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Media not free according to Jeremy Sear

the media should call truth to power, but not the Labor-Greens minority government*

Jeremy Sear reckons the Australian print media is not free because – wait for it – it is owned by shareholders:

The thing that strikes me as most absurd about it is that we don’t have a free press now. Does anyone really believe that journalists working for News Ltd are free agents, able to hold anyone to account, regardless of their commercial links with their employer, or their employer’s political view on a subject? Or those at Fairfax? Newspapers are owned by billionaires – and corporate shareholders whose stake is built on, for example, the superannuation of ordinary Australians, but where the interests of the board who make the decisions are quite distinct from those of those whose money they control. Can anyone seriously deny that the newspapers with the biggest reach push the interests of the establishment?

Presumably then the left-leaning ABC is the only free major media out there. No shareholders there!

It’d be lovely if we did have a genuinely free press to defend, but we don’t. They don’t call truth to power – they call power to truth.

Not true. In fact, one of Jeremy major gripes with the News Ltd papers is that he thinks they have been far too critical of the Labor-Greens federal government. Jeremy is fine with scrutiny of his beloved Greens – as long as that scrutiny is not highly critical of them.

If the public discourse is so dependent on being honestly informed of the facts, then why shouldn’t there be some standards to which these powerful organs of news be held?

The laws of defamation do protect individuals and organisations from attacks on their reputations based on untrue or unprovable assertions. Meanwhile no one can seriously deny that governments and political parties are able to defend themselves against criticisms. Governments in particular have influence over the Press Gallery, an army of spin doctors and access to taxpayers money in order to “inform” the voters.

 This blog has already highlighted how Jeremy uses such weasel words and motherhood statements in order to promote and yet conceal the Green’s sinister agenda of licensing print media and imposing tough controls on their freedom. It appears that he’s at it again.

Moreover, it does not appear to have occurred to Jeremy that private media organisations need to give their readers what they want and are driven by that requirement precisely because they are accountable to shareholders and exist to make a profit. They cannot satisfy readers by actively protecting the interests of the rich and powerful.

Shame Jeremy.

* quotation marks removed from this caption because of implicit threats of litigation from Jeremy Sear  (Iain)
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15 Comments

  1. Isn’t this Jeremy Sear the same tool that comments on a few left wing hobby sites?

    He’s actually quite an effective barometer. If he thinks someone (conservative politician) is finished, or has made a fool of themself, stand by for that politicians approval ratings to soar.
    Likewise with left/green causes. If he claims something has been “accepted” by the population, stand by for opinion polls to show the population is vehemently against it.
    On top of that he has a knowledge of how finance/economy works that is roughly on par with his knowledge of rocket science, or verb declensions of the ancient Aramaic language or something.
    He’s a laugh. You’d wonder how somebody could be so clueless.

  2. Damage says:

    COMMENT EDITED TO REMOVE AN ALLEGATION OF WRONG DOING BY JEREMY SEAR AFTER HE THREATENED LITIGATION AGAINST THE BLOG OWNER

  3. Wedgie says:

    COMMENT EDITED TO REMOVE AN ALLEGATION OF WRONG DOING BY JEREMY SEAR AFTER HE THREATENED LITIGATION AGAINST THE BLOG OWNER
    He has got past form for using fake names such as the time he rang up Bolta on MTR talkback.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Of course Wedgie there is no proof that Sear is using that pseudonym on the net but you are right that he does have form for inventing different identifies to pursue his online agenda. Likewise he flatly denies pirating Games, which I believe because its technically difficult to get around the encryption or to get a Blu ray burner
    Welcome to the Sandpit BTW ;)

  5. Damage says:

    COMMENT EDITED TO REMOVE AN ALLEGATION OF WRONG DOING BY JEREMY SEAR AFTER HE THREATENED LITIGATION AGAINST THE BLOG OWNER

  6. Iain Hall says:

    Real enthusiasts for MW3 will have been waiting for their Pre orders to arrive at midnight Damage just as my nephew did,
    Now Jezza is sending me nasty emails complaining about your comment COMMENT EDITED TO REMOVE AN ALLEGATION OF WRONG DOING BY JEREMY SEAR AFTER HE THREATENED LITIGATION AGAINST THE BLOG OWNER

  7. Ray Dixon says:

    How and why would it be defamatory to suggest he posts on the Internet under an alias? That in itself is only a mild criticism.

  8. Iain Hall says:

    Its amazing he is implicitly threatening to sue me for defamation over Damage’s comment above while trying his darnedest to avoid making the threat explicit.

  9. Ray Dixon says:

    As I see it, Iain, there is nothing defamatory in Damage’s claim that Jeremy has posted as “Bickle”. That’s all he’s said about it. It’s like me saying that The Age’s Jo Chandler is aka “Bridgit Gread” and leaving it at that. Big deal.

  10. Damage says:

    COMMENT EDITED TO REMOVE AN ALLEGATION OF WRONG DOING BY JEREMY SEAR AFTER HE THREATENED LITIGATION AGAINST THE BLOG OWNER

    Sorry for causing the trouble Iain.

    Sorry for causing your reputation damage Mrs James.

  11. Wedgie says:

    We seem to have hit a bit of a nerve here. The last time he got so veherment about wrong doing, was when there was the allegations about him tweeting and driving.

  12. Iain Hall says:

    Yes Wedgie that’s right he really is a rather precious petal who is very fond of threatening his critics with writs at the earliest opportunity.

  13. Angel says:

    In my opinion the photo above would do more damage to a persons reputation than anything mentioned in this post above. And he is smiling in it ???

  14. Iain Hall says:

    Yes Angel and he posted that on the net himself !

  15. Ray Dixon says:

    “COMMENT EDITED TO REMOVE AN ALLEGATION OF WRONG DOING BY JEREMY SEAR AFTER HE THREATENED LITIGATION AGAINST THE BLOG OWNER”

    That guy’s a f*cking wimp, if you ask me.

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