Fake news declares Murdoch fake news petition fake

Lol. Do these people not realise we can see them? At The Australian today:

An official investigation will scrutinise Kevin Rudd’s petition calling for a media royal commission after it emerged that more than 1000 names were fake, and some of the signatories were paid for and generated overseas.

The Australian can reveal foreign interference in the petition, which targets publicly listed companies News Corp Australia and Nine Entertainment, and prompted a Greens-led Senate inquiry into media diversity.

An investigation by The Australian into the petition, which Mr Rudd instigated as an attack on News Corp, has also revealed the document is littered with fake and absurd names, including “Nacho cheese”, “Jesus Christ” and “this sucks”. Many of those were generated offshore, easily sidestepping parliamentary measures set up to prevent fraud.

I imagine all of these petitions are have a small percentage of spam. This is the internet we’re talking about.

So, fake news now attacks allegedly fake petitions attacking fake news. They’d be much better off sticking with the line that Murdoch can run any editorial point of view that he likes, which is true. It’s up to the rest of the media to counter it or run their own.

Coming soon to The Australian: B52 bomber found on moon.

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Comments

  1. I heard that the troll who organised the fake signatures in the first instance then notified Murdoch of the situation. So maybe Murdoch press has been used?

    • No, Sheridan will be telling us J and Rup do not get the soles of their feet wet when they walk on water.
      Only get splashes on top where it comes up through the holes 🙁

  2. It was funny to see that The Australian refused to mention the petition over the weeks that it was growing in size to the eventual 500,000 and refused to acknowledge that it was delivered. But the moment they feel that can do a Trump and cry ‘fake’, they are right on to it.

  3. They must be scared to resort to this kind of stuff.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/misleading-story-about-bangladeshi-bots-in-rudd-s-e-petition-slammed-by-experts

    In the article, The Australian — which is owned by News Corp — claims a Bangladeshi man was paid $58 by a whistleblower “who wanted to test the vulnerabilities of parliament’s e-petition system to generate 1000 fake signatories in less than 12 hours”.

    The article also says that Nicholas Smith, who runs a podcast called ‘The Turncoat’ paid an overseas freelancer to “sign” the petition hundreds of times. The Feed has not been able to verify or discount the claim.

    Interestingly, a quick search of The Turncoat’s Facebook page shows it’s littered with posts that have been flagged as misinformation, baseless claims about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, and others, expressing support for President Trump.

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