"The fact is that in the three mature English-speaking democracies where
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has a dominant presence – the United
States, the United Kingdom and Australia – politics are deeply polarised
and conducted with a toxicity and dishonesty that is harmful to the
There are differences in degree, of course. Australia has not elected a
reactionary extremist such as US President Donald Trump, nor found
itself riven with political divisions of the kind shown up by the Brexit
referendum. Neither has Australian political discourse descended to the
depths of racism that have scarred politics in those two countries.
Australia has not seen its national leader equivocate over white
supremacy, as Trump did after the Charlottesville protests of 2017. It
has not seen a political campaign poster about immigration modelled on a
Nazi poster on the same subject, as the United Kingdom Independence
Party (UKIP) produced during the Brexit referendum campaign.
Yet there is one fundamental similarity among the three countries that
reflects the anti-democratic influence of the Murdoch media: in each
country, political leaders see Murdoch as a decisive factor in electoral
He controls about two-thirds of Australia’s capital city daily newspaper
circulation, owns The Times, The Sunday Times and mass-circulation The
Sun in England, and Fox News, the most-watched cable TV service in the US."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics