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Will the Murdoch News Corporation Apologize for the Damages Done to Black Americans?

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Overarching it is a media machine built by Murdoch that is the most dishonest, unprincipled and corrupt of any media empire in the history of the English-speaking world (against stiff competition). And it is gargantuan, the largest media empire ever.

Karl Grossman, "Murdoch Empire: A Journalistic Travesty," OpEdNews

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If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

Joseph Gobbels, Propaganda Minister of the Third Reich

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is finally exposing how corporate greed scouts for storms troops of gossipers and fear mongers instead of truth troops for the 4th Estate, but Murdoch is not to blame. He exempts himself and his executive staff from the crime of disseminating lies, deceptions, distortions, the illusions of grandeur"

There is Rupert Murdoch arriving at the U.S. shore in a 20th Century merchant ship remnant of those 17th century European ships with their human cargo and masts featuring Africans in chains.

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It may be hard to remember enslaved Blacks were not all willing subjects in 1619 nor were they willing subjects when the U.S. government declared Blacks free and instructed the FBI's COINTELPRO program to create confusion and chaos and to institute the practice of surveillance, wiretapping, and imprisonment. The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements attest to Black Americans willingness to fight and die to end legalized segregation. But Dr. Martin Luther King agreed with young Black advocates that the goal of their resistance was not solely to integrate lunch counters or public transportation but to have the right to be free--not given freedom!

The media of King's day, advancing an agenda in which U.S. interests took precedence over domestic, civil rights interests, promoted for widespread adoption fear and suspicion of "angry," "rioting" Blacks conspiring against "hard-working" white citizens. King confronted these contrived images of discord: Where, he asked, is economic equality, economic opportunity?   Poverty keeps the would-be working class rider walking to a low-paying job, the would-be home owner paying high rents for a rat-infested tenement if no homeless, and the would-be lawyer, doctor, or teacher without equal opportunity.   Where is freedom, democracy?   

Black demands tried the patients of the State. Offer gold and status within the Democratic Party in exchange for the soul of resistance, and for the rest, COINTELPRO and repression.

Now here we are in the 21st Century. Thanks to the Guardian U.K. and the steadfast journalism of Nick Davies (writing on the Murdoch Machine since 2000) and others, the Murdoch Media Empire seems to be in trouble. The mother of all dirt-generating machines, The News of the World, has come to a grinding halt! Murdoch, accompanied by son, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, James Murdoch, hauled before Parliament to answer questions about his reporters' use of investigators to engage in phone-hacking and payments to the police, said that Tuesday, July 19, 2011 was the most "humble day" of his life. An interesting choice of words coming from a man whom veteran investigative reporter Carl Bernstein describes as the man who has had the greatest "impact on American political and media culture in the past half century" ("Murdoch Media Empire).

From all accounts, the citizens and politicians (some of whom were themselves humble everyday before the powerful dirt-machine) and celebrities in England have finally had enough of the Murdoch Empire, of "gossip" for news, of lies and distortions. Here in the U.S. Fox News thinks the Murdoch is--no news at all! We have come to expect the political and cultural clout of the Roger Ailes gang dismiss allegations of wrongdoing while Fox News continues its "fair and balanced" reporting on Muslim terrorists, Mexican immigrants and Mexican American job stealers, and Black criminals.

How timely was the Murdoch Machines' arrival to the U.S.?

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But then to read that of all agencies in the Homeland Security cabal, the FBI has been assigned to lead investigations into possible phone hacking by the Murdoch Machine in the U.S.

The FBI is the same agency today employing high-tech surveillance tactics, wiretapping, and email-data gathering; the same agency paying informants to infiltrate activist organizations, mosques, and conducting raids at workplaces and at the homes of immigrant workers and family members.

Only Charlie Chaplin could film the absurdity of the criminal investigating the criminal. But, as Chaplin discovered, this is the Wild, Wild West, and this absurdity is the meaning of freedom in the United States!

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Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, Black Commentator, Editorial Board and Columnist, Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory

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