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 The Australia which engages freely with ideas is ‘no more’

21.11.20.  The Australia which prides itself on engaging freely with ideas exists no more as politicians push for senate inquiries and royal commissions against content which criticises them, according to Sky News Digital Editor Jack Houghton. “Right now there are politicians here who want you to only read what they agree with and only see what they approve,” Mr Houghton said. “This country, which I thought prided itself on the ability to engage freely with ideas, no that Australia is no more. “This is now a country where politicians wish to haul media organisations and journalists before senate inquiries and royal commissions in order to prevent them from criticising them.” Mr Houghton spoke of Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young who, in her bid for a senate inquiry, “has masked her crusade for power and journalistic subservience as a case for media diversity”. “Ms Hanson-Young and her glass-jawed colleagues … have backed Kevin Rudd’s royal commission petition which claims Australia’s media market is overwhelmingly controlled by News Corp,” he said.

Mr Houghton pointed to the comprehensive Digital News Report: Australia 2020 authored by University of Canberra academics which reveals the overwhelming majority of news outlets cater to progressive readers. “This is not me determining what slant each website has, this is independent researchers asking the people who visit the websites about their political orientation,” Mr Houghton said. “Australia is so overwhelmingly digitally dominated by left-wing and progressive news outlets that Kevin Rudd’s claim about conservative media dominance benefiting the Coalition – a farcical.”

Source: Sky News

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  • Penguinite 21/11/2020, 6:24 am

    Agree, Jack! Australia is stuffed! Multinationalism has failed! Progressives are sending us in reverse!

    • Tony H 21/11/2020, 7:26 pm

      They are not “ Progressives” they are Regressive! Just a benign name for a more sinister, despicable political ideology!

  • Ian A 21/11/2020, 7:40 am

    If at this stage we are only pointing to Sarah Hanson-Young as the proponent of a royal inquisition into media that her inner-city elite base doesn’t like, rather than a significant number of mainstream party politicians, I’d say we are a long ways off from the Rudbull push actually panning out.

  • Albert 21/11/2020, 9:23 am

    My god, this country really needs a good clean out to rid us of the progressives and their idols such as Hanson-Young.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 21/11/2020, 11:11 am

    The Australian newspaper started sliding to the left a few years back and has continued that slide until it is barely worth while reading now as it pillories Trump for not conceding defeat to president elect Biden who isn’t the bloody president elect at the moment, and it is getting stuck into our troops etc. on allegations and not on facts. It appears that they are going down the track of the ABC and SBS, making the news instead of reporting the news. It’s highly unlikely given that the deck seems to be stacked against him, but one hopes that Trump will be reappointed President just to poke the ABC, SBS, Fairfax, and the Australian fair in the eyes.

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