Getting a rise out of readers

The remaining handful of Australians buying hardcopy newspapers published by News Corp will be paying more for that privilege from today.

Rupert Murdoch’s metropolitan turdbloids today carry minuscule stories informing readers that they’ll be paying more for the privilege of buying and reading them. (pictured)

They advise of price rises for their Monday-to-Friday editions and some weekend papers as well.

Most of the papers we were able to check have revealed price rises of 10%.

For instance Sydney readers paid $2.00 for their Daily Telegraph on Friday but will fork out $2.20 today.

Hardly in line with the annual CPI which as far as we know is currently running at less than 1%.

Somebody, perhaps a crusading news organisation that’s on the side of its readers, should do a story on that.


For an organisation that demands truth and accuracy from others, some of Rupert’s News Corp mastheads have been somewhat less than frank with their readers and subscribers about the price rises.

For instance, in Brisbane The Courier-Mail advised its readers that the newstand price of the paper will now be $2.20 instead of $2.00.

The Courier also explained that it was “its first increase in a year”. (pictured)

But elsewhere across the nation most of Rupert’s other turdbloids were saying the price rise was “the first for some time”.

Would using the words “in 12 months” have been so difficult?

Nothing like being accurate and honest is there?

A classic case of the spin News Corp so often calls out when others try it on.

The rise, by the way, has been sheeted home to “increased production costs”. No doubt a euphemism for falling subscriber numbers for print newspapers.


Those “increased production costs” clearly don’t include the costs incurred by newsagents who stock, deliver, and distribute News Corp papers.

A check of the online Australian Newsagency Blog shows Rupert isn’t sharing much of the monetary joy the price rises might generate.

The blog is run by a Victorian newsagent who comments regularly on industry issues.

It shows that News Corp issued a bulletin last week advising of changes to the commission and fees paid to them by News Corp for the work newsagents do in getting Rupert’s fishwrappers into the hands and homes of Aussies across the nation. (pictured)

From our interpretation of the bulletin it seems that while the price of most News Corp metro dailies will rise by 20 cents,  newsagents will be rewarded with a rise in their reward for the privilege of selling and delivering them of around 3 cents.


The Herald’s Jacqueline Maley is at it again, seemingly obsessed by writing such tosh as to make The Bug cancel its subscription in protest.

Read this bit from her latest weekend column.

“Morrison’s triumphant personal standing in the polls is owed to his strong leadership during the pandemic…”

The Bug won’t go over again the numerous examples of Prime Minister Morrison’s obsession with putting the economy before people’s lives and how he was dragged kicking and screaming to a financial COVID fightback package recommended by Labor, the ACTU and Treasury.

Maley continues: “… and, as my colleague Peter Hartcher argued in his column last week, that leadership has been from the centre.”

We’re all entitled to our opinion but Morrison’s eventual wishy-washy limp-lettuce criticism of Trump’s incitement of that Capitol rabble and some tepid talk of adopting a net zero emissions target by 2050 do not a centrist make.

Nor in our view does Maley’s belief that Morrison “the welfare buster” will probably announce an increase of the JobSeeker rate from its pitiful $40 a day make him a budding democratic socialist.

Morrison would do no such thing if internal party polling said he could win the election without throwing the unemployed an extra scrap.

Maley in her confused state seems to agree, adding: “Morrison the right-winger told the National Press Club this week he would not engage in reform ‘for the sake of vanity’”.

That gobbledegook from Smoko makes about as much sense as Maley and Hartcher’s analysis of Morrison, based on the version of the man they see, a “privilege” to which us mere mortals are clearly excluded.

If Morrison wants to show us he’s moving from the far-right where he’s happiest, then let him release a certain family on Christmas Island.


Sometimes you don’t need to read the full story to get the picture.

Just the headline, even a truncated one, will do on some occasions.

In this case (pictured) it’s a headline on an online story from US news outlet CNN about a white supremacist who allegedly took part in the January riots at the Capitol building.