Rupert Murdoch has one over-riding interest: Greed!
Glenn Beck frequently brings up George Soros (links to a Review post about him) as a bad guy that funds progressive organizations like Media Matters, a right-wing media watchdog group. Beck needs to take a long hard look at his own boss, Rupert Murdoch, a supporter of a party vigorously by Beck and owner of a media empire.
The Review has been aware for years that Murdoch's News Corp. is a huge media empire. There's nothing inherently wrong with this; that's his right as a free individual. Another story covered by blogger Lance Turner is linked off Murdoch's Time picture above about his charging for online content. His income is at the level of wealth that Fox "News" is constantly working to protect from increased taxation. That someone is so committed to protecting his fortune to create the media narrative used to gain public support for the amassing of great wealth for the very few goes beyond the pale of normal greed. The strategy is unscrupulous and ingenious.
It's ingenious for the obvious reasons. Some foreigner, Murdoch is Australian, makes it well in the news business and realizes that America is the world hegemon that controls the world economy by the force of military, financial and technological superiority. The right wing narrative created in the media organizations of his empire address the concerns of a largely conservative population using the commentary of fear mongers (not just Glenn Beck) and liars to move the opinion of Murdoch's consumers away from the reasoning of fairness ("social justice") and balance between left and right. It's brilliant!
Murdoch is evil for a completely different reason. Forget the many examples of his outlets reporting what people want to hear or see rather than the actual facts of the story. One example that made it on the broadcast news recently is the NY Post's headline: "USA WINS, 1-1." There's no doubt that tomorrows headline will not read: "USA LOSES, 2-2."
Rupert Murdoch Supports Whom?
The Review's searches of Glenn Beck on various blogs and publications led to a rather shocking revelation about Rupert Murdoch, the master of the right-wing media. According to John Richardson in his Esquire article entitled "The Communist Connection Glenn Beck Doesn't Want to Talk About," Murdoch has extensive connections with powerful Communists and supports their policies.
Extended excerpts from this article are reprinted here with permission of the author.
A few days ago, Beck posted a picture on his Web site of the Empire State Building in the colors of the Chinese flag. Apparently this was a courtesy gesture from New York City in recognition of our largest bondholder and second-largest trading partner's birthday. Beck's headline: Communist State Building?
This got me thinking, even though I prefer not to think about Glenn Beck: His administration suspects are actually a pretty tame bunch. (Cass Sunstein is a vaguely libertarian professor at Harvard and author of at least thirteen books. John Holdren is a distinguished professor at Harvard's Kennedy School, the director of the Woods Hole Research Center, and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Carol Browner is a former Senate staffer and senior state government official. Mark Lloyd is a professor at Georgetown University's public policy school and a former lecturer at MIT.) Not exactly bomb-throwing revolutionaries.[Emphasis added]
However, there is still one powerful American who has extensive connections with communists — not just some communists, but some of the most powerful communists in the world. According to an extensive report in the New York Times, this man has "flattered Communist Party leaders and done business with their children," met repeatedly with senior members of the communist Politburo, "cooperates closely" with communist censors and propaganda networks, and "cultivates political ties" with communists in the hope that they will "insulate his business ventures." Not only that, but he "often supports the policies" of communist leaders and "attacks their critics."
It gets worse. This powerful American has control of a large number of media holdings, and he attempted to curry favor with said communists by ordering one of his book publishing units to release a volume of communist propaganda glorifying Deng Xiaoping, the heir to Chairman Mao.
Another time, he killed a book deal with the last British governor of Hong Kong because of rumors that it would be critical of his communist business partners. When the story broke, the businessman denied it. Then Business Weekuncovered internal memos that spoke of "corporate worries" that the book would threaten his business interests in China.
And it gets worse still. This powerful American businessman also owns a Chinese television network called Star TV. Once it carried news programming from the BBC. But after the famous incident when communists attacked unarmed civilians in Tiananmen Square, Star TV's BBC affiliate repeatedly showed the spectacular video clip of a man facing down a tank alone. The communists complained. And the powerful American businessman — who makes a great deal of noise on these shores about being a champion of freedom and free speech and the free market — asked the BBC to stop showing it so often. But the BBC kept airing the clip and the communists kept complaining and finally the businessman ordered his Chinese network to drop the BBC news channel altogether. He insisted this was a business decision and that politics had absolutely nothing to do with it, of course — and, also, the BBC reporters really wanted to spend more time with their families. But subsequently, the supreme leader of the communists praised him for his "objective" approach to Chinese political news.
As I said, this American businessman is a vocal champion of freedom in this country. He owns the Weekly Standard, which supports Bill Kristol and many other influential neoconservatives who are passionately committed to spreading democracy to all oil-producing countries. He put all of his media power behind the Iraq War. He cheered George W. Bush as "a man of great character and deep humility." And he's famously touchy about any criticism of his politics — when The Simpsons ran a parody of Fox News that included headlines like "Do Democrats Cause Cancer?" he threatened to sue the creators of the most successful show in the history of his network.
But his friendly relations with overseas communists have proved lucrative. After killing Star TV's BBC affiliate in order to ingratiate himself with China's communist propaganda ministers, he established a contract to help design a Web site for CCTV, the giant official Chinese TV network that Time magazine called "the key propaganda arm of the Communist Party." He also helped launch the Web site of the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, The People's Daily. He helped the communists develop a television encryption system, which will doubtless prove useful in suppressing dissent in the future. His Chinese version of MySpace obeys all communist censorship laws, even including a built-in link for reporting "inappropriate information" to the authorities. And to smooth the skids on his new ventures, he signed employment contracts with the son of the national propaganda chief and the leadership committee of the Communist Youth League.
Oh, and he also does business with the communist nation of Cuba, which harbors one of the many tax havens where he has hidden cash to avoid American tax laws.
This powerful American friend of communists is, of course, Rupert Murdoch — the man who signs Glenn Beck's paychecks. Don't hold your breath waiting for a Beck exposé.
So how is Murdoch a faction unto himself?
The faction that is this hypocritical and unscrupulous "capitalist" extends well beyond his media empire. The viewer audience of Fox News are fed a narrative that had Bush's curbing of American liberties virtually ignored. Now it feeds the storyline that President Obama and all members Democrat are royally screwing up most everything including theWar on Terror that this President is waging in ways that largely go against much of what Senator and candidate Obama said before taking office. President Obama is criticized on Fox for continuing or even escalating the Bush strategies! (More on this in future posts."
Fox is to news as professional wrestling is to high school wrestling. The steady stream of lies and misinformation is amply demonstrated by the media watch dogs, Media Matters and News Hounds (links available on the blogroll).
Beck frequently points out that Media Matters was established by George Soros, but that is not the case with News Hounds, with Conservatives Against Glenn Beck, with Crooks and Liars, with PolitiFacts (all listed on the blogroll as well) or with The Glenn Beck Review.
The obvious hypocrisy here is Beck's willful willingness to not examine the supporter of Communists who he actually can't criticize even if he suddenly found a hint of media neutrality in his conscience. (Maybe God really does need to speak with Beck.)
The faction of Fox News and the rest of his media empire is one driving a large segment of this country away fromrelatively unbiased and balanced news like CNN. CNN is making moves in this direction to their credit; they have room for improvement. To conservatives who believe that Fox is the answer to the liberal bias in mainstream media, The Review must point out that opposite bias is not the moral response to bias; studied lack of bias is the answer to liberal or any other bias!
The deep suspicion in all of this is reinforced by the fact that Murdoch is not even from the United States! The Murdoch faction in America is suspect at best for its conservative and reactionary (Glenn Beck) bias, it's misleading or unfounded statements by staff and guests alike on Fox News and especially for it's willingness to let a liar, hypocrite and utter fraud like Glenn Beck poison the political landscape and for its leader, Rupert Murdoch.
Beck likes to ask where the progressives and the Administration are taking the United States. The Glenn Beck Review asks how we as a nation are going to solve our problems when the factions of status quo (conservatives) and of turning back to some nostalgic past (Beck) are so purposefully misinforming with bias, deceit and imbalanced discussion?
Luckily, those factions together make up only about 40% of the American population. If the opposition factions of liberals (reformers) and progressives of all strips can reclaim the high ground this year, and more importantly ally themselves with the massive middle of Americans who want our nation's problems solved with innovative ideas in November, the Murdoch faction will remain in it's rightful place: on the sidelines complaining.
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