"news pictorial" from Melbourne
which was formed from the merger of the Sun
newspapers in the early 1990s. The Herald Sun is part of the Herald and Weekly Times
, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch
's News Limited
empire, and consequently leans heavily to the right.
The Hun, as many have taken to calling it, contains a sensationalistic mix of the usual local, national and world news, as well as extensive opinion pages featuring columnists such as the rabid right-winger Andrew Bolt, the more moderate Steve Price and the boring but more liberal Jill Singer. Journalistic standards are as low as one would expect from such a tabloid and the Hun happily pushes its own agenda without much regard for accuracy or fair reporting. Frankly, it is a fascist rag.
The letters pages of the paper are certainly a highlight, and one can have a superior chuckle over the insane leaps in logic, the ignorant prejudices and the just plain confused people. The editorial cartoonist for the Herald-Sun is named Mark Knight. He is distictly unfunny, sometimes offensive, and lacking in artistic talent.
With over one million sales a day the Hun has thrice the readership of Melbourne's other local daily The Age, a broadsheet. In fact Rupert effectively has a monopoly over the reading habits of 80% of Melburnians, since the free daily MX is read by almost every PT communter and the supermarket magazines are very popular. The Sydney counterpart to the Herald Sun is the Daily Telegraph.
Has a website: http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/.
Resident crazyman Andrew Bolt's pearls of wisdom are archived here: http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/sectionindex1/0,5442,dhs_andrewbolt%5ETEXT%5Eheraldsun,00.html.