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News Corp. Hegemony

October 19, 2011

How Fox News Uses Weak Democrats And News Corp Synergy To Play Pretend

Nothing demonstrates how frightened The Right Wing Establishment™ is of the Occupy movement than the continuing, and seemingly never-ending, Fox “News” effort to smear the world-wide protests. The Fox tele-prompter readers have used every trick in the book, to the point where the so-called news network is actually touting the Nazi Party’s endorsement of OWS. Leave it to Doug Schoen—a so-called Democratic Pollster who was awarded “Democratic Wanker of the Decade” in these pages—to take Fox’s side. Yesterday he used the pages of the Wall Street Journal (owned by News Corp, not coincidentally the parent company of Fox News), to publish an absolutely stupid column titled “Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd.” And, leave it to Stewart Varney to appear with the Foxy Friends on Fox and Friends to pretend that Doug Schoen is onto something when he’s really full of crap.

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Reported by Aunty Em at 1:19 PM

August 7, 2011

Outfoxed And Murdoch Revisited: Join The Discussion!

Tuesday night (August 9, 2011), Robert Greenwald, director and producer of the landmark documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism will hold a live, online discussion reflecting on the seven-year anniversary of Outfoxed, from 8-9 PM ET (5-6 PT). With the News Corp. scandals so prominently in the news and questions still hanging about the conglomerate’s behavior in the United States, this is a great time to take stock of Fox News, where the “fair and balanced” network has gone since George W. Bush left office (and Barack Obama took his place), its role in the Murdoch empire’s grab for political, economic and social power – and most importantly, how to restore integrity to American journalism. The discussion will feature commentary from “special guests” – including moi! You can submit questions via the Outfoxed website, Facebook or Twitter.

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Reported by Ellen at 6:28 PM

July 17, 2011

Scotland Yard Chief Steps Down - The Latest Casualty In News Corp. Phone Hacking Scandal

The New York Times is reporting that the head of Scotland Yard has resigned as questions swirl about his cozy relationship with disgraced News Corporation executives.

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Reported by Ellen at 4:05 PM

July 12, 2011

No Fox News Outrage Re Alleged Bribe For 9-11 Victims' Phone Records?

During the Rupert Murdoch media/Pam Geller generated "controversy" surrounding the so-called "Ground Zero" mosque, Fox News became the protector of 9-11 families who, according to the coverage on Fox News, were unilaterally opposed to the construction of the NY Islamic cultural center. In reality, there was no unanimity; but that didn't stop Fox from providing lots of air time for the right wing, anti-mosque Debra Burlingame from conveying the impression that all 9-11 families were deeply troubled by the proposed construction. Flash forward a year. Reports have surfaced that Rupert Murdoch's British media have been involved in attempting to secure information about all sorts of people via all sorts of legally and ethically questionable activities which include the hacking of phones belonging to a murdered girl and families of fallen British soldiers. The human dimension of this scandal would seem to be grist for the types of stories that Fox News loves; but, interestingly, it has been rather muted. Yesterday, another report surfaced, regarding the "News of the World" and 9-11 families. You'd think that Fox would be all over this affront to a group that heretofore has had pride of place on Fox News. So far, not so much.

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Reported by Priscilla at 7:12 AM

July 7, 2011

International Disgust Over News Corp. Tabloid Hacking Into Murder Victim’s Voice Mail

Just when you think Rupert Murdoch’s brand of sleazy taboidism can’t go any lower, it does. In the latest development in the long-simmering scandal over News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper’s phone hacking, it has now been revealed that the Murdoch paper hacked into the voice mail of missing teen Milly Dowler – leading her family to wrongly believe she was still alive and possibly destroying valuable evidence in the criminal investigation. Previously, it had been thought that all the hacking victims were public figures: celebrities, royals, athletes, etc. But news of this latest hacking has evoked widespread revulsion, new questions about who knew what and when, loss of advertisers, a drop in the stock price of News Corp., an emergency session in Parliament and questions as to whether the planned acquisition of British Sky Broadcasting will still be permitted. But wait, there’s more. In a newer development, several other crime victims appear also to have been victimized by News Corp. hacking.

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Reported by Ellen at 2:50 AM