Rupert Murdoch's Criminal Corporate Media Empire
Jul 2011 15:08
Times - Rupert Murdoch's criminal corporate news
empire is slowly imploding. For more than a decade,
Murdoch's fraudulent, propaganda pushing "News"
companies have willingly and deceitfully misguided
politics and public opinion in the UK and the US and
committed numerous crimes....
Murdoch's empire which, in the US include Fox News,
the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post,
epitomizes how toxic and morally bankrupt corporate
media has become. As Murdoch's tale of fraud and
treachery unravels, it has become blatantly obvious
that the cover-ups the ruling elite thought would
work -- collusion between the police, government and
News Corp -- to hide the true extent of illegal
activities perpetrated by News Corp are unraveling
in spectacular fashion (link: http://www.thenation.com/blog/162083/rupert-murdoch-has-gamed-american-politics-every-bit-thoroughly-britains).
Murdoch's scandal broke when it was revealed that
representatives of News International, owned by
Rupert Murdoch, were involved in hacking phones of
over 12,000 people, bribing police officers and
using ties to the criminal underworld to blackmail
and intimidate leading public figures (link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/20/scandal-exposed-scale-elite-corruption).
The timely, albeit disturbing and unexplained death
of the chief whistle-blower Sean Hoare, was
immediately declared a suicide and "non-suspicious"
by complicit British authorities (link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/pers-j22.shtml).
Every major institution and leading politician in
the UK is implicated in the Murdoch scandal. The
dubious relations with Murdoch's criminal corporate
news empire, top officials of the Metropolitan
Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and successive
governments have been blocking investigations into
News International's criminal behavior for at least
the past six years. Murdoch and company haven't been
prosecuted because Murdoch has been manipulating
politicians in Britain, the US, Australia, Scotland
and many other countries for the past three decades.
The ruling class he has created has enabled him
while covering up his crimes.
Murdoch's UK hacking scandal is only one piece of
the puzzle, and it presents a clearer picture of how
Murdoch and company have been doing business for the
past few decades. Part of the puzzle includes one of
Murdoch's actions involving mafia-style tactics with
another company that involved a lot more than
hacking (link: http://whowhatwhy.com/2011/07/21/murdoch-us-scandal-brewing/).
Bloomberg recently reported a story involving News
America Marketing -- another piece of Murdoch's
criminal corporate news media -- trying to buy
Floorgraphics, a New Jersey firm that sold
advertising in grocery stores. Floorgraphics did not
want to sell so News America started a campaign of
spreading lies and misinformation about
Floorgraphics to clients and seeking other ways to
In 2004, when Floorgraphics was competing with News
America for a "critically important" contract with
Safeway, its computers were hacked. News America got
the contract with Safeway. According to the report,
a Floorgraphics executive contends that Murdoch's
News America prevailed by using "comprehensive"
financial data stored on Floorgraphics' website.
Floorgraphics contacted News America's chief
financial officer when the breach was discovered,
but Murdoch's company did not respond. Years after
the fact, during a 2009 civil trial over the
hacking, News America admitted that its computers
were used to hack Floorgraphics, but claimed it did
not know who was responsible for the hacking. Later,
News America falsely claimed it condemns such
conduct and that such conduct violates the standards
of the company (link: http://whowhatwhy.com/2011/07/21/murdoch-us-scandal-brewing/).
Such conduct by Murdoch's criminal corporate media
empire is commonplace and normal operating
Murdoch's Scandal Is Not Really About Phone Hacking
Rupert Murdoch's troubles are growing. As noted by
Mike Whitney, "The firestorm in the UK is not really
about phone hacking at all. It's about corporate
fiefdoms and unelected oligarchs who control the
flow of information and use that power to their own
advantage" (link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28609.htm).
The same holds true in the US. Murdoch's criminal
corporations -- led by News Corp's Fox "News" --
spread the lies and propaganda of the Republicans
and Democrats, and Murdoch influences the culture of
corruption in Washington. In typical fashion, Rupert
Murdoch and his son James, who runs News Corp with
his father, abused their power and broke an untold
number of laws while raping and plundering the US
and the UK, are denying and lying about their
responsibilities in the scandals (link: http://www.thenation.com/blog/162179/murdochs-power-without-responsibility).
As Murdoch's hacking scandal unravels, it is obvious
that the ultimate responsibility for all the illegal
activities conducted by Murdoch's corporations
belong to Rupert Murdoch. News Corp is not in the
news business. News Corp influences the news (link:
In fact, News Corp isn't a news corporation at all.
As noted by AlterNet, News Corp is the lobbying arm
of Rupert Murdoch's global conglomerate, in the
business of wielding influence (link: http://www.alternet.org/story/151713/the_big_lie_at_the_heart_of_rupert_murdoch%27s_media_empire).
The standards and culture of a journalistic
institution are set from the top down, by its owner,
publisher, and top editors. Reporters and editors do
not routinely break laws, bribe policemen and
politicians, wiretap and act like underworld thugs
while conducting covert black operations (link:
-- unless those actions are a matter of recognized
and understood policy. In Murdoch's criminal
corporate news empire those actions are condoned.
Private detectives and phone hackers are the primary
sources of News Corp's information with the
knowledge and approval of people at the top -- more
so in the case of people who are closest to Rupert
Murdoch. Indeed, instead of running a "News" media
conglomerate, Rupert Murdoch has been operating what
amounts to his own private intelligence service
The global empire built by Murdoch uses all its
"media" sources as a lobbying arm. Having "press"
credentials allows Murdoch's empire to wield
influence on behalf of a much larger and more
profitable "media" business to satisfy the empirical
whims and power trips of Rupert Murdoch. In
Murdoch's corporations, you do whatever it takes to
get the story, regardless of how illegal and immoral
it may be, take no prisoners, destroy your
competition, and the end will justify the means
Since news of Murdoch's hacking started exploding,
Fox News has been doing its best to keep the truth
out of the public eye (link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28608.htm).
Once the story of Murdoch's illegality began
breaking, Murdoch hired a firm to handle public
relations in the UK. Instead of taking
responsibility for their actions, Murdoch relies on
denial, lies and deflecting questions in hopes that
the scandal will go away.
Recently Rupert and James Murdoch appeared before
the British Parliament's Culture, Media and Sports
Select Committee to testify about their actions and
what they knew about the scandal. Unsurprisingly,
the appearance was more a case of well-choreographed
political theater than anything else (link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/murd-j20.shtml).
As with other governmental inquiries, the Murdoch’s
knew there was no danger of them being asked probing
questions (link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28624.htm),
let alone suffering any legal consequences from
their testimony. Since Rupert Murdoch owns most of
the politicians in the UK, including Britain's Prime
Minister (link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28626.htm),
actual investigations by the government won't occur
and Murdoch's crimes will be dutifully covered up.
Murdoch Tried To Change Anti-Bribery Law That Could
Be Used To Prosecute Him In The US
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) claims it is
investigating crimes committed by Murdoch and
company in the US, but we have seen repeatedly that
DoJ leadership, under Attorney General Eric Holder,
is heavily implicated in Washington's culture of
corruption. Many people believe the US could
prosecute Rupert Murdoch and his criminal corporate
news empire under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
(FCPA) for their actions in the UK (link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/19/rupert-murdoch-s-american-lawbreaking-how-he-could-be-prosecuted.html).
Under the FCPA, which became law in 1977, a typical
prosecution might involve something like going after
an official of a US-based company for paying a bribe
to an official in a foreign country to win a
government contract and there are both civil and
criminal jurisdictions to such prosecutions
according to New York attorney Roland Riopelle. But,
knowing President Obama and his DoJ as well as we
do, you can bet the U.S. won't do anything but
immunize Murdoch and company from prosecution.
Rupert Murdoch reportedly donated $1 million to a
pro-business lobby in the US months before the group
launched a high-profile campaign to alter the FCPA
law that could potentially be used to prosecute News
Corp over what began as the phone hacking scandal
Last summer News Corp "donated" the $1 million to
the US Chamber of Commerce (CoC). In October the US
CoC concocted a six-point program for amending the
FCPA. The timing of Murdoch's donation and the CoC's
dubious actions to weaken anti-bribery legislation
offers more evidence of the depths of Murdoch's
crimes. It's no secret that Murdoch is one of many
billionaire corporate leaders who has funded the
deceptive CoC for years. Murdoch's corporate
conglomerate has used its power and money to buy
politicians and change laws that don't suit them for
There has been little mention of Murdoch's role in
the Iraq war (link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/189505.html).
And of course, Murdoch's empire has been pushing the
misleading Pro-Israel agenda that continues
destroying the US (link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28652.htm),
and probably will continue to do so. Unsurprisingly,
as noted by John Pilger, “Amid the Murdoch Scandal,
there's an acrid smell of business as usual” (link:
As we have seen repeatedly, corporate media, the
fourth estate which was once the watchdog of the
people, is bankrupt (link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28549.htm).
The story of Murdoch's criminal corporate news media
epitomizes what can happen when a media company gets
huge enough to become a law unto itself. It
highlights what happens when government and media
get too close and too cozy. Government control of
media is not the answer, nor is media control of the
government. The endless depths of collusive
deception carried out by Rupert Murdoch's criminal
corporate news media and worldwide governments are
slowly coming to light. As the investigations
continue, more malfeasance will be revealed.
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