While politics is certainly different in Australia than it is in the United States, Malcolm Turnbull would still be considered a conservative. He is also familiar with fellow Australian Rupert Murdoch, having known him since 1974.
The former prime minister recently appeared on Mehdi Hasan’s show to discuss Murdoch and how his news network is currently poisoning the United States.
The host I ask, “You mentioned dangerous, you mentioned devastating. So let me ask you directly. Do you believe in Fox and the Murdochs, by creating what you have called in the past a “crazy market”, by pushing not only electoral lies and white supremacist propaganda, but also anti-mask, conspiracies against vaccines? Do you have blood on your hands? “
Turnbull answered, “Well, they have certainly contributed to blood spilling. January 6 could not have happened without the Big Lie about promoting and pumping the election, as Fox News did. “
Former Australian Prime Minister continued:
“He knows that vaccines work. But he’s making billions of dollars with a, you know, a news channel, a news platform, Fox News, that is promoting and enabling all this vacillation about vaccines. I mean, surely, surely, you would think that you would have enough affection for your viewers, not to encourage them to take a course of action that is likely to result in their illness and death. “
Murdoch has had something strange in the past year. He was not a huge fan of Donald Trump and clearly devastated the former president by calling Arizona early on election night. At the same time, he seems to have no interest in reigning his talent in the air.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based technology and policy writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com, and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spending time on the beach with his family.