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Jon Stewart Launches Fake Kickstarter to Buy CNN

With analysts estimating that the news network, often the butt of “Daily Show” jokes, could be worth $10 billion, Jon Stewart has launched a parody campaign to crowdsource the funds.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



Rupert Murdoch Wants to Buy the Company That Owns HBO and CNN

It’s merger mania, with AT&T going after DirecTV and Comcast looking to gobble up Time Warner Cable—not to be confused with Time Warner Inc., another cable company that is now the object of Rupert Murdoch’s appetite.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



News of the World Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Guilty

Rebekah Brooks is officially off the hook. For those who might not know, or might have lost track of this story in the whirl of the spin cycle, Brooks is the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid in the United Kingdom.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch on His Date With Rand Paul: ‘I’m Very Open Minded’

The media tycoon may have found a racehorse he can ride all the way into the White House, at the Kentucky Derby of all places.

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The Cheapening of American Politics: Why Did Obama Reward O’Reilly With an Interview?

President Obama subjected himself to an interview by Bill O’Reilly of Fox “News” on Sunday before the Super Bowl. Obviously, intellectually it was Obama Seahawks rolling over O’Reilly Broncos.

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News of the World Kept Safe of Unpublished Stories

England’s Central Criminal Court has learned that the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper—which closed after revelations of a phone hacking scandal—kept a “legendary safe” where “all sorts of stories [about rich and famous people] were buried.”

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Parliament Summons Rupert Murdoch for a Spanking

The media tycoon is said to welcome the opportunity to appear once again before the British government and explain his side of the secretly recorded pep talk he gave his alleged phone-hacking reporters.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Murdoch Caught on Tape

A secret audio recording reveals News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch criticizing the investigation into allegations of phone hacking by former journalists for his now-defunct News of the World paper, the BBC reports.

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 READ MORE


Save Our Democracy: Buy the L.A. Times for $660 Million

The Other 98%, a group loosely associated with Occupy Wall Street, is trying to raise enough cash to outbid Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers in their efforts to buy the Tribune Company, owner of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, among other newspapers.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



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NRA Calls New York’s New Gun Law ‘Draconian’

New York legislators took just two days to pass a new gun control law, making it the first state in the union to do so in response to the school massacre in Connecticut last month.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The 113th Congress Can’t Be Worse Than the 112th Congress

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the LA Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


Negotiating With ‘Madmen’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the L.A. Times is reborn.

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Moyers and Sanders on America’s Media Oligopoly

“In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a majority of media in America. In 1990 the number had dropped to 23. In 1997, 10. And today, six,” Bill Moyers says in conversation with Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont.

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A Picture Worth Far More Than 1,000 Words

To publish or not to publish? That was the debate in media circles this week after the New York Post printed a horrifying photo of a man named Ki Suk Han who had been pushed onto the subway tracks and was trying to avoid getting hit by a train.

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Rupert Murdoch Seeks to Add to His Empire

The recent Leveson Report on the British hacking scandal shows the danger of the media baron adding to his already vast American holdings.

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Murdoch’s ‘The Daily’ Shutting Down

So much for that digital experiment. News Corp. announced Monday that it will stop producing its tablet-only periodical The Daily on Dec. 15.

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Maybe British Newspapers Are So Awful They Need to Be Regulated

Will Hutton, writing in The Observer, says the “precious freedom of speech of an individual is different from the freedom of speech of a media corporation with its capacity to manipulate the opinions of millions.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Murdoch’s Tweet on ‘Jewish Owned Press’ Ignites Controversy

Over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch tweeted this to his followers: “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?”

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


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Murdoch Admonishes Christie in a Tweet

If Mitt Romney loses Tuesday’s election—a very real possibility given that Nate Silver’s latest forecast gives President Obama an 83.7 percent shot at winning—we now know who to blame it on: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 READ MORE



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The Romney That Roger Ailes Made

News that Rupert Murdoch has renewed Roger Ailes’ contract as president of Fox News means the sly conflict and ratings hound could be shaping America’s political landscape for four more years.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch to Shareholders: Love Me or Leave Me

You don’t get to be a tycoon by going soft, and at this year’s shareholder meeting, Rupert Murdoch was defiant in the face of disgruntled investors.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Rebekah Brooks Faces Phone Hacking Charges

British authorities have decided to try eight people in the case of gutter journalism gone terribly wrong (or wrong-er). They include the woman who ran Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire in the U.K. and Andy Coulson, who was editor of News of the World from 2003 until 2007 and then Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director until 2011.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Tricks of the Trade

“Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain” offers a clear picture of the sordid relationship that existed between the Murdoch press, the police and senior politicians.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



Murdoch vs. Romney, Christie Insults Reporter, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another Romney flip-flop and pro-life Republicans getting dealt a blow in Mississippi.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Health Care Ruling Looms, Arpaio on Immigration, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including reaction and nonreaction to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Arizona immigration law; also, Rupert Murdoch takes to Twitter to criticize a presidential candidate.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Murdoch’s News Corp. Fails a Public Interest Test

“Allowing media power to be concentrated in the hands of a few multibillionaires will impoverish society,” says Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, who offers a seven-question test for whether a media organization is a potential menace to the public.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 READ MORE


Official Murdoch Denouncement Makes Waves on American Shores

The declaration by British MPs on Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch exercised “willfull blindness” about phone hacking at The News of the World and is “not a fit person” to run a major international company has prompted the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to ask the FCC to revoke the 27 Fox broadcast licenses that News Corp. holds in the U.S.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Murdoch Not Fit to Run a Major Firm, British MPs Find

Members of the British Parliament had harsh words for the man at the top of News Corp., stating in a report that a proclivity for keeping himself in the dark about his employees’ activities made him unfit to lead an international company.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Ex-Murdoch Executive and Her Husband Arrested in Hacking Inquiry

Former News International chief Rebekah Brooks and her husband were among six people arrested early Tuesday and questioned regarding possible interference with the investigation into the ongoing News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Junior Murdoch Splits for the Big Apple

Londoners will get the chance to say bon voyage to James Murdoch as he flees his embattled role as chairman of the crisis-ridden News International to oversee News Corp.’s television operations from a Manhattan office.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


Muppets 1, Fox News 0

Bet you never thought you’d watch a press conference involving Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy holding forth about Fox News, but here’s your chance to see just that. And when it comes to defending their latest movie and their honor from politicized attacks by certain Murdochian operatives, these felty friends don’t play.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Journalists, Cop Arrested in U.K. Corruption Investigation

Without warning Saturday morning, Scotland Yard picked up four current and former senior Sun journalists and one active police officer in connection with ongoing investigations into alleged exchanges of cash and information between cops and the paper’s reporters. Police said the arrests had nothing to do with the investigation into phone hacking by News of the World journalists.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Google Takes Objection to Murdoch’s Tweets

Rupert Murdoch is a surprisingly good tweeter, direct and revealing in his comments, but he is also the head of a media conglomerate, so when he loses his cool and fires off a shot at “[p]iracy leader” Google, it has reverberations beyond the nail salon.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE


Rupert Murdoch’s Cultural Revolution

It takes master documentarian Adam Curtis only five minutes to explain what Rupert Murdoch’s war on elitism (and taste) has to do with Google.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch Is on Twitter and It’s Weird

During his first few days on the social network, the mogul promoted “We Bought a Zoo,” told Iowans to consider Rick Santorum, praised President Obama (“decision on terrorist detention very courageous - and dead right!”) and called education America’s “absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.” (more)

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Inside Trader Gets Record Prison Sentence of … 11 Years

The Wall Street Journal got our attention with Thursday’s breathless report about Raj Rajaratnam, whom the Murdochian concern dubbed “the face of the biggest trading scandal in a generation,” and his newly dispensed prison sentence, “the longest-ever term handed down for an insider case.” So how long will Rajaratnam be locked up, if he’s unlucky?

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



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This Physician Supports Occupy Wall Street

Wall Street protesters joined progressive and community groups Tuesday on a march to the homes of several New York City billionaires to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers extend a surcharge tax on the state’s wealthiest residents, and New York City physician Bertha Bauer stands with them. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Slapstick, Denial Highlight Murdochs’ Testimony

We seem to be expected to believe that the prime minister, the Murdochs, Mrs. Brooks and two of the most senior policemen in Britain, all were born yesterday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Murdoch: The Emperor Has No Clothes

The big guy always knows what’s going on, which is part of how he got to be the big man (or woman).

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



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A History of Rupert Murdoch

This brief history of Rupert Murdoch by Bruce Page, author of the book “The Murdoch Archipelago,” originally ran in 2009 as a straightforward antidote to Michael Wolff’s “sycophantic” (in Page’s view) 2008 book on the international media mogul, “The Man Who Owns the News.” Pictured above, Rupert’s father, Sir Keith Murdoch. (more)

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


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Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Eat Humble Pie

“People say that Australia has given two people to the world,” Julian Assange told me in London recently, “Rupert Murdoch and me.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



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The Phone Hacking Scandal by the Numbers

The U.K.’s phone hacking scandal seems to keep getting bigger, with more revelations, resignations and arrests. Here’s a quick breakdown of some important stats in the scandal so far.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE


Rupert Murdoch Dodges a Pie on ‘the Most Humble Day of My Life’

While testifying before the British Parliament on what he called “the most humble day of my life,” Rupert Murdoch nearly took a pie in the face. Luckily for the media tycoon, his wife, Wendi, literally leaped to the rescue with all of her athletic ability.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann, John Dean Preview Rupert Murdoch Testimony

Rupert and James Murdoch will face the British Parliament on Tuesday, and John Dean (above) thinks the elder tycoon may not be used to the pressure: “I think that this is the first time that Murdoch has ever been in this kind of atmosphere where people can push him to answer ... questions he might not want to address.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


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News of the World Figure Found Dead

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World correspondent who was the first member of Andy Coulson’s staff to claim the editor knew of phone hacking by his reporters, was found dead in his home Monday. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


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