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Fox’s Rupert Murdoch Got Himself In a Bind in the UK?

For all he’s done to destroy real journalism here and fan the flames of hate for the almighty dollar we can always hope this is the case.

“As scores of new victims emerged to allege they had been hacked by the newspaper, MPs voiced fresh concerns at the police handling of the affair and the role played by senior executives at News International, News Corp’s UK subsidiary and the ultimate parent company of the News of the World, the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times.

Meanwhile, back across the Atlantic, it emerged that News Corp was facing another problem. Last week 400 rabbis from all the main branches of Judaism in the US bought a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, calling on Murdoch to take sanctions against News Corp’s Fox News subsidiary. The rabbis were incensed at the way that Fox commentators regularly referred to those with whom they disagreed as “Nazis”.

“You diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit any individual or organisation you disagree with. That is what Fox News has done in recent weeks,” the ad read.

The placement of the ad was even more poignant and shocking as it was published on Holocaust Remembrance Day. It came partly in response to comments by Murdoch’s brash Fox News leader, Roger Ailes, who had compared executives at National Public Radio to Nazis after they sacked a commentator who made ill-advised remarks about being scared of flying with Muslims.

But it also focused on the most controversial figure in the pantheon of Fox News personalities: Glenn Beck. Fox’s biggest star repeatedly uses Nazi and Hitler references to describe figures he does not like.

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Coming at a time when News Corp wants regulatory approval to take over British satellite broadcaster BSkyB, both the phone-hacking scandal and the row with the rabbis are damaging not only to the company’s reputation but its bottom line.

Liberal commentators have used both to question whether Murdoch should be allowed to own more of the British media landscape.

Murdoch must have hoped the BSkyB deal would have been waved through by now, but the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has postponed making a decision to see if remedies can be found to avoid a long Competition Commission inquiry.

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As Murdoch waits in regulatory purgatory and hedge fund managers push BSkyB’s share price north — a move that could see News Corp having to stump up as much as £1bn more than it expected — the media giant’s investors are said to be growing restless.

A full News Corporation board meeting is believed to have been scheduled for Wednesday. The phone-hacking scandal and the BSkyB deal are expected to be high on the agenda. Bin Talal, who simply “does not lose money” according to someone who knows him well, is likely to pay very close attention to what is discussed.”

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Why News Corp is so eager to bag BSkyB was plain to see last week, when the broadcaster reported pre-tax profits of £467m, up a stunning 26% on the previous year.

But for Murdoch, BSkyB’s profits came with a sting attached. As analysts at City brokers Charles Stanley Research note: “Our best guess is that clearance [for the News Corp takeover of BSkyB] will be granted, although perhaps only after a lengthy further investigation by the Competition Commission and/or the implementation of certain ‘remedies’.

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The phone-hacking scandal and the BSkyB deal are expected to be high on the agenda. Bin Talal, who simply “does not lose money” according to someone who knows him well, is likely to pay very close attention to what is discussed.

Worryingly for Murdoch, who is used to his investors taking a back seat, the prince is a far from passive backer. As a sizable investor in bombed-out banking giant Citigroup, bin Talal has been vocal in calling for its management to improve the firm’s fortunes, warning its chief executive last year that the “honeymoon was over”.

Murdoch may soon find himself receiving similar encouragement if the BSkyB bid falters. It is an unpalatable prospect for an autocrat.

Read the Full Story Here at The Guardian

Related Story:Phone hacking: show of unity can’t hide cracks in News Corp

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Reviewing 2010 Biggest Lies and Liars

Take a look back at the crazy year we’ve had in 2010. One can only begin to fantasize the lunacy 2011 will bring. Seems though some of 2010’s would be awfully hard to top, but something tells me the insanity will continue.


Some of 2010’s Outrageous Political Lies:

  • “The government is trying to now close the Lincoln Memorial for any kind of large gatherings.” ~ Glenn Beck on Monday, June 28th, 2010 in comments on his radio program
  • “We researched to find out if anybody on Fox News had ever said you’re going to jail if you don’t buy health insurance. Nobody’s ever said it.” ~ Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 in a segment on the Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor
  • “Since January 2008 the private sector has lost nearly 8 million jobs while local, state and federal governments added 590,000.” ~ Tim Pawlenty on Monday, December 13th, 2010 in an op-ed in the “Wall Street Journal”
  • Those who fail to buy health insurance under “Obamacare” face the threat of jail time. ~ Bob Marshall on Monday, December 13th, 2010 in a news release
  • You must list all your guns on your 2010 tax return. ~ Chain e-mail on Sunday, November 1st, 2009 in an e-mail circulated to many people.
  • “Democrats are poised now to cause this largest tax increase in U.S. history.” ~ Sarah Palin on Sunday, August 1st, 2010 in an interview on “Fox News Sunday”
  • “I never considered myself a maverick.” ~ John McCain on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 in a comment on Newsweek magazine’s Web site
  • People “can’t go fishing anymore because of Obama.” ~ Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 in his talk show
  • The cap-and-trade bill before Congress “prevents you from selling your home without the permission of the EPA administrator.” ~ Chain e-mail on Thursday, October 7th, 2010 in e-mail and blog postings
  • “Social Security, like I told you, is out of money. This year it is borrowing from the general treasury.” ~ Michele Bachmann on Friday, June 11th, 2010
  • “The stimulus has not created one private sector job.” ~ Rick Scott on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 in a meeting with reporters in Tallahassee
  • “Scientists have shown us (that) the greater possibilities, the real science movement, has been with adult stem cell research. It has not been with embryonic.” ~ Scott Walker on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 in a news conference with reporters

  • And 2010’s Biggest Liars

    Sarah Palin: Winner Of The 2010 Glenn Beck Misinformer Of The Year Award
    selecting the 2010 winner of the Glenn Beck Honorary Award for Excellence in Misinformation, Media Matters weighed the vigor and meticulous detail the 2009 recipient, Glenn Beck, brought to the craft.

    PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: ‘A government takeover of health care’
    Frank Luntz, a consultant famous for his phraseology, urged GOP leaders to call it a “government takeover.” “Takeovers are like coups,” Luntz wrote in a 28-page memo. “They both lead to dictators and a loss of freedom.”

    The line stuck. By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their program, dropping the “public option” concept that was derided as too much government intrusion. The law passed in March, with new regulations, but no government-run plan.

    15 Whoppers Beck Did Not Get Fired For In 2010In 2010, Glenn Beck repeatedly made up facts on Fox News show — a barrage of lies that would force any credible news outlet to fire him. Media Matters counts down 15 of the most notable fibs that Beck told this year on Fox News, culminating with the biggest lie of all.


    Sarah Palin Calls for America to Stand by ‘Ally’ North Korea

    From CBS News:

    We’re not having a lot of faith that the White House is going to come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is that North Korea is going to do,” Palin told Beck.

    It’s unclear whether she referenced the correct Korea and simply misused the term “sanction” — which, as stated, means to approve or validate, or if she meant to say South Korea, the U.S. ally, in reference to any actions that nation may take in retaliation to past or future attacks from the North.

    One might even have missed that gaffe, had she not said just seconds later: “Obviously, we gotta stand with our North Korean allies.”

    Upon hearing that, Beck immediately butted-in to correct the possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, quickly interjecting, “South Korea.”

    Palin replied with an almost reflexive, “yeah,” but corrected herself in the next remark: “And we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes.”

    Content on the website for Glenn Beck’s radio show is members-only, but the audio has been posted on Youtube.


    Follow the Money: GOP and Tea Party…Bought, Sold, Pawned and Owned

    The supporters of the Tea Party are being duped. Duped by Billionaires no less. Bilionaires bent on taking over the US Government by eliminating the very programs so many supporting the Tea Party depend on. So on Thursday Sept 16th President Obama spoke of this very fact at a Fundraiser for Dick Blumenthal (D-CT). He touched on the reality of the who really funds the Tea Party and other falsely labeled ‘grass roots movements’.

    This is something the majority of the mainstream media has yet to do yet deserves the full attention of Americans. Wealthy billionaires like Rupert Murdoch (FOX), and brothers Charles and David Koch are spending millions of dollars in an effort to dismantle the US Government and further their pro-corporate agendas. These are the very people paying people like Sarah Palin,
    Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich and the like to muck up the water and confuse the average voter. Paid to tap into the fears and frustrations of Americans while convincing them to support the destruction of the very government that provides them protection as a citizen.

    Here the President points out to those in attendance just where all the money and outrage is coming from and just what they have in mind for Americans if we continue to allow a corporate takeover of our government:
    That’s what they’re offering the American people — a future that looks just like the past, one where special interests get free reign to play by their own rules and where middle-class families are left to fend for themselves.

    Now, that’s not a future I accept for the United States of America. That is not a future that Dick Blumenthal accepts for the United States of America.

    This is a tough election season. People are hurting and they are understandably frustrated. And a lot of them are scared. And a lot of them are anxious. And that means that even when people don’t have ideas, if they’ve got enough money behind them, they may be able to convince some folks that, you know what, just cast a protest vote, throw the bums out. That’s a mentality that has an appeal. And you can’t blame folks for feeling that way sometime. But that’s not a future for our country, a country that’s more divided, that’s more unequal, that’s less dynamic, where we’re falling behind in everything from investment in infrastructure to investment in R&D. That’s not a vision for the future.

    And if that’s not a future you accept for this nation, if that’s not the future you want for your kids and for your grandkids, then we are asking you for help in this election.

    Because if you don’t think the stakes are large — and I want you to consider this — right now, all across the country, special interests are planning and running millions of dollars of attack ads against Democratic candidates. Because last year, there was a Supreme Court decision called Citizens United. They’re allowed to spend as much as they want without ever revealing who’s paying for the ads. That’s exactly what they’re doing. Millions of dollars. And the groups are benign-sounding: Americans for Prosperity. Who’s against that? Or Committee for Truth in Politics. Or Americans for Apple Pie. Moms for Motherhood. I made those last two up.

    None of them will disclose who’s paying for these ads. You don’t know if it’s a Wall Street bank. You don’t know if it’s a big oil company. You don’t know if it’s an insurance company. You don’t even know if it’s a foreign-controlled entity. In some races, they are spending more money than the candidates. Not here because here the candidate is spending a lot of money.

    They’re spending more money than the parties. They want to take Congress back and return to the days where lobbyists wrote the laws. It is the most insidious power grab since the monopolies of the Gilded Age. That’s happening right now. So there’s a lot of talk about populist anger and grassroots. But that’s not what’s driving a lot of these elections.

    We tried to fix this, but the leaders of the other party wouldn’t even allow it to come up for a vote. They want to keep the public in the dark. They want to serve the special interests that served them so well over the last 19 months.

    We will not let them. We are not about to allow a corporate takeover of our democracy. We’re not about to go back to the days when special interests took advantage of Main Street families. (Applause.) We’re not going to go back to the days when insurance companies wrote the rules that let you languish without health care because you had a preexisting condition. We’re not going to go back to the exact same agenda we had before I took office.

    A lot has changed since that last election, but what hasn’t changed is the choice facing this country. It is still fear versus hope. It is still the past versus the future. It is still a choice between sliding backwards and moving forward. That is what this election is about. That’s the choice you will face in November.

    Watch The President’s Remarks Here

    These are the people trying to take over the United States Government. Wonder where all the Tea Party candidates suddenly came from? Wonder why most of these virtually unknown candidates suddenly are winning races and raking in millions in donations when most Americans are struggling to make ends meet? Where did these people come from? Why do they only appear on Fox News and get away with refusing to do any interviews? Why are they always only on Fox News and why does it appears Fox News provides free campaign air time to these virtual unknowns? Why are all of these newcomers to the political scene all in favor of ending Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment Compensation, Healthcare and other social programs?

    Rachel examines how Billionaires Charles & David Koch & Koch Industries fund AFP, Americans For Prosperity, & the Tea Parties, yet deny it.

    David and Charles Koch:
    A few weeks after the Lincoln Center gala, the advocacy wing of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation—an organization that David Koch started, in 2004—held a different kind of gathering. Over the July 4th weekend, a summit called Texas Defending the American Dream took place in a chilly hotel ballroom in Austin.Though Koch freely promotes his philanthropic ventures, he did not attend the summit, and his name was not in evidence. And on this occasion the audience was roused not by a dance performance but by a series of speakers denouncing President Barack Obama. Peggy Venable, the organizer of the summit, warned that Administration officials “have a socialist vision for this country.”

    Five hundred people attended the summit, which served, in part, as a training session for Tea Party activists in Texas. An advertisement cast the event as a populist uprising against vested corporate power. “Today, the voices of average Americans are being drowned out by lobbyists and special interests,” it said. “But you can do something about it.” The pitch made no mention of its corporate funders. The White House has expressed frustration that such sponsors have largely eluded public notice. David Axelrod, Obama’s senior adviser, said, “What they don’t say is that, in part, this is a grassroots citizens’ movement brought to you by a bunch of oil billionaires.”

    Koch Brothers funding of a tight knit network of lobbyists, former executives and organizations has created a forceful stream of misinformation that Koch-funded entities produce and disseminate.

    Koch Industries is the second largest private company in the U.S., with estimated 2008 revenues of $100 billion. Started as a petroleum business by their father Fred Koch, who was also a founder of the right-wing extremist John Birch Society, Koch Industries has become a diversified enterprise that funds large-scale lobbying and a range of libertarian policy and activist groups that play a significant role in the global warming denial machine.

    To New Yorkers who associate the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, it’s startling to learn that the Texas branch of that foundation’s political arm, known simply as Americans for Prosperity, gave its Blogger of the Year Award to an activist who had called President Obama “cokehead in chief.”

    An oil company headed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch has contributed $1 million to the campaign to suspend the state’s landmark climate change law. Flint Hills Resources does not have any oil interests in California but is a big opponent of climate change legislation around the country. On Thursday, the Kansas-based refining and chemicals manufacturer threw its weight behind Proposition 23, the ballot initiative that seeks to suspend California’s greenhouse gas reduction law until the economy improves.

    Rupert Murdoch:
    The opponents of the proposed Cordoba Initiative Islamic center planned for Lower Manhattan are fond of suggesting, by way of lengthy and often confusing chains of causation and association, that its principal planner, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is connected to terrorism. “The imam has been tied to some shady characters,” Fox Business Channel’s Eric Bolling recently said, “so should we worry that terror dollars could be funding the project?” Blogger Pamela Geller, who has become a regular talking head on cable-news channels to denounce the mosque, has noted Rauf’s involvement with a Malaysian peace group that funded the group that organized the Gaza flotilla under the headline, “Ground Zero Imam Rauf’s ‘Charity’ Funded Genocide Mission.”

    On last night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart skewered these antics as a “dangerous game of guilt by association you can play with almost anybody,” and proceeded to tie Fox News to al-Qaida by connecting Fox News parent News Corp’s second-largest shareholder, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, to the Carlyle Group, which has done business with the bin Laden family, “one of whose sons — obviously I’m not going to say which one — may be anti-American.” But Stewart didn’t need to take all those steps to make the connection: Al-Waleed has directly funded Rauf’s projects to the tune of more than $300,000. If Fox newscasters can darkly suggest “terror dollars” are sluicing into the Islamic center’s coffers via “shady characters,” then are Al-Waleed, and News Corp. leader Rupert Murdoch, by the same logic, also terror stooges?

    For anybody still harboring the belief that the Tea Party movement is a grassroots insurgency, you may want to look at where two of the movement’s biggest backers are throwing their cash. Politico’s Ben Smith reports that News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, and David Koch, the oil magnate who chairs the board of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (the Koch-funded astroturf powerhouse behind a lot of Tea Party organizing), each threw a cool $1 million at the Republican Governors Association — hardly a rogue operation, and very much a part of the Republican establishment.

    Yes, News Corp.’s software division is funneling money into the pocket of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. Sean Hannity has asked, “Why would we sit down with a mad man like Adolf Jr., Ahmadinejad or Kim Jong-Il?” Perhaps he needs to pose that same question in News Corp.’s executive suite. In fact, I wonder what Fox News personalities think of their boss’ business dealings considering their own thoughts on the North Korean regime

    In November 2005, three senior aides to Britain’s royal family noticed odd things happening on their mobile phones. Messages they had never listened to were somehow appearing in their mailboxes as if heard and saved. Equally peculiar were stories that began appearing about Prince William in one of the country’s biggest tabloids, News of the World. The stories were banal enough (Prince William pulled a tendon in his knee, one revealed). But the royal aides were puzzled as to how News of the World had gotten the information, which was known among only a small, discreet circle. They began to suspect that someone was eavesdropping on their private conversations.

    As of this summer, five people have filed lawsuits accusing News Group Newspapers, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s publishing empire that includes News of the World, of breaking into their voice mail. Additional cases are being prepared, including one seeking a judicial review of Scotland Yard’s handling of the investigation. The litigation is beginning to expose just how far the hacking went, something that Scotland Yard did not do. In fact, an examination based on police records, court documents and interviews with investigators and reporters shows that Britain’s revered police agency failed to pursue leads suggesting that one of the country’s most powerful newspapers was routinely listening in on its citizens.

    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal now owns a 7 percent stake in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, making him the company’s largest shareholder outside of Murdoch’s own family. Alwaleed is best known for going to Ground Zero after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and personally handing then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani a check for $10 million to help finance relief efforts. Afterwards, Alwaleed released a statement blaming the attacks not on the Saudi airline hijackers, but on U.S. policies in the middle east. As a result, Giuliani returned the prince’s donation, gaining him praise from Fox News for doing so. Now that Alwaleed has a controlling ownership in News Corp., he is gaining influence over Fox News.

    Rachel Maddow interviews Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity

    Time to wake up people. No one can sit home this November, especially Democrats. Americans are being scammed by the tea party movement and the billionaires behind it. We need all hands on deck to fight the money and influence that is hijacking this country. We can not sit idly by while they pawn our future and fill Congress with a bunch of dangerous kooks.


    Community Service is the New Communist Evil

    The President of The United States would like more Americans to volunteer more. The President wants citizens to become more civic minded and spend more time doing things to help their communities. Some in Hollywood are even encouraging Americans to become more active in their communities. For example The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a Hollywood charitable organization, has helped to organize a push in the television industry to encourage volunteerism among the citizenry. Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will launch a new marketing campaign for 2010 called “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.” offering a free ticket to if you give just one day out of your life to doing something positive for your community.

    Encouraging Americans to become more active in their communities and give more of themselves for the sake of giving…………..seems like a good idea, huh?

    Well, a good idea unless you’re Glenn Beck and you need to come up with another outlandish crazy statement to keep your name in the news. Wouldn’t want to lose any face time to Hannity or Limbaugh now would we? As much as I’d like to see Glenn Beck’s head explode on live television I don’t think this idiot really believes a crazy word he says, it’s just about keeping up with the other ‘top’ conservative entertainers.

    Celebrities are coming together to make it cool to volunteer. Disney gives you a free day at the park. This is all fine, but doesn’t it seem a little bit convenient that all of this comes out now at the same time the Obama administration is calling for it? Obama controls the message through the media he holds in his pocket. Or in his little hand. And soon if you disobey, he’ll just go [Beck slaps his hand]. Now the message will be embedded in television shows. Isn’t this great? Aren’t you proud of what we’re doing? Oh, this certainly is change.

    Yep, that’s right………………..you volunteer in your community………..you just might be a communist.


    No Love in Mt. Vernon for Glenn Beck

    On Saturday Sept 26th as many as 800 citizens from Mt. Vernon, WA came out to protest the city’s decision to give former hometown boy Glenn Beck the key to the city.

    Its unclear how many protesters were there demonstrate against him or there to support the Fox News commentator entertainer.

    The Skagit Valley Herald reports that twice as many people were there protesting against Beck than supporting him, while The Seattle Times reports that it was more evenly split.

    The Seattle Times reported from inside McIntyre Hall, where the ceremony was held, despite efforts by Fox News and Glenn Beck’s representatives to limit press at the event.

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    Among the protesters was Bellingham resident Minnie Pollett, who drove to Mount Vernon with about a dozen others… She said she wanted to protest because she resents Beck’s presence here.

    “I believe in our Democracy. I believe in tolerance and President Obama, and the positive power to make a difference — not this,” Pollett said.

    For more photos of the event Click Here.


    Glenn Beck More Confused Than Ever

    Glenn Beck seems to suddenly be experiencing a case of push me-pull me. Seems now suddenly Glenn actually wants us to believe what he says even when he doesn’t. No matter to Glenn as long as he still has a show and still has a format. Just as his crony Limbaugh all Beck knows and cares about is that he’s found an audience willing to not only listen to his constant made up drivel but also willing to follow his advice.

    So what should we make of his latest remarks in an interview with Katie Couric?

    Obama is better for the country than McCain?

    McCain is a weird kind of progressive?

    So does this mean Glenn is now a socialist?

    Or is he a fascist?

    Or wait, maybe a communist Nazi?

    After all he is saying he believes not only is Obama better for the country, but he would have voted for Hillary Clinton if she would have been the Democratic nominee?

    Did Glenn lose his meds?

    Did someone cancel his health insurance?

    Or maybe just cancelling their advertising on his show?


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