Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's (pictured) call for a royal commission into Australian media has been dismissed by Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi.
The Conservative Party have stridently defended freedoms of speech and the press, noting that the $1-billion-a-year public broadcaster the ABC is crowding out independent voices in breach of its charter. The ABC is meant to fill gaps in the media market, not compete with it to put independent media out of business.
Mr Rudd wrote an article in the Fairfax media critical of News Corp's reach and influence in Australian media, channelling former Greens leader Bob Brown's derision of the News Corp press as 'hate media'.
Bleating about News Corp newspapers exposing his now infamous visit to New York's Scores nightclub and questioning how much his wife Therese paid her employees, Mr Rudd tried to use that to justify a royal commission.
The op-ed in the Fairfax online press follows Fairfax and the ABC airing spurious allegations that independent media owners Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes sought to bring down former Prime Minister Turnbull.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News, in public life, you don't always get the media coverage you want and it's certainly not News Corp that needs fixing.
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