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