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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

The Bigger Rupert Murdoch Scandal

Jul 18, 2011

Media billionaire Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News, recently had to completely close down his profitable weekly newspaper in Britain, the News of the World. Why? His paper was caught “repeatedly, and flagrantly” hacking into people’s telephone voice messages.

In one case, a reporter deleted messages on a missing child’s cell phone. This misled her parents into thinking their child was still alive – deleting her own messages – when in fact she had been murdered!

To silence the scandal, Rupert Murdoch had to shut down his own paper. Where do things stand with his media empire now? He’ll have to “scrape by” with profits from his Fox Broadcasting Company and its 27 U.S. stations plus others around the world; his 150 publications in Australia; his Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones publications on three continents; his 11 different 20th Century Fox or similar movie studios; his ownership of Hulu; his billboard advertising network News Outdoor; his digital media holdings which include, and more.

The deeper scandal continues – one man controlling so much of society’s wealth – and using his media empire to feed the population his own rotten ideas.