Outline of the chapters

There are over 40 full colour photographs in the book. The book has about 250 pages of text.


Murder by media

The opening chapter looks at some specific facts and statistics about the recent federal election. It also quotes some of the extraordinary names that Pauline Hanson and her One Nation party have been labelled with.

The Politics of Power:

Media barons and media ownership

This chapter looks at the internal battles that take place between the two media barons. How the hidden inner sanctum of real political power is exposed like a raw nerve at this stage for the political benefit of the player doing the exposing. In this chapter we look behind the scenes of the controversial restructuring of media ownership laws in 1997 - and how a single visit by Rupert Murdoch to Prime Minister John Howard shut Kerry Packer out of his bid to acquire Fairfax... or did it?

The chapter also quotes from the Australian Press Council's annual report on "Media Ownership". The links between Chase Manhattan Nominees and the News empire are questioned.

Political power of Australia's new age media barons

This chapter looks at how the mainstream media treat a political threat to their "cosy relationship" with the major parties. It looks at how the media led the preference debate - effectively shutting Pauline Hanson's One Nation out of representing nearly one million voters after the October 1998 federal elections.

It compares the treatment of the Murdoch press' handling of a One Nation issue to that of a far more damning issue related to the Australian Labor Party. As you will see there is a chasm between the two.

Media's double standards (6 pages)

In this chapter we use public records to expose how issues raised by Pauline Hanson were slammed as racist - yet the identical issues raised by Prime Minister John Howard, about a year later, in response to the rise and rise in support for One Nation are treated with objectivity and balance.

Where Ms Hanson was slammed a racist John Howard and the Liberal party somehow escaped the same treatment.

Winners and losers in today's media (24 pages)

There are very real winners and losers in today's media duopoly.

This chapter looks at who they are and the agendas that run behind reporting in Australia today. These agendas are largely aimed at maximising the growth of the media baron with little or no concern being shown in the plight of the average Australian.

International treaties like the MAI, FSIA, MIGA and the UN resolution that drinking water is now a "commodity" are discussed.

Just some of many Issues:

Political Correctness

This chapter looks at the dichotomy between the divisive and one-sided reporting on the multicultural debate, how Australia has been apparently singled out as a "racist" country by our Asian neighbours (thanks to and) according to the Australian media - while the reality is very, very different.

Native title and secret womens business

This chapter looks at two controversial issues to highlight how distorted and politically correct reporting has become in this country.

The little-understood UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the impact that it will have on successful native title claims is discussed.

This is a major issue that the media have failed to address.

Labelling and racism

This chapter looks at how Pauline Hanson and One Nation landed up with the "racist" tag. Who was behind the "labelling" of the party and the great "lie" that has filtered through Australia unchallenged as a result of the media barons determination to destroy the populist party at any cost.

Media Lies and Distortions:

60 Minutes credibility gap

This chapter unravels what goes on behind 60 Minutes. As you will read it is not a pretty sight as interviews are gained at any cost, the truth means little and basic journalistic ethics have long been forgotten by the program. It is a sad reflection on what is often called "Australia's premier current affairs program".

Censoring the truth

In this chapter you will read some classic examples of how the mainstream media censored stories which portrayed Pauline Hanson's One Nation in a positive light and, conversely, how negative issues were blown up so as to cover up what actually happened at certain times in the young party's history.

Mainstream media censoring others

This chapter looks at various examples. They include the hypocrisy of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) censorship of a book which accurately reported on its bias. At this time the ABC fought Pauline Hanson in the courts to try to get the defamatory "I'm a backdoor man" song back on its Triple J Radio station. (The song, amongst other things, used clips from Ms Hanson's voice portraying her as a lesbian and supporting paedophiles).

Just who are the extremists

This chapter looks behind the reporting rhetoric and exposes the lies and distortions that are part of everyday reporting in Australia today. It reveals how Pauline Hanson's One Nation was put in the firing line as a target for left wing extremists and reveals just who was behind those extremists.

The anti-One Nation extremists

This chapter looks specifically at Left Link - a radical arm of the Australian Labor party and the Jewish Australia/Israel Review a publication which can only be described as about as hypocritical as they come.

Media reports half told

This chapter looks behind the stories that you have read in the headlines or seen on the evening news. It tells the other side of the story - which more often than not were never presented. The reason was simple - the outcome revealed that the media had distorted the truth time and again, time and again. 

Overseas Case Studies:

The American Chapter

This chapter has been compiled by our US based correspondent. It looks at the challenges facing the democratic system in America today. It should be of no surprise that the issues mirror those in Australia and that the main perpetrator is the American media.

Each chapter has a massive reference section- with over 400 direct links to the Internet. There is an index of reporters and associated topics at the back of the book.

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