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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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Bill O’Reilly Upset Over ‘Vicious’ Coverage of Hacking Scandal

Bill O'Reilly - upset over other news organizations reporting hacking scandal

Bill O'Reilly - upset over other news organizations reporting hacking scandal

Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly is clearly upset about the hacking scandal involving parent company, News Corporation, it’s UK counterpart and the big boss, Rupert Murdoch. Unfortunately, in this case, he’s not upset about being employed by an organization that has reportedly been involved in illegal activities.

No, Bill O’Reilly is upset that other media outlets are reporting on it. Imagine that, the media reporting on a major scandal involving hacking of politicians, celebrities, 9/11 victims, police, corruption, arrests, resignations, etc. etc. etc. O’Reilly thinks that’s just “vicious” and “over-hyped.”

O’Reilly was speaking on his Tuesday show to Nile Gardner, a British member of the Heritage Foundation. O’Reilly noted that the scandal was a serious one, and said that any guilty journalists should be prosecuted. But then, he said that the scandal was being over-hyped.

“You have the New York Times absolutely running wild with the story,” he said. “Front page, front page, front page. Column, column, column. Vicious stuff, vicious stuff. And it’s all ideological, is it not?”

Gardner agreed, saying that there was a “witch hunt” against Murdoch and News Corp developing in the United States. He may have been referring to an FBI investigation currently looking into allegations about the phone hacking of 9/11 victims.

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Eric Bolling’s Textbook Fox News Use of ‘Some People’ Quote (His Own)

In some instances a journalist can’t reveal their sources. In others, they’re just lazy when they refer to their sources as “some people” as in “some people say…” It’s something else entirely when a so-called “journalist” like Eric Bolling uses something they’ve been quoted as saying and refer to it being said by… you guessed it… “some people.”

Four days ago, Anchor Eric Bolling proclaimed,”There’s really no question that the Ground Zero Mosque is in fact a Victory Mosque.”

Now, here is Bolling stating, “Some Have Called” Park51 “A Victory Mosque”

Some have called Eric Bolling a pile of excrement… just sayin’

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Fox News Contributor Proclaims He’s ‘Not a Pedophile’

Dr. Keith Ablow - "not a pedophile"

Dr. Keith Ablow - "not a pedophile"

Remember when Glenn Beck came out and claimed that he was “not into child pornography?”

Now, another Fox News contributor, Dr. Keith Ablow, has publicly stated, “I assure you I’m not a pedophile at all.”

While on the topic of a baby breast feeding doll, Ablow made this announcement, though it’s not entirely clear why. I don’t think anyone said he was… Not in the debate he was participating in, anyway. As with the author of the article linked to below, I wouldn’t have thought it before, but he sure did put the idea out there…

Gottlieb, a self-described “mommy blogger” respectfully disagreed, saying that she wasn’t sure that “if you see a little girl as her breasts being sexual that that doesn’t reflect more on you.” Ablow quickly interjected “I assure you I’m not a pedophile at all.” We believe Ablow when he proclaims that he is not a pedophile, but to be honest, we hadn’t considered that idea until he raised the subject himself.

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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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