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Tell the FCC: Enforce the law.

FCC logoFOX News’ parent company, News Corporation, is embroiled in a phone hacking scandal that has shone a spotlight on the detestable practices its owner, Rupert Murdoch, promotes as journalism.

The ever-growing scandal has shut down one newspaper, led to multiple arrests and numerous resignations in the UK, and an FBI investigation into allegations that News Corp. staff may have sought to hack the voicemail of victims of 9/11 and their families in the US.

And now a committee in the UK parliament has issued a report blasting both Rupert Murdoch and his son James (also an executive at News Corp.) for their complicity in the scandal, concluding that Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person to exercise stewardship of a major international company.”

It’s time for the FCC to take action. The law requires that the FCC consider the “character” of media owners when deciding whether to grant, deny or revoke a broadcast license.

Tell the FCC: Enforce the law. Revoke the broadcast licenses held by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

We already knew that the hacking activities at the center of the scandal were not limited to a few rogue reporters, but reflect systematic orchestration from the highest levels of News Corp. This new report, however, is the clearest evidence yet that the rot went all the way to the top.

With the law saying that the FCC should consider Murdoch’s “character,” this recent report detailing both his willful blindness that contributed to the phone hacking scandal and his lack of candor in his testimony about his role, ought to enough to call the issue into question.

As Melanie Sloan, the Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) — the nonpartisan watchdog group — aptly put it, “If [Rupert and James Murdoch] are not passing the character standard under British law, it seems to me that they are not going to meet the character standard in America.”

Tell the FCC: Enforce the law. Revoke the broadcast licenses held by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

CREW has already sent a letter to the FCC demanding that the commission revoke News Corp.’s broadcast licenses.

But the commission is likely to flout the law unless significant public pressure can be brought to bear.

We need to speak out.

Remember, Rupert Murdoch may own a massive media empire, but he doesn’t own the airwaves — we do. And the 27 broadcast stations Murdoch owns are only allowed to use the public airwaves because the FCC has made a determination that it is in the “public interest” that they be given licenses to do so.

The deplorable actions Murdoch has condoned in News Corp. go to the very heart of whether or not we can trust his company to act in the public interest.

News Corp. has crossed a line and it’s time for the FCC to take action.

Tell the FCC: Enforce the law. Revoke the broadcast licenses held by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Click the link below to automatically sign the petition:

http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6883524

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Tell the FCC to Fight Further Media Consolidation!

What do President Obama, Rupert Murdoch and Rush Limbaugh have in common?

They’re all ignoring a massive public outcry against media consolidation by favoring new rules that would allow conglomerates to gobble up more local media across America.

Please click here to help stop media consolidation now — it’ll just take a second.

By signing this letter to the Federal Communications Commission, you’re joining thousands of people who have already told the agency to stop this latest attack on independent media.

I am joining with tens of thousands of Americans to urge you to foster more independent media outlets across the United States. We need your agency to expand media ownership opportunities for women and people of color. Given our nation’s diversity, we need more independent stations to provide communities with diverse programming and a range of viewpoints.

More media mergers translates into less of the news and information people really need. Please abandon any proposal that would leave communities with fewer voices and fewer choices in local media.

And the public response has been overwhelming: So far more than nine out of every 10 comments to the FCC opposes letting broadcasters snatch up even more media outlets.

President Obama was once an outspoken opponent of media consolidation. In 2007, he said that protecting local, independent and diverse media was “critical to the public interest.”

But times have changed. The president has failed to speak up as his FCC has sided with Murdoch and big-media lobbyists in a push for unchecked consolidation.

Last year, Obama also stood on the sidelines while his FCC approved the Comcast-NBC Universal merger — one of the largest and potentially most disastrous media mergers in history.

Now Obama’s FCC is on the verge of weakening the rule that prevents one company from owning both broadcast stations and newspapers in the same market.

Murdoch has long lobbied Washington for this change, which would allow News Corp. to buy up even more local television stations and newspapers in markets from New York City to San Diego. And it would give Clear Channel, Earth’s largest radio conglomerate — and the company that syndicates Rush Limbaugh’s program to more than 600 stations — the power to dominate the dial even more.

Please click here to tell the FCC to side with the people, not Big Media

Nobody — not Rupert Murdoch or other powerful media moguls — should be allowed to monopolize our print and broadcast media and crowd out independent voices. But corporate special interests have prevailed up until this point, dictating ownership rules to the FCC.

And the results are appalling: People of color own just 3 percent of our country’s full-power TV stations and just 7.7 percent of all radio stations. Women own just 6 percent of all broadcast outlets.

By creating real limits to media consolidation, the FCC can pave the way for the kind of independent media that a healthy democracy needs. But the agency needs to hear from you first.

Please click here to urge the FCC to fight the big media barons and oppose further consolidation.

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Six Arrested in News Corp. Phone Hacking Probe

Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International

Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International

LONDON (AP) — British police made six arrests early Tuesday in the British media’s phone hacking scandal, including Rebekah Brooks, the former top executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, The Associated Press has learned.

Police did not identify those arrested, but a person who had been briefed on the details said Brooks and her husband, a prominent horse breeder and a friend of Prime Minister David Cameron, were arrested at their house.

The six people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, police said in a statement. The charge is an indication that investigators may be focusing on a possible coverup of the scope of phone hacking.

The investigation stems from widespread wrongdoing at Rupert Murdoch’s now-closed News of the World tabloid. The victims have ranged from celebrities and major politicians to the families of crime victims.

News International, which operates Murdoch’s British newspapers, confirmed that its head of security, Mark Hanna, was also one of those arrested. A spokeswoman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said she had no information about where he was arrested.

The Metropolitan Police said five men and a woman were arrested in various locations in and around London in a series of raids conducted between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said a 43-year-old woman was arrested at her home in Oxfordshire. In addition, police said a 49-year-old man was also arrested in Oxfordshire at his home. Brooks, 43, and her husband, horse trainer Charlie Brooks, live in Oxfordshire in the town of Chipping Norton.

Cameron has recently described Charlie Brooks as “a good friend” and neighbor. The two have gone riding together in the countryside outside Chipping Norton.

Police also arrested a 39-year-old man in Hampshire, a 46-year-old man in West London, a 38-year-old man in Hertforshire and a 48-year-old man in East London.

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Rupert Murdoch & Fox News Humor from Someecards

Someecards is known for their humorous one liners, but I find some of these ecards targeting Rupert Murdoch & Fox News  particularly hilarious…

 

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Murdoch’s Formula? Racism, Sexism & Harassment

Rupert Murdoch - said to believe "coloreds" like American sports

Rupert Murdoch - said to believe "coloreds" like American sports

Roger Simon, who wrote a telling piece for Politico, provides fascinating insight into Rupert Murdoch‘s formula for success when purchasing and running a company… at least to those of us outside of Murdoch’s inner circle of evil.

Simon and his wife worked for the Chicago Sun-Times prior to Murdoch buying the company. Soon after, Simon and his left, but not after witnessing first-hand racist remarks from the media magnate.

SIMON: I had a conversation with him about various sections of the paper. “I don’t understand anything about American sport,” [Murdoch] told me breezily, “but I know the coloreds like it.”

I told him that in America we no longer used the word “coloreds,” that it was considered insulting.

He looked at me the way Queen Victoria might have looked at a footman who had told her she was using the wrong fork to eat her pheasant.

Murdoch had apparently told employees and management at the Sun-Times that he intended to maintain the quality and integrity of the paper. Simon said everyone knew it was a lie. Within months, there were mass resignations and dismissals and Murdoch brought on his own “thugs” and “stooges.” He sold the paper, but the damage had been done.

Murdoch and his goons also know what damage can be caused to a political career and exactly how to do it using harassment, printing sexist remarks and photo editing…

Sarah Lyall of The New York Times wrote last week about Clare Short, a Labour member of Parliament, who once mentioned “in passing that she did not care for the photographs of saucy, topless women that appear every day on Page 3 of the populist tabloid The Sun,” owned by Murdoch.

The Sun attacked swiftly with the headline: “‘Fat, Jealous’ Clare Brands Page 3 Porn.” The paper also sent a busload of “semi-dressed” models to Short’s home to jeer at her and stuck a picture of Short’s head on the body of a topless woman in the paper.While powerful politicians often privately deplored the behavior of the British tabloids, they were “afraid to say so publicly, for fear of losing the papers’ support or finding themselves the target of their wrath,” the Times article said.

The editor of The Sun at the time of the attack on that “fat, jealous” member of Parliament was Rebekah Wade, now Rebekah Brooks, who has been arrested in the phone-hacking scandal and who testified Tuesday before a parliamentary committee right after Murdoch finished.

While Fox News may not be as blatantly sexist in their harassment of public officials in the United States, the results are basically the same… We saw the backlash that the Obama administration received when they called out Fox News for their BS. I wonder how many of those journalists who defended Fox News will realize they were on the wrong side of history when it’s all said and News Corp. is done.

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Firefox/Chrome Plugins Warns of Murdoch-Owned Properties

Not sure if you’re on a web site owned by Rupert Murdoch / News Corp.? If you’re a Firefox or Chrome user, you can install a handy plugin that will warn you when you are! The one for Firefox is called Murdoch Alert and there’s Murdoch Block for Chrome.

Of course, you can always check FNB’s list of News Corp Properties (updated).

Here are some screenshots of the plugins…

 

Murdoch Alert plugin for Firefox

Murdoch Alert plugin for Firefox

 

Murdoch Block plugin for Google Chrome

Murdoch Block plugin for Google Chrome

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Fox & Friends Whitewash of News of the World Phone Hacking

In the following clip, you’ll see Fox & Friends discussion of News of the World, also owned by Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. At the very least they appear to portray the now defunct news organization as victims. While addressing actual hacking victims, Citicorp, Bank of America & American Express, guest Bob Dilenschneider of the Dilenschneider Group, includes News of the World, the perpetrator of the U.K. phone hacking scandal!

Dilenschneider: Why are so many people piling on at this point? We know it’s a hacking scandal. Shouldn’t we get beyond it and really deal with the issue of hacking? Citicorp has been hacked into. Bank of America has been hacked into. American Express has been hacked into. Insurance companies have been hacked into.?.?. . So we have to figure out a way to deal with this hacking problem. That’s what we have to do.

The following analogy by clockworkdiamond from Reddit puts this into perspective:

Wow, way to spin it to make news of the world out as though they are the same kind of victims as other corporations that got hacked. Lets be clear, this company was not the hacked, but the hacker. They are the criminals, not the victims. This is like saying “sure we were raping people, but rape is a serious thing in this country, so we should focus on that”.

If you can stand it, watch the end and you’ll notice that Steve Doocy mentions the “mainstream media,” of which he must have forgotten they are part of… He states that there are more important topics – Cue Casey Anthony!

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News of the World Whistleblower Found Dead

Sean Hoare, News of the World whistleblower

Sean Hoare, News of the World whistleblower

As news of the phone hacking by News Corp. owned News of the World spreads and the story grows to include the arrest of News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and the resignations of police officials, Sean Hoare, the NoW whistleblower has been found dead. Hoare first made the claims in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking allegations.

Police are still investigating his death and have not ruled it suspicious.

“At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for the welfare of a man who lives at an address on the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival at a property, the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.”The death is currently being treated as unexplained but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing.”

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News International Chief Rebekah Brooks Arrested

News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks

News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation has been arrested on charges of suspicion of corruption and conspiring to intercept communications. Brooks resigned on Friday.

Mrs Brooks’s arrest is the 10th made by Operation Weeting police, who are conducting the current investigation into phone hacking.

She was released on bail until October.

Others arrested and bailed have included ex-NoW editor Andy Coulson, ex-NoW assistant editor Ian Edmondson, ex-NoW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, senior ex-NoW journalist James Weatherup, freelance journalist Terenia Taras, Press Association journalist Laura Elston, an unnamed 63-year-old man, and ex-NoW royal editor Clive Goodman.

Officers from Operation Elveden were also involved with this latest arrest. They are investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police, under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Rupert Murdoch Reportedly Under FBI Investigation

As reported last week, Rupert Murdoch‘s News International will admit liability in the phone hacking incidents in the U.K. It has now come to light that Murdoch’s News Corporation, may have sought to hack 9/11 victims’ phones in the U.S. Apparently, Murdoch’s News Corp., the U.S. arm of his media empire, which owns Fox News, is in crisis mode.

A law enforcement official says the FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims. The official spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

According to the AP, this is a result of U.S. Rep. Peter King and several other members of Congress writing to FBI Director Robert Mueller, demanding an investigation.

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News International Will Admit Liability in Phone Hacking

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

British tabloid News of the World, owned by News International, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation (who, as you know, also owns Fox News Channel) is entangled in a series of hacking allegations in the UK.

News International, parent company of Britain’s top-selling News of the World tabloid, said on Friday it would admit liability and pay compensation in eight cases — although many more people believe they were targeted.

The admission was an about-turn from the media group’s previous denial that it knew journalists were hacking the phones of the royal family, politicians, celebrities and sports stars, blaming a handful of “rogue reporters” for the scandal.

According to TechDirt, the hacking wasn’t limited to politicians and celebrities, but also included a murdered teenage girl whose voicemails were tampered with (some deleted), and families of soldiers who died while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is also suspicion that the hacking aided two people under investigation for murder by supposedly spying on the detectives involved in the case.

While settling the cases could cost tens of millions of dollars, the damage to Murdoch’s empire is also being seen in more lost advertisers. Ford, among other companies, have pulled ads from News of the World. In a few days, that won’t matter…

It was announced on 7 July 2011 that, after 168 years in print, the newspaper would print its final edition on 10 July 2011 following revelations of the ongoing phone hacking scandal, with the loss of 200 jobs.

No advertisements will run in this weekend’s paper – instead any advertising space will be donated to charities and good causes.

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Rupert Murdoch Ignorant, or Dishonest, About Lost Sponsors?

Is Rupert Murdoch simply unaware of what happens in his own company, or is he lying through his teeth? Or, both? Here’s a brief conversation where he, apparently, shows how completely out-of-touch he is with the loss of revenue Glenn Beck has caused (or how out-of-touch the viewers are who believe his reasoning).

SPOCKO: I know that you don’t break out revenue numbers for Fox News beyond the top line, but with 81 advertisers leaving the Glenn Beck show following the Color of Change action, the show now seems limited to in house ads and gold ads. Do you have a time frame for how long Fox will subsidize the show until it to starts to generate revenue in line with its ratings?

That’s pretty straight forward – without sponsors, the money to support the show has to come from somewhere. Right? Not according to the factually-challenged CEO of News Corp.

MURDOCH: It’s not subsidizing the show at all. And it’s giving a terrific kick off to the whole evening schedule. It has plenty of advertising, and those advertisers you talk about, I don’t think there is anything like that number, but if there were they are on other shows.

Thankfully, some media outlets picked up on this and Keith Olbermann even used Murdoch’s response in his Worst Persons segment. Unfortunately, it doesn’t change anything – Fox News and the News Corp. CEO will continue to simply deny facts and their followers will continue to eat up the BS.

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Rupert Murdoch Needs a Fox News / Tea Party Wake Up Call

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch is either feigning ignorance, or he’s completely out of touch with reality…

MURDOCH: No. I don’t think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party. But I’d like to investigate what you are saying before condemning anyone.

Here are numerous examples to help with Murdoch’s investigation:

  • “Join Your Local Tea Party”: Fox News’ history of promoting the tea party movement

  • Anchor: “It’s now my great duty to promote the tea parties. Here we go!” During the April 13, 2009, edition of Your World, Fox Business anchor and “business journalist” Stuart Varney
  • Fox News aired more than 100 commercial promotions for tea party protests in less than two weeks. From April 6 to April 15
  • Beck encouraged viewers to “please go” to “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.” Fox News aired graphics on repeated occasions in which they dubbed the April 15, 2009, Tax Day Tea Parties, “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.”

  • “Can’t get to a tea party? Fox Nation hosts a virtual tea party.” On the April 11, 2009, edition of Fox News Watch
  • Fox News host: “[H]opefully millions of people” will participate. While reporting live at a protest on April 15, 2009, former Big Story host John Gibson
  • Anchor to viewers: You “need to go” to tea party merchandise site. On April 15, 2009, Fox Business anchor David Asman
  • News anchor on list of nationwide tea party events: “Check it out online right now.” On March 24, 2009, Hemmer noted protests in Florida and Ohio and directed viewers to the program’s website
  • News anchor: To find “one happening near you, head to our website.” On April 6, 2009, Hemmer again directed viewers to Fox News’ website to find a tea party “happening near you”
  • Hannity: “We hope you’ll join us.” On April 3, 2009, Fox News host Sean Hannity said: “And also log on to our Web site to get all the details about our special ‘Tax Day Tea Party.’
  • Hannity: “And then it’s April 15, it’s our tea party tax day show. And I’ll be hosting the show from Atlanta, where one of dozens of tea party protests are going to be going on that evening. So we hope you’ll join us.”
  • Reporter: “We want to let folks know” tea party schedule so “they can be a part” of events. The August 23, 2009, edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ hosted Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams to promote the tour.
  • Reporter: “[H]opefully Washington will listen to their concerns.” During the August 28, 2009, edition of Fox & Friends, William La Jeunesse
  • Host: “How you can join, next.” On its August 19, 2009, broadcast, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade told viewers “how you can join” the Tea Party Express
  • Fox News helped viewers find out “how you can join” the Tea Party Express by displaying the dates and locations of 22 stops.
  • “To sign up for Tea Party 2.0 Go to …” On May 13, 2009, On the Record host Greta Van Susteren

  • Cavuto on protestors: “God bless these folks.” On March 27, while showing footage of tea party protestors gathering for a tea party rally “four and a half hours from now,”
  • Reporter endorsed tea partier’s call to “get these liberal communists out of our government.” While covering a tea party protest for FoxNews.com on September 4, 2009, reporter Griff Jenkins interviewed a tea partier who said he wanted to “get these liberal communists out of our government.” Jenkins replied: “How about that. I couldn’t have said anything better than that.”
  • Fox News employee: Some members of Fox “cheerlead for rallies and tea parties.” Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg stated on September 29, 2009: “There are some programs on Fox that are not only not ‘Fair and Balanced’ — they’re commentary shows, they don’t have to be — but they brag about how ‘Fair and Balanced’ they are. They don’t cover rallies and tea parties; they cheerlead for rallies and tea parties. And as a journalist, I am totally against that.”
  • Tea party participants credited Fox promotions for bringing them to the April 15, 2009, protests.
  • Tea party organizers used Fox News to increase attendance.

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Time Warner Cable to Drop Fox and Affiliates?

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is reportedly pressuring Time Warner to pay a per subscriber fee, or else News Corp will pull Fox and all affiliated stations from Time Warner’s channel lineup. This has been referred to as the “Wingnut Tax.”

Apparently, Murdoch wants $1.00 per Time Warner subscriber, per month, but the cable company’s response indicates that they do not want to pass on that cost to customers. The accumulated fees would mean an additional $1billion for News Corp. Unfortunately, customers may demand that they pay up in order to keep such shows as American Idol, House, Family Guy, etc. on the Fox Network, in addition to Fox Sports channels, FX, Fox News Channel, etc.

Of course, if you still need (please note heavy use of sarcasm) to watch American Idol, you can use an antenna and converter box, or go online…

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Recent Falsehoods From Rupert Murdoch

Showing that the misinformation we’re used to seeing from Fox News starts at the top, Media Matters for America has put together the following list showing recent falsehoods from News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

  • falsely characterized Sean Hannity as being an “academic”;
  • falsely characterized Glenn Beck as being “purely Libertarian”;
  • falsely claimed nobody on Fox News had ever compared Obama to Stalin (i.e. “No, no, no, not Stalin”);
  • falsely suggested Fox News’ ratings shot up after its public dispute with the Obama administration began last month;
  • falsely claimed that administration officials agree that Fox News has been “absolutely fair” in its White House reporting;
  • falsely claimed the White House just doesn’t like “two of our [Fox News] commentators”;
  • falsely claimed Fox News’ television competitors “only have Democrats” on to debate the issues;
  • falsely claimed Obama had made a “very racist comment”; and
  • falsely implied that The O’Reilly Factor, Your World With Neil Cavuto, and Fox & Friends, among others, are not “commentary” shows.

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