If Australians wanted to know what Rupert Murdoch thinks, they can buy any of his publications.
They can also look at his websites, like 'The Punch'.
Many Australians deliberately avoid doing that because of his blatantly biased, ill-informed, inflammatory and divisive propaganda.
For those Australians there are very few alternative places for news and commentary. The ABC is supposed to be one of those places. It's disgraceful enough that we have shows like 'The Insiders' and Murdoch columnists as announcers on local ABC radio, as well as commercial arrangements.
For a man who has very publicly and frequently expressed his hatred for public broadcasting, he seems extremely keen for his hacks and shills to get spots on the ABC.
Today [27/8/10] we have Glenn Milne given a plum spot on the ABC's online discussion forum 'The Drum'.
Murdoch's takeover of the ABC is almost complete.
If you're not OK with this let the ABC know.
In his desperation to present himself as some kind of human, the man himself has somehow inveigled his way back onto your ABC yet again! This time he is introducing 'Australian Story' on Monday night [30/8/10]. Creepy old fascist.