Rupert Murdoch

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Keith Rupert Murdoch, AC[note 1] (b. 11 March 1931) is an ancient, evil fear-monger and CEO of News Corporation (aka News Ltd. in Australia)[1]. He is responsible for the "we report gossip, lies and innuendo, you decide based on your deep-seated fears and prejudices" blatherers known as Fox News. He is also the publisher of many newspapers, most notably the New York Post, The Sun, and News of the World before it went bust. This man can hack the phones of royal families on the one hand, and crush high-speed internet in Australia with the other; that's some Tywin Lannister shit right there. He's got an Emmy, for crying out loud.

Definitely qualifies as a "right wing bastard", and a heartless one at that. Even by right-wing standards. He has had such an ongoing negative impact on the world that it may never really recover.

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[edit] Old man yells at cloud

He was, and still is, a frustrated politician.
—John Menadue[2]
It is in principle extraordinarily unhealthy for a single corporation to own two thirds of the metropolitan press...while News Corp retains its present dominance, mainstream debate about certain fundamental ideologically sensitive questions – how to respond adequately to the climate-change crisis; what levels and kinds of taxation are needed to develop the welfare state; the trajectory of foreign policy during the rise of China; Australia’s Middle Eastern policy; and, of course, media reform – is effectively ruled out in advance.
—Robert Manne[3]

A hallmark of Rupert's editorial style is to dumb down each magazine he acquires—not so much to broaden its readership, but to toot his populist horn. Yep, he's New Money, so you can add delusion to his list of appealing qualities.[4] (Ironically, he once kept a bust of Lenin in his room at Oxford.)[5] Sophistication is a quality he has always hated; he never had much interest in the professional end of the business, and feels more affinity with tabloids like the Star and the Post.[6]

Murdoch makes no secret of using his empire to promote his "values" i.e. the interests of the Murdoch business empire.[7][8] How does the relentless persecution of footballers, tattoo shops, fat people and rape victims help his business interests? That stuff is pure ideological bile. The answer: Because they thrive off the boomer generation and that's how they roll. His papers speak the tongue of the misinformed (and soon-to-be irrelevant) pensioner demo. But the Murdoch press is not just hack journalism. There is an agenda way beyond selling papers. (This is evidenced by the Sun and the Australian running at a loss.) The world's discussion of things like welfare, social security, taxation, universal healthcare etc have had the debate hugely discolored by the editorial influence of Murdoch and the huge reach of his publications. Daily repetition of his viewpoints entrenches those perceptions in the minds of the wider population. It's been decades of slow change, but successful: the general population no longer believes government can be a tool to benefit society at large; they now distrust government, ask why the government takes their money, and resent things like social welfare.

He belongs to no party. Rupert's beliefs line up with conservatism, which is great, and the Tories/Liberals/Republicans/Iranians?[9] are willing pawns; but as every candidate soon learns, there's no particular favouritism.[10][11] Rupert backs politicians until they have outlived their usefulness to him. After that, he uses his papers to undermine and destroy them, while at the same time showering praises on the next Golden Boy. And once they're in office, Murdoch will call in his favours, with the implicit threat of, "I made you, I can destroy you" looming in the background.[12]

[edit] More bugaboos

[edit] A Song of Ink and Paper: A Feast for Editors

Supposedly his kids are a lot more liberal than he is, as if that were difficult.[39] The company is held in a family trust, so change may be underway if James can pry it out from his cold, dead fingers. Even if Murdoch dies, his five other Horcruxes will be intact. (News of the World was his sixth.)[3]

[edit] In the US

Murdoch owns or controls print, cable and film outlets in so many places that his cultural and political views are fast becoming a feature of global geography. The sun never sets on his broadcast empire, a giant hovering Death Star that's been firing laser cannons of "Rupert Murdoch's Many Repellent Thoughts About Stuff" at planet Earth for decades now. Yet Murdoch apparently still doesn't feel like he's getting his point across.
Matt Taibbi[40]

By United States law, no foreign citizen may own any controlling interest in a company that in turn owns local radio or television stations or networks. Murdoch got around this by becoming a naturalized US citizen in 1985. After that, News Corp (then called "News Limited") bought MetroMedia's TV stations. Murdoch then merged them with 20th Century Fox -- which News Corp bought in 1984 -- and launched the Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986. At first, Fox Broadcasting lost money hand over fist because most of its affiliates were low-power UHF stations. The only strong shows Fox had during this period were The Simpsons[note 2] and Married...With Children.

Then, in 1993, Murdoch dumped a truckload of money into the National Football League's boardroom, cementing a deal that wrested National Football Conference games away from CBS. Longtime CBS affiliates — many of them high-power VHF stations in large markets like Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Tampa — jumped ship and signed with Fox. Soon, the former also-ran network had solidified its position to the point that Murdoch was able to make his next move. In 1996, Fox News debuted. (And you probably thought that sports had little influence on history!) Ever since, Murdoch and his empire have generally helped to slant American media in a "right-wing" direction.

He, or rather the Post, also has some kind of Ahab-like obsession with the New York Times.[41] Probably it sates his ego to think he'll be the one to finally kill it.

Murdoch, formerly a Presbyterian, identifies as a tits-on-parade lover born again Christian, with Rick Warren as his pastor, no less. Warren called bullshit on Rupert denouncing pornography while profiting directly from same.[42]

[edit] Worse yet

And now: the Dow! He also owns the Wall Street Journal and NatGeo.[43] Also distinguish between the National Geographic Society, which Murdoch does not own, and the NatGeo channel, which Fox has partially owned since '97.

He also publishes TV Guide, which once published hard-hitting multi-issue investigative journalism about the TV industry. Since News Corp bought it, TV Guide has become little more than a gossip magazine. It doesn't even include local listings any more, which was its original selling point.[note 3]

Fox Interactive, i.e. the video game-hating Fox & Friends, and IGN Entertainment are both owned by the same company: Newscorp. They say there are two sides to every story, and criminal billionaire Rupert Murdoch knows it's a good idea to control both.[44] IGN’s “original properties” include garbage like AskMen.com and TeamXbox, which may help explain the explosion of racist and chauvinistic fratbros in the industry of late. (Chicken or egg?)

[edit] It always comes back to Tricky Dick

Unsurprisingly, he idolizes Nixon,[45] and shared a cozy relationship with William Casey, Roy Cohn, and others in the CIA.

As a reward, Rupert was appointed to co-Minister of Truth, along with Richard Mellon Scaife. With Scaife's death, Rupert is the leading propagandist of the world.[46] Critics of the Murdoch Empire have been, and continue to be, laughed off as conspiracy nuts.[47] Well, he would know, right?[48][49]

[edit] #RupertsFault

On January 9, 2015, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Murdoch took to his Twitter account to share his words of wisdom. He took the opportunity to share his Islamophobia, saying, "Maybe most Moslems[sic] peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."[15] Rupert is apparently unaware that literally every time a jihadist attack occurs, Muslims are among the first to disavow it, the Paris shooting being no exception.[50][51] Needless to say, the response was less than amicable. One particularly virulent attack on Murdoch's generalizations came in the form of Aziz Ansari. He started a fun little trend on Twitter, "#RupertsFault", detailing all the horrible things Christian extremists have done from which Murdoch has failed to properly distance himself.[52]

[edit] In the UK

Why are you so opposed to Rupert? He's going to get us in.
Margaret Thatcher[53]

Murdoch made his first entry into the British market in 1968 when he bought the News of the World, and under a year later the Sun, once a proper newspaper but later turned into an irrelevant tabloid, partly due to his approval of splashing tits all over Page 3. By 1986, he also owned the Times and Sunday Times, giving him a scope across the high-brow and low-brow press. Television was conquered in the 1990s with the creation of Sky Television and its partial monopoly over Football Broadcasting in Britain, and the Sky News Channel (which alongside BBC News is one of only two British 24-hour news channels to survive - the ITV News Channel having died in the 2000s and BSB's Now only lasting for a few months in 1990 before BSB's merger with Sky) [54]. All of his publications are right wing and supported the Conservative Party throughout the Thatcher and Major leaderships. In the late 1990s, Murdoch invited Tony Blair to Australia leading to an order to tone down attacks on the left-wing Labour party and the Sun in particular endorsed Blair in the 1997 election. However, all newspapers swung back to the right for the 2010 election, and Murdoch's papers are generally seen as rather right-wing. UK citizens don't like it when foreigners pick their fruit, or nurse them when they're sick, but a foreigner controlling a large chunk of the media is acceptable.

Murdoch attempted to make a bid to control the whole of BSkyB, which fell under attack by MPs across all parties due to having so much power already [55]. Eventually, he dropped the bid because it turned out he hadn't been entirely legal in the way he'd got stories for some of his papers.

He, and the whole of News Corp., fell out of favour with everyone when it turned out he'd been having phones hacked here, there and everywhere, including those of celebrities and the families of recently-dead kids. He thought that by dropping his BSkyB takeover bid and stopping the publication of News of the World, people would forgive him. They didn't. The hacking prompted the Leveson Inquiry, which had the purpose of nailing Murdoch's coffin down good and tight. (Nah, he'll just dematerialize and flee into the air vents like Dick Cheney.)

[edit] In Australia

He's a big bad bastard, and the only way you can deal with him is to make sure he thinks you can be a big bad bastard too. You can do deals with him, without ever saying a deal is done. But the only thing he cares about is his business and the only language he respects is strength.
—Paul Keating, former Australian Labor Party PM[56]

Murdoch owns a big slice of Australian media and has immense influence. He has 76% of newspaper circulation; radio stations use his newspapers for talking points, and it all carries on from there. Murdoch also owns Australia's only cable TV provider, Foxtel, and makes ridiculous amounts of money from it as he owns the rights to all major shows/movies/networks. He will soon have much more than that: The Turnbull government plan is to remove the 2/3rds and 76% media limits. Hopefully the cigar smoke will have cleared by that time.[57]

Ironically, it was Paul Keating, a former Labor PM, who gave him the greenlight to buy up media. This is why Murdoch, despite being a conservative, always has praise for Keating, and why Keating never had to deal with an ultra-hostile Murdoch.[58] You can't just use the mechanisms of Democracy to become leader without permission; you have to know your place. Gillard learned that.

He pushed as hard as he could to destabilize the Labor Party, which was a big factor behind their in-fighting (the polls nosedived based on right-wing fearmongering, and that gave a reason to change leaders). They wouldn't have freaked out if not for the relentless fanning of flames through Murdoch's domination of Australian media.[59]

[edit] Technology insights from an octogenarian

Labor decided to try rolling out the National Broadband Network (fiber node), replacing the country's 80-year-old copper wiring. This didn't fly with Murdoch, as online streaming threatens his monopoly on cable. (No one in their right minds would pay for Foxtel if they had decent internet service.)[60] He offered to provide media clout, as well as huge piles of money, if the Liberal Party would stop the NBN from being completed (both by making it more expensive and keeping it slower, preventing the internet becoming the primary media distribution method in Oz).[61]

What ensued was a media barrage on the high costs of cord-cutting,[62] brought to you by same conglomerate owned by, you guessed it, Rupert Murdoch: From stories about:

The Liberals passed as many motions and bills as they could to strangle the NBN in the crib, [65] turning what would have been a $15B deficit with a high rate of return into a $20B "surplus" and bragging rights for being such great managers for years to come. With the added bonus of taking an ambitious new public utility and using it as a money funnel for their corrupt mates in business. Foxtel is currently in partnership with Telstra to open the network up to private bidding and carve up suburbs into their own fibre micro-monopolies, exactly what the NBN was designed to prevent.[66] (And completely bypass the rural areas the NBN was supposed to account for.) It's the snake that could have been a ladder.

Thus, Australia is paying $29 100 billion[67] to repair several decades-old copper phone lines, Labor shot themselves in the foot, and the conservatives went rabid and eventually voted in arguably the most detested PM in their history.

[edit] In China and Cuba

Rupert Murdoch is a long time collector of Ming Dynasty porcelain, his father was also a war correspondent for China during the 30's. Rupert Murdoch met this third wife Wendi Deng working for his network Star TV as his translator. Star used to carry the BBC, until Murdoch had a friendly chat with the BBC expressing his hope they would stop showing video of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Shortly thereafter the BBC revealed they had an adamantium spine and soon were dropped due to an independent business decision that was never elaborated on and had nothing to do with the request. In 1996 he partnered with Liu Changle to create the Phoenix network for the select few urban citizens allowed to watch foreign programming. In the early 2000’s Newscorp controlled 9 of the 31 foreign channels.

After giving a speech in 1997 stating communications technology threatened totalitarian regimes everywhere, Prime Minister Li Peng than outlawed private ownership of satellite dishes. To make amends his book publisher HarperCollins published a biography of Deng Xiaoping written by Deng’s daughter, and ferried a troop of acrobats promoted by Deng’s eldest son. News Corp purchased Myspace in 2005 and brought it to China making it compatible with all communist censorship laws, as Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have also done, allowing patriotic users to report inappropriate information to the authorities. [68]

Fox News designed a website for state broadcaster CCTV; and a NewsCorp team launched the web site of the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, The People's Daily. Rupert Murdochs networks relay more foreign broadcasting into China than any others. [69] Business Week discovered memos suggesting he killed a book deal with the last British Governor of Hong Kong because it was critical of communist leaders rather than flattering them over dinner and bestowing them gifts like Murdoch.

Although time travel and alternate history fiction are usually banned by the Chinese censors, [70] they seem to make an exception for the X-Men films of 20th century Fox. [71]

Rupert Murdoch also does business in the tax haven of Cuba; where his treasure dwarfs anything buried by pirates. Someone inform Glenn Beck of the communist conspiracy involving his boss before it's too late! [72]

[edit] Hello...Newman.

Time Warner CEO Ted Turner has twice challenged Murdoch to a fistfight: Once when a Murdoch-sponsored yacht collided with his boat, sinking it; the other for supporting the invasion of Iraq.

[edit] WAKE UP, SHEEPLE

Conspiracy theorists (some even of the right) will often argue that Murdoch is a front-man for the Zionists/Marxists/Illuminati,[73] using the media to indoctrinate us and act as a distraction from important issues. Credit where it's due: they're quite correct on the second part.

Murdoch's outlets have also been accused of being "left-wing" (!) by white nationalist extremists, such as Sherman "The Great Aussie Patriot" Burgess, Neil Erikson, Blair Cottrell, and (more recently) Mark Levin, because their stance against radical Islam is not strong enough. You know you've embraced some next-level racism when you accuse Murdoch of being a leftist.

[edit] See also

  • Brexit - Murdoch doesn't 'call' elections or even influence them as well as he used to. He just aligns his papers with what his readers want to hear. The Sun is read by Leave Voters; The Times, Remain.[74]
  • Tony Blair - Holy shit. Blair's mistress was Wendi Deng Murdoch? And she's dating Putin? Is there an Olympic medal for gold-digging?
  • Donald Trump - The one man Rupert couldn't beat. Murdoch can't tame Trump, because he, too, understands the media. That and millions tuned into Faux News just to watch Megyn Kelly spar with the mogul. America: The greatest reality show.
  • Google - Google is higher up the evolutionary tree than him and he knows it. Shame he's dragging the rest of us down with him to stay relevant as his empire crumbles beneath him.
  • The Leveson Inquiry - Guess who's back as CEO? James Murdoch & Rebekah "King Charles lookalike" Brooks.[75][76] They were neatly sidelined during all the palava, then once the fuss had quieted down, they stepped into new roles with, arguably, more power than they had before. Justice is served!
  • William Kristol - After the fall of the Berlin wall, the Republicans were split between an isolationist wing and an aggressive, neoconservative wing. Murdoch wanted to steer the American right back towards Cold War-era politics, and in 1995 he launched Weekly Standard. Kristol approached Murdoch seeking funding, but Murdoch took complete ownership and published it as a News Corp title.
  • Roger Ailes - Murdoch West...almost. Word has it he's even more paranoid. For instance, did you know he's deathly afraid that the Gay Taliban is trying to kill him?

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  1. Companion of the Order of Australia
  2. The Simpsons character Montgomery Burns is allegedly based on Murdoch.
  3. Of course, now that every set-top boxWikipedia's W.svg has its own electronic program guideWikipedia's W.svg, it would be very hard to sell a magazine with TV Guide's original point. Of course, that's no reason for the disappearance of the hard-hitting multi-issue investigative journalism, unless...

[edit] References

  1. Sinclair, Lara, "News Limited to Rebrand as Part of Split", The Australian (6/26/13 at 11:36AM).
  2. Beckett, Andy, "Murdoch's Politics: How One Man's Thirst for Wealth and Power Shapes Our World by David McKnight – review", The Guardian 2.20.13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Manne, Robert, "Why Rupert Murdoch Can't Be Stopped", The Monthly (Nov. 2013). His mother popped her clogs only recently, so don't get your hopes up. (Society advances one funeral at a time.)
  4. France-Presse, Agence, 'Media tycoon still sees himself as anti-establishment despite wide influence', South China Post 10.23.13.
  5. Clarkestes, Adam, "Rupert Murdoch Kept a Bust of Lenin in His Oxford Dorm Room", The Wire (11/4/11 10:11AM ET).
  6. Meade, Amanda, "Rupert Murdoch runs News Corp along ‘feudal' lines, Kim Williams says", The Guardian 9.26.14.
  7. Danczak, Felix, "‘Newscorp is a reflection of my thinking’" Varsity 1..8.16.
  8. Leveson Inquiry transcript 4.25.12. Murdoch: "If you want to judge my thinking, look at The Sun."
  9. Azlan, Reza, "Murdoch's Iranian Invasion", Daily Beast 10.9.10.
  10. Gottfried, Paul, "Murdoch is Daddy Warbucks to the Neocons", The American Conservative 7.27.11.
  11. Wolff, Michael, "Mad Murdoch Maligns Mousy Mitt", New Republic 8.23.12. Wolff: "The style he likes most of all in a politician is a lack of obvious style, a dearth of charm and salesmanship. (He seeks his own character, in other words.)"
  12. John Major at Leveson, "Rupert Murdoch told me to change policy on Europe", Telegraph 6.12.12. Pretty disturbing.
  13. Murdoch, "Immigration Reform Can't Wait", Wall Street Journal 6.18.14 op-ed.
  14. Murphy, Katherine, "Rupert Murdoch says Australia must embrace immigrants to boost economy", The Guardian10.31.13.
  15. 15.0 15.1 1.9.15 Tweet. "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing Jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."
  16. O'Malley, Nick, "Paris attacks: Barack Obama rejects Rupert Murdoch's call on Christian refugees", SMH 11.17.15.
  17. Braun, Will, "Rupert Murdoch: Bible mogul", Geez Magazine 7.14.11. Zondervan has said that its connection to News Corporation does not present an "ethical dilemma" for the company.
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  19. Ostrande, Madeline, "The Parable of Rupert Murdoch", The Nation 8.16.13. Robert Manne: "In the real world, scientists accepting the climate consensus view outnumber denialists by more than 99 to one. In the Alice in Wonderland world of [The] Australian, their contributions were outnumbered 10 to one.”
  20. Meade, Amanda, "News Corp owner says broadband network not needed and Australia 'shouldn't build windmills and all that rubbish'", The Guardian (7/13/14 1:23am EDT). Murdoch: "At the moment the north pole is melting but the south pole is getting bigger." Bonus: Read the rest. In his mind, one of the biggest effects of climate change is that rich people won't be able to have (as many) massive beach houses (where they currently are). The privilege of the 1% on display.
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  22. John Plunkett and Lisa O'Carroll, "Rupert Murdoch pressured me over Europe, says John Major", The Guardian (6/12/12 8:26 EDT).
  23. Castle, Steven, "Documents Show Thatcher-Reagan Rift Over U.S. Decision to Invade Grenada", NYT 7/31/13.
  24. Chris Doyle, 2/2/16 Tweet (1:16 PM).
  25. Chenoweth, Neil, "Media Companies Linked to Murdoch Pay the Least Tax", Financial Review (1/5/16 11:52 AM, Updated 1/5/16 2:45 PM).
  26. Hutton, Robert, "Rupert Murdoch attacks Google for paying 'token' taxes", The Age (1/2816 9:53AM).
  27. Williams, Gail, "Rupert Murdoch wonders if 400-pound woman got that way from food stamps, welfare", Examiner (1.16.13 10:41 AM MST).
  28. [Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org "Rupert Murdoch Wants To Save You From The Gays"], Gawker 7.24.06
  29. Hunt, Ellie, "Australian Obit Calls Thorn Birds Author Fat, Ugly, National Treasure", The Guardian 1.30.15. After all, if you’re going to memorialize a much-loved lady writer, the main thing you want to focus on is her dress size.
  30. South, Fakakta, "Hey Ladies! Scary Old Rupert Murdoch Is About To Be Single Again", Wonkette 11.20.13. Hey, remember when Murdoch dumped his trophy wife for saving him from getting hit with a pie, because she emasculated him and made him feel like a real pussy?
  31. Strasser, Annie-Rose, "Rupert Murdoch Calls Paid Sick Leave ‘Absurd’", ThinkProgress 8.6.12.
  32. Welsh, Dylan, "New to Twitter: the tweet Murdoch took down ... fast", Sydney Morning Herald 1.2.12.
  33. Justin Berrier, Julie Millican, Eric Schroeck, and Christine Schwen, "Herridge is not alone: News Corp.'s history of discrimination complaints", Media Matters 10.1.10.
  34. Rupert: "Big military brings peace through strength.", 9.6.15 Tweet.
  35. Kelley, Michael B., "Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company", Business Insider (2/22/13, 2:45 PM).
  36. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane, "The ABC v the Murdochs: your guide to the battlefields", Crikey (12/3/13 12:44PM).
  37. Sherman, Gabriel, "Rupert Murdoch Wants Stricter Gun Laws After Newtown, But Fox News Doesn’t Get the Memo", New York Magazine (12/17/12 5:21 p.m.). It wasn't an assault rifle. The media exaggerates. Sincerely: Gun Nuts.
  38. Liptak, Kevin, "Don't air NRA race, senator asks Rupert Murdoch", CNN (4/11/13 at 07:45 PM ET).
  39. Grove, Lloyd, "The Fox-Murdoch Feud", Daily Beast 1.9.10.
  40. Taibbi, "Rupert Murdoch is Deviant Scum", Rolling Stone.
  41. Sherman, Gabriel, "The Raging Septuagenarian", New York Magazine 2.8.10.
  42. "Murdoch pastor gets heat for mogul's porn channels", World Net Daily.
  43. Farhi, Paul, "National Geographic Society sets biggest layoff in its history", WaPo. (11.3.15.)
  44. Everiss, Bruce, "Is this the big News Corporation gaming move?", 7.27.09.
  45. Marr, David, "The Politics of News", The Monthly (2002). Murdoch "The American press might get their pleasure in successfully crucifying Nixon. But the last laugh would be on them. See how they like it when the commies take over the West.” (unrelated image)
  46. Parry, Robert, "Murdoch, Scaife and CIA Propaganda", Consortium News 12.31.14.
  47. Holmes, David, "News Corp: it’s not a conspiracy … it’s just business", The Conversation (9/4/13 8:07pm EDT). The Australian: "…headlines for election stories on websites published by The Guardian’s Australian arm and Fairfax Media are more biased than those of News Corporation sites."
  48. Shiv, Malik, "Rupert Murdoch tweets all kinds of crazy over flight MH370 disappearance", The Guardian (3/1614 9:35am EDT).
  49. Peterson Beadle, Amanda, "Rupert Murdoch: ‘Every Voter Should Read’ Conspiracy Theory Book About Obama", ThinkProgress (9/5/12 10:36 am).
  50. Carol Kuruvilla & Antonia Blumberg, "Muslims Around The World Condemn Charlie Hebdo Attack", HuffPo (01/07/2015 11:43 am EST, updated 01/08/2015 2:59 pm EST).
  51. Fraser, Nelson, "Not in our name – Muslims respond in revulsion to Charlie Hebdo massacre", The Spectator 1.7.15.
  52. Rupert's Fault (@RupertsFault)
  53. Fowler, Norman "In the Post-Murdoch Era, We Must Reform Media Ownership", The Guardian (5/11/12 7:02 EDT).
  54. BBC News — Profile: Rupert Murdoch
  55. The Guardian - Rupert Murdoch facing BSkyB defeat as parties unite in call to drop takeover
  56. "I'll teach you how to handle Murdoch: Keating" Sydney Morning Herald (6/10/.07 6:16AM PST)
  57. Clennell, Andrew, "Turnbull: Media ownership limits could go", Daily Telegraph (3/10/14 1:53pm PST).
  58. Maccullum, Mungo, "Murdoch’s war on Labor", The Monthly (September 2013)
  59. McKnight, David, "Rupert Murdoch and his influence on Australian political life", The Guardian (8/7/13 00.52 EDT).
  60. Turner, Adam, "Foxtel Play - internet viewers still second-class citizens" The Age 8.1.13.
  61. Dawson, Emma, "News Corp Australia vs the NBN – is it really all about Foxtel?", The Conversation (8/7/13 10:45pm EDT).
  62. Sheenan, Paul, "Murdoch's vicious attacks on Rudd: it's business", Sydney Morning Herald 8.4.13.
  63. McDonald, Stephanie, "In his own words: Tony Abbott on the NBN", Computer World (9/9/13 11:01).
  64. LeMay, Renal, "This is what the NBN debate has come to", Delimiter 2/14/13. News Ltd.: “The 31 [coffee] machines are costing almost $4000 a month in beans and their maintenance has cost more than $10,000.” (Not The Onion)
  65. Chris Duckett for Null Pointer "Turnbull's UK NBN template turns sour", ZDNet (6/8/14 2013 07:22 GMT).
  66. McLaren, Gary, "Foxtel and the NBN – threat or opportunity?", Business Spectator (11/6/14, 9:19 AM). Shades of American taxpayers funding billions of dollars for fibre infrastructure that wasn't delivered by the monopoly providers and still getting shit service.
  67. Adhikari, Supratim, "Telstra's NBN payday could be worth $100 billion", Business Spectator (4.14.14, 11:07 AM). "Sooner! Better! Cheaper!"
  68. "Murdoch Is Taking MySpace to China", by David Barbozaapril, April 27, 2007.
  69. "Murdoch’s Dealings in China: It’s Business, and It’s Personal", Joseph KahnJune 26, 2007, New York Times.
  70. "China Decides to Ban Time Travel", Erica Ho, TIME.
  71. "China Can't Get Enough of the New X-Men Movie", TIME, Per Liljas, May 26, 2014.
  72. "The Communist Connection Glenn Beck Doesn't Want to Talk About" Esquire, John H. Richardson, Oct 6, 2009,
  73. Michael K., Randy Quaid Spanks His Wife While She Wears a Mask of Rupert Murdoch's Face, Dlisted 2.3.15. ("This is probably the fever dream that David Lynch has after falling asleep while watching Christmas Vacation.")
  74. Greenslade, Roy, "The Times goes for remain, days after Sun backed Brexit", The Guardian (6/17/16 at 18:30 EDT).
  75. Reguly, Eric, "Rebekah Brooks's return to the Murdoch fold was inevitable", Globe and Mail (updated 9/7/15 at 10:51PM EDT).
  76. "James Murdoch Is Back at Sky as Chairman", Fortune via Reuters (1/29/16 at 5:32 AM EDT).


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