Where is this "vendetta of hate" being pursued?Labor backbenchers are beginning to press for a wide-ranging inquiry in the wake of the UK phone hacking scandal, joining the Greens and lower house independents in arguing the case for an Australian probe.
Victoria's Steve Gibbons told The Age yesterday a new Australian media inquiry was necessary - declaring some publications were pursuing ''vendettas of hate''. ''People will tolerate right-wing bias in newspapers … but when right-wing bias turns to vendettas of hate, that's when we need to have a look at it,'' Mr Gibbons said.
The vitriol of the language being used by our leaders is not a measure of it's truth.
This campaign, if it had merit, would not require such absurd and unfounded accusations. Emotive nonsense, from the very top, is merely illustrative of the desperation and depths to which our federal political edifice has fallen. Anything, it would seem, to divert attention from governance and policies is good enough. Anyone to blame for the lack of popularity of the Labor part, their leader and their policies is good enough. If not News Corp, some other handy matter would no doubt have come to hand. Bob Brown's fear of, finally, being held accountable, is stamped all over this ugly (and it will be costly too) proposed inquisition.
Really? Then why hold an inquiry? Change the laws if that's what you want to do. Have some guts about it. Murdoch has such wide ownership of daily newspapers here because he is legally permitted to. He has done nothing wrong.New South Wales Labor backbencher John Murphy told The Age that dominance by News Limited was an issue. ''Seventy per cent holding in our major daily newspapers is too much for one media company, particularly with the other electronic media interests which Murdoch holds and which only serves to reinforce the messages in his papers,'' Mr Murphy said.
Pressure mounts for broad media inquiry