Murdoch’s illegal political money challenged

This video is the film OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.

From Think Progress in the USA:

News Corporation Shareholders Rebel Against Company’s Political Donations

In August, News Corporation — the media company owned by right-wing tycoon Rupert Murdoch and the operator of Fox Newsgave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. Several weeks later, it donated another $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

When asked about the RGA donation, Rupert Murdoch explained: “It had nothing to do with Fox News. The RGA [gift] was actually [a result of] my friendship with John Kasich.” As ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser reported, there are laws against corporate managers treating a publicly-traded corporation as if it were their own personal bank account. The Supreme Court in Delaware, where News Corp. is incorporated, has made it clear that “[c]orporate officers and directors are not permitted to use their position of trust and confidence to further their private interests.”

Now, shareholders may be taking notice of the potential illegality outlined by Millhiser. The New York Times reported today that The Nathan Cummings Foundation, a shareholder of News Corp., wrote a letter to the company’s board objecting to the company’s political donations, and warned against the use of “corporate treasury funds to further the personal political agendas of corporate management.”

Former FOX News employee sues, says fired b/c he complained about “racist, sexist, and extremely offensive comments”: here.

30 Fox News personalities have publicly supported Republicans: here.

After nearly a century, William Randolph Hearst‘s $50 million San Simeon castle still captivates: here.

4 thoughts on “Murdoch’s illegal political money challenged


    Television is the opiate of the masses; and the prism through which the so-called “news” is presented by the corporate, big media is the lens through which many Americans see the world.

    That is why BuzzFlash has focused for two days on the Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal. A mega-giant, cross-platform communications company is only going to allow “news coverage” that doesn’t threaten its profits.

    In order to accomplish the goals of multibillion-dollar, investor-owned corporations, news isn’t really reported objectively; it is manufactured. That is what Noam Chomsky refers to as “manufacturing consent.”

    On their January 24 program, Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” crew tore to shreds the pretense of “fair and balanced news,” once again focusing on Fox (although Fox is hardly the only offender).

    On air, Megyn Kelly indignantly denied that Fox News ever accuses Democrats and liberals of behaving like Nazis. So, Stewart showed a decimating series of excerpts of clips in which Fox anchors, reporters and hosts did precisely that, even making such accusations of Third Reich behavior within 24 hours of Kelly’s dismissal of such Nazi analogies by Fox broadcast staff.

    It was another “Daily Show” tour de force, exposing Fox News staff as knee-jerk liars. But the harsh reality is that so many Americans believe the lies of Fox and other corporate news outlets. That is the perniciously powerful impact of television.

    Fox is an extreme example of “news” corporations creating an alternative reality, but almost all big media companies reveal the world in a way that protects the status quo.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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