Just a quick post today, as we’re all still recuperating from the ‘flu down here. I guess we can’t ignore the goings on in the British media; James is on the case, so I thought I’d give you all a chance to vent.
I made my own opinion clear last thread in a response to Izen; while I don’t hold any brief for the one private magnate at the centre of the current scandal, at least his network supplies some counter-balance to an otherwise uniformly left-of-centre MSM. His Fox Network in the U.S. has plenty of entertaining stuff, but aspersions are constantly cast upon it there; I recall this being parodied once on the Murdoch-owned animated series Futurama; in one episode, as a news helicopter flashes by in the introductory credits, the Fox News logo on the side is seen for a fraction of a second, together with a slogan: Not racist, but #1 with racists. Pretty funny, I thought—and rather daring.
So where would the mainstream media be without the Murdoch empire? Down here, it often seems he still owns the place, and has done ever since he inherited the Adelaide Advertiser from his old man way back in 1953. These days, Australian Prime Ministers pay courtesy calls on him whenever they’re in the States, not the other way around. And when he’s in Australia, visiting his mother (yes, he really has one; Dame Elisabeth Murdoch turned 102 this year and is still going strong), he is accorded the status of a visiting head of state. He’s no longer an Aussie anyway, having taken out U.S. citizenship many years ago. So I should care less—except that politics in Australia would be a very different beast without him.
What do you all make of this lot?