Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Rupert Murdoch's War On Bloggers Explodes

By Darryl Mason

A spectacular attack from John Hartigan, the CEO of Rupert Murdoch's News Limited, against bloggers and independent media.

He did not specify certain bloggers, he said and meant All Bloggers :
"Then there are the bloggers. In return for their free content, we pretty much get what we've paid for. Something of such little intellectual value as to be barely discernible from massive ignorance."

"Bloggers don't go to jail for their work. They simply aren't held accountable like real reporters....It could be said the blogosphere is all eyeballs and no insights."

"In the blogosphere, of course, the mainstream media is always found wanting. It really is time this myth was blown apart."
"Blogs, and a large number of comment sites, specialise in political extremism and personal vilification. Radical sweeping statements without evidence are common."
John Hartigan is full of shit. Bloggers have gone to jail for their work, and to protect their sources, in North Korea, Iran, Egypt, the list of countries persecuting bloggers grows longer by the week. And the CEO of Australia's biggest news corporation doesn't know this?

The jailing of bloggers for speaking too much truth is obviously not the kind of news that John Hartigan, a Rupert Murdoch CEO, is interested in. How could he not know about those jailing and prosecutions.

Remember those words. "Political extremism".

You will hear that call more and more as the major news corporations scale up their war against independent media, and bloggers.