Sunday, February 18, 2007

Neo-Cons Beware


I had considered writing a scathing commentary on this article about the beginnings of a neo-con implosion fuelled by arrogance that's reached gargantuan proportions, but I decided it would be best to post the article and let you see it for yourselves... and while you're reading remember that precisely because net neutrality is so vital to our modern free society, it's also the reason the neo-cons want it destroyed.


Murdoch Confesses To Propaganda On Iraq

News Corpse February 5, 2007

Last Friday, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Rupert Murdoch sat on a panel where he lamented what he described as a “loss of power” due to the ascension of the Internet and other new media. The notion that this captain of one of the most dominant media conglomerates in the world is trembling in the shadow of bloggers is simply absurd. Especially when you consider the fact that his company is also a dominant player on the Internet with an aggressive acquisitiveness that includes MySpace, the world's largest online social networking site.

But there was a more shocking exchange that took place that ought to have caused more of a stir amongst professional journalists and all freedom loving people. It was an exchange that revealed something that most conscious beings knew, but which I have never seen explicitly articulated.
Murdoch was asked if News Corp. had managed to shape the agenda on the war in Iraq. His answer?

“No, I don't think so. We tried.” Asked by Rose for further comment, he said: “We basically supported the Bush policy in the Middle East…but we have been very critical of his execution.”
Let me repeat this: “We Tried!”

Setting aside the nonsense that they had ever been critical of Bush's adventures in Baghdad, having confessed to being deliberatly deceitful raises some questions. For instance, how can anyone ever again take seriously Fox News or any of Murdoch's other instruments of bias? How can News Corp. continue to pretend that they are “fair and balanced?” How can any other media company exhibit the slightest expression of respect or patronization?

And speaking of other media companies, where are they now? The Chairman and CEO of a media empire that includes the number one rated cable news network, and numerous newspapers around the world, has just admitted that he tried to use that empire to “shape the agenda” in support of a partisan political goal with consequences of life, death, and global destabilization. Why has the media, who you might think would have some interest in this subject, virtually ignored these remarks? We know they were there because, on the very same day, there was a media tempest over remarks by John Kerry on whether Bush had turned the U. S. into an international pariah. That trumped up commotion was led, of course, by Fox News. Even the Hollywood Reporter downplayed the most startling portion of Murdoch's presentation by headlining their story: “Big media has less sway on Internet.” They apparently felt that that was a more weighty revelation than the attempted thought-control exposed by Murdoch.
Where is the outrage? Where are the calls to disband this mammoth and unlawful propaganda machine? Murdoch, who was made an American citizen by an act of Congress because, otherwise, he could not own an American television network, should have his citizenship revoked and be deported back to Australia. Think of the precedent this sets for any other wealthy and ambitious ideologue that seeks to manipulate public opinion. There are plenty of wealthy and ambitious ideologues in the Middle East and elsewhere who may view Murdoch as a role model.

At the very least, it needs to be broadcast far and wide that News Corp. and Fox News are nothing but a tool of the neo-con operatives in government. You might say we already knew that, but this is different. We are not merely accusing them of this stance, they have now admitted it. And it can not be tolerated! Not by any standard of journalistic ethics. Not by a nation that values a free press so much that it incorporated that freedom into its Constitution.




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18 Comments:

MichaelBains said...

Unfreakin'believable!

Not what he admitted to doing, of course. That is so obviously true.

But that this is the First I've Heard of This! I've not even seen it on C&L or the like, though I probably just missed it, it seems like an acknowledgment of such grotesque and impactful proportions would lead the blog-lines for weeks.

Thanks for posting it, eh. I was gonna take a nap, but now I've got to blog a bit of it as well.

Women on the Verge said...

It was posted at C&L on the 4th...

I couldn't believe that I hadn't seen anything about it either. I agree, people should be screaming from the rooftops over this one...

I checked several places and did find it discussed... but not much.

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TomCat said...

I had a piece on it at my place when the news first came out. So did Media Matters. All the major organs of the MSM lean to the right, because such a large portion their advertising dollars comes from the same giant corporations that fund and support the AEI and PNAC. As for disbanding the propaganda machine, I cam find no way to do so that is compatible with the First Amendment. That's why those on the left need to keep up the fight on the interpersonal level to discover and report the truth.

Toccata said...

I only heard one little snippet about it at the time on the radio and then nothing until I clicked here. Good post. I've not been here before but I will definitely be back. I'm now going to read some of your older posts.

Women on the Verge said...

tomcat-
Exactly... and that's why we need to keep the internet free... it's the best tool we have for ferreting out the truth and broadcasting it to others. I don't want to dismantle the propoganda machine, I just want a fighting chance against it.

As for those in the mainstream media who feed off the corporate supporters and architects of AEI and PNAC, they need to be viewed, with a few exceptions, as just another lobe of the cancerous fascist tumor that's been allowed to grow unchecked here.

E

tuco said...

not much of this is broadcast on the disney channel (2 small children in my home) I appreciate your having informative pieces on your site. I look forward to seeing your postings E!

Not Your Mama said...

Great post, I missed this one as well.

It's difficult for me to believe anyone takes Fox news at all seriously, but some still do. Of course considering the amount of intellectual impairment necessary for them to do so, I doubt this would make any difference to them. There is the truly frightening part of the issue.

NV Mojo said...

How much more of these fiends must America endure? Wake up, America!

Mother Marlene said...

No surprise here that this actually happens...just amazing that one of the top dogs admitted it. Sick stuff. How do we stop it?

Flimsy Sanity said...

William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were instrumental in starting the Spanish American War. Everything old is new again.

Anonymous said...

I practiced a little "click fraud" on your Ann Coulter Google ad.

RUTH said...

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Rx

Women on the Verge said...

Mama-

I know... I have to wonder if these folks all wear tinfoil hats too...

mother m-

Hopefully, poetic justice wiil be served and they will be brought down by their own arrogance.

tocatta, tuco, nv mojo and flimsy insanity-

Welcome and thanks for the great comments! We're doing our best to get that last 30% of the sheeple to break from the herd...

Anon-

OMG... we had an ANN COULTER ad???
I think I need a shower...ugh...

Ruth-

You are an amazing lady and we are honored to help...


Ethel

Women on the Verge said...

Ruth,
Just visited. Wonderful blog.
L

talj said...

Just wanted to drop by and say thank you so much for supporting myself and Andrew via your post on Ruths blog. We really appreciate you taking the time to help in the fundraising!

Great blog you have going here!! :o)

TomCat said...

Ethel, telling me we need to keep the Internet free is preaching to the choir. I'm a long time Net Neutrality supporter.

Women on the Verge said...

tomcat--

Sorry, I know :-) ... please forgive a gal for getting on a roll... There aren't many who appreciate the ramifications of Internet2 like you do.

E

TomCat said...

There will be a new article up on that very subject tomorrow. :-)