Activist group Get Up! has taken aim at publisher News Corp Australia over some of its recent election coverage in a new online video, labelling some of the recent front pages “misleading crap”.
This latest advertisement, “Thanks Rupert, but Australians can choose their own government”, features a man using a copy of News Corp’s Queensland masthead The Courier Mail to clear up dog excrement.
The attack from Get Up! comes following several uncompromising front pages from News Corp’s tabloids taking aim at Labor PM Kevin Rudd.
“We buy newspapers to read journalists reporting the facts, and they should be on the front page, not aggressive editorial campaigns,” said Sam McLean, national director of Get Up!.
“These sorts of front pages are pretty insulting to the millions of Australians who buy News Corporation’s newspapers and the hundreds of talented journalists, editors and photographers who work for these papers,” he said.
GetUp says it is currently fundraising to screen the ad on the commercial television networks in the lead-up to the September 7 election.
In the last 2010 federal election Get Up! drew criticism for accepting a $1.12m donation from the Labor aligned Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to fund a TV ad targeting opposition leader Tony Abbott’s policies.
Get Up! has always maintained it is a non-partisan organisation. Its website describes itself as an: “independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation which aims to build a more progressive Australia.”
At the time of posting, News Corp Australia has not responded to requests for comment.