To Democrats and liberals, he was a manipulator of the news who used his network to turn minor stories into scandals, ostensibly in service of his personal politics.
Donald Trump receives far more media coverage than any other candidate running for the presidency. As this video explains, his relationship with U.S. news outlets is symbiotic: He gets the exposure he needs and the outlets get the bombast and controversy, as well as the ratings, they crave. Media expert Robert McChesney and others discuss how the Trump phenomenon is playing out on our airwaves.
Over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch tweeted this to his followers: “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?”
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.
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.
Christopher Ketcham's essay "The Reign of the One Percenters," which we linked to a few weeks ago, shows how long-standing American individual and group behavior visible nationwide is profoundly determined by inequitable consumer capitalism. With the occupation of Wall Street gaining momentum, Ketcham revisits the subject to offer protesters some historical perspective. (more)
In the long wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, New York state has scrapped a controversial $27 million deal between Rupert Murdoch's Wireless Generation subsidiary and the state's Education Department. (more)