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O'Reilly Investigates MySpace Owned By Rupert Murdoch

Reported by Deborah - March 30, 2006

There have been a lot of stories recently about sexual predators lurking and luring young girls on the internet site MySpace. Although an ideal story for Bill O'Reilly to cover, he has avoided it until tonight probably because it is owned by his boss Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp. Tonight O'Reilly had cultural anthropologist, Danah Boyd, on The Factor to talk about a recent incident on the site involving a teenage girl. He didn't mention News Corp' ownership of MySpace during the report or discuss recent news stories implicating the site. 3/30/06

A 16 year old girl posted some sexually explicit photos of herself on the site and she was discovered by police from her school which then led to her arrest. O'Reilly claimed that the " dopey kids give personal information" which could be dangerous and he thought the nude pictures could be a cry for help.

O'Reilly seemed to know nothing about the site and asked Boyd to explain it. She reported that 66 million teens use MySpace for social networking. There is no charge and you must be 14 to post on the site. Boyd claimed that messages from adults are usually deleted by the kids and added that although MySpace is used mostly to get dates in school some kids are trying to draw attention from adults. Danah Boyd pointed out that the teens would prefer hanging out in person but the parents won't allow them to go out because things have become to dangerous forcing them to rely on MySpace for their socialization.

comment: In February, when Conneticut had announced that MySpace was about to be investigated, I wondered if O'Reilly would make MySpace his next crusade. I don't think that's what is happening now. First of all, there is no way that O'Reilly doesn't know that Murdoch owns MySpace. That fact is the only thing keeping Bill from running with this story which has all the ingredients for an O'Reilly crusade. It will be interesting to see if O'Reilly will take this anywhere. It looked like tonight's segment was a combination of sex and damage control. Viewers could visualize those raunchy shots of a 16 year old blaming her instead of the site. Of course it could always be a way to promote MySpace.com. for Murdoch. Why stop at 66 million.

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