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August 17, 2010

MURDOCH LIED.... It was just a few months ago that Rupert Murdoch was asked whether it's appropriate for Fox News to play an active role in supporting the so-called Tea Party "movement."

The News Corp. CEO replied, "I don't think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party."


Media Matters' video on this seems pretty effective:

Note the tag line: "Fox is not news. It's a 24/7 political organization."

Steve Benen 5:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (11)

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aw c'mon - the Republicans aren't really a party. I mean, I don't know any of them I'd want to hang out with after hours and have drinks and small talk, and they sure as hell aren't much fun. no, certainly not a party.

Posted by: zeitgeist on August 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

I don't want to spoil the party so I'll go
I would hate my disappointment to show
There's nothing for me here so I will disappear
If my conscious turns up while I'm gone
Please let me know

When teen angst says it best
Its a foxy (s)edition

Posted by: FRP on August 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

this is from NY Mag comments on the sane issue

BY TO_WIT on 08/17/2010 at 10:30am
My issue with Fox is simple: We have a foreign media mogul establishing an outlet clearly bent on attacking our President and Government at large to advance his own corporate and political agenda, which directly undermines our country as a whole by pitting left against right no matter the cause or effect.

To which I add

Time for a law restricting ownership in major amercan media corporations to Americans.


has anyone checked if Murdoch has a green card


Paging madam guillotine

Just pick one

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on August 17, 2010 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

As the "free press" degenerates, they feel it is their duty to "embellish" sometimes.

How about Fox contributing a million dollars to republicans?

Posted by: Dredd on August 17, 2010 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, Fox is the worst organization ever, masquerading as a news channel, with fake journalists,with an active GOP fundraising operation, offering a disturbingly biased platform for former G.W. Bush's administration characters i.e., Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, --and Oliver North from the Reagan years, as well as former Republican presidential campaigners/now Fox staffers Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and pounding the airways with Republican spokesmen, playground bullies and serious ultra-conservative, anti-progressive fundraisers Hannity, O'Reilly and Beck.

Fox is routinely providing daily doses of Republican talking points--much like the fake journalist Jeff Gannon/James Dale Guckert of so-called Talon News with his access back in 2005....and recall how the Bush administration paid Armstrong Williams and Maggie Gallagher money to foster Republican administrative conservative initiatives for marriage and education... and all the fake news releases related to the Medicare prescription drug program of the Bushies, repeated bizarre use of public funds for propaganda eventually outed by the General Accounting Office--
outrageous, and probably by now forgotten??
Fox, with its clear ties to the Republican Party continues its relentless lies and deception unabated, unabashedly...
it's criminal.

And you know what--conversely-- I would like to see MSNBC stop its recent relentless attacks on Democrats and the current administration. It is unbearable.
Hope they read this.
As the elections near, they are damaging the Democratic name.
And routinely minimizing the administration's accomplishments.
I am alarmed!
I think MSNBC could also be responsible for a Republican takeover this fall.
As a progressive, I find them brutal.
I don't get it. After listening to Joan Walsh today on the network, I decided to include this in the comment here.

Posted by: PA Progressive on August 17, 2010 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

Where else can you get soft porn mixed with right-wing propaganda? Watching Bill O'Reilly interrogating Amy Polumbo really defined "creepy old guy" for me.

Posted by: Speed on August 17, 2010 at 8:13 PM | PERMALINK

People keep shooting this down, but really: Faux is engaging in false advertising by saying it's "fair and balanced." Sure, it would be a long shot to actually get a favorable ruling (considering the history, role of press, etc.) but that isn't the whole point. Someone should sue, just to make the points and to have fun doing discovery. Really, make it happen.

Posted by: n e i l b . on August 17, 2010 at 9:20 PM | PERMALINK

Let's be clear. Faux "News" and "News" Corp are NOT real news organizations, trustworthy, dependable, truth-telling, honest...IOW, they're not boy or girl scouts.

They are, however, a gang, and since certain individuals have been incited into committing acts of violence because of the right-wing hate-filled propaganda spouted/endorsed by folks at Faux "News" and "News" Corp, I'd have to say a criminal gang.

Rupert "Don Corleone" Murdoch with his loyal lieutenants, a right-wing media hit squad, at Faux "News." Helped, of course, by their fellow right-wing talk-radio media hit squad members like Rush Limbaugh. All part of the same gang.

And we've seen this before, but on a much smaller scale back during the Nixon years, with Donald Segretti and the right-wing "rat-f*ck*rs," a name these Republicans gave themselves. Right-wing "rat-f*ck*ers" who also called themselves the Republican MAFIA. And with the same intent expressed by Andrew Breitbart today, destroy the Democrats, eliminate anything liberal in our society.

Mafia. Republicans. Rat-f*ck*rs. Faux "News." "News" Corp. Right-wing talk radio. All the same. A gang out to destroy America, replace our liberal democracy with something else (as if they haven't already done so).

Posted by: The Oracle on August 17, 2010 at 9:21 PM | PERMALINK

Hey Oracle, you're not being fair to Rat-f*ck*rs ...

Posted by: G.Kerby on August 17, 2010 at 9:37 PM | PERMALINK

Treason should be punishable by death........
Oh wait....

Posted by: Fed Up and Tired on August 18, 2010 at 4:23 AM | PERMALINK

Fox-and similar businesses-are simply following the capitalist path to fame and fortune:

Find a need, and fill it.

For a more obvious example, thumb through any supermarket tabloid at the check-out counter. People actually buy those rags, and consume the contents.

Posted by: DAY on August 18, 2010 at 6:16 AM | PERMALINK



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