Mar 18, 2013

The day News Ltd supported newspaper regulation

News Ltd and the Coalition have previously backed far more draconian regulation of newspaper operations than that proposed by the Gillard government. How times change.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

There’s been considerable hype in the last week from News Limited and the Coalition about the purported threat to a free press from Stephen Conroy’s plan to require the print and online media’s self-regulatory bodies to show they can self-regulate.

How times change.

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6 thoughts on “The day News Ltd supported newspaper regulation

  1. Achmed

    The hypocrisy of the Abbott lead Opposition and News Corp are not surprising as truth and facts are distorted and misrepresented for political gain

  2. Hunt Ian

    Bernard is right to point out the hypocrisy of News Ltd and especially the Telegraph, the front line weapon in News Ltd’s arsenal to ensure that Western Sydney falls to the coalition after it failed to win many seats in 2010. The managing director of News Australia said that the telegraphs propaganda was good tabloid journalism, catching attention for its claims. Joseph Goebbels must regret that he did not claim that his papers were eye catching attempts to point out how Jews had undermined Grrmany’s national interest. Merely catchy, no attempt at all to vilify Jews. Perhaps Goebbels would then have felt able to stand trial and be acquired at Nurenburg instead of committing suicide. But then again Goebbles might not have thought that the tag of “eye catching good tabloid journalism” would have worked as well as Kim clearly does.
    Still, the government could drop requiring that a statuary authority verify that the Press Council is really ensuring that papers maintain “community standards” or whatever. The crucial thing is fairness and ensuring victims of MSM have an equally prominent right of reply

  3. TheFamousEccles

    The hypocrisy is startling, but no one will know or care because the MSM will simply beat them into submission with endless bile and misinformation.

    Sigh, I depress myself sometimes…

  4. Pedantic, Balwyn

    Abbott will say and do anything for office, ably supported by News Corp. Nothing new here; just the usual lies, hypocrisy and blatant opposition to anything a Labor Government proposes that will benefit the country.

  5. zut alors

    People become reliant on News Ltd publications because it saves effort spent thinking.

  6. Hamis Hill

    Thanks Bernard for allowing this comparison to be made between the sinister conservative proposals of a decade ago with the mild objectives of today.
    On a relevant point, what is the difference between “privilege”, meaning a private or exclusive law and “self-regulation”?
    Is self-regulation a privilege enjoyed exclusively by the print medium alone and also by the priests of a certain church?
    How can this elevation above the law not be a recipe for disaster?

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