What’s a little liberty for sale?

By: Thursday July 4, 2013 1:30 am

First off, Happy Independence Day.

Second, look at the kind of folks that get a lot more freedom than you…and “easy pass” citizenship to boot.


Good ol’ Rupert

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 1:30 am

Roger Ailes likes to talk a lot of trash about people, especially Democrats. Ailes also has no compunction about going after anyone who deigns criticize him — a trait his employees share.

But Ailes will not say one peep about the fact his boss may or may not run a criminal enterprise, he just employs a lot of people who become criminals.

Late Night: Crappy New Year

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 8:00 pm

In any normal country, there would be no particular reason to expect 2013 to be an awful year. The right-wing Presidential candidate, who preached austerity, family values, and military adventurism, was soundly defeated by the center-left candidate, who favored, well, austerity-lite, personal freedom, and a fiscally convenient “peace dividend.” Overconfident and overfunded Republicans were similarly trounced in the House and Senate, losing seats in both despite stunning structural advantages.

It seemed that the Right’s perennial hobby horses, from favoring the wealthiest above all others and demonizing minorities of every type, to demanding that every non-military expenditure be slashed to the bone, had clearly been sent to the glue factory by the electorate. Alas, things are never what they seem in Washington.

Which Firms Are Meeting With the DoJ About Being Screwed by Google?

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 11:41 am

The fact that the DoJ is taking meetings while the FTC’s Google investigation is still underway is, as the Post says, a clear sign that companies are “losing faith that the Federal Trade Commission will act forcefully on their complaints.”

I suppose we’ll just have to pretend this “might” happen

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 1:30 am

Rupert Murdoch, last heard from calling both Chris Christie and Jewish publishers traitors almost simultaneously must think a lot of his legal troubles from the phone-hacking scandal behind him. After all, he has started buying things again — hoping to match the unqualified success of MySpace.

But recent events have reawakened that old issue…

FCC Plan to Gut Media Ownership Rules Would Benefit Rupert Murdoch

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 4:29 pm

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski would like the FCC to vote on a plan to gut media ownership rules. If approved, News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch, who has been considering buying more media, would benefit. The proposal would also allow for more media consolidation.

Using innocuous language to describe a proposal that should raise alarm, Genachowski stated yesterday that he wanted the FCC to “streamline and modernize media ownership rules.” This would include “eliminating outdated prohibitions on newspaper-radio and TV-radio cross-ownership.”

Thanks for all the lawsuits

By: Friday September 7, 2012 1:30 am

In the wake of the speeches of Charlotte and Tampa and the desire of governments everywhere to make life miserable, well more miserable for more, let us take the time to think of those who truly had a bad year.

Tough day for him, good thing he can take comfort in his billions

By: Friday August 24, 2012 1:30 am

The problem is that there is only one pertinent blind eye at issue here and it will be the one the FCC has in any serious review of the applications, they don’t make those stamps of rubber for nothing.

News of the World Editors, Journalists Indicted in Phone Hacking Scandal

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 1:10 pm

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two top editors at the now-defunct paper News of the World, have been indicted in the phone-hacking scandal that caused the paper’s shutdown and rocked Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp empire. Coulson, before stepping down last year, was actually the communications director for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Five News of the World journalists were also indicted.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Martin Hickman, Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain

By: Sunday July 15, 2012 1:59 pm

Reading Dial M for Murdoch by Tom Watson and Martin Hickman gave me the same feel as watching the movie Apollo 13. I knew the ending. I knew some broad strokes. News of the World, a Murdoch paper, got caught hacking the phone of a missing girl, they got busted. Some cops were involved, News International got caught covering it up and decided to shut down News of the World. People were paid off, some Murdoch executives went to jail, some powerful political aids and police resigned and then Murdoch got a pie in the face while testifying.

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