While politics in Australia are certainly different from the United States, Malcolm Turnbull would still be considered a conservative. He also knows his compatriot Rupert Murdoch, whom he has known since 1974.
The former prime minister recently appeared on Mehdi Hasan’s show to talk about Murdoch and how his news channel is currently poisoning America.
The host asked: “You mentioned dangerous, you mentioned devastating. So let me ask you directly Believe Fox and the Murdochs by creating what you have called a “crazy market” in the past by promoting not only election lies and white supremacy propaganda – but anti-mask and anti-vaccine conspiracies as well – do you have? Blood on their hands? “
Turnbull replied: “Well, they certainly contributed to the shedding of blood. January 6th could not have happened without promoting and pumping out the Big Election Lie, as was the case with Fox News. “
The former Australian Prime Minister continued:
“He knows the vaccines are working. But he makes billions of dollars on a news channel, a news platform, Fox News, that encourages and enables all that hesitation about vaccines. I mean, certainly – surely you would think that you have enough affection for your viewers and not encourage them to follow a course of action that is likely to lead to their illness and death.
Murdoch had a strange incident in the last year or so. He wasn’t a huge fan of Donald Trump and clearly devastated the former president by calling Arizona early on election night. At the same time, he doesn’t seem interested in mastering his on-air talent.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.