Banned anti-Murdoch ad finds life on web

By Leith van Onselen

Get-up recently created the above ad campaign against the blatant bias shown by the Murdoch print media against the incumbent Labor Government.  The ad campaign, which was intended to run on the major television networks, urges viewers to make up their own minds this election and not be swayed by the propoganda shown by the Murdoch papers, particularly the Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail.

Unfortunately, the major television networks have refused to run the campaign because it is “distasteful” and directly criticises Murdoch. From Get-up:

…the TV networks are refusing to put GetUp members’ ad on the air. Channel 7 refused outright on the grounds that it was “distasteful”, while Channel Ten and Channel Nine have told us directly that they won’t continue running the ad because it criticises Rupert Murdoch.

And in a really bizarre twist of events, Channel 9 withdrew the approved ad from broadcast after having accepted payment for the ad spots, and haven’t confirmed they’ll refund the money.

They’re giving Murdoch a free pass while censoring our free speech.

Thankfully, due to the internet, the ad campaign has been given new life. It has received 266,000 views on YouTube over the past week, highlighting the power of the internet in breaking down existing power structures, increasing competition, and facilitation the dissemination of information, despite the protectionist stance of “the gatekeepers”.

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    • The graph shows that “those that were surveyed” considered the ABC more biased than the TELE.

      Obviously there are about three peoples opinion being monitored. Rubert, Geeeena and Lockhead.

      • Mark: Those surveyed a very astute bunch.

        Leith: A couple of front pages on the Tele provided much needed electoral relief!

    • I see Corbett is out advocating for Abbott too. So that makes Fairfax a conspirator in the Anit-Left campaign too.

      So the Uni shop front for Left Wing Labor – GetUp! – is against Murdoch for advocating against Labor. Hardly surprising really.

      We are making up our own mind and don’t need Murdoch to do that for us. In fact, Murdoch is lagging behind. His papers should have been exposing the trashing of Australia by Labor years ago.

      • General Disarray

        I see Corbett is out advocating for Abbott too. So that makes Fairfax a conspirator in the Anit-Left campaign too.

        It’s strange that Roger Corbett – a member of the Liberal party – would advocate for Abbott.

      • News makes no pretenses. Fairfax is worse. Claim to be “independent… always..”. What an absolute crock.

        http://www.theage.com.au/comment/no-going-back-when-its-over-20130904-2t5cm.html

        What’s this pile of Kanine faeces then? Brilliant journalism! While they print articles on both sides. The ones against the Coalition are always factual reporting. No costings yet. Plain and simple.

        The ones against Labour tend to be crap passing for journalism.

        On balance, it is pretty clear where their bias lies.

  1. Why would these TV networks, who are actually competitors to Murdoch, refuse to run the ads critical of him?

    Surely all is fair in love and war? Or are even TV channels afraid of Murdoch? Is this evidence of cartel behaviour in the private mainstream media?

    • Jason,

      Previously Murdochs and Packers have had a gentleman’s agreement about not directly attacking each other in the public sphere. It breaks down occasionally but generally holds.

      Gobble gobble.

  2. The usual indignant apologists for Rupert Murdoch’s blithe debasement of journalistic standards would cheerlead him all the way to 100% ownership of media in this country with the brow furrowing admonition that “no-one’s forcing you to read him”.

  3. The Left and Labor are going into melt down over Murdoch papers exposing Labor’s horrendous performance. What they don’t understand is the implicit insult they are levelling at people who tend to agree with that finding – contemptuously labelling them as dumb for agreeing with Murdoch’s papers.

    So while trying to deceive, you insult people as being stupid because they won’t fall for your BS. Now, that’s a hell of a re-election strategy to win over voters.

    • The “left” are champions of shutting down debate and dehumanising people. Most famously calling people “racist” for not wanting mass immigration. Now we have horrendous house prices, and a huge back log of infrastructure requirements. They are unwitting useful idiots for the super rich they so despise.

      • General Disarray

        So when housing boomed during the Howard years that was because of? And the infrastructure backlog didn’t have anything to do with past governments ignoring the area…

        You’re in no position to call anyone an idiot.

      • On Four Corners the other day, they were saying the same thing about refugees, about the clogged roads etc, did the lefty ABC clear it up? No!

        So if the “left” don’t want to educate the bogans that their roads are crap because of excessive levels of NORMAL immigrants, that just leaves them as pickings for the Tories! Yay for them!

        Those stupid bogans still don’t want to live 3rd world lifestyles for the sake of some infantile, quixotic, bleeding heart ideals. God damn it!

      • Actually Labor was in power for most of that period General Disarray, at least Tony and his Liberal State Premiers should make some head way into it. They are building a North West rail link in Sydney, but if Labor was in power that might be built in say, 2083.

        It was just amazing how under state Labor it started out as the full thing, then ended up as a couple of stops about 2km out in Rozelle. Then they got voted out thankfully.

      • dumb_non_economist

        BB,

        Sorry, but I think you’re wrong. It got covered on Media Watch. The 4C program wasn’t there to throw shit at the candidates, but to show two marginal seat candidates at their “work.”

      • “Actually Labor was in power for most of that period General Disarray, at least Tony and his Liberal State Premiers should make some head way into it. They are building a North West rail link in Sydney, but if Labor was in power that might be built in say, 2083. ”

        Abbott has made it perfectly clear that his government will not fund any suburban rail projects so there certainly won’t be any headway made on that front.

        He is however happy to spend $1.5 billion on Melbourne’s East West link without having seen a business case.

      • General Disarray

        Now we have horrendous house prices, and a huge back log of infrastructure requirements.

        How can you seriously single out the “left” as the cause of this? That’s ridiculous.

      • How can you seriously single out the “left” as the cause of this? That’s ridiculous.
        When you start from the premise that everything wrong in the world is the fault of the “left”, I imagine it’s pretty easy.

        He would hardly be the only poster here with that mindset.

    • What you don’t seem to understand is that the Left and Labor (glad you are able to differentiate the two) do understand the implicit insult they are levelling at people like yourself who froth at the mouth over a good front page or two. Contempt is probably just the right word. Now harden up.

    • darklydrawlMEMBER

      Heh… My thought was if ‘distasteful’ is a reason for ditching TV programming than most of the current shows and adverts would be scrapped right now.

      There would only be a couple of hours of content left at best.

      Idiots… What are they afraid of?

  4. Quite agree It’s Shocking!!

    He threw the newspaper with the dog crap into the garbage.

    This sends the wrong message and will infuriate municipal sanitation workers.

  5. That ad looks fairly well done. To the point and with a little humour injected for good measure.

    • Agreed ! It was an excellent Ad & NO excuse why TV stations refused to air it.
      More disturbing is reading the Pack Mentality comments to this article! Some real SFB comments for sure. I mean backing the Murdoch Press which for the past 6mths or more has been wall to wall negative to one party – and saying nothing critical at all about the other.

      All I want to say is -WE will all live in “interesting times” under an abbot lead Govt. Enjoy.

  6. Geeze harsh – the main stream network channels have held the line against a range of distasteful things.

    It’s not like they sell highly sexualised imagery for the music industry to pre-teens and young teens…

    or gambling to the disadvantaged/vulnerable…

    or sugar and fat products with highly dubious marketing ploys to kids…

  7. Murdochs agenda is fairly obvious. What’s GetUp’s?

    Everyone has a bias, and most gravitate towards those sources that agree with that bias.

    • What’s Get-up’s agenda?

      To make Murdoch’s agenda obvious to more voters.

      Looks like they have succeeded.

    • “Murdochs agenda is fairly obvious. What’s GetUp’s?”

      I think GetUp’s agenda is pretty obvious too and from my observations it seems to match what they state on their web page.

      https://www.getup.org.au/about

      “GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation which aims to build a more progressive Australia by giving everyday Australians the opportunity to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues.”

      “Everyone has a bias, and most gravitate towards those sources that agree with that bias.”

      Of course, and there are plenty of people who support Murdoch’s views and plenty who don’t. I’m sure that those who don’t are glad that GetUp is attempting to counter those who do.

      If Murdoch was a tree-hugging hippy and his papers reflected those views, then I’m sure that a right-wing version of GetUp would emerge in no time.

      • General Disarray

        If Murdoch was a tree-hugging hippy and his papers reflected those views, then I’m sure that a right-wing version of GetUp would emerge in no time.

        It’s already here, it’s called the IPA.

  8. Hay!!! I moved here from America to get away from all septic yank MSM meaningless – vacuous political theater… I say this as one wayward septic. Monopoly in one of the pillars of social discussion leads to there FFS.

    WTF is wrong? Aussies calling each other ***buddy***. I wanted to punch the bloke in the face, that called me that the first time (at least flick him in the noggin). The 20 years behind thingy is becoming a singularity.

    skippy… like bonzi to bushie, this place is becoming a neoliberal colony of America… shezzz~