The other day I ran a guest post from Uptown Music and it was well received.  I edited out the last paragraph though as it made a good post all on its own.

Seems to me that if the goal is to do quality journalism that can be accomplished.  Money to fuel “the movement” is a game changer though as money corrupts.  I know one way around that, at least short term but it too comes with its own “baggage”. In any event the rest of Uptown Music’s email:

What little faith I have left is now invested in Slabbed and your ilk. I am hoping in about 6-8 months to get out from under a pile of debt so that I can start contributing to your fine efforts. My fear is: What will eventually occur to this mass movement? However, at this point the main task is to create the mass movement for transparency and honesty. A man can dream, anyway.

Maybe this is a bridge too far but Steve pointed out there is one place that gives grants for transparency projects, national security and human rights but I fear the Faux news crowd would choke. It is rich considering Rupert Murdoch’s pedigree but there are lots of simple minds that need educating ’round here. :mrgreen:

Thank goodness for the New Media……

Because large segments of the traditional media certainly seem to suck these days.

I mention this because the UK House of Commons has passed judgment on News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch and the verdict is not good.  News Corp is the international parent of US-based Faux News, the news network for the faux conservatives also known as the modern-day republican party.  It all fits in a weird sort of way.

Interestingly, the claims of ignorance about what was happening in the companies Murdoch was running has long been used by US-based business execs, with some success I’ll add, to defend themselves against claims of wrongdoing, ENRON’s Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay being prime examples along with your typical Wall Street investment banker.  It appears the representatives in the House of Commons are possessive of more commonsense than your average US Congressman. Continue reading “Thank goodness for the New Media……”

Friday Music: Dedicated to Rupert and the gang at Faux and Friends….

Folks I hear Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy are the two biggest knee bending Murdoch knob shiners in the whole of News Corp. As an added bonus we have this from the New York Times, British Lawmaker Seeks Inquiry into Murdoch Testimony. For my part it was easy to tell when the Murdoch’s were lying the other day as everytime they opened their mouths bullshit came out. I’m thinking incarceration may be the best answer here folks.


I just don’t know why I thought of Blazing Saddles when I noticed the Dow Jones PR counter offensive in the broadening News Corp scandal……;-)

In fact folks I thought of this quote when I read today’s Wall Street Journal.

I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers, and Methodists!

This WSJ story in particular.

News Corp. is attempting to do on U.S. soil what it failed to accomplish in London: contain the damage of a scandal over dubious reporting tactics at one of its British tabloids.

The New York-based media conglomerate is looking for outside reinforcements in investor relations, policy relations and public relations to help handle the impact of the scandal domestically, according to people familiar with the matter. Continue reading “I just don’t know why I thought of Blazing Saddles when I noticed the Dow Jones PR counter offensive in the broadening News Corp scandal……;-)”

The News Corp Journalism scandal reveals the ugly underbelly of journalism, Rupert Murdoch style.

Not that American’s own Faux News doesn’t have its own problems such as having a Republican political operative, I mean VP ordering the so called news staff how to frame their reporting on things like climate change, Obama speeches etc. but the revelations and associated stench coming from News Corp’s UK based outlet News of the World are simply stunning and now it appears journalism News Corp style has crossed into the realm of the criminal.

I mean shit it is bad enough Fox News is the official US based propaganda arm for the nation of Israel and the GOP but imagine how bad it is at Wall Street Journal as their editorial board was already a bunch of corporate whores before Murdoch bought the paper. The man at the top sets the tone folks (except when scandal hits and then it is the secretary’s fault) and with Murdoch style news reporting the news takes a back seat to collecting the benjamins.