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Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]: 'You scare the hell out of me'...
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Posted on 05/09/2003 5:01:59 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55

Murdoch defends DirecTV deal at U.S. House hearing Thu May 8, 2003 02:52 PM ET By Peter Kaplan WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) - News Corp. Ltd. Chairman Rupert Murdoch on Thursday parried criticism from Democratic lawmakers of his company's bid to buy U.S. satellite provider DirecTV and basked in praise from Republicans enamored with his conservative cable news channel.

Murdoch dismissed suggestions by some Democrats and consumer advocates that News Corp. NCP.AX NWS.N could use its vast array of TV programming as a weapon against DirecTV's satellite and cable competitors.

"Neither News Corp. nor DirecTV has any incentive to engage in anti-competitive behavior," the Australian-born Murdoch told the House Judiciary Committee.

The media conglomerate announced last month that it is planning to buy a controlling stake in DirecTV's parent company, Hughes Electronics Corp. GMH.N , for $6.6 billion in stock and cash from automaker General Motors Corp. GM.N

For News Corp., DirecTV and its 11.3 million subscribers would provide a big U.S. platform to distribute the news and sports channels it owns, and complement its extensive satellite operations in Europe and Asia.

But the deal must get approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department's antitrust division. Some consumer groups have raised questions about how it would affect competition.

At Thursday's hearing, Murdoch renewed past promises that News Corp. would make key programming like sports and local broadcast stations available to competitors like EchoStar Communications Corp. DISH.O or cable companies at a reasonable cost.

SPARRING OVER POLITICS

Rep. Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat, asked Murdoch to promise that News Corp. would abide by the promise even if the FCC drops the open access rules that it imposes on cable operators.

Boucher also asked for a pledge that News Corp. would not charge competitors for the rights to carry the signals of the hundreds of local over-the-air broadcast stations that it owns around the United States.

But Murdoch turned down both ideas, saying they would put the company at a disadvantage.

Murdoch argued that it wouldn't make sense for News Corp. to withhold programming from DirecTV rivals because that would be too damaging to News Corp.'s core business.

Satellite rival EchoStar edged out Murdoch in 2001 when it reached a $30 billion deal with Hughes. But regulators scuttled the deal a year later, citing concerns that the merger would harm competition.

Some other Democrats expressed fears that the deal would accelerate consolidation of the U.S. media and cut back the diversity of news outlets.

A few of the Democrats complained about the conservative tone of News Corp.'s Fox News Channel, the No. 1 cable news network, and accused it of being a "cheerleader" for the Bush administration.

"Maybe we should make a lot more noise than we're making," California Democrat Maxine Waters told Murdoch. "You scare the hell out of me."

Murdoch countered that Fox News featured liberal as well as conservative commentators. He said Fox had succeeded in the market by differentiating itself from other cable news shows.

Most of the Republicans on the committee agreed with Murdoch, and they had little but praise for him, his cable news program and the DirecTV deal.

"If my wife doesn't get a good dose of Fox News every morning, she gets pretty grumpy," said Judiciary committee chairman James Sensenbrenner, a Republican from Wisconsin.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: foxnews; maxine; murdoch; rickboucher
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1 posted on 05/09/2003 5:01:59 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
Rupert will always hold a special place in my heart.
Anybody who scares the hell out of Maxine Waters will always hold a special place in my heart.
2 posted on 05/09/2003 5:03:17 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: ConservativeMan55
If Maxine wants to check out something truly frightening, she should look in the mirror.
3 posted on 05/09/2003 5:04:32 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ConservativeMan55
"You scare the hell out of me." and "Maxine Waters"

Need I?



What was that about the flag we planted on Mars?
4 posted on 05/09/2003 5:04:34 PM PDT by bannie (Carrying the burdon of being a poor speller--mixed with the curse of verbosity)
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To: ConservativeMan55
You scare the hell out of me, Maxine!
5 posted on 05/09/2003 5:06:21 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Freedom is not Free - Support the Troops!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
CNN, ABC and the NY Slimes scare the hell out of me Waters. Welcome to the feeling. Just offering some "fair and balanced" here.

Prairie
6 posted on 05/09/2003 5:08:24 PM PDT by prairiebreeze ("Never have so many been so wrong about so many things"---Sec. Defense Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: bannie
I believe that was her sister Sheia Jackson Lee. Same amount of smarts.
7 posted on 05/09/2003 5:08:48 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: ConservativeMan55
Democrat Maxine Waters told Murdoch. "You scare the hell out of me."

Right back atcha, Maxine, baby!

As if she hasn't made a few run up a tree like frightened squirrels.

8 posted on 05/09/2003 5:09:20 PM PDT by woofer
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To: ConservativeMan55
Maxine Waters should be scared by Fox News.
9 posted on 05/09/2003 5:09:33 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: ConservativeMan55
If Fred Sanford had had Maxine around, he would have let Aunt Esther alone.
10 posted on 05/09/2003 5:11:49 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: ConservativeMan55
Anybody who scares the hell out of Maxine Waters will always hold a special place in my heart.

...
BUMP
11 posted on 05/09/2003 5:12:10 PM PDT by TLBSHOW (the gift is to see the truth)
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To: ConservativeMan55

12 posted on 05/09/2003 5:13:00 PM PDT by Grim
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To: Paul Atreides
Oh Oh I love that show!

"Ester if you face was made out of some dough, we could make a whole batch of ugly cookies."
13 posted on 05/09/2003 5:14:17 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Which is the bigger pile of manure?

14 posted on 05/09/2003 5:15:09 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY (((Marxism is the religion of fools)))
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To: ConservativeMan55
and then she says...

"Watch it sucker"
15 posted on 05/09/2003 5:15:11 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Headline should read...

"Maxine Waters supports cloning so much she decided to have herself cloned!"
16 posted on 05/09/2003 5:16:10 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Exactly what species is Mad Maxine, anyway?
17 posted on 05/09/2003 5:19:13 PM PDT by clintonh8r (You can have no better friend and no worse enemy than a U.S. Marine.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Maxine espouses some truly wierd ideas and beliefs that are incomprehensible to us and even most dems. So does Shiela Jackson Lee and many other black lawmakers.

IMHO they reflect their electorate. That is truly scary.

18 posted on 05/09/2003 5:20:11 PM PDT by umgud
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To: umgud
You got that right partner!
19 posted on 05/09/2003 5:26:56 PM PDT by DD938 (Bring an old sailor home for Sunday dinner.......maybe meet your sister)
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To: Mr. Mojo
"If Maxine wants to check out something truly frightening, she should look in the mirror."

My thought, too, until I realized that all the mirrors in her house no doubt cracked long ago.
20 posted on 05/09/2003 5:35:23 PM PDT by Let's Roll (And those that cried Appease! Appease! are hanged by those they tried to please!")
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To: ConservativeMan55
So, if Murdoch buys DirecTV there might actually be some competition. Is that a matter of antitrust concern?

Liberals are furious because they only control 95% of the news. They want the other 5% represented by Fox, talk radio, and a few odd newspapers (such as half of the Wall Street Journal).

The thing is, it's harder to bury the news or lie about it unless you control 100%.
21 posted on 05/09/2003 5:47:07 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ConservativeMan55

ECHOSTAR (DISH, Nasdaq)


NEWS CORP (NWS, NYSE)

yitbos

22 posted on 05/09/2003 5:51:31 PM PDT by bruinbirdman (Cut government spending)
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To: ConservativeMan55
No, no, no, no! It's my favorite Fred Sanford quote.

"I could stick your face in some dough, and make gorilla cookies"
23 posted on 05/09/2003 6:07:15 PM PDT by FrankRizzo890
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To: bruinbirdman
what's the point....
24 posted on 05/09/2003 6:33:39 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
That point alone sells it for me. Mr. Murdoch, I will welcome you into my home anytime.
25 posted on 05/09/2003 6:34:38 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government.)
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To: umgud
Bingo, umgud! Its the electorate that put these fools in office and keep them there that are truly scary. And it goes way beyond LaLa land. How in the world can anyone see what these fools do every day, and still vote to return them? Beyond me!

Regards,

Carlos

26 posted on 05/09/2003 6:42:55 PM PDT by Don Carlos (NO! Well, maybe. Let me get back to you.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
What Murdock should have told Maxine is "You are so full of hell, there is no one who could scare all of it out of you, Bi!$h!!!!!
27 posted on 05/09/2003 6:50:56 PM PDT by jaycee
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To: ConservativeMan55
"Maybe we should make a lot more noise than we're making," California Democrat Maxine Waters told Murdoch. "You scare the hell out of me."

Don't know the man but I like him already.
28 posted on 05/09/2003 6:51:50 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: ConservativeMan55
California Democrat Maxine Waters told Murdoch. "You scare the hell out of me."

The feeling is mutual, Maxine, the feeling is mutual.

29 posted on 05/09/2003 6:53:21 PM PDT by varon
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To: clintonh8r
She is a Klingon!
30 posted on 05/09/2003 6:55:36 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Free Republic, where leftist liars are exposed 24/7!)
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To: bannie
"What was that about the flag we planted on Mars?"

That was the other idiot Sheila Jackson-Lee of Houston.

31 posted on 05/09/2003 6:55:53 PM PDT by blam
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
"You scare the hell outta me.."


Ditto.
32 posted on 05/09/2003 7:00:54 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic
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To: reagan_fanatic
If they wanted a serious debate they should've paid airline seats for French executives at Canal Plus.

Of course nobody knows or cares, raht cheer.
33 posted on 05/09/2003 7:12:00 PM PDT by Psalm118
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To: Paul Atreides
We can't forget Geraldine Jones..."You better cut that out!"

34 posted on 05/09/2003 7:17:26 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Bumperootus!)
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To: Cicero
Liberals are furious because they only control 95% of the news. They want the other 5% represented by Fox, talk radio, and a few odd newspapers (such as half of the Wall Street Journal).

You hit it on the head. If you control 99% of the media, the other 1% is not too important. But when you control only 95% of the media, so that most people can see an altermative, and judge for themselves who is lying, you are in big trouble.

35 posted on 05/09/2003 7:21:48 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: ConservativeMan55
That's okay Maxie, you scare the hell out of me too! Now you know how it feels. (what a liar she is!)
36 posted on 05/09/2003 7:22:26 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Which is the bigger pile fo manure?...

Do I get time to think about this one?

Amazing how the truth hurts, and scares the hell out of liberal democrats like ole Maxine.

37 posted on 05/09/2003 8:33:33 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom.... needs a soldier !)
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To: ConservativeMan55
OHHHH NO Maxine it not that you scare of Rupert Murdoch personally I think you scare Rupe he is Aussie he don't scare easily come on dude party with Crodcille Hunter Steve Irwin that known fact LOL!
38 posted on 05/09/2003 9:03:34 PM PDT by SevenofNine (Not everybody in it for truth, justice, and the American way=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: ConservativeMan55
"A few of the Democrats complained about the conservative tone of News Corp.'s Fox News Channel, the No. 1 cable news network, and accused it of being a "cheerleader" for the Bush administration.

"Maybe we should make a lot more noise than we're making," California Democrat Maxine Waters told Murdoch. "You scare the hell out of me."



You mean this hearing is an issue because some Dems think Fox is too successful?? Oh my God!!!! And to think these are OUR elected officials. *sigh*
39 posted on 05/09/2003 9:05:19 PM PDT by bart99
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To: ConservativeMan55
A Free Press scares the hell out of most fascists. Go start a riot, maxine.
40 posted on 05/09/2003 9:07:31 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ConservativeMan55
somebody needs to let Maxine know that there are many folks out here who are glad FNC and company scare the likes of her! socialists should be scared!
41 posted on 05/09/2003 9:10:53 PM PDT by ahadams2
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Who's the drag queen on the left....and why does that pic smell worse than the poop?
42 posted on 05/09/2003 9:14:02 PM PDT by Thumper1960
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To: ConservativeMan55
Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]: 'You scare the hell out of me'...

Mirror, mirror, on the wall . . . .

43 posted on 05/09/2003 9:23:14 PM PDT by Normally a Lurker
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To: ConservativeMan55
Does "Solomon Barney Frank" scare her, also?
44 posted on 05/09/2003 9:31:56 PM PDT by scott7278 (Four more years! Four more years!)
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To: Normally a Lurker
NaL.... are you back here again? What's the deal?
45 posted on 05/09/2003 9:34:48 PM PDT by kylaka
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To: ConservativeMan55
Major Bump To That.This wretched excuse for a Representative irritates me everytime I see her Dome and hear her utterances on TV. The words "Vile Human" comes to the forefront of my mind when I see her. Hey Maxine, you wait until you get a load his 2 successful ( and on their way to inheriting the Business) sons.They will surely outlive YOU!
46 posted on 05/09/2003 11:23:05 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug , Holier-Than-Thou Socialist)
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To: ozzymandus
"A Free Press scares the hell out of most fascists. Go start a riot, maxine."

right on!


47 posted on 05/10/2003 4:30:24 AM PDT by Howie
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To: ConservativeMan55
You are so right! Anybody who scares Maxie Mouth is a hero in my book.
48 posted on 05/10/2003 4:55:27 AM PDT by abclily
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To: Free ThinkerNY
That picture reveals Maxie Mouth's intense hatred. The snarly face, the clenched fists. The liberals spend a lot of time hating and demonstrating their hatred.
49 posted on 05/10/2003 5:13:02 AM PDT by abclily
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To: ConservativeMan55
With a face like hers, she has quite a nerve!
50 posted on 05/10/2003 12:52:01 PM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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