It’s a great question that's definitely worth considering.
Reading widely is good for a healthy news and information diet, reducing the risk of falling into an echo chamber. That said, there are two other important factors at play.
Misinformation is the unintentional spread of false and misleading information. It happens when journalists and editors don't fact-check claims and sources or provide a platform to uninformed opinions.
Disinformation is the intentional spread of false and misleading information, often with a political or economic motive. Misinformation can turn into disinformation when, despite overwhelming evidence, a journalist or editor doesn't correct the record or chooses to keep sharing disproven information and opinions.
These types of information prey on people's trust and good intentions. They trigger complicated cognitive biases, reinforce echo chambers and and cause polarisation. It's part of a larger trend in social and political discourse sometimes called truth decay. You can learn more about it here.
Misinformation or disinformation is often defended with claims of 'balance'. Ironically, false claims of 'balance' becomes an excuse for not wanting to leave a damaging echo chamber. At its worst, it's a weapon to insert misleading information into a bigger conversation.
For years, News Corp Australia and its entities have published false and misleading information about the climate crisis (amongst other subjects) at a scale that other Australian media outlets will probably struggle to match. Through their reach and revenue, News Corp Australia has significant power over social and political conversations, damaging our democracy for ordinary Australians.
Publishing false and misleading information doesn't change the reality of the climate crisis. But it does mislead; preying upon people's trust and good intentions, weakening and delaying the response we need to protect us from the worsening climate crisis.
From outright climate denialism to warnings against 'knee jerk reactions' and 'climate fanaticism', the false and misleading information published by News Corp Australia undermines the best interest of every Australian family and community.
Removing News Corp Australia from our nation's news and information diet is healthy, urgent and necessary. That said, we warmly invite and look forward to News Corp Australia reforming its publishing practices to become the responsible voice all Australians deserve.
The climate crisis has scientific, economic and national security consensus:
It's worth noting that, as taxpayer funded institutions, the CSIRO, Reserve Bank of Australia and Senate Standing Committees are held accountable to high standards and conduct their work impartially, in the best interests of every Australian.
Verified facts on the climate crisis and the necessary response has existed for decades, with qualified institutions and experts, who we entrust to impartially inform our policies, in consensus around the world.
We look forward to News Corp Australia reforming its publishing practices to become the responsible voice all Australians deserve.