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Rupert Murdoch Wants Other Papers to Collude With WSJ

Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp., which owns the Wall Street Journal, has reached out to other newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Hearst Corp. Since Murdoch’s decision to charge users to access content on the Wall Street Journal’s web site, he has apparently realized that it will only work if the other big players make the same decision. So, he wants to create a consortium that would charge for online news and also sue anyone that uses content for more than fair use. This, essentially, amounts to price fixing and publishers want antitrust laws changed so they can survive.

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Rupert Murdoch’s WSJ Nailed on Karl Rove’s Lies

Attorney Dana Jill Simpson wrote an open letter, published in OpEd News, to Karl Rove, whose article Closing in on Rove contained lies that, Simpson claims, should have been caught by Wall Street Journal editors.

The reason I want to thank you is that Mr. Rove has clearly lied about me in this article. You have captured and printed it without even checking to see if it is so or not. The lie he has told is and I quote, “Judiciary Democrats didn’t get testimony from either Mr. Siegelman or Dana Jill Simpson, the eccentric Alabama lawyer, who drew attention by publicly supporting the allegations.” In case you are unaware, I testified on September 14, 2007, before the House Judiciary Committee lawyers that were selected to question me. I most definitely gave sworn testimony to the House Judiciary Democrats. In fact, I gave over 143 pages of testimony before the Judiciary Democratic and Republican lawyers. It is unfortunate that your paper does not give a rip about the truth or you would have checked out the bold-faced lie that Karl Rove put in his article before you printed it.

Further, I find it extremely tacky that you allow him to call me an eccentric Alabama lawyer. I ask, did you check with anyone other than Karl Rove who clearly hates me for telling on him? Karl also states in his article, “I also understand that Mr. Siegelman and Ms. Simpson refused to cooperate with the Justice Department’s review of his claim of political persecution, while I willingly gave sworn testimony”. It was announced on May 15, 2009, that Mr. Rove was subpoenaed to testify by Nora Dannehy of the DOJ about the firing of the nine attorneys in a criminal matter. I would hardly call that willingly giving sworn testimony.

Further, he pointedly refused to agree to give sworn testimony to the House Judiciary Committee this summer and did not take a sworn oath before chatting with the House Judiciary lawyers that questioned him.

Simpson closes her letter by thanking Rupert Murdoch for owning a newspaper that does not verify facts and publishes lies, which gives her the opportunity to call them out on those lies with verifiable proof.

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Fox News Quite Upset About Al Franken Victory

Fox News personalities Glenn Beck and Brian Kilmeade (Fox & Friends) seem to be extremely upset that Al Franken is now a Senator… Of course, Fox News did sue Franken (and lost) about using the term “fair and balanced” in the title of his book… This is just childish ranting:

GLENN BECK: This is like having me in the Senate,” Beck said. “You don’t want me as a Senator! What is that? I mean, it shows how crazy our country has gone — you don’t want me as a Senator, you don’t want Al Franken as a Senator.

BRIAN KILMEADE: Now we find out that Al Franken — who’s barely sane if you read his books, and is quite angry in every facet of his life — is now the Senator from Minnesota

Even the Rupert Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal gets in on the rhetoric:

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Mr. Franken now goes to the Senate having effectively stolen an election… If the GOP hopes to avoid repeats, it should learn from Minnesota that modern elections don’t end when voters cast their ballots. They only end after the lawyers count them.

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Week Long Twitter Organized FNC Boycott

The week long boycott, organized by @hannityhater on Twitter (follow FNB here), against Fox News Channel. Please show your support by not watching any shows on FNC, not visiting Fox News web sites, not supporting any Fox News Sponsors and not visiting any businesses that air Fox News. Also, please avoid any News Corp. owned properties such as MySpace and the Wall Street Journal.

This is a week long consentrated effort, so please spread the word! Retweet this, post it on Facebook, Digg it, update your blog, phone a friend, whatever you need to do to get the word out.

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Karl Rove Calls Nancy Pelosi ‘Torture’ Accomplice

In the soap opera of American politics, we’ve seen countless stories about torture and who knew what, when. It’s almost incestuous. Let’s see if I get this right… it’s a little twisted: Democrats charge that Republicans, specifically the Bush Administration, was behind the the approval of torture methods, such as waterboarding. Republicans counter that it was the CIA who misinformed them, or didn’t inform them at all, about what was really going on. CIA disputes this and claims that Republicans and Democrats alike knew about and approved of what was going on.

Enter Nancy Pelosi, who is quoted as saying, “We were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used” and Karl Rove, who just wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal, a News Corp. publication, which is now linked to on The Fox Nation web site. He claims, “Nancy Pelosi was an accomplice to ‘torture’” and “she not only agreed with what was being done, she apparently pressed the CIA to do more.” Accomplice is defined as “A cooperator; An associate in the commission of a crime.” In other words, Mr. Rove seems to imply that others should be charged for ordering torture, such as those in the Bush Administration, including himself. What a tangled web…

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Rupert Murdoch Believes In An End to Free News Online

Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper that charges a fee for visitors to access its online content, believes that this is the only way for newspapers to survive. He points to the New York Times as an example of how online advertising is not offsetting the decline in print advertising revenue.

“People reading news for free on the Web, that’s got to change,” said Murdoch speaking at The Cable Show, an annual cable television industry event, in Washington, D.C.

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