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AustraliaFormer Murdoch execs say Bill Shorten's attack on New Corp was smart politics

02:01  09 may  2019
02:01  09 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Bill Shorten's teary press conference hitting back at a critical story in the Daily Telegraph about his account of his late-mother's career has won praise from supporters, but has also been described by former News Corp executives and critics of the media giant as smart politics.

It continues a strategy the Labor leader has pursued since before the start of the campaign that would have been unthinkable in previous elections, of openly attacking the nation's most powerful media company.

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On Wednesday the Telegraph ran a front page story and an editorial criticising Mr Shorten for omitting in a recent TV appearance the fact that his schoolteacher mother had become a lawyer later in life.

Andrew Bolt, one of News Corp's highest profile commentators, whose columns appear in the Telegraph, said in a blog post he thought Mr Shorten was being sincere in praising his mother for sacrificing her dreams and understood why he was angry about the stories.

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The approach is at odds with a long history of Labor leaders seeking to win the blessing of News Corp's billionaire owner Rupert Murdoch and his newspaper editors, who are widely regarded as conservative in their worldview and ideologically opposed to the ALP.

Bob Hawke and his-then Treasurer Paul Keating famously backed Murdoch's bid for the Herald and Weekly Times group in the 1980s, a move that consolidated News's power in Australia.

Infamously, Kevin Rudd visited a New York strip club with one of News's top editors in the US before he became Prime Minister.

And in the UK, Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair got so close to Murdoch he was named a godfather to one of the billionaire's children. Murdoch's The Sun tabloid endorsed Blair in the 1997 UK election, which Labour won, ending 18 years of Conservative Party rule.

"In the past it was obligatory for a Labor leader to make the pilgrimage to worship at Murdoch's religion. They would go to him, not the other way around. That's now in the past," University of NSW professor David McKnight said.

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The rise of social media platforms has made it easier for campaigns to bypass the press. And Dr McKnight, a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, says there is a belief on the left that "you can't win with News Corp."

One senior Labor figure, who has been on the receiving end of News Corp's ire in the past, concurs.  "There is no point in trying to placate them," this person says "They might p--- in your pocket, but only so they can destroy you later."

Chris Mitchell former editor-in-chief of The Australian newspaper said he did not think the Telegraph article was as big of an attack on Shorten and Labor as it had been made out to be.

But he said Mr Shorten's response to it was clever. "[Newspapers] don’t have the influence they had before social media and 24 hour television," he said.

"Bill is using the Zeitgest and Twitter to appeal to people ... I think it has been a good strategy for him making News Limited the issue," Mr Mitchell, the longest serving News Corp editor worldwide when he retired in 2015, said.

Former News Corp Australia boss John Hartigan, an executive who spent more than 40 years at the Murdoch business including as editor of multiple major newspapers, said Mr Shorten was not the first Labor leader who had "taken on News Corp".

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He further said Murdoch press operates as a “ political party” with commercial interests and a Kevin Rudd launched a scathing attack on the media over the Liberal leadership spill on Monday. Former News Corp Australia boss John Hartigan, who spent more than four decades at the media company

He listed Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan among those who had been critical of the company.

Since leaving Parliament, Mr Rudd has accused Rupert Murdoch of being the "greatest cancer on the Australian democracy", claiming he undermined the National Broadband Network project because it would undermine News Corp controlled pay TV provider Foxtel.

Mr Hartigan defended the Telegraph story as "perfectly honest ... It’s no doubt a little hypocritical to rely on peoples’ memories to remember she got a law degree".

One source close to News Corp, who did not want to be named for fear of retribution, said if the intention of the story was to hurt Shorten, it had backfired. "Defending your dead mum is campaign gold."

Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper notably did not run the story, and Mr Bolt said he supported that decision.  But a senior Labor source said they did not expect News Corp to back down.

"This is only the beginning. The next ten days are going to be horrendous".

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