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News Corp. and "Rick & Bubba" - A Marriage Made in Heaven

Reported by Melanie - March 18, 2006

On March 7, 2006, the W Publishing Group released a book written by Birmingham, AL talk show hosts Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey ("Rick and Bubba"), titled Rick & Bubba's Guide to God, Country, Family and Anything Else We Can Think Of. Days earlier, Fox Cable Networks, owned by News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, purchased Turner South which broadcasts the "Rick and Bubba" radio show on WYSF-FM.

Yesterday, "Rick and Bubba" appeared on Fox & Friends, Your World w/Cavuto, Hannity & Colmes, and on Hannity's radio show. Today (March 18, 2006), "Rick and Bubba" appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend.

At the time this post was made, Rick & Bubba's guide to God, Country, Family, was #44 on the Amazon.com bestseller list, thanks in large part, no doubt, to the publicity given it by Fox.

During their appearance on Your World, no mention was made of the fact that News Corp. now "owns" Rick and Bubba, but it was clear the relationship was made in heaven. The two good ol' boys "love Bush!" Rick said Bush is the "right man for right now in this country's history, absolutely." He said "America can thank us...we single handedly kept this country from having Al Gore as President...we stopped that, so America, you're welcome." And, Bruce Springsteen (per Fox, one of those looney liberal hedonist Hollywood types), "has turned into some idiot" we don't know anymore.

Comment: What a deal for News Corp. but what a scam for Fox's viewers. News Corp. promotes one of its properties - "Rick and Bubba" - without telling its audience that it's doing so. Meanwhile, "Rick and Bubba" kiss the ass of their new employer and say all the right things during their appearances. News Corp. and "Rick and Bubba" have a marriage made in heaven, but never mind the suckered viewers who have no idea they're being sold a product that will help Rupert Murdoch feed his bank account and push his political agenda.

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