Friday, 12 September 2014

Hastening the death of a newspaper’s influence

11-09-2014 heraldsunp1
The blatant political partisanship of the Murdoch tabloids is spreading. The Sydney Daily Telegraph led the way with distorted coverage of the Labor Party and the Brisbane Courier Mail joined in last year. And now it’s the turn of Melbourne’s Herald Sun.
The biased prejudice that once was confined to those hysterical columnists Andrew Bolt and Terry McCrann has now reached the front page - as in this morning's early edition.
The good news is that the combination of declining readership and the good sense of voters is confirming that tabloid hysteria now just preaches to the converted. A win by Labor in the forthcoming Victorian state election will confirm the approaching death of the political influence of newspapers.
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