David McKnight

Honorary Associate Professor

 

Dr David McKnight is a researcher interested broadly in politics, history, journalism and the media. Most recently he was a co-author of Big Coal: Australia's Dirtiest Habit (NewSouth, 2013). He is also the author of several books including Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power (Allen & Unwin, 2012)  and Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War (Allen & Unwin, 2005) which discusses the renewal of the progressive political vision. He co-edited (with Robert Manne) Goodbye To All That? (Black Inc, 2010), a collection of essays on the failure of neo-liberalism. In 2012 he was the co-author of Journalism at the Speed of Bytes, a study commissioned by the Walkley Foundation for Journalism on the future of journalism in view of the crisis in the business model of newspapers. 

He is also historian of the Cold War and espionage, having written an authoritative history of Australia’s internal security organisation, ASIO, Australia’s Spies and Their Secrets  (1994) and a history of the underground political tradition of the Communist International, Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War (2002). His current research covers two areas:  the rise of populism; the relationship between political ‘spin’ and political journalism; 

He worked as a journalist on the Sydney Morning Herald, on ABC TV’s Four Corners and on the weekly Tribune. An archive of his writing including extracts from books is at: www.beyondrightandleft.com.au

 

 

Book Chapters
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McKnight D, 2018, 'Breaking with Moscow: The Communist Party of Australia's new road to socialism', in The Far Left in Australia Since 1945, Routledge, pp. 59 - 76, https://login.wwwproxy1.library.unsw.edu.au/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1776356&site=ehost-live&scope=site&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_59
2018
McKnight D; Hobbs M, 2017, 'Fighting for Coal: Public Relations and the Campaign Against Lower Carbon Pollution in Australia', in Carbon Capitalism and Communication Confronting Climate Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 115 - 129
2017
McKnight D, 2014, 'How To Read Your ASIO File', in Burgmann M (ed.), Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, pp. 21 - 45, https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/my-asio-file/
2014
McKnight D; O'Donnell P, 2014, 'Walkley Awards', in Griffen-Foley B (ed.), A Companion to the Australian Media, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, pp. 484 - 485
2014
McKnight D, 2013, 'Murdoch and his influence on Australian political life', in Sykes (ed.), The Story of the 2013 Election, Future Leaders
2013
McKnight D, 2013, 'The Renewal of Social Democracy', in State of the Nation: Essays for Robert Manne, Black Inc., Collingwood Vic, pp. 50 - 56, http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9781863956291/state-nation-essays-robert-manne
2013
McKnight D, 2012, 'The campaign to sell climate denial:public relations, the media and scientists', in Banks P; Lunney D; Dickman C (ed.), Science Under Siege: Zoology Under Threat, edn. Original, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, pp. 13 - 15
2012
McKnight D, 2010, 'Labor's market in public services', in Manne R; McKnight D (ed.), Goodbye to all that? : on the failure of neo-liberalism & the urgency of change, edn. Original, Black Inc. Agenda, Melbourne, pp. 181 - 204
2010
McKnight D, 2007, 'Entry on Michael Bialoguski', in Australian dictionary of Biography, edn. Original, Melbourne university press, Carlton South, VIC, pp. 97 - 98
2007
McKnight D, 2007, 'Entries on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service', in Galligan B; Roberts W (ed.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 45 - 47
2007
McKnight D, 2006, 'Research for Journalists and Writers', in Fogg C; Grundy B (ed.), Release the Hounds: A Guide to Research for Journalists and Writers, edn. Original, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, pp. 1 - 5
2006
McKnight D, 2005, 'Research for Journalists and Writers', in Fogg C (ed.), Release the Hounds, Allen & Unwin
2005
McKnight D, 2005, 'Rupert Murdoch and the culture war', in Manne R (ed.), Do not disturb: is the media failing Australia?, edn. Original, Black Inc., Melbourne, VIC, pp. 53 - 74
2005
McKnight D, 1999, 'The roots of investigative journalism in Australia', in Curthoys A; Schultz J (ed.), Journalism: Print, Politics and Popular Culture, Queensland University Press
1999
McKnight D, 1994, 'Internal Security: Sources', in Bergin A; Hall R (ed.), Intelligence and Australian National Security, Australian Defence Force Academy
1994
Books
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McKnight D, 2018, Populism Now! The Case for Progressive Populism, NewSouth
2018
Pearse G; McKnight D; Burton B, 2013, Big Coal: Australia's Dirtiest Habit, First, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney
2013
O'Donnell P; McKnight D; Este J, 2012, Journalism At the Speed of Bytes: Australian Newspapers in the 21st Century, Original, Walkley Foundation for Journalism, Sydney
2012
McKnight D, 2012, Rupert Murdoch: an investigation of political power, First, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest
2012
McKnight D, 2005, Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War, Original, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW
2005
McKnight D, 2002, Espionage and the Roots of the Cold War, Original, Frank Cass & Co, London
2002
McKnight D, 1994, Australia's Spies and Their Secrets, Original, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, Sydney
1994
Journal articles
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McKnight D; O'Donnell P, 2017, 'Journalism and intellectual life: the exemplary case of Donald Horne', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 39, pp. 37 - 46
2017
McKnight D, 2016, 'The Rudd Labor Government and the limitations of spin', Media International Australia, vol. 159, pp. 108 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878X16634870
2016
McKnight D, 2015, 'Shaping the news: media advisers under the Howard and Rudd governments', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 37, pp. 21 - 31
2015
McKnight D, 2015, 'Terrorism and the Cold War: Avoiding false comparisons', Griffith Review, pp. 231 - 235
2015
McKnight D, 2015, 'The rise of the spin doctor: from personal briefings to news management', Media International Australia, pp. 114 - 123, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000366778900013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2015
Hobbs M; McKnight D, 2014, ''Kick This Mob Out' : The Murdoch Media and the Australian Labor Government 2007-2013.', Global Media Journal, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 13, http://www.hca.uws.edu.au/gmjau/?p=1075
2014
McKnight D; Hobbs M, 2013, 'Public Contest through the Popular Media:The Mining Industry's Advertising War against the Australian Labor Government', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, pp. 307 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2013.821101
2013
McKnight D, 2012, 'News of the World scandal reverberates beyond the Murdoch empire', The Conversation, http://theconversation.edu.au/news-of-the-world-scandal-reverberates-beyond-the-murdoch-empire-2256
2012
McKnight D, 2012, 'Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch: a study of power in the media.', The Conversation, http://theconversation.edu.au/gina-rinehart-and-rupert-murdoch-a-study-of-power-in-the-media-5394
2012
McKnight D; McNair B, 2012, 'The empire goes to war: News corporation and Iraq', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 34, pp. 7 - 18
2012
McKnight D; McNair B, 2012, 'The Empire Goes to War: News Corporation and Iraq', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 34, pp. 7 - 17
2012
McKnight D, 2012, 'Henry Mayer Lecture 2012: The market populism of Rupert Murdoch', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 144, pp. 5 - 12
2012
McKnight D; Hobbs M, 2011, ''You're all a bunch of pinkos': Rupert Murdoch and the politics of HarperCollins', Media Culture & Society, vol. 33, pp. 835 - 850, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443711411004
2011
McKnight D, 2010, 'A change in the climate? The journalism of opinion at News Corporation', Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, vol. 11, pp. 693 - 706, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884910379704
2010
McKnight D, 2010, 'Investigating Journalism's Future', The Walkley Magazine, pp. 21 - 21
2010
McKnight D, 2010, 'Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation: A Media Institution with a Mission', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, vol. 30, pp. 303 - 316, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2010.505021
2010
McKnight D, 2009, 'The Sunday Times and Andrew Neil: the cultivation of market populism', Journalism Studies, vol. 10, pp. 754 - 768, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616700903119891
2009
McKnight D, 2008, 'The crisis of neo-liberalism', Arena Magazine, pp. 17 - 20
2008
McKnight D, 2008, 'Partisan Improprieties: Ministerial Control and Australia`s Security Agencies, 1962-72', Intelligence and National Security, vol. 23, pp. 707 - 725
2008
McKnight D, 2008, 'Rethinking Cold War History', Labour History, vol. 95, pp. 185 - 197
2008
McKnight D, 2008, '`Not attributable to official sources`: Counter-propoganda and the mass media', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 128, pp. 5 - 18
2008
McKnight D, 2008, 'The Emerging Politics of Climate Change', Arena Magazine, pp. 16 - 18
2008
McKnight D, 2007, 'Social Democracy and Family Values', Renewal (London), vol. 15, pp. 67 - 73
2007
McKnight D, 2007, 'Can the Left find a new vision?', Arena Magazine, pp. 20 - 21
2007
McKnight D, 2006, 'All in the same boat', The Australian universities' review : journal of the Federation of Australian University Staff Associations, vol. 48
2006
McKnight D, 2006, 'The Ascendancy of the Right in Modern Australia', Sydney Papers, vol. 18
2006
McKnight D, 2005, 'Western Intelligence and SEATO’s war on subversion', Intelligence and National Security, vol. 20, pp. 288 - 303
2005
McKnight D, 2004, 'Australian Film and the Cultural Cold War', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, pp. 118 - 130
2004
McKnight D, 2004, 'Clear thinking, dogma and the war on terrorism', Sydney Papers, vol. 16
2004
McKnight D, 2004, 'Rethinking Social Democracy', Labour History
2004
McKnight D, 2004, 'Rupert Murdoch and the Culture War', Australian Book Review, vol. February
2004
McKnight D, 2003, 'Fear of Slipping', The Australian universities' review : journal of the Federation of Australian University Staff Associations, vol. 46
2003
McKnight D, 2003, 'A World Hungry for a New Philosophy: Rupert Murdoch and the rise of Neo-Liberalism', Journalism Studies, vol. 4, pp. 347 - 348, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616700306493
2003
McKnight D, 2003, 'Bali, the Left and ‘anti-imperialism', Arena Magazine
2003
McKnight D, 2002, 'Comintern Work in the Western Armed Forces', Revolutionary History, vol. 8
2002
McKnight D, 2001, 'Facts versus Stories: the Sydney Morning Herald's journey from objective to interpretive reporting', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources
2001
McKnight D, 1998, 'The Moscow‐Canberra cables: How soviet intelligence obtained British secrets through the back door', Intelligence and National Security, vol. 13, pp. 159 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02684529808432482
1998
Working Papers
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McKnight D; O''Donnell P, 2011, Submission to the Independent Media Inquiry, November 2011, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Canberra, http://dx.doi.orghttp://www.dbcde.gov.au/digital_economy/independent_media_inquiry/consultation
2011
Edited Books
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McKnight D; Manne R, (ed.), 2010, Goodbye To All That, Melbourne
2010
McKnight D; Manne R, (ed.), 2010, Goodbye To All That?, Black Inc, Melbourne
2010
Conference Papers
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McKnight D, 2009, 'Intellectual Agenda Setting: the case of Donald Horne', in Intellectual Agenda Setting: the case of Donald Horne, Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2009, Macquarie University, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2009, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 September 2009 - 30 September 2009
2009
McKnight D, 2008, 'Telling the story of global warming:news and opinion at News Corporation', in Politics/Media Conference, Politics/Media Conference, presented at Politics/Media Conference, http://soapbox.unimelb.edu.au/pages/proceedings.html
2008

Australian politics; the rise of populism; Right and Left in politics; conservative politics; multiculturalism; media and journalism; climate change and politics;  intelligence and security agencies; cold war in Australia.