Why the News of the World scandal is about you, no matter where you live (aka: Rupert Murdoch is evil)

Posted on July 16, 2011

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Tiger Beatdown › Why the News of the World scandal is about you, no matter where you live.

To the general public, all of this might seem very domestically British, very distant and while certainly a political misfortune, a series of events that hold little weight for the rest of us, non British residents. Except that our every day lives, no matter where we are, what our socio economic background is, are shaped by this scandal. Because you see, News Corp is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the man you can hold accountable for not being able to access an abortion provider. The man you can hold accountable for the increase of intolerance and xenophobia sweeping the entirety of the Western World. Rupert Murdoch, the man who gave us Sarah Palin’s political career, Gert Wilders international fame, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the erosion of civil rights presented as a necessity and the demonization of Islam and the Middle East. Rupert Murdoch, the man who owns your mass media.

  • When AskMen.com publishes an article stating that women should be “shamed” into losing weight,thank Rupert Murdoch
  • Anchor babies and the demonization of immigrant women?Thank Rupert Murdoch
  • Act like a lady, think like a manand the pervasive stereotyping of gender and “how women should behave”?Thank Rupert Murdoch
  • The rise of the Tea Party and the mainstream radicalization of the Western world?Thank Rupert Murdoch
  • The constant portrayal of immigrants, asylum seekers, refuges and economic migrants as a threat to Western values?Thank Rupert Murdoch
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Now, I am not going to be so naive as to blame the Murdoch media empire for all the ills in the world. But let me clear: it might not be the sole responsible actor in our current sad state of affairs but it has played a very significant, prominent role in it. The Murdoch empire has been the necessary media machinery that relentlessly worked to undermine our rights, our social progress, our autonomy and even our bodies. Since 9/11, the steady radicalization of international politics, the attack on progressive ideas, the constant portrayal of LGBTQ issues as a threat, the raise of the extreme Christian right and the increasing rhetoric of war and hatred have gone hand in hand with an ideology pushed by media outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch.
emphasis mine. also from the comments section:

One of my big “political awakening” moments in college was when I learned that nine – just nine! – companies owned 99% of mass media outlets. Not just TV, but radio, cable, movies, *textbook publishers*, small and large newspapers, news websites, etc.). That number is now down to six:

http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart/main

Of these, I find Murdoch’s empire to be the worst offender in terms of stirring up muck and normalizing reactionary news-ertainment. Seeing evidence of them also flagrantly disregarding privacy laws is not shocking, but it is another disgusting layer of icing on the evil media cake.


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