According to the Wall Street Journal, the impact of the Chilean earthquake is a vindication of the fascist dictatorship of General Pinochet: here. The Wall Street Journal is popularly known as the War Street Journal because of its promotion of war in Iraq and everywhere else. It is owned by “American patriot” Australian warmonger Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch against the BBC: here.
Fresh BBC cuts a ‘gift to Murdoch’: here.
Britain: A report by the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee has exposed the contempt that the mass circulation Sunday newspaper, News of the World (NoW), part of Rupert Murdoch’s media giant News International, has for basic democratic rights, parliament and the rule of law: here.
Journalists’ union NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear has bitterly condemned the profit-obsessed Murdoch media empire for its role in strangling local news media: here.
Naomi Klein on the Wall Street Journal and Chile: here.
Even as the people of southern Chile continue to grapple with the rising death toll and the devastation wrought by Saturday’s massive earthquake, many seismologists believe the wreckage could have been far worse. The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile early Saturday morning was 500 times more powerful than the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th of this year. But it caused only a fraction of the casualties in comparison to the 300,000 people estimated to have died in Haiti. Seismologists suggest that one reason for the difference in scale is that Chile enforced building codes for earthquake resistant structures after the experience of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake fifty years ago in 1960. [includes rush transcript]: here.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet doubled the number of troops mobilized in the central coastal region devastated by Saturday’s earthquake, as first reports from the hardest-hit areas suggested that the death toll could go much higher than the official total of nearly 800: here.
The Los Angeles Times abandoned all pretense of being a serious newspaper guided by high journalistic standards, when on March 5, 2010 the daily ran a full color paid advertisement as its front page rather than headlines and photographs from the news stories of the day: here.
On March 16, former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib won his case for defamation against an article by Piers Akerman in February 2005 in the Daily Telegraph in Australia; owned by Rupert Murdoch: here.
Britain: How the unions are standing up to Murdoch’s assault on media democracy: here.