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How the Australian version of Sky News became home for the far-right

Murdoch's coup

By Ruby Hamad   October 2018

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull

A few days after the most recent toppling of a sitting Australian prime minister by his own party, former prime minister Kevin Rudd—the first to be so unceremoniously deposed—penned a scathing indictment of Rupert Murdoch and his media empire.

Murdoch, Rudd said, is “the greatest cancer on Australian democracy,” and, far from being a mere media mogul, “operates as a political party, acting in pursuit of clearly defined commercial interests, in addition to his far-right ideological world-view.”

After implicating Murdoch in…

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