Archive for the ‘rupert murdoch’ Category

news corp fights for life?

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

last week, news of the world, a 168 year old newspaper was closed down due to a phone hacking scandal the roots of which date back to 2007. the question now is, why after 4 years is this becoming an international issue?

under pressure, rupert murdoch withdrew his bid for the remainder of bskyb he doesn’t already own. and there are unconfirmed rumours that he might sell off his newspapers in the uk.

the guardian newspaper –always a reliable source, is running a story today which claims elisabeth murdoch, who once was heir to the throne controlled by her father, reportedly said that her brother james murdoch fucked the company.

u.s. newspapers are reporting that the fbi and/or the justice department want to investigate whether or not the phones of 9/11 victims were hacked too. which seems unlikely. although we never closely followed news of the world, we actually prefer other tabloids such as the weekly world news, the national enquirer, us weekly, bild zeitung, 20minuten and the daily mail. but if we had been, we suspect that the 9/11 hacking claim is baseless. but we have no real info about this. and even the washington post questions the allegation.

but it is curious that news corporation, which owns fox news in the u.s.–one of the few conservative media companies in the states and one of the few news organizations that dares to criticize the obama administration, might implode prior to the 2012 presidential election.

this implosion started with the firing of glenn beck–the populist, whose popular talk-television news program was recently axed by the network. beck, who started the 9/12 club, and is a favorite with the tea party movement, had a huge following and managed to scare up a couple of million folks for a ‘take back america’ rally last year in washington d.c.

let the conspiracy theories begin.

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new york magazine ready to write rupert murdoch's obituary

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

the cover of this week’s new york magazine features a black and white foto of rupert murdoch with the headline ‘the endgame’ written in bloodred. murdoch celebrates his 71st birthday this week. so it seems fair game to wonder out loud who could replace rupert murdoch. on the surface, all roads point to james murdoch. but perhaps murdoch knows the real reason james murdoch never graduated from harvard.

the magazine speculates on what could happen to the highly successful cable t.v. station, fox news in america. it is the big cash cow (if not the only cash cow) of newscorp. it is for sure that his children will cave into the pressure of their liberal leaning london friends and seek to gut it by offering a talk show to the likes of steven bing and al snore–we mean, gore.

rupert murdoch versus google

Monday, November 16th, 2009

rupert murdoch is showing his age. the old guy wants to block google from indexing content in his newspapers. we say, dude. that’s easy. you don’t have to block anyone. just don’t add any metadata to your pages and google algorithim (or however you spell that) won’t be able to find you.

it’ll be like the times doesn’t exist. is this what the murdoch family really want? the world has changed. and well, people have been quoting from newspapers in term papers for ages. does murdoch also not want this information available to academics as well.

it’s true. the free model sucks for people trying to turn a quick billion slaving away at the helm of a multi-billion dollar media company. but ultimately, the problem isn’t that you can find murdoch’s stuff on google. the problem is that young people aren’t interested in buying newspapers and magazines. and the advertising model is broken.

the wall that is the wall street journal

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

the wall street journal used to be 100% behind an inclosed online wall. even in the initial phase of internet craziness, the wsj opted for a subscriber model. sometime in either the late 90s or early naughties, this model changed and now only a select number of articles are subscriber only. but surprise. if you google any random headline, you can read the article through the back door. the new york times used to have this same problem. whether or not the publishers were ever aware of it, who knows.

so what will happen of rupert murdoch gets his way and the drudge report won’t have any more of his high-quality newspapers to link to like <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk or the sun? is this what this emerging online war is about? putting matt drudge out of business? it was drudge who made murdoch’s uk rags internationally known. perhaps he should embrace this, as the daily telegraph has, and learn to use it to his advantage. if american newspapers opt for a cross the board subscriber only business model for their digital versions, american readers will continue reading the bbc, which provides superior coverage (usally) of american politics and social issues. and there’s always the newspapers in india, where a considerable number of newspapers (online) are published in english.

rupert murdoch worried about possible u.s. protectionist policies

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

in an interview broadcast on the bbc rupert murdoch voiced concern that barack obama’s instinct might take him toward protectionism. while acknowledging that he liked him as a person, murdoch voiced concern regarding obama’s inexperience.

there’s a fairly lively comment section on murdoch’s wall street journal website concerning what a obama presidency will mean for small business owners.

asian industry is leary of possible protectionism arising under an obama administration and a democratic controlled congress.

the world series rolls over for obama

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

game 6 of the world series will be delayed by fox, the rupert murdoch owned station, so barack obama can have his 30 minutes before the u.s. audience. that is, if there’s a game 6. his ad buys on fox, cbs, and nbc amount to about 3 million dollars.

will this bolster barack obama? or is it analogous to hillary clinton’s one hour TV buy one night prior to Super Tuesday? which was staged managed within an inch of its life. will people love him more the more they see of him? or will this backfire on him in the way that his excellent adventure to europe did?

mcdonalds sponsors fox news with a cup of java

Monday, July 28th, 2008

not sure why one has to read an irish newspaper to find out that the placement of a couple of coffee cups on fox news is a new form of integrated advertising (read, product placement) for rupert murdoch’s network. according to ireland’s independent, mickie’Ds “has bought the right to have two cups of their branded frappuccino appear on the desk in front of the anchors on fox 5” in the u.s.