As the threats by Fairfax to cut journalism are made to the Commerce Commision to force them into giving them their bloody newspaper monopoly start to weaken the Commerce Commissions resolve to stop these Corporate interests from permanently reshaping the media landscape for their commercial benefit, look at what Fairfax will be forcing as their new Editorial direction, a pro neoliberal free market economic one….
Journalists at Fairfax Media have condemned proposed $30m job cuts and strongly rejected a “mission statement” in which the company stated an ideological position about being pro business and pro market-based solutions.
“We reject any ideological direction,” a stop-work resolution on Thursday said. “We report the facts fairly and accurately without fear or favour. We call out the company’s pernicious ideological interference and the fact that coercion was buried in their mission statement.”
On Wednesday the company stunned journalists at the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald when it outlined a new political strategy in a five-page document about an editorial restructure.
“Our pro-investor, pro-consumer view of business is central to our influence in the economic and business community,” the company said in Metro Journalism – The way ahead. “We believe in the merits of market-based solutions to economic challenges and an Australia that rewards aspiration and hard work. We want to be at the political centre of the rigorous debate over how best to achieve these important objectives.”
Sources said the chief executive, Greg Hywood, and his management team were afraid the Herald’s reputation for being leftwing was hurting the advertising department.
…for Christ’s sakes people, Fairfax’s Australian owners are telling you to their face that their editorial position will be the one that benefits their corporate masters, not our fourth estate obligations. How much more clearly do you need it spelt out to you?
If the Commerce Commission gutlessly buckles to these media giants and gives them their newspaper monopoly, the Editorial position will be to promote an economic structure and cultural narrative that is actually at odds with your rights as citizens.
You do all get that right?