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.