Former Australian Leader Accuses Rupert Murdoch And Trump Of Crippling Democracy

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Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull testified Monday that right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch has done more to divide and damage America with the help of Donald Trump than Russian President Vladimir Putin. “What does Vladimir Putin want to do with his operations in America? He wants to divide America and turn Americans against each other,” said Turnbull at a parliamentary hearing in Sydney on media diversity. “That is exactly what Murdoch has done: Divided Americans against each other and so undermined their faith in political institutions that a mob of thousands of people, many of them armed, stormed the Capitol. ”Turnbull said that instead of appealing to the mainstream, media companies like Murdoch’s thrive by cultivating the fringe.“ Just reflect on the damage that Murdoch’s publications and outlets, particularly in the United States, have done to democracy there,” Turnbull said. “I mean, the Jan. 6th sacking of the U.S. Capitol was one of the most terrible events in American history.” Turnbull said Murdoch’s News Corp. operations, notably Fox News, were “utterly liberated from the truth,” and had a chilling connection with Trump.

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