Posts tagged Rupert Murdoch
Posts tagged Rupert Murdoch
You just know that was his reaction…
Best camera angle ever.
Ambrose Bierce on the true definition of corporations.
"The schadenfreude is so thick you can’t cut it with a chainsaw," wrote The Wall Street Journal in an editorial on Monday, defending Rupert Murdoch and the News Corporation. Well, yes, the schadenfreude is pretty darn thick…
Although I generally admire entrepreneurs who build giant companies, Rupert Murdoch, despite giving us Homer Simpson, generally has not been a force for good over the course of his long career. His Bill O’Reilly-ed, Glenn Beck-ed Fox News has done a great deal to coarsen the political discourse. His tabloids have lowered the standards of journalism on three continents — and routinely broken the law on at least one of them. He had dumbed down his prestige papers, like The Times of London. He has run roughshod over cross-ownership rules meant to prevent one man or company from having too much power — and then used his lobbying might to get those rules diluted. He has put kowtowing to China ahead of freedom of the press, even killing a book set to be published by his HarperCollins unit that the Chinese authorities objected to. He has consistently used his media properties to reward allies and punish enemies. It’s a long list.
Throughout his career, Murdoch has never just been satisfied with besting the competition, as most decent businessmen are. He’s not truly happy unless he has his foot on a competitor’s neck and is pressing it downward…
One feature of Murdoch’s career is that he’s never played by the rules that apply to other businessmen. That’s one reason I think he seems so shellshocked in those paparazzi photographs: unable in this dire circumstance to make his own rules, he simply doesn’t know how to react or what to do. On Tuesday, when he is excoriated in Parliament, it will be the first time he has ever truly been held to account. It undoubtedly won’t be fun for him. But there are many people who are going to take great glee in his misery — not unlike the way his newspapers have always taken such glee in the misery of others.
According to reports by CNBC, Rupert Murdoch is considering stepping down as CEO of News Corporation amid the hacking scandal in the United Kingdom and potential investigations in the United States. British police yesterday arrested Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News Corp’s News International group who resigned amid controversy just days ago. Britain’s two top police officials also resigned under a cloud over the past two days amid growing allegations of improper relationships between Scotland Yard officials and News International employees.
Somewhere, Roger Ailes just squealed like a schoolgirl and raised his hand, even though he’s not in line for succession. Yet. For funsies, check out "Troubles That Money Can’t Dispel" from the New York Times, which traces Murdoch’s woes regarding this scandal.
Rupert Murdoch, when previously discussing his media empire.
Now working as a private investigator, the ex-officer claimed reporters wanted the victim’s phone numbers and details of the calls they had made and received in the days leading up to the atrocity.
A source said: “This investigator is used by a lot of journalists in America and he recently told me that he was asked to hack into the 9/11 victims’ private phone data. He said that the journalists asked him to access records showing the calls that had been made to and from the mobile phones belonging to the victims and their relatives.
And to think that Murdoch is the owner of the Wall Street Journal.
Just closing down News of The World doesn’t solve the problem! Thanks for posting this.
Every time you think the Fox “News” crowd can’t sleaze any lower, they manage to ooze down to a lower level of sleaze.
So, I asked awhile ago if there was any low they wouldn’t sink to… here’s my answer. What dismays me is the lack of surprise I feel at this absolutely disgusting news.