Y'know, if I were a conspiracy theorist...
(Stop snickering like that, Charlotte. It's impolite to laugh at your elders.)
Where was I? If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might mention that this far-right site
describes James Murdoch (until recently the heir apparent of the Murdoch empire) as "far left" and a friend to the Gores and the Clintons. Granted, Diana West's definition of "far left" may not be mine -- still, this information puts the growing Murdoch scandal in a whole new light.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might also do something with this
The pro-Israel outlook of the Wall Street Journal and many News Corp. outlets could waver if one of Rupert Murdoch's sons, James Murdoch, takes the helm of the publishing and broadcasting company, a new book suggests.
The just-published diaries of a communications director for Prime Minister Blair, Alastair Campbell, indicate that James Murdoch launched into a foul-mouthed tirade that suggested that the behavior of Palestinian Arabs was justified by their poor treatment by Israelis.
For more detail, see this
In 2002, Campbell records in his diaries, Rupert Murdoch, James and Lachlan came to dinner at Downing Street. The conversation turned to the Middle East: "[Rupert] Murdoch said he didn't see what the Palestinians' problem was and James said it was that they were kicked out of their fucking homes and had nowhere to fucking live.
That one unguarded comment may have led to this Guardian story
As phone hacking scandal leaves News Corp open to prosecution, James Murdoch looks less likely to inherit empire.
One said: "There has been a sense of unravelling at News Corp for a while. The Daily, MySpace, Project Alesia – they look like News is chasing rainbows. [Rupert] Murdoch is looking old. It affects his ability to appoint an heir and I don't think James even has the backing of his family any more."
Is it possible that the Guardian's coverage has itself been inflected by an outside interest with an agenda? The spooky source meets with an eager reporter, "I'll tell you this on background," that sort of thing?
The above-linked Guardian piece tries to make James out to be the Head Bastard in the phone hacking scandal, even though a more careful reading of the story reveals no actual evidence against him. Tricking a left-wing journal into doing the work of the right is an old art.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd say that the current troubles besetting the Murdoch empire are not so much about destroying NewsCorp but making sure that Fox News falls into the right hands.
Note that Lord Myners recently asked for James' ouster
on the grounds that the "heriditary principle" has no place in modern society. Yes, that statement came from a member of the House of Lords. Myners himself
has an interesting background
LORD MYNERS, the minister in charge of the government’s assault on tax havens, has used a blind trust to conceal £250,000 of his own money in an offshore shelter.
Think of it: If the Guardian had never published any stories about the phone hacking scandal, the vast resources of Fox News and the Murdoch empire might soon fall into the hands of someone considered a "far leftist" by a writer in the Daniel Pipes/Michelle Malkin orbit.
With that kind of media landscape, we might be able to have a Democratic president who acts like a real Democrat, instead of acting like...well, like Obama.
Rupert Murdoch is in his 80s and cannot long maintain his position.
If you want to play chess, you have to learn to think more than one move ahead. I keep telling lefties to think like chess players, but they never do.
If I were conspiracy theorist, I might also mention that Anthony Weiner was brought low by the most slavishly pro-Israel right-wing online smearmaster of all, just a short while after the pro-Israel congressman married a woman of Arabic heritage and (presumably) learned that Arabs are people too. Just before the scandal broke, fanatical Likudniks were calling Weiner a traitor.
They've been saying similar things about James Murdoch.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd note a pattern.
Good thing I'm not a conspiracy theorist. Mein Name ist Hase, ich weiß von nichts...