Jul 28, 2014

Courier-Mail v Tony Fitzgerald: Murdoch tab lays down gauntlet

Former royal commissioner Tony Fitzgerald has criticsed Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and The Courier-Mail's pro-LNP bias and has been lambasted for his trouble, writes freelance journalist Alex Mitchell.

Tony Fitzgerald QC, author of the history-changing royal commission into Queensland corruption during Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s era, has suffered the fate of public figures who dare to cross the Murdoch media. After criticising the egregious pro-LNP political bias of Brisbane’s The Courier-Mail and Murdoch-favoured Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Fitzgerald has received a public lashing for his trouble. The Courier-Mail splashed a tirade against Fitzgerald on its front page at the weekend:
“Tony Fitzgerald has dramatically shifted from apolitical corruption fighter to partisan commentator, with a savage attack on the Newman Government. In an extraordinary 1169-word tirade, Mr Fitzgerald attacked almost every facet of the LNP administration, from alleged ‘nepotism’ to hospital staff conditions and even its record on protecting the Barrier Reef,"
The front-page illustration was a mock-up of the Fitzgerald Report delivered 25 years ago with the addition of gold-embossed words: “From famed apolitical corruption buster to partisan commentator -- New Fitzgerald Report".

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19 thoughts on “Courier-Mail v Tony Fitzgerald: Murdoch tab lays down gauntlet

  1. drovers cat

    “ALP politicians may be intimidated by the Murdoch press.”
    Yes, well they’re about the only ones these days.
    News Corpse is a little playground bully whom everyone has realised has a tiny prick.
    Just ignore them – they’re going away soon enough.
    Keep up the good work, Tony F – it’s hell up here at present, with newmand and his gangsters trying to undo everything that has happened since 1989 – no wonder nothing’s moving forward here as all the work being done is political retrofitting – I’ve never known so many people looking forward to next March.

  2. Limited News

    The undercurrent of cowardice in Queensland politics likely stems from the absence of an upper house – any vindictive government whim can be visited upon any critic, on any pretence, and that includes News Corpse and its craven editors. Notably the ABC has sent their long-time Japan correspondent to Queensland, hard to intimidate someone who is able to pack up and leave.

  3. Venise Alstergren

    What is it about Queenslanders who elect corrupt politicians on a scale that would make Joseph Stalin, Josep Brodz, Pol Pot and Kim il un pale with envy?

  4. klewso

    Manuel (of “the Spanish Economy”) Newman, with his Limited News Party?
    I don’t expect he’ll take on Fitzgerald that much – he’ll leave that mud/heavy lifting to the Curry or Maul.
    [With politicians hooked on PR to get re-elected, with his Limited News Shelob-like dominance over our viewsmania web of deceit (here it’s their Curry or Maul) Murdoch runs a political protection racket, from his “Ministry of Misinformation and Obfuscation” lair – in his war on democracy, keeping the electorate ill-informed, stupefied, doped-up on opinion rather than fact.]

    As for that “Upper House”? They can be controlled by government too. Look what Howard’s Limited News Party did when they had the chance?
    I reckon a proportional representation gives a more reflective representation of the electorate’s thinking.

  5. thelorikeet

    The CM piece was even more risible with its imputation that Fitzy issued another MASSIVE tome of criticism. The article screamed that he pumped out in a “mass email” (I do not recall the exact number) some 1178 words!!!

    I cut-and-pasted the material from the website – a little over 1 page. Barely a school essay length. Here it is here:

  6. CML

    Obviously Limited News would see the need to counter anything that vaguely touched on the truth. They have NO conception of that word in any of their publications.
    I don’t live in Qld, but it sounds pretty bad up there. Roll on the election next year – I hope it changes things for all of you!

  7. The Cleaning Lady

    Somehow the verb “told” reads as “b*tched to” in this sentence:

    “[S]enior Government sources told The Courier-Mail …”

  8. The Pav

    The Murdoch Media Empire has forfeited any right to be considered credible.

    The few remaining journalists that are not just biased hacks are sacrificing their credibility for a pay packet.

    Fortuately the natural laws of selection will win and this nepotistic empire will collapse. Pity it will take a little while yet

  9. dazza

    Fitzgerald is obviously good for Qld. Why else would the murdock press be worried?

  10. zut alors

    Merely reading/hearing the name ‘The Courier-Mail’ causes me to wince.

    Tony Fitzgerald will remain a hero in our history books in a hundred years’ time whereas no-one will even remember Newman – even if he names a bridge or sporting stadium after himself.

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