Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Murdock:A way to the candidate's heart

IN A DAY OF cash-and-carry politics, when former eBay boss Meg Whitman can boast that she has already spent $104 million of her own money in her Sothby's-style bid to become governor of California, a mere $1 million would hardly jiggle a piggy bank. But when media emperor Rupert Murdock's News Corporation tosses in that much for Republican gubernatorial candidates, you must wonder why they would not demand a lot more from the Bank of Mephistopheles for their souls. As we have seen, for the first time in history a powerful news conglomerate - particularly national TV - is openly aligned with a major party and is making its presence felt 24/7.

Of course, when approached by the NY Times about the deal, company spokesman Jack Horner came out of his corner to deny any connection between what the corporate owners do and what is presented on Fox News. asserting,
"There is a strict wall between business and editorial."
Cool. So we must conclude that it is strictly a seasonal coincidence that the news department reflects the company line across the board.

I can't let Horner off that easily. To him goes the the Grumpy Abe Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) Award and it won't be a coincidence.

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