Posts Tagged ‘Rupert Murdoch’

Village Idiots, Continued

Against my better judgement, I wandered over to Politico for a little look-see at what was passing for Village Conventional “Wisdom” on this dreary Tuesday, and boy howdy, should I have stayed home.  Although there was, at the top of the page, one article that mentioned the, uh, President; except for an irrelevant smidgen of [...]

Freedom of the Press

    In the Guardian Saturday, the alert reader might have spotted this, buried in a deceptively bland story about Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp buying the LA Times and Chicago Tribune out of bankruptcy for a song: The paper said a deal might require a waiver of federal laws that block ownership of newspapers and [...]

Book Saloon: We Are Anonymous

In the opening chapter of Parmy Olson’s gripping new book, We Are Anonymous, the CEO of the now-defunct HBGary Federal assumes the role of an unwitting character in a horror movie, haunted by inchoate dread, but unable to see how awful his demise will be.  Due primarily to his own stupidity and overconfidence, a group [...]

Crazy Like a FOX

By now, we’ve all had a chuckle over the fact that the rotting corpse of CNN got the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, well, spectacularly wrong, and failed to correct the error for several minutes while the whole world watched.  What isn’t so funny, and falls more into the depressing category, is that such an [...]

Dysfunctional Family Business

I once worked for a successful company headed by its mercurial founder just when the enterprise increasingly became an instrument of personal vendettas, rather than a business, as the owner aged, ungracefully.  The heirs were either deemed unworthy or estranged; so an endless string of managers, chosen not generally for their inherent brilliance but their [...]

Pie-Eyed

  I was anxiously awaiting the Murdoch hearings in Parliament this morning, when another horrible rainy day kept me home longer than usual, so I popped into the Guardian, and saw this.  My heart leapt.  It seems that just minutes after ol’ Rupert denied all responsibility for the hacking scandal, repeatedly and often angrily, some [...]

FOX Phobia

Delighted as I am by the relentlessly cascading developments surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s beleaguered empire, I don’t share the optimism of worthies such as Eliot Spitzer who think  Foxworld ought to now be investigated by the DOJ under FCPA, the pretty straightforward Foreign Corrupt Practices Act that News Corp has evidently repeatedly violated.  For a lot [...]

Job Creators

Well, it looks as though ol’ Rupert Murdoch found a suitably Galtian solution to his little crime spree as it started to get hot: fire a whole bunch of random people, except, of course, those responsible.  On Sunday, the undoubtedly checkered 168-year history of The News of the World comes to an abrupt and ignominious [...]

You Heard it Here First

Further evidence emerged today that the storied Wall Street Journal has well and fully become Fox News, only boring, a process that took even less time than I’d initially thought.  James Taranto typed the following today: “It’s not even Islamophobia, it’s beyond Islamophobia,” Daisy Khan, wife of Ground Zero mosque planner Feisal Abdul Rauf, told [...]

Murdochland

I haven’t read the Wall Street Journal, except occasionally online, since the Lewinsky Scandal; so infuriating and just plain pointless was the paper’s obsession with “getting” Clinton that I could no longer plop down a buck each day for the rag, despite the fact that I’d been reading it faithfully for many years and always [...]