The Murdoch Media Inquiry, bludgeoned into existence by the Australian Greens, albeit, Gillard and her woeful government was an eager bride, is at least partly driven by a lie.
Remember the figure, the concentration of Murdoch's power?
He, or News Ltd, of which he is the majority sharedholder, to be more accurate, supposedly owns - and therefore influences the editorial content of - 70 per cent of Australian newspapers. We know this because Bob Brown has banged on and on and on about it. It was a figure he used repeatedly when lobbying for an expensive and unnecessary media inquiry.
That figure is a lie. It's not even close to being true.
Murdoch's company only publishes 32 per cent of all Australian newspapers.
Yes. Really. No lie.
''There is clearly a problem with media diversity in Australia. We have some of the greatest concentration of media ownership in the world, notably of course in the fact that News Limited owns some 70 per cent of the print media.............News rejects the often-quoted 70 per cent ownership figure. It says it publishes 32 per cent of all Australia's newspapers. Parliamentary library figures suggest News's share of circulation - as distinct from ownership - is 68 per cent in the capital cities and 77 per cent of the Sunday market.Senator Brown, whose attack on News coincides with a visit to Australia by Rupert Murdoch, proposes the Finkelstein inquiry consider a new fit-and-proper-person test for newspaper ownership ...He also proposes the introduction of new tax breaks for not-for-profit journalism enterprises to encourage quality journalism providing ''a platform for more media voices, particularly in investigative and in-depth journalism''.Senator Brown argues encouraging philanthropic journalism would enhance diversity and independence.
The murky and amateurish political ploys of the Australian Greens, led by the persistently devious Bob Brown, continue to astound.
They've only just completed ruining one executive bureaucrat's career, and now they're putting forward another - in a long line of many - absurdist policy proposal, the only person so far identified as being a beneficiary being their major donor during the last election - that person having made the largest single political donation in Australian history.
After 17 years in parliament, Bob Brown still has no scientific or environmental qualifications, and nor, apparently, has he acquired any knowledge of democracy or the Australian parliamentary system.
Power, lies, corruption. He knows that stuff. He also gets away with it. Every time.
Apart from being such a stupid, economically and socially ill conceived policy proposal that I could scream, the philanthropic journalism notion wasn't Brown's idea; it's an idea given to him, and that's another murky story - a retired judge, and now journalism professor, Dr Ricketson, was one of the signatories to the idea sent to Bob Brown only weeks before Ricketson was appointed to assist the media inquiry.
Ricketson is claiming he has no conflict of interest.
Bob Brown has not claimed any such thing for himself. He never does.