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Murdoch "tried" to shape agenda on Iraq war

Reported by Chrish - February 4, 2007 -

At the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch admitted that his company (which includes FOX News and the NY Post, among many other holdings) tried to shape the agenda for the Iraq war, in accordance with Bush administration policy.

News Corpse, a website that laments the decaying media, reports

"Murdoch was asked if News Corp. had managed to shape the agenda on the war in Iraq. His answer?
"No, I don't think so. We tried [...] We basically supported the Bush policy in the Middle East...but we have been very critical of his execution."
Let me repeat this: "We Tried!"

After hearing this confession, how can anyone ever again take seriously Fox News or any of Murdoch's other instruments of bias? How can News Corp. continue to pretend that they are "fair and balanced?" How can any other media company exhibit the slightest expression of respect or patronization?

Other panelists Chancellor Gordon Brown, Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein and Jack Ma Yun, founder of China's largest e-commerce website were in agreement with Murdoch that the Internet is changing who controls the media and therefore shapes the agenda, according to a BBC blog from Davos.