Murdoch Should Blame Friends at Fox
Nobody in British Labour or the Lib-Democrats wants to see a British channel sprouting the deranged, right-wing nonsense they hear on Fox from the time the channel starts the day with that daffy trio struggling to digest the news and reduce it to kindergarten terms, to the hateful diatribes – literally hate-full – that fill the airwaves when the channel warms up. The British don’t want freaks and monsters of the far right shoved down the airwaves. They don’t want News to find and promote a local Glenn Beck on a channel run by a British Roger Ailes.
Rupert faced objections a year ago from within his family to the Ailes management of Fox and there have been reports he himself is unhappy. Fine, but nothing was done and a majority of the House of Commons thinks Fox stinks and don’t want it in a British version thumping out its one-sidedness and fanaticism.
Anyway the BSkyB takeover looks like collapsing and the prospect of a British version of Fox appears to be dying.
Meanwhile it’s fascinating to read the on-line versions of The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Independent as they sense their competition is now in a battle of survival, especially as the material becomes hotter – like today’s shocker that The Sun under Rebekah Brook’s editorship hacked into Gordon Brown’s family medical and financial records. Here’s The Independent:
The broadcasting regulator Ofcom declared last week that it will look into the question of whether Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp empire is a “fit and proper” owner of the broadcaster BSkyB. But now another question must surely be asked: is an organisation that appears to have covered up evidence of corruption and illegality fit and proper to run any part of the media in Britain?
Really putting the boot in.
Worse is to come: what I would think is an inevitable investigation of News under US anti-bribery law. Prosecution to follow. After being brutally assailed on Fox from sun-up each day why would a US Democrat intervene to prevent that?