In England people very well may go to jail for the behavior of a Murdoch owned news outlet but I care more about what is happening here. The Murdoch owned Fox works to mobilize right wing fanatics and Tea Party Astroturfers to undermine our political process and once common sense of decency.
In case you missed it, Rupert Murdoch’s news empire, which in the US also includes, among others, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, also owns a large number of tabloids globally, including Britain’s most widely circulated newspaper, the 168 year old “The News of the World”, which Murdoch has owned since 1969 has set a new standard of depraved behavior, even for England. According to the New York Times,
“….that the paper hacked into the phones of a 13-year-old murder victim, Milly Dowler, the families of slain soldiers and victims of the 2005 subway bombings.. “
Not only did they hack the murder victim’s phone, they deleted messages leading the police and family to assume that she was alive at the time, interfering with the police efforts to find her.
OK, the Brits have their problems, but look at what Murdoch is doing here at home.
“In the past 10 days, Fox has run more than 30 segments calling for the nonprofit group to be stripped of its tax-exempt status. Its Fox Nation website has even provided a link to pre-completed complaint forms against Media Matters to send to the Internal Revenue Service.”
Just to set the record straight, Fox’s parent organization gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in 2010 and the President of Fox News (Roger Ailes) was a media consultant to Nixon, Reagan, H. W. Bush and Giuliani. Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich are also connected to Fox News, and two Bush II White House Press Secretaries (Tony Snow and Dana Perino) were connected to Fox at various times. It certainly looks like a revolving door between Fox News and the Republican Party.
Check out the following MSNBC clip, the former Bush II White House Press Secretary explained in plain English how they use Fox as a tool to get the word out, and how Fox goes along with it. Watch as MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews asks the former White House Press Secretary (Scott McClellan) if FOX television gets talking points from the Bush II White House to help it get the White House message out. McClellan states that,
“Certainly there were commentators and other, pundits at FOX News, that were useful to the White House…”
In America, we have laws against the government using propaganda, but neither Bush II nor Fox seemed to care, just like the Murdoch tabloid in England didn’t seem to care about the law.
Organizations usually take there cues from the Boss, and the Murdoch media empire is so vast and powerful that the politicians are afraid to cross him.