Murdoch media smear British Labour leader

This video from Britain says about itself:

‘Liverpool has never forgiven the Sun for Hillsborough disaster front page‘ – Liv Echo editor

25 April 2015

Liverpool Echo news editor David Bartlett joins Afshin to discuss the issues of Liverpool in the run up to the election. From homelessness activists occupying the former Bank of England building to provide living space for rough sleepers, to government cuts eating into household budgets, to memories of the 96 people that died in the Hillsborough disaster, we look at what makes Liverpool tick.

By Nathan Akehurst in Britain:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Team Corbyn laughs off ‘ridiculous’ cold war spy smear

ALLIES of Jeremy Corbyn responded with bewilderment to today’s front page story in the Sun accusing the Labour leader of a 1980s spy novel-style plot involving Czech security services.

The story alleges that Mr Corbyn was placed on a Czech list of foreign sources.

But those around Mr Corbyn pointed out that a junior back-bench MP would not hold any privileged information to leak.

His spokesman flatly denied that Mr Corbyn had provided intelligence, adding: “In the 1980s he met a Czech diplomat for a cup of tea.

“During the cold war, intelligence officers notoriously claimed to superiors to have recruited people they had merely met. The existence of these bogus claims does not make them true.”

The 1980s Czech files on Mr Corbyn revealed by the Sun provide no new information. They do confirm that Mr Corbyn was “negative toward the current politics of the Conservative government.”

A Labour source said: “The Sun should stick to its normal brand of cheap fiction and avoid trying to channel John le Carré.”

See also here.


US Vice President Pence, Fox News and the extreme right

This April 2017 video from the USA is called Fox News is extremely racist.

From Newsweek in the USA, this update about the Rupert Murdoch empire:

Fox host Laura Ingraham shares neo-Nazi tweet

08 Jan 2018 at 10:48 ET

Fox News host Laura Ingraham caused controversy Sunday by sharing a tweet by a British neo-Nazi with links to former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.

In the tweet Ingraham, who has nearly two million Twitter followers, shared a video from the account of Mark Collett apparently showing rubbish left on the streets of a city and people sleeping rough.

That video was also posted by nazis on YouTube, with as music ‘Coon town’, an anti-African American hate song by the late pro-Ku Klux Klan country singer ‘Johnny Rebel’.

“How about a romantic walk through Paris? This is what third world immigration does to Europe”, the tweet by Collett read. Ingraham, who hosts a show on Fox’s 10 p.m. slot, shared Collett’s tweet …

The Ingraham tweet was first flagged by liberal media watchdog Media Matters.

Collett is the former chairman of the youth division of the British National Party, a British ultranationalist political group. He was eventually dismissed from the party after making death threats to its then leader.

He has expressed his admiration for Adolf Hitler, declared AIDS a “friendly disease because blacks, drug users and gays have it” and referred to immigrants as “cockroaches”.

Collett is a frequent guest on Duke’s radio show, in which the two propagate anti-Semitic and other racist views, and Duke has endorsed Collett’s book.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes criticized Ingraham for sharing the video. “Gonna share this one next?” he tweeted, about a video in which Collett compared refugees to raccoons.

A spokesman for U.K. charity Hope not Hate, which campaigns to counter racism, described Collett as a “Jew-hating Hitler admirer.” The spokesman told Newsweek, “He’s on the extreme end of the far right in Britain and no-one in their right mind should, even out of ignorance, share his stuff on social media.

“He currently collaborates with ex-KKK leader David Duke and has a long and inglorious history on the fringes of the white supremacist scene in the UK.”

President Donald Trump in November retweeted videos posted on the social network by British ultranationalist activist Jayda Fransen, which allegedly showed Muslims committing crimes. At least one of the videos did not show what Fransen claimed it did. Trump’s tweets were condemned by British Prime Minister Theresa May, whom Trump then attacked for rebuking him.

In September, Fox News host Tucker Carlson was criticized for promoting Gab on his show, a social media platform favored by the alt-right. In December he apologized for sharing a tweet from the white nationalist and anti-Semitic Red Ice website.

Fox News had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

United States Vice President Mike Pence shares ‘intimate’ dinner with right-wing pastor who prays for deaths of liberal justices: here.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun boycott in England

This video from Britain says about itself:

Liverpool’s Boycott Of The S*n: As Relevant Now As In 1989

13 April 2017

It’s 28 years since Kelvin MacKenzie presented a press agency report sourced from senior members of South Yorkshire Police and Tory MP Irvine Patnick on the front page of The S*n as ‘The Truth’ of what happened at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.

The newspaper has been boycotted in Liverpool ever since.

In more recent times, newer campaigns ­– Total Eclipse Of The S*n and Shun The S*n – have pushed for retailers in the city not to sell The S*n, while in February of this year Liverpool FC announced S*n journalists are not welcome in Anfield’s press box or at the Melwood training ground.

Earlier this month, Roger Alton argued in [Conservative weekly] The Spectator that the club’s ban is wrong. Here Gareth Roberts argues the opposite, and says the ban, and the boycott, are as relevant as ever.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Posties refuse to deliver Sun mail

Friday 8th December 2017

Thousands of festive leaflets marked return to sender

POSTAL workers in Liverpool are refusing to deliver thousands of “festive” leaflets issued by the hated Sun newspaper in a continuing boycott by the city over the paper’s coverage of Hillsborough.

Boxes of leaflets bearing the words “Happy Christmas from the Sun” arrived at Merseyside sorting offices — but staff refused to even open them.

A spokesman for postal workers’ union CWU said: “As soon as the boxes came in, our members raised the alarm and told the union.

“Our members believe it is an insult to the city of Liverpool for the Sun to have tried to get these delivered here.

“This was a unanimous decision by postal workers all over the city — it was a surprise that they turned up on Merseyside.”

The spokesman added that the offending leaflets will not be delivered and will be sent back.

The posties’ action is the latest in the city’s 28-year boycott of the Sun after the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were killed.

In a shocking front page article, the Murdoch hate rag blamed the fans for the disaster.

It accused them of being drunk, of causing the crush which led to a stampede, and stealing possessions from dead bodies.

Liverpudlians reacted furiously to the lies and launched a boycott of the paper.

The boycott had a devastating effect on Sun sales in Merseyside, reportedly costing the paper millions of pounds.

It maintained momentum alongside a determined 23-year campaign for a public inquiry into the disaster by families and friends of the victims.

An inquiry by the Hillsborough Independent Panel led to a new inquest into the deaths returning a finding that the fans were “unlawfully killed,” overturning an original verdict of “accidental death.”

The verdict was followed by the prosecution of some of the officers involved in policing the game at Sheffield Hillsborough stadium.

In February this year, Liverpool Football Club banned Sun reporters from its ground.

At Liverpool matches fans carry banners stating “Total eclipse of the S*n” — they will not even use the paper’s name.

Secret British Conservative-Rupert Murdoch deal

This video about Britain says about itself:

20 July 2011

At a rowdy emergency session of Parliament, British lawmakers grilled U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron on his relationship with Rupert Murdoch and his now disgraced executive team, reports Elizabeth Palmer.

By Julie Hyland in Britain:

Former UK minister indicates Brexit referendum “deal” between Rupert Murdoch and David Cameron

7 December 2017

The campaign over alleged “Russian meddling” in Britain’s 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) has now rumbled on for months.

With little substance, the claim is regularly made that the Leave vote was the result of the Putin government in Moscow planting “fake news” to achieve a desired political objective.

Such allegations are the British corollary of the campaign initiated by the Democrats and sections of the military-intelligence establishment in the United States, which also finds an echo throughout Europe. The aim is to justify both accelerating war preparations against Russia and massive state censorship of social media.

A remarkable admission by former Conservative justice secretary, Ken Clarke, to a government committee, raises far more substantive evidence of an insidious, pervasive and systematic effort to subvert the democratic process, also centred on Brexit, and involving wholesale manipulation of the news.

In contrast to the campaign against Russia, this has gone largely without comment because it concerns Clarke’s suggestion that former Tory leader David Cameron struck a “deal” with Rupert Murdoch in the run-up to the 2010 general election.

The former cabinet minister made his comments before the non-ministerial Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), part of an investigation into a proposed £11.7 billion takeover of the UK TV company Sky by Murdoch and his 21st Century Fox.

The deal would give Murdoch just under 20 percent of the TV news market and 45 percent of the radio audience in the UK, making him the largest competitor to the British Broadcasting Corporation. However, Murdoch’s reach is far more extensive, as he already controls the largest circulation share of any newspaper group in Britain—including the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Times and the Sunday Times.

The Fox/Sky move comes just five years after Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World was accused of criminality on an “industrial” scale, involving widespread phone hacking. Since then, it has settled at least 1,000 cases.

A key element in the rehabilitation of the Murdoch empire was the whitewash inquiry into press standards, led by Lord Leveson. Clarke noted in his interview—the transcript of which just became available—that the second part of the inquiry was never held because the government was scared it would “upset Rupert.”

For more than a decade, and through three general elections, the oligarch had been a strident backer of Tony Blair and his New Labour government—so much so that Murdoch was described as an unofficial cabinet member.

This changed in the run-up to 2010. Clarke said “quite how” then Conservative Party leader Cameron had “got the Sun” away from Labour, “I shall never know.” Murdoch “would never let Tony down because Tony had backed the Iraq war,” he said, so “Maybe it was some sort of a deal. David would not tell me what it was. Suddenly we got the Murdoch empire on our side.”

Clarke said he assumed the appointment of Andy Coulson, former editor of News of the World between 2003 and 2007, as Cameron’s director of communications “was part of the deal.”

After the Tories’ surprise win in 2010, Clarke met with Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of Murdoch’s British arm, News International. Referring to Brooks’ law-and-order campaigns, Clarke said she “was instructing me on criminal justice policy… as I think she had instructed my predecessor…”

Brooks told Clarke that she was “running the government now in partnership with David Cameron” and instructed him to buy “prison ships because she had got some more campaigns coming,” he relayed.

Coulson was forced to quit as Cameron’s communications director in January 2011, just before he was arrested, accused of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. In June 2014, he was found guilty. He served just five months of an 18-month sentence.

Brooks’ plea of incompetence—that she was unaware of the illegal activities of the newspaper she had edited for three years—was accepted. The following year, she was made CEO of News UK, the relaunched News International.

Clarke is not the first to suggest a deal. At the time of the 2010 election, Labour’s [Lord] Peter Mandelson said Murdoch had agreed a “contract” with Cameron. This was denounced as sour grapes by the Tories. Cameron categorically denied any agreement stating, “There was no overt deal for support, there was no covert deal, no nods and winks.” There was no “trading policies for that support.”

Clarke’s account of Brooks’ remarks suggest that the former prime minister perjured himself. At any rate, it is a matter of record that Cameron met with executives of Murdoch’s News Corp and its UK subsidiaries on more occasions than with all other media outlets combined over the same timeframe. Murdoch told a committee of MPs investigating the phone hacking scandal that he “often entered Downing Street by the back door.”

As the World Socialist Web Site commented following the conclusion of the Leveson Inquiry, successive Tory and Labour governments “bent their knee at Murdoch’s court,” as the media mogul exercised “close to veto power over state policy! Democracy is a façade behind which plutocrats and their political hirelings operate as a law unto themselves.”

Clarke’s remarks confirm this appraisal. And not only prison ships are involved.

In 2004, Blair infamously made a sudden reversal on Labour’s opposition to a referendum on EU membership. That year, the EU agreed to draw up a constitution. In response, the Tories forced a vote in parliament demanding a referendum to veto the move, which Labour opposed, and was lost. Murdoch’s press ran with denunciations of Blair and Labour for “treachery.”

Murdoch had long campaigned for a British exit from the EU, which he accused of imposing unnecessary regulatory burdens on big business. His titles functioned as the main outlet for the euro-sceptic wing of the bourgeoisie.

Within weeks, Blair had changed his position. After a holiday, in which he returned home by way of Washington and New York, Blair announced he would support a referendum—to the astonishment of his cabinet, many of whom had not been informed.

According to reports, Blair’s change of mind on a referendum came after a visit from Sunday Times columnist Irwin Stelzer, who informed him Murdoch’s media would come out against him unless he did so.

Blair gave himself wriggle room, however, stating that the referendum should be held only after a constitution was agreed. In the end, referendums in the Netherlands and France vetoed the planned draft. The EU simply moved ahead regardless under the guise of the Lisbon Treaty.

In 2009, Cameron committed an incoming Conservative government to support a referendum. Having won office in 2010, with Murdoch’s backing, he vacillated several times in implementing this pledge—not least because of concern at the possibility of a Leave vote—before officially committing in 2013 to hold a referendum by 2017.

The 2016 referendum vote narrowly went to Leave—heavily backed by Murdoch—and Cameron, who led the Remain campaign, was forced to quit as prime minister. He was replaced by Theresa May, also a Remain campaigner, but who leads a cabinet committed to Brexit.

Murdoch was one of the first people May met as prime minister, using a visit to New York in September 2016—where she was making her maiden speech to the United Nations—to hold a private audience with the oligarch.

It is suggested that it was Murdoch who instructed May to appoint arch-Brexiteer, Michael Gove, to her cabinet, despite him backing Boris Johnson against her in the post-referendum leadership contest. Gove returned in June.

Talking about Rupert Murdoch: usually, wildfires in California in the USA hurt mainly not so rich people. However, this time the wildfires in Southern California ravaged the expensive Bel Air area in Los Angeles; destroying over half of Rupert Murdoch’s 30 million dollar vineyard there.

California fires – live updates: High winds intensify blazes as they hit Los Angeles. Live Blog. Fires are continuing to spread across Southern California: here.

United States right-wingers advocate Charlottesville-style murder

This video from the USA says about itself:

Conservatives Caught Sharing ‘How-To Run Over People’ Video (GRAPHIC)

15 August 2017

[Rupert Murdoch‘s Fox News employee] Tucker Carlson’s website the Daily Caller posted a video demonstrating how you should run over liberal protesters. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

The Daily Caller in January posted a video compilation of “cars plowing through protesters,” instructing readers to “Study the technique” as “it may prove useful in the next four years.”

The video was compiled by Mike Raust, the Daily Caller’s video editor. It features a number of clips of people in cars and trucks driving through protestors blocking roads.

“If you are easily triggered, stop watching now,” a text at the start of the video reads. “Too late,” the next text says, as a truck drives through a protester. The compilation is set to a terrible acoustic rendition of Ludacris’ 2002 hit “Move Bitch.”

In an accompanying caption, Raust wrote: “Here’s a compilation of liberal protesters getting pushed out of the way by cars and trucks. Study the technique; it may prove useful in the next four years” — ostensibly a reference to protests in response to Donald Trump’s presidency.

“None of these clips are new, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still fresh,” Raust concluded.” …

As of writing the Raust video remains up on the Daily Caller and Fox Nation websites.

Read more here.

Black Lives Splatter racist decal from nazi site Daily Stormer

This variation on the United States racist “All Lives Splatter” decal which encourages drivers to wound or kill protesters against police brutality is specifically a call to kill or injure supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is from the nazi Internet site Daily Stormer, one of the organisers of the Charlottesville violent fascist rally. The murderer of Heather Heyer got his inspiration from this.

From Esquire:

[Tennessee] State Rep[ublican] Rep[resentative] Matthew Hill has filed a bill that says if a driver hits a protester who is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way, then that driver would be immune to civic liability if the demonstrator is hit and hurt, as long as it wasn’t intentional. “If you want to protest, fine, I am for peaceful protesting, not lawless rioters,” Hill said. “We don’t want anyone to be hurt, but people should not knowingly put themselves in harm’s way when you’ve got moms and dads trying to get their kids to school.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Klan Leader Celebrates Murder Of Heather Heyer

16 August 2017

This kind of behavior and rhetoric is par for the course among KKK members. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Brett Erlich, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“Leave it to a Klansman to disrespect a woman killed in a domestic terror attack mere days after her death.

According to the North Carolina-based news station WBTV, Justin Moore, a man who identified himself as the Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of Ku Klux Klan claimed Heather Heyer deserved to die in the attack on counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally.

“I’m sorta glad that them people got hit and I’m glad that girl died,” Moore said in a voicemail to WBTV. “They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebody’s freedom of speech, so it doesn’t bother me that they got hurt at all.”

Moore went on to say that he thinks “we’re going to see more stuff like this happening at white nationalist events.””

Read more here.

08/16/2017 05:30 am ET. Sebastian Gorka, Who Has Downplayed Threat Of White Supremacists, Still Teaches Marines About Terrorism. After Charlottesville, Trump still employs an adviser who has described Islam as the key driver of violent extremism: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror

16 August 2017

Bree Newsome sparked a national debate in 2015 on Confederate monuments and symbols and their place in modern American society when she scaled a 30-foot flagpole in South Carolina and removed the Confederate flag from state Capitol grounds. Her action followed the massacre of nine African-American parishioners by a white supremacist at a Charleston church in South Carolina.

As police yelled for her to come down, she grabbed the Confederate flag and said, “You come against me with hatred … I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.” Footage of the event went viral and was seen around the world. The next month, state legislators voted to remove the Confederate flag permanently, following mounting pressure.

We speak with artist and activist Bree Newsome about renewed efforts around the country to remove Confederacy symbols following this weekend’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—where white nationalists and members of alt-right groups had gathered to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Backlash grows against Trump’s comments on Charlottesville violence

16 August 2017

Demonstrators near Donald Trump’s house have protested the US president’s response to Charlottesville violence.

Trump has moved back to his residence in Bedminster, New Jersey amid growing backlash.

Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports from Bedminster.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun daily nazi-style hatemongering

This video from England says about itself:

Liverpool’s Boycott Of [Rupert Murdoch‘s] The S*n: As Relevant Now As In 1989

13 April 2017

It’s 28 years since Kelvin MacKenzie presented a press agency report sourced from senior members of South Yorkshire Police and Tory MP Irvine Patnick on the front page of The S*n as ‘The Truth’ of what happened at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.

The newspaper has been boycotted in Liverpool ever since.

In more recent times, newer campaigns ­– Total Eclipse Of The S*n and Shun The S*n – have pushed for retailers in the city not to sell The S*n, while in February of this year Liverpool FC announced S*n journalists are not welcome in Anfield’s press box or at the Melwood training ground.

Earlier this month, Roger Alton argued in [Conservative weekly] The Spectator that the club’s ban is wrong. Here Gareth Roberts argues the opposite, and says the ban, and the boycott, are as relevant as ever.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Corbyn slams ‘nazi-like’ Islamophobia in the Sun

Thursday 17th August 2017

Labour leader among 108 MPs condemning article on the ‘Muslim problem’

JEREMY CORBYN joined more than 100 MPs in condemning the “nazi-like language” used in a hate-filled Sun newspaper column that called for a “solution” to the “Muslim problem.”

The Labour leader said recent stories published by the right-wing tabloid “incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities,” which is “wrong and dangerous and must be condemned … in the clearest possible terms.”

He was speaking out after Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh suggested it was “acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem.”

Writing about recent sex gang convictions, Mr Kavanagh claimed that “the common denominator is Islam.”

And he concluded his venomous tirade by asking: “What will we do about the Muslim problem then?”

Mr Corbyn said: “With hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in Britain and neonazis inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, we must stand in solidarity and unity with all our communities and not let hate divide us.”

A letter initiated by Labour MP Naz Shah and signed by 107 of her parliamentary colleagues called for Sun editor Tony Gallagher to “not only retract the article” but to “strongly consider whether Mr Kavanagh’s brand of bigotry fits with your vision for the paper.”

The letter said there was “little doubt” that Mr Kavanagh was comparing Muslims to the supposed “Jewish problem” — which led to the genocide of six million people in the nazis’ “Final Solution.”

Before Kavanagh, his ex-Murdoch media colleague, professional racist Katie Hopkins, had already demanded a “final solution” of the “Muslim problem”.

Press freedom campaigners said the publication of the column exposed the toothlessness of print media regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), which replaced the Press Complaints Commission in 2014.

Jewish and Muslim groups have complained to the regulator, but they fear it is powerless because the editors’ code offers religious and ethnic groups no protection against discrimination.

Mediawise spokesman Mike Jempson told the Star: “Public shaming of Trevor Kavanagh’s dog whistling in Murdoch’s Sun may be the only way to demonstrate abhorrence of his views.

“He explained that a comment column counts as “freedom of expression” falling outside the terms of the editors’ code, monitored by Ipso.

While it allows individuals who have been identified in news articles to complain about discrimination, there is no protection against generalised comments.

“In other words, complaints about much of the content of Julius Streicher’s Der Sturmer [a nazi newspaper] would not be upheld by Ipso if it were being published today.”

Ipso confirmed that it had received 227 complaints about the column.

The National Union of Journalists called on the press watchdog to carry out an immediate investigation into the prevalence of Islamophobia, racism and hatred being espoused in British newspapers following Mr Kavanagh’s article.