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Murdoch makes his feelings known from day one

August 6, 2013

By Damien Murphy

Rupert Murdoch’s main man Col Allan certainly came home with a bang Monday  morning.

The front page of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph election campaign  newspaper declared war on its front page in bold letters: ”Finally, you now  have the chance to . . . KICK THIS MOB OUT.”

Newspapers traditionally manage to keep their feelings in check until the  last days of an election campaign. It’s part of allowing the news to speak for  itself. It is also a tradition that perhaps permits reporters to cover the  various sides of the campaign free of constraints imposed by continuing  complaints of bias.

        

Manday's front page of Sydney's <i>Daily Telegraph</i>.                

Monday’s front page of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

But the Murdoch Sydney newspaper threw tradition to the winds this morning  and, without waiting to see the colour of the political party’s policies,  announced itself an overt player in the political process with its front page  editorial and inflammatory headline.

  The full frontal charge is believed to be the work of Mr Allan, the longtime  Murdoch vassal who has returned from New York to the newspaper he once edited  during the 1990s to ginger up the Telegraph‘s election coverage.

At this stage, Mr Allan’s mastery of the dark arts of political coverage has  been confined to Sydney.

        

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News Corp’s biggest selling newspaper, Melbourne’s Herald Sun, did  not bother going down the same excitable path.

Instead, its non-partisan front page featured the words ”BRING IT ON” and  helpfully translated the political moment for Melburnians with Kevin Rudd and  Tony Abbott decked out in AFL gear.

Fairfax Media attempted to contact Mr Allan about his work on Monday morning  and was sent to the office of News Corp chief executive Kim Williams where a  secretary said a request for an interview would be passed on.

        

News Corp bigwig Col Allan has had an immediate impact since arriving in Australia to coincide with the election campaign.                

News Corp bigwig Col Allan has had an immediate impact since arriving in  Australia to coincide with the election campaign. Photo: New York  Times

A spokesman for News Corp emailed: ”Every newspaper in the free world  exercises its right to editorialise its position before an election, often on  the front page. The Daily Telegraph supported Kevin Rudd in the 2007  election. This time it does not.” Read more in The Age.

 

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