Murdoch and others like him are global menaces.
by Stephen Lendman
Quelle surprise! Britain's parliament discovered what media critics and people wanting real news and information knew decades ago.
Murdoch's world features demagoguery, managed news, scandal, sleaze, and warmongering. He's the prototypical presstitute famed journalist George Seldes (1890 - 1995) denounced in books like "Lords of the Press."
He called them "the most powerful force against the general welfare of the majority of the people." He exposed their tactics long before Project Censored.
Major media scoundrels are villainous global pirates. Murdoch's the worst of the bunch. Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) once called Fox News "the most biased name in news....with its extraordinary right-wing tilt."
Viewing, it added, is like watching "a Harlem Globetrotters game (knowing) which side is supposed to win." It's hard-right, pro-business, pro-war, pro-occupation, anti-populist, sleazy and biased, combined with juiced-up infotainment and junk food news.
It's a virtual mouthpiece piece for extremist Republicans. It long ago stopped pretending it's legitimate. It mocks real journalism. It's not tolerated on air.
Famed Chicago columnist Mike Royko (1932- 1997) once said "no self-respecting fish would (want to) be wrapped in a Murdoch paper...."
Former Fox employees complain about management cooking the facts to make stories acceptable to right-wing audiences. Those unwilling to go along are fired. Former Bush aid Lee Atwater once said Fox boss Roger Ailes operates on "two speeds - attack and destroy." He also demands programming conform to his views.
Murdoch's a force for evil, not good. Heir apparent son James was groomed to succeed him. He currently serves as News Corp. chairman and CEO. He's part of its scandalous operations like his father.
At age 82, Rupert nears retirement. It may come sooner than he wishes. James turns 40 in December. Whether he'll ride out the storm remains to be seen. If he wasn't Murdoch's son he'd have been gone long ago.
On May 1, the London Guardian headlined "Rupert Murdoch 'not fit' to lead major international company, MPs conclude," saying:
A parliamentary committee declared him "not a fit person" to run a major company. Its report also targeted James. At issue was last year's News of the World phone-hacking affair.