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Old March 2nd, 2012, 03:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is Rupert Murdoch a fit and proper person to run a company? - Telegraph

Is this the end of Fox News ?

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Old March 2nd, 2012, 03:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I predict that Fox will miraculously proclaim him an innocent martyr.

I can't wait to hear the last about Murdock, but we'll likely to be stuck with his legacy for some time.
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Maybe not; Ed Pilkington considers whether the Murdoch scandal will spread to American shores - Countdown with Keith Olbermann // Current TV

" ... It goes to the idea of bribery and corruption which the American law — the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — is all there to design — to stop, and it brings the crisis home to America in a very serious way, and that's when the company's going to get really worried. You know, the British newspapers are peanuts, let's be honest. They're less than one percent of the financial interest of News Corporation. What matters here is the TV operations and the operation in America itself. FCPA is a real threat to that. ..."
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The biggest case I can make against the current state of Fox (it's news networks) in the U.S. is that it ACTIVELY leans to the other side. Even if it is justified in trying to be "fair and balanced", the fact that it actively seeks out a certain agenda is something I find counter-intuitive to the whole premise of news reporting. Journalism should be a tool for shining the light of truth and justice on a topic, not lighting the topic in favorable or unfavorable light to justify one's political affiliation.

To me it's like lying in bed at night, hearing someone in the other room, so you grab a flashlight. Once you get into the room, you shine the light and it's a cat burglar. Now if your flashlight was some sort of disco-light party flashlight, you shine it at the cat burglar, no wait that's not a cat burglar, it's just a guy having fun under the disco lights!

I do hope this completely de-legitimizes Fox news as an organization, but I also hope that it serves as a lesson for all the other media outlets that try to sensationalize news or manipulate the news. Whatever happened to just reporting the facts on a story and letting the audience decide for themselves? Does that even happen anymore?
 
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The biggest case I can make against the current state of Fox (it's news networks) in the U.S. is that it ACTIVELY leans to the other side. Even if it is justified in trying to be "fair and balanced", the fact that it actively seeks out a certain agenda is something I find counter-intuitive to the whole premise of news reporting.
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Whatever happened to just reporting the facts on a story and letting the audience decide for themselves? Does that even happen anymore?
Did it ever happen, even before the existence of Fox News?
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"There is no such thing as an objective point of view.

No matter how much we may try to ignore it, human communication always takes place in a context, through a medium, and among individuals and groups who are situated historically, politically, economically, and socially. This state of affairs is neither bad nor good. It simply is. Bias is a small word that identifies the collective influences of the entire context of a message."

Support for liberal bias: Accuracy In Media

Support for conservative bias: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
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"There is no such thing as an objective point of view.

No matter how much we may try to ignore it, human communication always takes place in a context, through a medium, and among individuals and groups who are situated historically, politically, economically, and socially. This state of affairs is neither bad nor good. It simply is. Bias is a small word that identifies the collective influences of the entire context of a message."
I generally agree with that. The problem in my mind is that there are still news organizations clinging to the fiction that they are unbiased and have no particular slant.

Someone in an article I read a while ago suggested that like financial writers who disclose what stocks they own, reporters reporting on politics should disclose whom they've voted for in the past. I don't think that's a bad idea even if the reporter is convinced that their personal politics in no way biases their writing.
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... reporters reporting on politics should disclose whom they've voted for in the past. I don't think that's a bad idea even if the reporter is convinced that their personal politics in no way biases their writing.
Reporters could lie.

Perhaps just leave it to the individual to identify problems with news coverage.
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"LONDON, Mar. 8, 2012 (Reuters) — British satellite broadcaster BSkyB, part of Rupert Murdoch's UK media business, is facing an escalating investigation into whether it is a "fit and proper" owner of a broadcasting licence, Britain's telecoms regulator said on Thursday."

NewsDaily: Murdoch faces investigation over BSkyB ownership

The beginning of the end to Fox news ?
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Murdoch’s Scandal | FRONTLINE | PBS

Interesting documentary, 53 minutes. Does bring up Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Murdoch empire WSJ, Fox, etc... will probably need to find new owners.
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A News Corp subsidiary NDS that makes the viewing cards have been engaging in dirty tricks campaigns to destroy any opposition. They cracked the ONDigital/ITV Digital encryption in the UK and that company went to the wall.

Story here.

To be fair it wasn't the only reason the company collapsed but it was a major factor.

It turns out today that they have been doing the same thing in Australia.
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The Murdoch racket tactics spread to America.

Phone hacking: 9/11 victims 'may have had mobiles tapped by News of the World reporters' - Mirror Online

"A source said: “This investigator is used by a lot of journalists in America and he recently told me that he was asked to hack into the 9/11 victims’ private phone data.

He said that the journalists asked him to access records showing the calls that had been made to and from the mobile phones belonging to the victims and their *relatives.

“His presumption was that they wanted the information so they could hack into the *relevant voicemails, just like it has been shown they have done in the UK. The PI said he had to turn the job down. He knew how insensitive such research would be, and how bad it would look.

“The investigator said the *journalists seemed particularly interested in getting the phone records belonging to the British victims of the attacks.”"
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“The investigator said the *journalists seemed particularly interested in getting the phone records belonging to the British victims of the attacks.”"

Probably due to the fact that some of the British officials were on the take.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Faux News is an illegitimate resource for news. I used to watch the local affiliate here, but realized that they were obviously showing the worst of the worst (like a local version of TMZ with everyday people). I've since stopped contributing to the network's viewership. I'm at least 1 year Faux-free.
 
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I predict that Fox will miraculously proclaim him an innocent martyr.

I can't wait to hear the last about Murdock, but we'll likely to be stuck with his legacy for some time.
They're back Your Week in Murdoch (It’s Only Just Beginning) | Murdoch's Scandal | FRONTLINE | PBS

"James is testifying tomorrow; Rupert on Wednesday and Thursday. They’ll be questioned about the hacking scandal as part of an inquiry into British press standards. Media lawyer Duncan Lamont predicts that the Leveson hearing “will not be so generous in allowing the Murdochs to obfuscate or not have recollections and just say ‘sorry.’”"
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