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More than 180,000 back inquiry into Murdoch's Australian media 'monopoly'

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Good.

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No, because it doesn't exist.

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its not a monopoly, it’s an oligopoly. And it never really bothered Rudd when the Murdoch papers endorsed him back in the 2007 election campaign - only when they turned on him later on. Typical hypocrite.

Rudd also fails to mention that Nine Media has a similar hold on the nation’s media, with all the Nine Network tv stations in the state capitals plus several influential newspapers (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and others). They support his side, so their concentred media ownership doesn’t bother him.

But he does have one thing right - the current federal government is pretty awful, and are just as big a bunch of traitors as Rudd’s mob were in selling out the country to for3ign interests.

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An oligopoly is a market form wherein a market or industry is dominated by a small group of large sellers. Oligopolies can result from various forms of collusion that reduce market competition which then typically leads to higher prices for consumers.

Kyronstavic: This is fine, I love paying more for inferior products.

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Isn't this about two decades too late? Why now?

Facebook and Google have at least as much influence now but their influence is growing rapidly while Murdoch's mob makes a slow retreat. Killing a corpse isn't as glamorous as it sounds.

Facebook and Google should be under the microscope but that ain't going to happen.

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Sky News Australia is just a Trump channel. They might as well have Murdoch himself presenting the news. Luckily Aussies don't vote in US elections so that channel is a complete waste of time.

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I stumbled onto Sky News Australia by accident on Youtube. The contrast between that and Sky News UK couldn't be starker. SNA was like Fox News on steroids. Murdoch is disgusting in all senses of the word.

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Murdoch's the spawn of satan, a truly evil man.

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I was very pleasantly surprised with this news, the cynic in me already gave up on this so obviously broken situation since years ago.

Still, it is a very long shot until things change, but i felt strangely optimistic when I found out about the petition. As long as nothing takes out the strength of this protest maybe we can have a proper media, dare I say goverment? in not too many years.

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Diversity of ownership is not going to solve the problem if the owners have the same ideology. Murdoch maintains its media monopoly through the power of the Government. TV licenses & govt. regulatory agencies are used to suppress competition. Only free market can beat a monopoly.

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Only free market can beat a monopoly.

Experience shows that free markets tens towards oligopoly. Free markets are basically a hypothetical concept that exist in economics textbooks.

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At the end of the day, in the history books, the damage this man and his media empire have done to public discourse and the socioeconomic trajectory of the Western world will exceed anything William Randolph Hearst ever dreamed of.

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dagonToday 09:54 pm JST

At the end of the day, in the history books, the damage this man and his media empire have done to public discourse and the socioeconomic trajectory of the Western world will exceed anything William Randolph Hearst ever dreamed of.

Much like NZherald , and most other News media today including this one , it isnt news its their view opinion or slant on things is all.

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Experience shows that free markets tens towards oligopoly. Free markets are basically a hypothetical concept that exist in economics textbooks.

Market oriented nations usually have anti-trust laws that were designed to give their governments the tools necessary to prevent the formation of oligopolies. These tools are, however, seldom used today in the US and Australia. The EU has proven to be more aggressive at enforcing competition within its boundaries. In the past thirty years the total number of individual corporations operating in the US has fallen by some 2000 while the total number of corporations operating in the EU has risen and is larger than the number in the US, testament to the EUs efforts to prevent oligopolies from forming.

Big corporations have found it profitable to buy (no other word for it) legislators who will in return refuse to object to the mergers and acquisitions that lead to oligopoly, neutering the nations anti trust laws to the detriment of the consumer. It is up to voters to pay attention to this and hold their elected representatives accountable. I will also add that it is the dream of many small entrepeneurs to come up with some product that is so valuable they are soon bought up by a big corporation for a large sum of money so they can retire wealthy. Such buyouts reduce competition and should be restrained. More companies of smaller scale competing vigorously, viciously with one another are when the full benefits of competitive markets occur.

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Murdoch's Fox News has done immeasurable damage to the United States by, essentially becoming a right wing disinformation propaganda outlet. This reality has negatively swayed the mindset of a massive amount of people who were, at their core, decent folks. This incessant and divisive disinformation has caused folks to vote against their own best interests for years.

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Ultimately, the current state of disinformation and distrust in the system in America these days is a direct result of the irresponsible broadcasting of Fox “news” - which even they admit is “news entertainment and not news”. They ruined their country.

But got good ratings! Yay America!

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I stumbled onto Sky News Australia by accident on Youtube. The contrast between that and Sky News UK couldn't be starker. SNA was like Fox News on steroids. Murdoch is disgusting in all senses of the word.

Now you know how others feel about politically left media. Just look at all the msm in America.

Sad and funny that fox news always gets slammed by the political left. The hypocrisy is knee bucklingly astounding. Lest you realize, fox in America has been gradually turning to the left as of recent as their vp is a cohort of the radical billionaire.

You needn't worry. All 'media' will be under political left control in no time.

Enjoy the last freedoms you have.

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You needn't worry. All 'media' will be under political left control in no time

You people are so silly. The media is controlled by profits. The people are left, therefore the media makes more money by being left.

Your team has a mass psychosis of conspiracy theories.

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Fox has not been the problem.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-trump-chyron-leftist-state-media

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More than 180,000 people have signed a petition launched by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd calling for an inquiry into Rupert Murdoch's dominance over Australian news media.

Only 180,000+ people? Are those 180,000+ Australians, or foreigners, or both? That doesn't seem like very many people considering that a Prime Minister, and national news are involved with this issue. I think it's fair to say that most Australian people, or even a vast majority of the Australian people, aren't interested in this particular issue.

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