Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rupert Murdoch and the Evils of Corporate Media

It’s been a running gag in many circles how evil Fox News is. This month, however, the laughter has stopped.

British Tabloid News of the World (where do you think the title of the Queen record came from?) printed its final edition this past Sunday after an amazing 168-year run. The paper was closed after accusations (please note the source...kinda odd, no?) that reporters and others associated with the paper had hacked the voicemails of over 4,000 potential victims ranging from family members of missing people to royal dignitaries, all in an effort to “get the scoop”.

The owner of News of the World? That’s right. Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News.

And it gets worse. US Senator Jay Rockefeller (D, WV) is now calling for an investigation as to whether or not Murdoch’s bastions of public trust employees have done the same on US soil. UK tabloid The Mirror has reported that 9/11 victims may have had their voicemails and other private communications hacked as well. The culprit here is pointed out to be The Sun tabloid, owned by...go ahead and guess...

I’m keeping this one brief because I still have a lot to get done before Nerdapalooza this weekend (ZOMG~!), but there’s no way to keep quiet about this. After all, the spirit of Count3rCu1ture is to stand up against corporate media and the garbage it feeds us on a daily basis. If the coverage of the Casey Anthony Trial showed us anything, it’s that corporate media can’t be trusted to do anything except poke a hornet’s nest with a sharp stick in the name of getting those ratings and that almighty dollar.

With the closing of News of the World and the potential investigation in to Murdoch’s practices in the US as well, it’s now known just how far corporate media will sink for ratings and money. And now you also know why none of them should be trusted.

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