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Rupert Murdoch Has More Power Today Than He Did Yesterday

Reported by Melanie - April 14, 2008 -

Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, has "temporarily" joined the board of directors of the Associated Press (AP).

Comment: You may have noticed that your local newspaper and other "news" sources don't do much more than regurgitate "feeds" from the likes of AP and Reuters.

So now, Rupert Murdoch can potentially affect what's contained in those "feeds," over and above the influence he already has on what we know (and don't know).

As in (this is but a fraction of what Murdoch owns):

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Television
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Television Studios

among others, as well as,

FOX Broadcasting Company
FOX Sports Australia
FOX Television Stations
FOXTEL
MyNetworkTV
STAR

among others and including,

SKY Television
Sky Italia

and,

Inside Out Magazine
The Weekly Standard
TV Guide

and,

The Wall Street Journal
Dow Jones
The New York Post

and (in the UK),

News International
News of the World
The Sun

and

Publisher HarperCollins which has dozens and dozens of subsidiaries,

and

Broadsystem
Fox Interactive Media
IGN Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes
AskMen
FoxSports
Scout
WhatIfSports
kSolo
Fox.com
American Idol
National Geographic Channel
Spring Widgets
National Rugby League
News Digital Media
News Outdoor
The Sunday Times
Sibelius Software
The Times (of London),

and, if that isn't enough,

DIRECTV, and
MySpace.com

(Here's more.)

Is there any end to how much we'll let Rupert Murdoch be the driver of what we see, hear and know? Seems to me that we need to make some noise about this.

April 14, 2008