was marginal since his loyalty has always been to the expansion of his capital.

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  1. Gekko

    Chinese thugs and swindlers? Excuse me Humphrey. A point of clarification. Are these the brethren of the Wall Street thugs and swindlers? The same ones who just pulled off history’s biggest stick up? I’m confused.

  2. Venise Alstergren

    Glen Brandham: Rupert would/has/will crawl into beds worse than you can imagine. Only he doesn’t do it for money, he does it to have the power to destroy people. Yes, despite all the evidence to the contrary the man is a destroyer, rather than a builder. His vast empire is as a result of his destruction. Paradoxical isn’t it?
    I can’t wait to miss his Boyer Lectures.

  3. Stephen

    So it is OK for Australia to sell to the “thugs and swindlers running the People’s Republic of China”, as long as you can comment on them too. Weird standard.

  4. Denis

    Regarding Murdock’s speech – I wrote the following to news.com.au but, so far, they haven’t published it. 🙂

    “Ah yes – the softening-up process – straight from one of the illuminati’s mouthpieces.
    Try to make us think we’re “cringeworthy” first, then tell us later on how much we’ll benefit from doing things their way.
    “Their way” will be for Australia (and the world) to accept the lying, cheating pack of scum that is about to foist “One world Government” upon us.
    This action will remove our sovereign rights and condemn us to the laws of OWG.

    Please people – wake up to what these monsters are up to.”

  5. Glenn Brandham

    Neato, a quasi-news service for a quasi-capitalist society. I wonder if Rupert understands just who it is he is crawling into bed with. As for parallels with his father: dear old dad was a great cheerleader for the first two world wars and Rupert took gold in cheerleading for the new and improved Iraq war. As for his words of wisdom, who cares what he says, it is all lies designed to protect his money…never take your eye off the ball. Cheers

  6. Dennis

    It is to be hoped someone will be brave enough to ask Murdoch how comfortable he feels in the knowledge he employs and therefore approves of the most unjournalistic actions of Fox News unashamadly right wing a+++holes such as O’Reilly, Hannifey and Co.

  7. eric a. blair

    Eve, Glenn & Dennis you’re right on the money there! Murdoch has been responsible for untold atrocities through his cheer leading of US imperialism, his mind numbing dumbing down of the countries his all pervasive media has it’s tentacles in. He will go down in history as a very influential individual not in the notion of what was right & good but what goes wrong when almost complete control of what people read, hear & see is used to push the agenda of greed, war & cultural destruction….ABC (Anti Bigoted Capitalists)

  8. eve

    Interesting that the ABC chose him, just as its m-d Mark Scott has been singing his praises of late. And that News Ltd has become preferred mate of the Govt, having been on the outer with Howard. Maybe Rupert is totally forgiven. Maybe he is now embarrassed by O’Reilly et al (as Woolf claims in his new aproved bio). Or maybe the wolf has just found some new sheep?

  9. davo

    Humphrey McQueen, the Maoist, follower fo the biggest thug and swindler of them all….

    Or has he recanted his earlier positions?

  10. Venise Alstergren

    Seldom in the history of modern media has one man seized the opportunity to destroy publishing and visual standards in his drive to reduce all thought to a single right wing dumbing down of his readers/viewers. Rupert Murdoch aspired to be another ‘Citizen Kane’ and ended up making Kane look mediocre before turning his attention to st*ffing up half the human race’s political awareness. His power to corrupt appears to be infinite.

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