Archive for the ‘rupert murdoch’ Tag

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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myspace and myspace music down the drain

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

looks like rupert murdoch and his fey son james finally got around to looking at myspace on their iPad and didn’t like what the saw. considering the redesigned myspace website looks like sh**t on the iPad. digital music news got it right when they wrote that myspace music president courtney holt got his walking papers. as news corporation, unlike the previous companies where holt worked like interscope and mtv, is actually a real company with shareholders and people to answer to. murdoch and co. generally pull the plug on non-preforming executives and non-performing companies after 2 years. so we predict that ‘the daily’ –ruperts new iPad newspaper will go belly up by wee hours of 2013.

and now, for the time being, the murdochs are dealing with the myspace fire sale. well hell, if friendster even found a buyer we’re sure myspace can. but one day soon we hope that someone will realize that friendster and facebook and myspace are just frickin’ websites.

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.

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.

mike huckabee meets with fox about show

Monday, July 14th, 2008

mike huckabee is meeting with fox execs this week to discuss hosting his own show. huckabee, who resurrected the legend of chuck norris earlier this year, is leaving for rwanda shortly with john mccain’s wife as well as tom daschle.