Sun. Oct 17th, 2021

Fresh from targeting “propaganda” for climate change in the education system, billionaire Gina Rinehart appeared in News Corp Australia’s surprising editorial series for Global Net Zero in 2050.

The headline was promising — Gina supports renewable energy sources — but not even a Murdoch empire-led campaign could convince Australia’s richest person about the need to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In an exclusive interview with the Adelaide tabloid Advertiser, Rinehart expressed concern about poor farmers who could not afford to experiment with solar pumps and electric cars as she could.

Gina Rinehart is interviewed for News Corp's Mission Zero campaign.
Advertiser interviews Gina Rinehart for News Corp’s Mission Zero campaign. Photo: News Ltd.

“We are concerned that rushing to reduce emissions will cost taxpayers billions in subsidies,” Rinehart told Tiser.

“And it does not just stop farmers from having this problem; city ​​dwellers will find that the cost of their food will have to rise – not a good future for retirees and others on low incomes in particular. ”

It was not the mood that the general campaign across all the tabloids went for. After all, on Monday, News Corp. had promised “only positive stories”.

“Perhaps the biggest reason why actions against climate change have stalled so repeatedly in this country is that the debate has fallen victim to a culture of constant complaint,” the Mission Zero campaign said. “That nothing is ever good enough and everything is too little too late.

“Such extreme negativity does not encourage progress, and here you will only see positive stories: real, practical and pragmatic solutions that will help the planet and also help Australia’s interests.”

Rinehart clearly did not get the note.

No one is holding Bolt back

Credit where credit is due. News Corp. promised it would not “sniff” its barn of conservative commentators when it launched the Mission Zero campaign, and so far Andrew Bolt and Peta Credlin have not been fired for not running the business line.

First, Bolt, who says he does not agree that drastic action is needed, blew up the campaign as a “big U-turn” and pointed out the hypocrisy in the move after decades of opposition to climate action.

“Most of the same newspapers fought against Kevin Rudd’s policy of global warming and against Labor’s later carbon tax,” Bolt said. “You have to worry when big companies, big media, big governments all go to bed like this.”

After making headlines for Monday’s editorial, Bolt did not stop telling his viewers on Wednesday that the push to net-zero was “insane”.

“But it’s just the insanity we have right now with all this global warming hysteria that says we need to get rid of coal,” Bolt told Sky. “Get rid of the fossil fuels that for decades gave Australia the cheap, reliable electricity that has helped make us rich.”

Then Credlin, who wrote in Australian, was critical of the relapse of Scott Morrison and the Business Council of Australia, saying: “Australia is being asked to endanger affordable and reliable fossil fuel-based power now in the hope that there will be developed something to replace it sometime in the future and demand a leap into the dark ”.

“This is financially irresponsible, but politically it is also almost confusingly stupid.”

There is a joke about them

But it was left to comedian Sammy J to summarize the head-spinning backflip in an ABC sketch in which he plays a News Corp editor who tells the editors that “climate change is real” and from now on they will “report facts on climate change and backing up science ”- or they will have“ net zero advertisers by 2050 ”.

“I understand this, this is confusing,” the editor says as journalists jump out of the window in despair. “We have spent two decades actively undermining any climate policy in this country, then we become a full-fledged tree-hugging greenie publication overnight. Except you, Andrew – you still get your daily column. You can write whatever you want. ”

Swap swans

We know Australian journalist Jonathan Swan received global fame and an Emmy Award for his interview with Donald Trump, but has he really deleted his father Norman Swan from the map?

The weekend Australian mixed the two journalists together in a headline – “How aunt’s health expert Jonathan Swan got it so wrong” – on a Chris Kenny attack on the presenter of ABC’s Health Report, an embarrassing mistake, given associate editor of Oz stuck and Dr. Swan over his alleged “mistakes”.

“The Swan has been alarmist about the potential threat from Covid and a strong advocate of harsh shutdowns and draconian measures,” Kenny said. “It is no wonder that this recipe, especially imposed by the Labor premieres in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, has become ABC’s visible business position.”

Tomalaris drives off

SBS employees were shocked this week when there was a short email stating that cycling representative Mike Tomalaris “moved on from SBS” after 30 years. And it was effective “this week”.

Tomalaris started at SBS in 1987 and has covered the Tour de France for 15 years, been a football commentator and reported and presented the news.

As the SBS website says: “For cycling fans in Australia, Mike Tomalaris rides a bike.”

Tomalaris declined to comment, and an SBS spokesman would not elaborate on the reasons for the abrupt departure.

“Mike Tomalaris is moving on from SBS after more than 30 years with the network,” she said. “We wish him the best of luck with his next chapter.”

With the network securing the rights to broadcast the Tour de France for the next 10 years, it’s a strange exit.

Switzers switch

The Executive Director of the Center for Independent Studies, Tom Switzer, a former opinion editor for the Australian, is an occasional newspaper columnist, has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and has been a longtime presenter on ABC’s Radio National.

This week we were surprised to see that he had joined the Liberal Democratic Party.

“I certainly do not run for office!” Switzer told Weekly Beast when we asked him what was the reason for the move.

“I am not a political activist. To be a Member of Parliament or Senator is to feed one’s vanity and starve his / her self-esteem. My decision to become a low-paid member is just a philosophical statement: I think all things considered is the liberal true party-small government, individual freedom, free choice, etc. — not the Left, but the Liberal Democrats. I’m sure I’m not alone among true liberals in believing that the Liberals have betrayed their ideals in recent times. ”

Fletcher here to help

Foxtel’s new streaming service Flash was unveiled this week at a virtual event streamed from Gravity Studios in Sydney on Wednesday, attended by none other than Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, who congratulated Foxtel on “this exciting new service”.

Fletcher is, of course, the minister in charge of ABC, but that has never prevented his administration from giving a notice to Foxtel.

The government last year gave an additional $ 10 million to the Murdoch-controlled Foxtel to increase women’s and underrepresented sports, bringing the total taxpayer funding for the TV service subscription since 2017 to $ 40 million.

Minister of Communications Paul Fletcher.
Minister of Communications Paul Fletcher. Photo: Sam Mooy / Getty Images

“So congratulate Foxtel on the relentless innovation you are showing in the development of new products, giving Australians the very best on offer, and congratulations in particular on the launch of Flash,” the minister said.

Flash has signed up for 20 news services, but they are predominantly international, meaning the only local news will be provided by Sky News Australia and news.com.au, which is not a television station. Foxtel is desperately trying to get ABC on board, but according to sources, it has offered “far below” the market value of ABC News content, and all offers have been rejected.

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