Business as usual
The rapidly diminishing number of people opening their News Corp Australia-owned newspapers around the nation on Sunday would have seen yet another story attacking the Labor Party’s climate change policy.
This time it was a yarn detailing the allegedly huge negative impact the policy would have on household power bills by the time the policy was fully implemented in 2030 if Bill Shorten wins the coming election.
The story appearing in Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph (pictured) was typical.
In whatever state the reader was located their local Murdoch rag told them how much their power bill would go up over that period under Labor, but also how much it would fall under the Liberal-National Coalition’s policy.
In simple terms, it was a clear message: don’t vote Labor.
But what independent, unbiased research results did the News Corp reporter use to write the story?
Glad you asked. The research was conducted by the Canberra-based Menzies Research Centre and the Page Research Centre.
For those who may not be aware, that’s Menzies as in the long-serving Liberal Party prime minister, and Page, as in Earl Page who as Country (now National) Party leader was PM for 19 days in 1939 after the death of Joseph Lyons.
Admittedly the News Corp stories acknowledged the figures came from the “Coalition-aligned” centres.
But their desire to give readers that background wasn’t matched by any effort to secure comment from the Labor Party on the stories in any state they appeared.
Spelling out their support
Not content to run an unbalanced and blatantly anti-Bill Shorten and anti-Labor power prices story, the Murdoch Sundays across the nation gave lots of space to a big colourful photo of that nice Mr Scott Morrison who happens to be Prime Minister, with his lovely wife, and their smiling children.
The photo and a story quoting the PM and his brave and bold personal stand of being opposed to illiteracy, appeared in a full-page promotion launching a national schools spelling bee.
The News Corp promotion is due to start later and will involve school-based spelling bees for kids in years three to eight.
While those of us at The Bug are also opposed to illiteracy, despite what you might read on this site, we can’t help but think the idea may not gain the traction its backers envisage.
Just imagine a school classroom somewhere in our wide brown land later this year….
Teacher: Spell “newspaper”.
Student: What’s a newspaper?
Speaking of spelling
Maybe staff at The Courier-Mail in Brisbane need to sign up to their own parent company’s national spelling bee if the headline in Saturday’s paper on one of the bigger local stories of the week is anything to go by (pictured).