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Manne, Robert: Murdoch’s Australian and the shaping of the nation

Robert Manne

‘Bad news: Murdoch’s Australian and the shaping of the nation’, Quarterly Essay, 43, September 2011

The Australian sees itself’, the author believes, ‘not as a mere newspaper, but as a player in the game of national politics, calling upon the vast resources of the Murdoch empire and the millions of words it has available to it to try to make and unmake governments.’ While media has traditionally enabled the expression of opinions and the improvement of lives it also has a political role. Reviews and criticism of Manne’s article are here and here (The Australian) as well as in the correspondence section of Quarterly Essay 44.