Murdoch makes his feelings known from day one
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.
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.
At this stage, Mr Allan’s mastery of the dark arts of political coverage has been confined to Sydney.
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. 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.