Kevin Rudd’s call for a Royal Commission into the “cancer” on democracy

Former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has called for a Royal Commission into the concentration of media ownership in Australia, singling the Murdoch media empire out for its aggressively monopolistic and partisan activities.

A Royal Commission into the corrupting effects of the media on democracy shouldn’t stop at the Murdoch press. I’ve seen lazy, half-baked reporting, massaging of truths, and supposition from several corners of the press, including the ABC, and as the national broadcaster, that has geopolitical implications. If Australia follows the US into a war with China, ABC personalities will be equally responsible for bringing on the level of hatred and mistrust within the community that made it possible. I detect a new editorial tack from the ABC recently with regard to China, but the horse has bolted.

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