How Reagan and US agencies made Murdoch a king.
“Not a word about Murdoch’s role in the secretive project has appeared in the Australian media, despite Parry publishing a report on 31 December 2014 under the headline ‘Murdoch, Scaife and CIA Propaganda’.
The article explained how the Reagan administration “pulled right-wing media executives Rupert Murdoch and Richard Mellon Scaife into a CIA-organized “perception management” operation which aimed Cold War-style propaganda at the American people.”
“’Although some records relating to Murdoch remain classified, several documents that have been released indicate that he and billionaire Scaife were considered sources of financial and other support for President Ronald Reagan’s hard-line Central American policies, including the CIA’s covert war in Nicaragua,’ Parry reported.”
“On 5 October 2015 Consortiumnews published a Special Report headlined ‘Rupert Murdoch: Propaganda Recruit’ that said in part: “Journalistic objectivity was never high on Rupert Murdoch’s ethics list, but ‘secret’ records from the 1980s show how far the media magnate went to ingratiate himself with President Reagan by collaborating with US propaganda operations.
“Murdoch … had already established close political ties with British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and was developing them with President Ronald Reagan, partly through one of Murdoch’s lawyers Roy Cohn…”
By rights it ought to have had Australia’s Ambassador to Washington in a state of apoplexy and Canberra examining its conscience. It appeared to have done neither.”
“The catalyst for Murdoch’s move to America came after Reagan confided the intention to repeal the Fairness Doctrine, that since the 1940s required radio and television licensees to respect the need for balanced reporting. Reagan regarded it as an anachronism.
By 1987 when the doctrine was repealed Murdoch was already living in the US, having forfeited his Australian citizenship in 1985 to meet a new regulatory requirement that owners of TV stations had to be American citizens.”