Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rupert Murdoch and You

Dear Madame L,

I don't see why everyone is making such a big fuss about Rupert Murdoch's problems with News of the World, his tabloid newspaper in the U.K. which is now out of business, anyway. 

Why do you care?


I Don't Think It Matters!

Dear Careless,

There are a number of reasons why Rupert Murdoch's "news" empire should matter to you, to me, and to everyone in the world.

First, he has many holdings in the U.S., including Fox News and other Fox companies, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. 

He has raised doubts about, and ridiculed scientists who are doing good science in the fields of, global climate change and other global scientific issues.
He has contributed to the rabble-rousing Birther ideas that raise doubts about whether Pres. Obama was born in the U.S. (He was. And, by the way, John McCain wasn't, even though he's a natural-born citizen.)

He has subverted rules of ethics and propriety for the press, and thereby has reduced the public's trust of the press, an institution which we should be able to count on for truth and accuracy instead of lies and scandal.
He has used his wealth to protect himself from lawsuits and truth-telling by innocent individuals whom his stories have victimized.

There are many more, and the details may astound you.

Please read through them, and if you have any more questions about what a great guy Rupert Murdoch is and what he has done, please keep asking Madame L, who will be happy to answer.

As always,

Madame L

1 comment:

AskTheGeologist said...

A simpler way to put this:

The news is sometimes called the Third Estate - because by sleuthing the truth out, they keep liars and hypocrites accountable. Historically they have done HUGE service to our country, smelling out the rat in Richard Nixon's Watergate, the fake-start Vietnam War, and the personal grudge-started Iraq war.

But a snake slipped into the hen house, gobbled up more than half the eggs - and now The Snake effectively rules the Third Estate as some sort of succubus. The Snake has changed the news media into a private weapon to be used at his personal whim - and has punished people who have complained about this. You BET Murdoch's important!