[csaa-forum] UQ CCCS Public Lecture: Rupert Murdoch's Political Power: Assoc Prof David McKnight on 17th May @ 5.30

Rebecca Ralph r.ralph at uq.edu.au
Thu Apr 26 15:25:17 CST 2012



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[cid:image009.jpg at 01CD23C4.F991DA60]<http://cccs.uq.edu.au/mcknight-lecture>The 2012 Henry Mayer Lecture: 'Rupert Murdoch's Political Power'

Associate Professor David McKnight,
The University of New South Wales

Thursday 17 May, 5:30 - 6:30pm
(Followed by light refreshments)

The University of Queensland Art Museum
Building 11, St Lucia Campus (Map<http://www.uq.edu.au/maps/index.html?menu=1&x=G.78&y=6&z=0&xc%5b%5d=G.78&yc%5b%5d=6&id=150&facilityType=&backURL=&mx=0&my=0&mapcoord=?175,123>)

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is the most powerful media organisation in the world. Murdoch's commercial success is obvious, but less well understood is his successful pursuit of political goals, using his news media.
Rupert Murdoch says that the recent News of the World hacking scandal went "went against everything [he stands] for". But how true is this? Murdoch himself is probably the most influential Australian of all time. He sees himself as an anti-establishment rebel yet his influence in in Australia, the UK and the US makes him part of a global elite. Murdoch's critics often underestimate him, yet he is a deeply ideological media owner. The basis of his philosophy was expressed by one of his former editors, David Montgomery, who said "Rupert has contempt for the rules. Contempt even for governments". On this basis Murdoch became one of the key promoters of neo-liberal ideology of small government and deregulation over the past 30 years.
Murdoch is also a devotee of the neo-conservative wing of the US Republican Party who encouraged him to use his media to support the Iraq war. A number of the recent candidates for the Republican nomination for president (including Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich) were paid commentators for Fox News. The possibility of exercising power through the ownership the news media has been little studied in recent years, but Murdoch's role in English-speaking countries over the last 30 years shows that perhaps we need to look again at such media theories.

[cid:image006.png at 01CD0066.BA8BCA00]David McKnight is a research fellow at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of a number of books on the media, politics and history. They include Rupert Murdoch: an investigation of political power, his latest book on the global media giant, Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War which discusses renewal of the progressive political vision, and Australia's Spies and their Secrets, a history of political surveillance in the cold war. His current research is on the future of newspapers and news; and on coal mining and climate change in Australia.

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