What Murdoch's media empire did: the big picture

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  1. King Mob says:

    He’s certainly been a horrible influence, but the old media has always been a friend to the powerful. All US media favors the surveillance state, and especially now with a Democrat in power, the left leaning outlets have fallen completely silent.

    Luckily they are dying out and being replaced by a more robust democratic media system. Young people don’t watch cable news.

    • Massive Missive says:

      What left leaning outlets?

    • Avram Grumer says:

      Very few people ever watched cable news, compared to how many watch broadcast TV news. But the few who do watch it are in the elite classes, and they propagate what they see into other venues. The guy who writes the editorials in the newspaper you read probably gets his opinions from FoxNews or CNN. 

      I’m not convinced that the Internet changes that dynamic. 

    • nosehat says:

      I’m not sure how many people deliberately watch cable news in their homes, but it certainly is hard to avoid exposure to it.

      I see cable news, whether I want to or not:
      1) Whenever I’m at the gym
      2) Whenever I’m at an airport
      3) In certain bars/restaurants
      4) In the occasional waiting room

      This stuff is pretty heavily spammed, even if you deliberately try to avoid it.

    • Gibb says:

      As a former member of the media, I respectfully disagree with you. Walter Kronkite is the standard to go by. He reported news events, without personal bias or personal political leanings, because he was a NEWS REPORTER. Much like Judges used to be, and sadly too many of them have become politicized as well. This is a perfect example of what deregulation brings you. Deregulation…interesting word, deregulation.

  2. Cowicide says:

    We need to put Murdoch in prison.

  3. Stefan Jones says:

    “People will pay you good money to pull the wool over their eyes.” — J.R. “Bob” Dobbs

  4. bruckelsprout says:

    So… anyone watch “Network” lately?

  5. ill lich says:

    Pfft. . . typical biased comment from the liberal media– go back to Russia, commies.

  6. EricT says:

    I think Murdoch’s cartoonish superevil is the symptom, not the disease. 

  7. Paul says:

    Nice take on Maxwell and his underhand ways.
    What is there about the comments that are “typical biased comment from the liberal media” – what a silly thing to spout!

  8. Zach says:

    Turning the public against the press is bad? First, Murdoch never had a monopoly on distorted news. Second, if we should distrust our politicians, why shouldn’t we distrust our corporate news sources as well? Especially so, since they are often the same thing. Christiane Amanpour is married to James Rubin (former Clinton official), Andrea Mitchell is married to Alan Greenspan.

    Big media should get smaller, not just Murdoch’s empire.

  9. jimkirk says:

    I just see Murdoch weaving his hands together, fly-like, and in a Montgomery Burns tone of voice whisper, “Excellent!”.

  10. jimkirk says:

    I see Murdoch weaving his hands together fly-like, and in a Montgomery Burns tone of voice whisper “Excellent!”.

  11. Dan Gordon says:

    I probably agree with much of what he says, but I must say I prefer assertions to be backed with evidence, which this article seems to be very light on.

  12. Spriggan_Prime says:

    We just need Christian Bale and his ragtag band of street hip newsies to bring down corrupt old media giants while singing and dancing us into a new era!

  13. littlebone says:

    And furthermore:

    He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation
    .He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

  14. elstir says:

    I was really disappointed by this article. It’s mostly a collection of broad, vague assertions. It will do nothing to convince those who aren’t already appalled by Murdoch and his empire.

    • bruckelsprout says:

      I agree.  He made one point about how Murdoch’s news empire will bury real issues and deflect with non-issues “like Obama not being born in the US.”  Somebody who already subscribes to the Murdoch brand of news will see that, and immediately shut down thinking “He wasn’t born in United States.  This article is written by a leftist liberal piece of crap.”  They will then leave the article and go on their merry way.

  15. professor says:

    As a man who has fearlessly and without respite endeavored to eliminate honesty and integrity from the field of journalism, he is without doubt Australia’s most embarrassing export

  16. webmonkees says:

    A clever editor could compile a remake of Network using just NewsCorp in their own words.

    The world is a business, Mr. Beale.

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