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Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Murdoch scandal: Once again, the left has been deceived

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...
You dont know very much about Paul Myners. I dont know much about his politics but I can assure you that he wouldnt get out of bed for 250,000 pounds. His house in Belgravia is worth 20mn, and is covered in the kind of expensive modern art which is probably worth another 10mn.

His wifes hobby is supporting modern art.

Is he corrupt? Well he might be but I can assure you a couple of million wouldnt make much of a difference to him.

Nice catch. Besides, you can't have a good conspiracy theory without the Jews, or their "right-wing friends," ruling the world. That's the crown jewel of conspiracies.

"James said it was that they were kicked out of their fucking homes and had nowhere to fucking live." Every last antiwar "protester" (now in hibernation under their Nobel Peace President) regurgitates that meme, so I can see how James' circle considers him far-left.
I would never say it was a conspiracy of "the Jews." I've never thought that way. But there's a right wing crowd inside and outside of Israel that thinks the end justifies any means. That's not even a debatable point, is it?
"I would never say it was a conspiracy of 'the Jews.'"
What about: "THE" (?) Jews ?
(yes,I know, "there is no such thing as a (2) CLASS "society"

"Social classes are economic or cultural arrangements of groups in society. Class is an essential object of analysis for sociologists, political scientists, ..."

You are constantly opposing to an
evidently ideological, unscientific, propagandistic term, to which You are rightfully opposed, but then You inject Your private oppinion as an alternative, which one would have to agree with, in order to agree with You, as a nice person,who rightfully attacks many evils of our time.
You are a political clown (I like clowns, my father was one) OR else.
Why don't you get over it?
Or is it, because THE "americans"
simply ARE that way?
(That is what many here in europe
would agree.I have the same problem with most of them.Even with Your everyday camrade..)
I know Prowlerzee and I won't get along (I have a penis and am therefore evil to any Dworkinian). I am also Jewish (not The Jews, but a virulently antizionist jew) and gotta say-- the glib tossing about of the Jewish Question by Prowler is like dismissing depictions of the nadir of Obama's morass as racist (a la KosPo). Who is prowlerzee protecting? RUPERT FUCKING MURDOCH?? Really??

Oh and ProwlerZ if you want to take your head out of your ass for a second, there are anti war movements and anti Israeli occupation rallies EVERYWHERE outside of your myopic jingoism. We're not hibernating! And what you say I regurgitated, I came up with on my own after weighing out the propaganda i was force fed for 20+ years, and the reality of friends of mine, Palestinians, who's grandfathers still have the keys to their ocean front homes in Haifa... we did kick them out of their fucking homes.

You're better with your Andrea Dworkin impersonations
This is looking, more and more, like a classic disnformation operation...the 'Company' has it's fingerprints all over this.
That JABE link! :-)

"Ethical conduct is its own reward, Lord Myners said. It was in the enlightened self-

interest of banks to behave responsibly, 'because as a bank, if you don't lend, you will do

yourself damage.'

A moral philosopher is born!

Farmers make money from selling dead cattle. But hey, if you kill them all at the top of the

market and flog them, you'll do yourself damage!

Myners and Mandelson were parachuted in to Brit financial ministries in October 2008 during the "global financial crisis".

I especially remember billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg coming to Downing Street to welcome them. Addressing the reporters outside, he said that if personal debt stopped mounting up, the real economy (he gave the example of car production) would shut down.

He spoke as if he were in the 51st state; even mentioned Indian reservations.

Myners and Mandelson were sold as the men of the moment. Very safe pairs of hands. Obviously selling lingerie at the Zionist asset called Marks and Spencer, and crawling to "oligarchs" such as Oleg Deripaska (one of "the family" around Yeltsin) and the Rothschilds were just the kind of backgrounds needed. Come the hour, come the men!

I also remember Mandelson declaring like the cat who'd got the cream that what the banks were doing was so complicated, only a very few people understood it.

But the nature of holding the fucking world to ransom isn't that complicated at all.

Hands up anyone who thinks that Presbyterian janitor guy, Gordon Brown, could have done anything - would have dreamt of doing anything - anything whatsoever - to stop these crooks!

No-one who said what James Murdoch said about Palestine is going to get promoted to be the head of a big media group. Whether that's the reason for the current trouble is another question, We'll find out more when we know who's taking control.

You wonder what's going to happen with "phone hacking". Maybe they'll put something on every phone and lamp-post to protect us? I mean, being under surveillance - Joe Public wouldn't like that, right? He'd really put his foot down? Right?

Any truth to the story Mike Papantonio was telling this afternoon on The Ed Schultz Show that James Murdoch's sister Elisabeth is being put in his place and that she's way to the left of their daddy as well? You can listen to the segment at Among other things, he said that she had actually suggested making Fox a real news network.
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