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What coalition-friendly media? Your A to Z guide

By Ben-Peter Terpstra - posted Friday, 14 March 2014

From sassy blogs to shout-y commercial radio stations, Australia's right-wing media organs aren't shy when it comes to promoting socially conservative and/or free market values. From traditionalists to libertarians, from churchgoing Pentecostals to orthodox Jews, and even from small but influential journal-y publications for policy wonks to emerging writers with armies of Twitter followers, we'd be foolish to dismiss the right's influence on Australia's political and social landscape. Here's what I mean:

A is for Akerman, conservative News Corp columnist/blogger Piers Akerman. Since 1993, he's stood out as one of The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph's most influential writers.

B is for Bolt, global-warming sceptic Andrew Bolt – arguably Australia's most-read political blogger and host of The Bolt Report on Ten. But there's more. Interestingly, young James Bolt also shares old Bolt's enthusiasm for writing.


C is for Catallaxy Files, Australia's leading libertarian and center-right blog, viewed about 6,900,000 times in 2013. Its current Editor-in-chief and administrator isProfessor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT, Sinclair Davidson.

D is for Devine, conservative News Corp columnist/blogger Miranda Devine, a self-identified sci-fi nut and reformed mathematician who also hosts a weekly Sunday afternoon talkback show on Sydney's 2GB.

E is for the E in Leadership E-mag, the Australian Christian Churches' quarterly online publication for modern ministers. On a related note: Hillsong's ACC-affiliated pastor, Brian Houston, has more than 330,000 followers on Twitter. Or to give you some perspective, around 137,000 people follow host of The Project on Ten, Charlie Pickering.

F is for Facebook, the popular online social networking service cleverly utilised by the Coalition last year. Or as Liberal operatives now boast: Tony Abbott's Facebook received 260,000 likes, far more than "social media star" Kevin Rudd's 120,000. As well, the Liberal Party Australia easily won the Facebook wars with over 200,000 likes to Labor's 165,000.

G is for Gaynor, Bernard Gaynor, a rapidly emerging Catholic traditionalist blogger and writer, with a background in military intelligence.

H is for Hey…what did I miss? - a free news roundup source delivered each week to your inbox from the free market Institute of Public Affairs think tank, Melbourne. Hey, it all adds up. After all, a media organ has many tentacles, right?


I is for Australia's Independent conservative and libertarian bloggers, too many to list here and difficult to measure. Take The Pickering Post run by the pensioner Larry Pickering, a clearly popular tabloid website with hundreds of updated comments and a weekly reach of up to 750,000, I'm informed.

J is for JoNova, another influential manmade global-warming skeptic and blogger. Over 200,000 copies of her controversial Skeptic's Handbook have been distributed.

K is for Kenny, Chris Kenny, associate editor/columnist for The Australian who anchors Viewpoint and Friday Night Live on Sky News Australia. Having worked for Liberal celebrities Downer and Turnbull, he's in a good position to know how "the game" works.

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Ben-Peter Terpstra has provided commentary for The Daily Caller (Washington D.C.), NewsReal Blog (Los Angeles), Quadrant (Sydney), and Menzies House (Adelaide).

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