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  • Elite 'Supervillains' Chime In On Scottish Independence Debate

    09/10/2014 12:38:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | September 9, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Global "supervillain" Henry Kissinger has spoken out on the Scottish independence debate, telling Prospect Magazine that "anything that makes Britain smaller I do not welcome". Yet the former US Secretary of State is not the only nefarious character to offer council on the issue of ScotlandÂ’s proposed breakaway from the UK. Some of the globeÂ’s most "black hated" antagonists have ruminated on the delicate matter of the British Union, with support falling on both sides of the fence. Here are 7 of the world's elite "supervillains" that have also chimed in on the referendum: Rupert Murdoch: When not denying man...
  • Rupert Murdoch Is Rebuffed in Offer for Time Warner

    07/16/2014 7:30:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/16/2014 | By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
    The media giant 21st Century Fox, the empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed. The bold approach could put Time Warner in play and might again ignite a reshaping of the media industry, prompting a new spate of mega-mergers among the nation’s largest entertainment companies. Mr. Murdoch has built a global media juggernaut over nearly five decades spanning studios, television channels and newspapers, in part, by pursuing bold deals that were often rebuffed at first by the targets of his overtures, only to later acquiesce. Time...
  • Misconceptions helped kill Australian carbon tax (barf alert)

    07/06/2014 7:29:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2014 2:18 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    … Opponents of the carbon tax implemented in 2012 had the media largely on their side. Electricity prices soared—not mainly because of the tax, but because power companies were spending billions on infrastructure. Most electricity users were compensated for the added cost of the tax, but many of them didn’t know that. And rising gas prices fed the fury—even though the tax didn’t apply to gasoline. Australia’s experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants’ carbon...
  • Howlin' Mad Murdoch's Immigration Sermon

    06/20/2014 8:52:36 PM PDT · by Noremac · 10 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | June 20, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, one of Murdoch’s media holdings, about an issue that has been on his wish list for years: immigration reform. From it comes Murdoch’s “Immigrant Elevator Speech”. “I chose to come to America and become a citizen because America was — and remains — the most free and entrepreneurial nation in the world. Our history is defined by people whose character and culture have been shaped by ambition, imagination and hard work, bound together by a dream of a better life.” This is all quite charming until you realize...
  • Rupert Murdoch Pushes for Immigration Reform in WSJ Op-Ed

    06/19/2014 6:19:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6//18/14 | Josh Feldman
    Rupert Murdoch, the head of NewsCorp (the corporate owner of Fox News), penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal today in which he strongly advocates for immigration reform, an issue believed to have cost Eric Cantor his reelection at the hands of the tea party. And, in fact, Murdoch opens his op-ed by saying, “When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank.”
  • Immigration Reform Can't Wait

    06/18/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT · by Theoria · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 18 June 2014 | Rupert Murdoch
    There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers. When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party. Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor's loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single,...
  • The Most Dishonest Amnesty Poll Yet

    05/16/2014 9:34:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/16/14 | Mark Krikorian
    Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch’s Partnership for a New American Economy (a.k.a. Billionaires for Open Borders) has released what may be the most ridiculously skewed pro-amnesty poll I’ve seen. The poll, conducted by McLlaughlin & Associates, is timed to coincide with Tea Party Express executive Sal Russo’s teaming up with Grover Norquist to push amnesty (they both co-sponsored the poll as well); it purports to show that even tea-party people support Chuck Schumer’s amnesty bill, so get on with it already, Boehner! The mendacity of the whole exercise becomes apparent when you read the actual questions. After a few setup...
  • CNN's Piers Morgan questioned over phone-hacking

    02/15/2014 11:26:06 PM PST · by South40 · 12 replies
    MSN.com (Reuters) ^ | 2/15/2014 | Kate Holton and Michael Holden
    (Reuters) — Piers Morgan, one of the biggest names in British media and a CNN television host, has been questioned by London police in connection with allegations of phone-hacking at the Daily Mirror tabloid he used to edit. Morgan, a former judge on "America's Got Talent" show who replaced Larry King on CNN in 2011, said in a statement on Thursday he had been interviewed by officers after voluntarily attending a police station in December. The 48-year-old, who has always denied any involvement in phone hacking, was quizzed as part of wider investigations into illegal practices by journalists at Rupert...
  • Fox News has a “crumbling foundation”: Roger Ailes’ biographer talks to Salon

    01/21/2014 2:15:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Salon ^ | January 21, 2014 | Josh Eidelson
    Gabriel Sherman’s exhaustive, inflammatory biography of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, released days ago by Random House, has already prompted network pushback. “While we have not read the book,” a Fox News spokesperson told the New York Times, “the only reality here is that Gabe was not provided any direct access to Roger Ailes and the book was never fact-checked with Fox News.” Sherman’s 538-page tome, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country,” is the product of three years of work and hundreds of interviews. It paints...
  • Let’s nationalize Fox News: Imagining a very different media

    01/19/2014 8:14:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 1/18/14 | Fred Jerome
    Excerpted from "Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA" Imagine a world without the New York Times, Fox News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and countless other tools used by the 1 percent to rule and fool. In a socialist society run by and for the working people it represents, the mega-monopolies like Walmart, Halliburton, Exxon-Mobil, and the corporations that run the tightly controlled “mainstream media” will be a thing of the past. It’s not news that the major US media are run by and for big business, or that the major media companies are themselves big businesses. Twenty years ago,...
  • Rupert Murdoch, wife reach divorce deal in NYC

    11/20/2013 6:06:19 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | November 20, 2013 | Jennifer Peltz
    Media baron Rupert Murdoch and his soon-to-be-ex-wife said they were parting with "mutual respect" Wednesday after telling a judge they had reached a divorce deal. The chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox and his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng Murdoch, shook hands and briefly hugged after a brief proceeding in a Manhattan court.
  • How Billy Graham became an American icon

    11/09/2013 12:46:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | November 9, 2013 | Molly Worthen, special to CNN
    Under ordinary circumstances, Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch are probably not in the habit of attending the birthday parties of elderly Christian preachers in the North Carolina mountains. But they were both among the hundreds of well-wishers at the party on Thursday marking Billy Graham’s 95th birthday. Graham spent his career leading revivals around the globe, following a long tradition of evangelists who have traveled far and wide to urge sinners to accept Christ. But his birthday guest list shows that he is no ordinary preacher. He is a cultural icon, the most famous face of traditional Protestant Christianity. “We...
  • Mark Levin: Wall Street Journal Poll Showing Shutdown Has Hurt Republicans A "Fraud" (audio)

    10/11/2013 5:16:49 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 26 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 11, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    MARK LEVIN: And you see folks, they all look at this poll, this NBC poll, and this has been all over FOX News today. And unfortunately nobody there reads PJ Media or listens to talk radio or reads the internet, because the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is a fraud, an absolute fraud. Bryan Preston, he points it out. A sharp reader caught a statistical problem with that much-cited NBC/WSJ poll that shows Republicans are getting whooped in the shutdown. One-in-five respondents work for the federal government, twenty-percent of those polled. And yet in real life, eight-percent work for the federal...
  • Mirror journalist, Sun director to be charged over UK corruption

    08/20/2013 7:51:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    A former journalist at the Daily Mirror tabloid and a veteran editorial director at Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper are to be charged with making illegal payments to public officials, British prosecutors said on Tuesday.
  • Analyzing The Rupert Murdoch Divorce: Why Wendi May Not Go Quietly

    06/16/2013 9:38:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/15/2013 | amonn Fingleton, Contributor
    Hong Kong gossip has it that the first time Wendi Deng met her future husband Rupert Murdoch, she accidentally-on-purpose spilled red wine on his trousers. Recounted by the Australian journalist Eric Ellis, the story is probably apocryphal, but it still captures something important: she is the sort of person other people like to tell stories about – and the more outrageous the better. Deng is evidently not one to be bound by normal rules. And that is why we may wonder whether even Rupert Murdoch, equipped as he is with a steel-trap mind (not to mention the best prenuptial advice...
  • Tony Blair strongly denies affair with Wendi Deng as outrageous rumours sweep the internet

    06/14/2013 3:34:36 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14:25 EST, 14 June 2013 | Tom Leonard
    Tony Blair denied outrageous internet rumours today linking him with the divorce of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng. The internet was awash with unfounded suggestions that the former Prime Minister may have been romantically involved with 44-year-old Miss Deng, who is a close friend. The feverish speculation followed a Twitter claim by BBC business editor Robert Peston, who has close links with senior Murdoch empire insiders, that he had been ‘told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping - & hate myself for wanting to know what they are’. The rumours are understood to have been emphatically rejected...
  • News Corp. OKs poison pill, buyback before split

    05/24/2013 1:10:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2013 3:10 PM EDT | Ryan Nakashima
    News Corp. said its board of directors has approved plans to split its entertainment and publishing businesses into two separate companies. The company also adopted a shareholder-rights plan designed to prevent a hostile takeover in the volatile trading period after the split is complete. The New York-based media conglomerate also said Friday that the target date for the split is June 28. The company holding its TV and movie properties will be 21st Century Fox. The new News Corp., a smaller entity, will be focused on newspapers and publishing. Both will be publicly traded, under separate ticker symbols. … The...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • Girl guides (UK girl scouts) sign “No More Page 3” campaign

    04/09/2013 1:15:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:00AM BST 09 Apr 2013 | Emma Barnett
    Girl Guides have thrown their support behind the “No More Page 3” campaign, in a bid to stop the perpetuation of the idea that “women are objects” in a family newspaper. Girlguiding UK has signed the campaign to try and force the hand of Rupert Murdoch, who hinted a few weeks ago that he is considering ending the publication of photographs of topless models on page 3 of The Sun—which he owns, as chief executive of News Corporation. …
  • Conservatives Shouldn't Own Newspapers?

    04/03/2013 11:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The Los Angeles Times is up for sale, and there are super-wealthy conservative bidders. Get the popcorn out and watch the liberals squeal. The hilarious kickoff came when two leftist collectives -- the Daily Kos website and the California-based Courage Campaign Institute -- set out to buy an ad in the LA Times to protest the Koch brothers pondering a bid. I kid you not, the ad began: "WE NEED NEWS, NOT MORE SPIN." This would assume that today's Los Angeles Times -- which just endorsed Obama's re-election -- is an oasis of objectivity in a desert of media bias....
  • The Koch brothers’ media investment: They are rumored to want the Tribune chain.

    04/02/2013 1:59:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Columbia Journalism Review ^ | April 2, 2013 | Sasha Chavkin
    Tribune Company’s moves to sell its newspapers—a string that includes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune—has reportedly sparked the interest of a number of heavyweight financiers. These include familiar media moguls like Warren Buffett and Rupert Murdoch. But heads turned when another pair of possible bidders emerged early in March: the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers, of course, are best known for funding conservative causes and conservative politicians. Unlike Buffett, who has purchased 63 newspapers in the last 15 months, and Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal and the New York...
  • Immigration Reform: Rupert Murdoch and the Fox News Factor

    02/02/2013 8:25:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Chicago WLS AM ^ | Feb 2, 2013
    Immigration Reform: Rupert Murdoch and the Fox News Factor 9:37AM Saturday February 2, 2013 (WASHINGTON) -- In the brewing battle over a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, Fox News Channel is uniquely positioned to play a make-or-break role. The question is, will it? Advocates on both sides of a proposed U.S. immigration overhaul are closely eyeing the nation's most-watched cable news network -- and megaphone -- for politically-conservative causes as it joins a rapidly escalating national debate. Will the network and its high-profile opinionators fan the flames of opposition to a comprehensive reform plan, or...
  • Is Fox News really different?

    01/31/2013 7:11:03 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 92 replies
    WND.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    For many Americans, Fox News is their “alternative” choice for news. They’ve made it the No. 1 cable news network, largely because they believe its “fair and balanced” promotional slogan. Many even believe Fox leans to the right and provides news they can’t get anywhere else. But is Fox really different from the rest of the media? Or has it been successful merely at positioning itself as different? Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave nearly six times as much money to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the...
  • Murdoch apologizes for “offensive” Netanyahu cartoon

    01/28/2013 4:20:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:02pm EST | Tim Castle
    Rupert Murdoch apologized on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon in his London-based Sunday Times newspaper depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a bloody wall trapping the bodies of Palestinians, after complaints from Jewish groups. The image, which shows Netanyahu holding a trowel dripping blood, was published on Holocaust Memorial Day and carried the caption “Israeli elections. Will cementing peace continue?” The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the cartoon was “shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently anti-Semitic Arab press”. The so-called “blood libel”—accusations that Jewish peoples murder children and...
  • Murdoch's KGB-Friendly Series

    01/04/2013 5:42:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    In August, Rupert Murdoch's FX picked up a Cold War series set in the 1980s titled "The Americans." Liberals might have braced themselves for the worst. It sounded like some kind of Chuck Norris-style "jingoistic" homage to freedom-loving intelligence agents. But this is Hollywood, so the show instead focuses on KGB spies who speak perfect English, working to destroy Reagan-era America, which is not altogether a bad thing to people in Hollywood. Joe Weisberg, who worked for more than three years at the CIA, first wrote a script about two CIA case officers stationed in Bulgaria. Fox bought that script,...
  • Why the US media ignored Murdoch's brazen bid to hijack the presidency (Supposedly backing Petraeus)

    12/21/2012 7:39:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Guardian ^ | December 20, 2012 | Carl Bernstein
    So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch's ultimate and most audacious attempt – thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance – to hijack America's democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press. In the American instance, Murdoch's goal seems to have been nothing less than using his media empire – notably Fox News – to stealthily recruit, bankroll and support the presidential candidacy of General David Petraeus in the 2012...
  • Rupert Murdoch, Fox News Owner, Calls for Automatic Weapons Ban

    12/15/2012 3:29:02 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy. - Rupert Murdoch | Twitter ++++ News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch expressed support for an automatic weapons ban tonight following today's shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?," Murdoch wrote on Twitter. Murdoch made a similar call following the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., in July: "We have to do something about gun controls. Police license okay for hunting rifle or pistol for anyone without crim or pscho record. No more,"...
  • Murdoch Apologizes for 'Jewish-Owned Media' Tweet

    11/19/2012 2:45:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/11/12
    Founder and chief executive of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, apologized for posting a message on Twitter slamming the "Jewish owned press" for its anti Israel coverage of the Gaza conflict. Murdoch reportedly received angry responses to his tweet, which asked: "Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?" "Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment," Murdoch wrote in a second tweet in support of the Jewish state. Due to negative backlash, the media mogul tweeted an apology ...
  • Rupert Murdoch Predicts ‘Nightmare for Israel if Obama Wins,‘ WH ’Still Lying About Benghazi’

    10/13/2012 12:46:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 13, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch went on a bit of a Twitter tear Saturday morning, predicting a “nightmare for Israel if Obama wins” re-election and accusing the White House of “still lying about Benghazi.” The media mogul — whose company owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and others — said Vice President Joe Biden “threw [the] CIA under the bus“ and ”now [White House] throws State [Department]!” He also came down on Mitt Romney, saying the Republican presidential nominee needs to ignore personal attacks at the next debate and focus on his jobs plan:(continued)
  • Who Owns the News Media

    09/21/2012 11:09:41 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 24 replies
    Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read Back in 1983, approximately 0 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don't even stop to think about who...
  • Rupert Murdoch Tells Romney To ‘Stop Fearing [The] Far Right’

    09/11/2012 10:24:41 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/11/12 | Josh Feldman
    Ever since Rupert Murdoch started his Twitter account, he has been sounding off on everything from gun control to Scientology. Now he’s offering some words of advice for Mitt Romney, tweeting earlier today that the Republican nominee needs to get more specific and to “stop fearing [the] far right” abandoning him if he makes a play for the middle because they have “nowhere else to go.” Murdoch acknowledged that the Democrats scored a “big net win” with their convention, highlighting Bill Clinton‘s “brilliant” speech. He went on to say that between now and the November election, Romney has to offer...
  • Unlikely Bedfellows on Immigration Reform

    08/21/2012 5:16:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    Michael Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York City, is no one's idea of a hardline Republican conservative. Media titan Rupert Murdoch, whose empire includes Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, is no one's idea of a squishy Republican moderate. And Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, a lifelong Democrat, is no one's idea of a Republican at all. It isn't every day that three men with such disparate ideological profiles find common cause, let alone on a high-profile issue that has been roiling American politics for years. But there they were at Boston's Seaport Hotel one evening last week, jointly...
  • Shots by Murdoch at Romney Play Out to Conservative Core

    07/05/2012 7:38:28 PM PDT · by raulgomez05 · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7-5-12 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    To hear Rupert Murdoch tell it lately, Mitt Romney lacks stomach and heart. He “seems to play everything safe.” And he is not nearly as tough as he needs to be on President Obama. Mr. Murdoch’s thoughts on the Republican presidential candidate’s prospects? “Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from the team.” Chances of that? “Doubtful,” he tapped out in a Twitter message from his iPad last weekend. Then, on Thursday, Mr. Murdoch’s flagship newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, published a blistering editorial criticizing Mr. Romney’s campaign, accusing it of being hapless...
  • Rupert Murdoch's son denies Tom Cruise almost converted him to Scientology

    07/03/2012 10:32:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:30PM BST 03 Jul 2012 | Raf Sanchez
    The eldest son of Rupert Murdoch has denied he ever considered joining Scientology after reports emerged claiming Tom Cruise tried to convert him. Lachlan Murdoch was assiduously courted by the Hollywood star in 1999 while they were both living in Australia, according to the Daily Beast. Cruise, who had moved to live near his then-wife Nicole Kidman's family, was said to be determined to bring the younger Murdoch into the Scientology fold, believing that he would soon take over his father's media empire. Cruise reportedly traveled with Murdoch and his friend James Packer on private jets, all the while evangelizing...
  • Romney: I’m Not Going To Be A ‘Flip-Flopper’ On Immigration

    07/02/2012 3:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Talking Points Memo / The Politico ^ | July 2, 2012 | Igor Bobic
    At a private meeting with a group of influential supporters including Rupert Murdoch, Mitt Romney said he wasn’t going to flip-flop from his past positions on immigration, according to Politico: Murdoch chimed in, three sources said, telling the candidate on the issue of immigration generally, “You have to take the fight to Obama on this.” Romney said the Hispanic vote is important, noting he has Sen. Marco Rubio on the trail for him and that one of his own sons speaks Spanish, but indicated he is not going to change positions from some of what he said in the primaries....
  • Rupert Murdoch: Scientologists ‘creepy, maybe even evil’

    07/02/2012 12:15:11 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 1, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    <p>Rupert Murdoch, New Corp. chief executive... took to Twitter on Sunday to weigh in on the breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.</p> <p>"Scientology back in news," Murdoch tweeted. "Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in [hierarchy]."</p>
  • Britain's Blair faces grilling over ties to Murdoch

    05/27/2012 10:37:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun May 27, 2012 10:35pm EDT | Kate Holton
    Tony Blair's decision to openly court Rupert Murdoch to win power and ensure favorable coverage during his decade-long tenure as British prime minister will come under scrutiny when he faces a media inquiry on Monday. The inquiry, ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron after Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid admitted hacking phones, has tarnished Britain's elite by laying bare the collusion between politicians, the police and the media. Blair kicks off an important week at the Leveson inquiry by answering questions about his often obsessive media management which included courting Murdoch. The inquiry has so far focused...
  • Fox News, 'America's Poison'?

    05/09/2012 4:35:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    The New York Times really loathes Rupert Murdoch. The Gray Lady almost achieved nirvana on the front page the other day when a group of laborites in the British Parliament asserted in a "damning report" that Murdoch was "not fit" for major media ownership. Bill Keller, recently the paper's executive editor, devoted his latest column to Fox News with the headline "Murdoch's Pride Is America's Poison." The man who edited The New York Times is blunt: "I would argue that -- at least for Americans -- Fox News is Murdoch's most toxic legacy." If that's not ridiculous enough, try this:...
  • Ethics watchdog asks FCC to revoke Fox's broadcast licenses

    05/02/2012 8:22:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    Ethics watchdog asks FCC to revoke Fox's broadcast licenses By Andrew Feinberg - 05/02/12 09:56 AM ET An ethics watchdog group is using the hacking scandal in the United Kingdom to call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to cancel Fox's broadcast licenses. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on Tuesday, arguing that U.S. law states that broadcast airwaves shall only be licensed to people of "good character" and used "in the public interest." They're asking the FCC to revoke broadcast licenses for the 27 stations the Fox network...
  • "We don't have that sort of power," Murdoch tells inquiry (UK left-wing persecutors)

    04/25/2012 11:28:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    al-Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:44pm EDT | Estelle Shirbon and Georgina Prodhan
    Rupert Murdoch is used to slipping into Downing Street by the back door for discreet meetings with prime ministers, but there was no such privacy on Wednesday when he faced a grilling about his political influence in the full glare of the world's media. … Questioned under oath at a judicial inquiry prompted by revelations of endemic phone-hacking at his News of the World tabloid, which he shut down last July, Murdoch gave a confident performance in which he amiably played down the power he holds. If his enemies had hoped to see him squirm under the forensic questioning of...
  • Gingrich Unloads on Fox News in Private Meeting

    04/11/2012 5:15:16 PM PDT · by VinL · 305 replies
    Real Politics ^ | 4-11-12 | Conroy
    - During a meeting with 18 Delaware Tea Party leaders here on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich lambasted The Fox News Channel, accusing the cable news network that employed him as recently as last year of having been in the tank for Mitt Romney from the beginning of the Republican presidential fight and singling out former colleagues for attacking him out of what he characterized as personal jealousy. “I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said during the private meeting at Wesley College to which RealClearPolitics was granted access. “In our experience, Callista and I both believe...
  • Rupert Murdoch turns to Twitter to attack Obama(SOPA)

    01/16/2012 8:06:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/15/12 | Ilaina Jonas
    Rupert Murdoch turns to Twitter to attack Obama By Ilaina Jonas NEW YORK | Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:17pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media baron Rupert Murdoch used his new Twitter account this weekend to attack the Obama Administration's opposition to parts of proposed legislation designed to combat Internet piracy. "So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery," News Corp's chairman and chief executive officer posted on his personal Twitter account Saturday. Murdoch, whose media empire includes Fox TV, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Studios and the...
  • Murdoch backs Santorum for US president

    01/02/2012 11:27:35 PM PST · by Qbert · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/2/2012 | AFP via Breitbart
    Media magnate Rupert Murdoch on Monday urged Iowans to back firebrand social conservative Rick Santorum, one day before they cast the first votes of the 2012 White House race. "Can't resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country," Murdoch, 80, said on his official Twitter feed on the eve of the heartland state's nominating caucuses. Santorum has surged into third place in recent days on the strength of his take-no-prisoners social conservative ideology and seemed poised for a strong finish in the largely symbolic first-in-the-nation ballot.
  • Murdoch gave loyal lieutenant Rebekah Brooks £1.7m pay-off, car and office

    11/05/2011 4:34:48 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 6 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 5th 2011 | Daniel Boffey,
    Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor who resigned as chief executive of News International at the height of the phone-hacking scandal, received £1.7m in cash, the use of a London office and a chauffeur-driven limousine as part of her severance package from the newspaper group. Brooks, a favourite of Rupert Murdoch who rose from being a secretary on the features desk of the Sunday newspaper to the very top of the mogul's UK operation, quit in July amid claims over the alleged illegal activities carried out by her executives and reporters. Days after she resigned, she was...
  • Occupy Wall Street protesters plan 'Millionaires March' to Rupert Murdoch's, tycoons' NYC homes

    10/10/2011 5:30:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/10/11 | HELEN KENNEDY
    The Occupy Wall Street protesters are planning to get in the face of some of New York's richest tycoons on Tuesday. A "Millionaires March" will visit the homes - or, more realistically, the gleaming marble lobbies - of five of the city's wealthiest residents. On the target list: NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, conservative billionaire David Koch, financier Howard Milstein and hedge fund mogul John Paulson.
  • Warren Buffett Says He Will Release His Tax Returns If Rupert Murdoch Does (First shots fired)

    10/04/2011 12:32:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/04/2011 | Zeke Miller
    Pressed by House Republicans and the Wall Street Journal editorial board to release a copy of his tax returns to justify the so-called "Buffett tax," the Oracle of Omaha said he would comply if News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch did the same. "I think it might be a terrific idea if they would just ask their boss, Rupert Murdoch, and he and I will meet at Fortune, and we'll both give you our tax returns and you can publish them," Buffett told Fortune's Carol Loomis. "I'm ready tomorrow morning," he said. In a New York Times column, Buffett asked Congress...
  • Times Atlas 'wrong' on Greenland ice

    09/19/2011 6:28:21 AM PDT · by Labour-Watch · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | Sep 19, 2011 | Richard Black
    Leading UK polar scientists say the Times Atlas of the World was wrong to assert that it has had to re-draw its map of Greenland due to climate change. Publicity for the latest edition of the atlas, launched last week, said warming had turned 15% of Greenland's former ice-covered land "green and ice-free". But scientists from the Scott Polar Research Institute say the figures are wrong; the ice has not shrunk so much. The Atlas costs £150 ($237) and claims to be the world's "most authoritative". The 13th edition of the "comprehensive" version of the atlas included a number of...
  • Communists Rail Against Rupert Murdoch

    08/07/2011 5:35:53 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 1 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | August 7, 2011 | -TWR-
    Worldwide, communists are uniting against the Australian-American Rupert Murdoch, and his “media empire,” News Corporation. Writing for the Communist Party of Australia, Tom Pearson asserts, “In the US, his Fox News Network helped spread the lies about the Iraq war, supported George W Bush’s electoral campaign, pushes racist attitudes towards Muslims and immigrants and supports the extreme right-wing Tea Party.” Self-identified communists and their media allies seem encouraged by the unrepresentative News of the World scandal, even though the paper amounted to 1 percent of News Corp’s operations. They sense an opportunity to regulate free speech, as well. In the...
  • Watch Video: Rupert Murdoch hit with pie attack, wife hits back

    07/19/2011 10:48:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/19/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    You mess with Murdoch … you mess with the whole family. ABC News puts a spotlight on the reaction of Wendy Deng Murdoch to an attack on her husband, News Corp mogul Rupert Murdoch, as he and his son James testified before a Parliamentary committee earlier today: A Parliament hearing into hacking by News Corp. journalists erupted into chaos Tuesday as CEO Rupert Murdoch was attacked by a man with what appeared to be a pie.Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife, rose from her seat behind her husband to protect him and took a swing at the intruder. The man was...
  • VIDEO: Rupert Murdoch Attacked At Parliament Hearing

    07/19/2011 9:27:08 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 48 replies
    News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch was testifying to British Parliament when he was attacked.