YouTube’s decision to remove misinformation about the pandemic released by Sky News illustrates how News Corp is not just a danger to democracies, but a threat to health and safety.
In Malcolm Turnbull’s various criticisms of News Corp’s toxic role in American and Australian News Block, his most damning accusation extended beyond traditional arguments that the Murdochs and their media were bad for democracy. When he testified in a Senate media investigation in April, Turnbull went much further in articulating how the company is a threat to national security. His words are worth quoting at some length:
Look at the way the News Corp tabloids, for example, regularly seek to incite animosity towards minorities, particularly Muslims. It was a big problem while he was prime minister because obviously everything he was doing was designed to reinforce our success as a multicultural society. What’s so frustrating is that these voices from the populist right, particularly from Murdoch’s organization, are essentially doing the job of terrorists … Ultimately, people’s policies and programs have to be judged by their consequences. . I am saying that it is evident that the way in which the Murdoch press has operated both here and in the United States has been absolutely adverse to our national interest. In the US, their agenda appears to be effectively the same (I’m not saying it’s coordinated or motivated) as that of America’s most staunch adversaries.
That goes well beyond Turnbull’s other main charge, which is actually more of a statement of the obvious, that News Corp is now a political party for the Murdochs, not a news outlet. Turnbull also repeatedly mentioned January 6 and News Corp’s role in inciting that insurrection in the United States, the point is that the News Corp threat is not limited to confirming the narrative trafficked by Islamist terrorist groups, but extends to direct incitement to social division and violence against democratic institutions.
Read on to learn more about the potential threat Sky News poses to public health …
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