After reading Devona Walker's piece on Fox News's blatant use of racism to promote its far right agenda ( "Glenn Beck Outdoes David Duke In Shameless Race Baiting", Alternet, 8/10) I came to a rather simple conclusion. A subsequent reading of Max Blumenthal's updated epilogue to his book "Republican Gomorra" on the same site only kicked in the point.
Rupert Murdoch ain't no friend of mine.
Now here's a guy who's built a media empire using our lesser instincts to construct a temple (FOX News) dedicated to our own hatred, a hatred that, coincidently, makes a "ka-ching" sound for our boy every time it rears its ugly head. As if a demented charlatan, Murdoch's turned our self-loathing outward with an exaggerated, pre-packaged flourish featuring clinical aberrations the likes of Orly Taitz, Andrew Brietbart and Ryan Sorba to tease the show along. And, like it or not, it's still working like a charm.
I knew Murdoch was trouble from the day I first read about him back in the day. A driven Aussie -- all pluck and cheek and outsized ambition with enough charisma to reach the stadium seats -- out to conquer the world. There was a hint of menace to the article, an almost veiled indictment of future crimes, a kind of "What if?" that seemed almost too horrible to contemplate. But contemplate we must as "What if?" rapidly devolves to a grim and flustered "What now?"