Boycott Murdoch Media and other MSM over Egregious Censorship, Warmongering and Climate Change Denial
by : Dr Gideon Polya
Thursday July 21, 2011 - 07:59
The Australian Mainstream media, and especially the warmongering, genocide-complicit , genocide-ignoring and climate denialist Murdoch media, deserve critical exposure over outrageous, genocide-ignoring non-reportage and mis-reportage on matters linked to mass human mortality notably war, war deaths (12 million US war-related deaths so far in Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan alone) and climate change (10 billion predicted to die this century due top unaddressed, man-made climate change; see “Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/clima... ). Decent people should boycott Murdoch media around the world (see “Boycott Murdoch Media To Save Planet”, Countercurrents, 18 July 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/poly... ).
However it is not just Murdoch media that are involved in war mongering, genocide ignoring and censorship. Thus some examples below of egregious censorship by The Age newspaper over these matters (The Age being arguably Australia’s most progressive Mainstream medium).
(1). On 20 July 2001 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Peter Costello on hacking-, bribery- and Murdoch scandal-related calls from Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown, Labor Senator Stephen Conroy and Australian PM Julia Gillard for an inquiry into Australian media and entitled “Media inquiry just a tool top stifle critical comment” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/po... ). The sub-heading read: “Starting a debate about media bias is one way to get the focus off the carbon tax.”
I sent the following comment on the article to The Age which substantially censored me ("stifled comment") as shown by publishing my comments except as indicated below (thereby providing evidence for what The Age does not want its readers to read or to know; the only evidence of censorship was ... before the censored out part) (for details of the article and the censorship see:http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/20... ) :
"I agree with Peter Costello that the media should be free to say what they like (remember Voltaire’s famous aphorism) - but they should also be accountable by an authoritative process of scholar- and scientist-informed non-punitive public exposure that corrects blatant falsehoods.
As a 5 decade career scientist involved in academic teaching for 40 years I am appalled by the huge gulf between scientific perception and public perception, notably in the area of climate science.
While one cannot prevent the more notorious climate change denialists from spouting their dangerous, anti-science rubbish, our Democracy demands some kind of authoritative mechanism to correct the falsehoods … CENSORED OUT: if only to correct the inherent intellectual abuse of children in particular. An important example is the area of holocaust denial which has been criminalized in a number of Western European countries in relation to the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) that was a part of a much greater WW2 Holocaust in which 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies died. Sensible scholars say that holocaust denial in general (e.g. Mainstream ignoring of the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which Churchill killed 6-7 million Indians) should not be criminalized but for the sake of both free speech and scholarship merely exposed by some kind of formal judicial process i.e. the only punishment would be public exposure of the egregious falsehood END CENSORED OUT.”
As a 5 decade-career scientist and 4 decade career academic teacher I endlessly write to the media under my own name to expose horrendous civilian deaths in the US African and Asian wars and about the worsening Climate Genocide. However the silence is deafening through ignoring and censorship.
For more details of censorship of informed, credentialed, non-anonymous, professional comment by The Age see “Mainstream media censorship”: https://sites.google.com/site/mains... , and “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mains... and http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ .
(2). On 21 July 2011 The Age carried a weak article by Paul Sheehan (Sydney Morning Herald columnist) entitled “Plot getting thicker but News not for burial” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/so... ) in which he stated : "I’m aware of no evidence that the crude values of the News of The World, which are not replicated in News Corp’s other newspapers in the US, Australia or Britain, have infected the rest of the group. Long before Murdoch bought the paper in 1969, the News of The World had a sorry record of ethical malpractice, defamation actions and official complaints."
The Age completely censored my following comment on the article (for more details of the article and censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/20... ). The Age evidently felt the contents of my following comment should not be read or known by its readers:
“This disgusting business in which Murdoch employees brought distress to some celebrities and to some bereaved parents and perverted law and order through the bribing of UK policemen, hides the remorselessly ignored, Elephant in the Room Awful Truth of the deadly jingoism, censorship, holocaust-ignoring and genocide-ignoring non-reportage, deadly climate change denialism and perversion of Democracy by the Murdoch media empire in the Western Murdochcracies and caused massive bereavement to at least 25 million people so far in the US killing fields of Africa and Asia.
Murdoch media support for Murdochracy US wars has been associated so far with about 12 million violent deaths and avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, principally in Iraq (1990-2011, 4.6 million), Somalia (1992-2011, 2.2 million) and Afghanistan (2001-2011, 5.0 million), these shocking UN data- derived estimates being consonant with UN-derived estimates of under-5 infant deaths totaling 2.0 million, 1.3 million and 2.7 million, respectively, and refugees totaling 5-6 million, 2.0 million and 3-4 million, respectively - horrendous, war criminal carnage ignored by the Murdoch media.
The climate change denialism of Murdoch media threatens to kill about 10 billion people this century (Google "Climate Genocide") - ergo Boycott Murdoch media."
In a world acutely threatened by nuclear weapons, poverty and climate change, decent people can no longer tolerate dangerous non-reportage and mis-reportage by Mainstream media on these matters. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. As a powerful start to re-empowerment, decent people around the World should boycott Murdoch media and other media endangering the world through egregiously deficient pro-war, genocide-ignoring and climate change denialist reporting.
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