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"Network" and the Murdoch Scandal

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Was the 1976 Oscar - winning film "Network" an amazingly accurate roman a clef based on this summer's trials and tribulations of poor, poor pitiful Rupert Murdock or was it just a good guess about what could happen in the future?

 

[Spoiler warning:   this column will reveal surprise plot points.   If you have not seen the 1976 film, Network, it would be better if you made the effort to watch it and then read this column.   If you have already seen the film, you might get more enjoyment from it and this column, if you re-view it and then read this assessment of that classic film and its chillingly accurate predictions.]

 

The World's Laziest Journalist betook himself to San Francisco CA to attend the weekly front steps used book sale at the San Francisco Public Library's main branch that is conducted (weather permitting) each Wednesday during the May to September months.

 

When we spotted Network amongst a trove of VHS tapes that appealed to our columnist instincts ("Notorious," "King Kong," "High Noon," the original version of "the Manchurian Candidate" and "Twelve O'Clock High" [Expect more plugs for Donald L. Miller's book "Masters of the Air" in future columns]), we glommed on to it with gun fighter reflexes speed.

 

In "Network," legendary newsman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) -- a fictional member of the "Murrow's Boys" gang -- uses his influential position as a journalist with a regular network TV show to do the bidding of a wealthy mogul who is a front man for the Arab royal family.   Beale is assigned to convince Americans that they are insignificant cogs in a new and improved world where democracy has become obsolete and business is the raison d'├¬tre for the existence of humanity.   How close to home does this classic film hit?

 

Some alarmists (conspiracy theory nuts?) are implying that if (subjunctive mood) Rupert Murdoch meddled with politics in both Great Britain and Australia, he may have, could have, might possibly have also done so in the United States of America.   This irresponsible reckless speculation is based upon the assumption that many Americans aren't fully informed on political issues.

 

[This just in:   C-SPAN is (allegedly) being eliminated from some cable pay packages in the Berkeley CA area.]

 

There was an item on the Internet, on The Australian web site, that asserted that an investigation into the (alleged) influence Rupert Murdoch may have had on the politics in the country where he was born.

 

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