This is called making peace with Murdoch because you need him

Desperate political times result in an Australian Prime Minister asking for fair coverage of her policies; this is also known as bowing to what the Murdoch empire wants and should not receive; elevation of its perceived power. Stop indulging the unethical grubs:

After months of festering tensions between the government and News Ltd, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, met the company’s editors and senior executives last night.

The Prime Minister, who feels her government is the victim of bias, especially by News Ltd’s flagship publications, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph, accepted an invitation from the News Ltd chief executive officer, John Hartigan, to air her grievances in Sydney.

As well as the claims of bias, Ms Gillard angered News Ltd further when she said the company had some ”hard questions” to answer in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal that enveloped News Ltd’s parent company, News Corp.

There has never been any suggestion of evidence that News Ltd has engaged in such behaviour. Neither side would comment on last night’s discussions.

Asked earlier what her message would be, Ms Gillard said her ”vision for the future” and her government’s reform agenda.

”Such meetings have been addressed by prime ministers and opposition leaders in the past so, when I was invited by Mr Hartigan, I accepted the invitation,” Ms Gillard said.

Ms Gillard and her senior ministers believe News Ltd is on a mission of regime change.

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