Former US intelligence director backs Turnbull and Rudd’s call for Murdoch media inquiry

Former US intelligence director backs Turnbull and Rudd’s call for Murdoch media inquiry

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James Clapper says royal commission into Rupert Murdoch’s empire in Australia a ‘good idea for the sake of transparency’

The former US director of national intelligence James Clapper has backed a call by former Australian prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull for a royal commission into the Murdoch media, saying Australia needs to take preventative steps to avoid any slide into “truth decay”.

In an interview with Guardian Australia, Clapper, a retired lieutenant general in the US air force and the top intelligence official for seven years under former US president Barack Obama, said Fox News was a “megaphone for conspiracies and falsehoods” in America. He said the storming of the US Capitol on 6 January had demonstrated a clear connection between truth decay and the risk of civil disobedience and unrest.

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