Rupert Murdoch helps COVID-19 killing people

This 10 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Watching Fox News Coincides with Higher COVID-19 Death Rates | NowThis

Fox News contributes to COVID-19 spread, according to a recent academic study.

In US news and current events today, studies found Fox News viewership coincided with higher coronavirus mortality rates. In one study, infection and mortality rates were higher where Sean Hannity reached the largest audiences. People who listened to Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh were also more likely to believe in rumors and conspiracy theories and less likely to take sanitary measures like hand washing. So how has this affected Fox’s most loyal viewer? Watch to find out.

TURNBULL SPEAKS OUT AGAINST MURDOCH Former [right-wing] Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull testified that Rupert Murdoch has done more to divide and damage America with the help of Donald Trump than Vladimir Putin has. The parliamentary hearing was prompted by a petition that was signed by half a million Australians calling for an investigation into Murdoch’s media empire. [HuffPost]

Coronavirus news update, USA

This 21 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

How Fox News is embracing protests against coronavirus safety measures

While state governors have attempted to slow the coronavirus outbreak through a number of stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, right-wing activists have organized a series of protests across the country calling for the reopening of businesses and the end of social distancing orders. Fox News has given extensive coverage to these protests — promoting the events, praising and encouraging the protesters, as well as hosting rally organizers — despite warnings from medical experts that opening up the country too soon could backfire, setting everyone back in the fight against coronavirus.

In one week, from April 13 through 19, Fox News devoted 69 segments to the story, spending 4 hours and 23 minutes covering the protests.

Fox & Friends First aired 9 segments about the protests, followed by America’s Newsroom with 8 segments. Rounding out the shows with the most segments were Your World with Neil Cavuto and America’s News Headquarters with 6 segments, and Fox News @ Night and Fox & Friends with 5 segments each.

Fox provided the most single-day coverage on April 15, the day of the Operation Gridlock protest in Michigan, with an hour and six minutes. That same day, the network hosted Michigan protest organizers four times.

Fox personalities went out of their way to gush over the protests and praise those participating, even overlooking obvious issues like social distancing being ignored.

US health care workers protest government back-to-work demands. By Trévon Austin, 22 April 2019. Nurses countrywide are opposing the government’s bank-to-work demands and insisting they be provided with proper protective gear on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee reopening as coronavirus deaths mount. By Matthew MacEgan, 22 April 2020. The actions amount to a death sentence to thousands of working people, and particularly the elderly.

US safety agencies bow to corporations as workers file record number of complaints. By Jessica Goldstein, 22 April 2020. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reportedly received 3,000 complaints related to the pandemic, with state agencies receiving many times more.

Death toll rises at veterans hospital in Massachusetts. By Julian James, 22 April 2020. Roughly 1-in-4 COVID-19 fatalities in the entire Veterans Affairs care system have taken place at a single facility in Massachusetts.

Beaumont Health lays off 2,500 and eliminates 450 jobs in Metro Detroit. By Kevin Reed, 22 April 2020. Michigan’s largest health care provider, Beaumont Health, announced the layoff of 2,475 employees and the permanent elimination of 450 positions at its Detroit-area facilities.

Coronavirus, kill for capitalism, Murdoch media say

This 16 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Washington crisis response is already picking Wall Street over workers

Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss what Washington should do to address the financial fallout from the coronavirus.

From the (conservative) Daily Mail in Britain, 5 April 2020:

Former Supreme Court Justice Jonathon Sumption believes that the public’s ‘irrational horror of death’ has lead to unnecessarily ‘costly’ measures surrounding coronavirus.

Writing in The Sunday Times

owned by Rupert Murdoch

Lord Sumption, 71, a former judge turned author and medieval historian, stated that the strict governmental measures will bring ‘even greater misfortunes of a different kind’.

He wrote: ‘We have acquired an irrational horror of death. Today death is the great obscenity, inevitable but somehow unnatural. In the midst of life, our ancestors lived with death, an everpresent fact that they understood and accommodated.’

Lord Sumption projects his own cavalier contempt for human lives, at least the lives of ‘proles‘, unto all people in history. While that contempt was mainly by tyrannical princes and their lackeys.

Today, Lord Sumption’s contempt for human lives was praised by the United States neo-nazi site Daily Stormer.

I much prefer to Lord Sumption these lines of 20th century Welsh poet Dylan Thomas:

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

All human lives are so much more precious than billionaires’ profits. They are worth fighting for.

The Daily Mail article continues:

Lord Sumption went on to list a number of historic epidemics such as bubonic plague,

The medieval plague, far from people ‘understanding’ it, as Lord Sumption claims, was a pretext for mass murder of Jews who supposedly had been to blame.

Does Lord Sumption see the possibility of the coronavirus crisis increasing anti-Semitism? Anti-Semitism, supported by His Lordship’s boss Rupert Murdoch, and by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News? While these coronavirus times see the promotion of anti-Asian racism by Sumption’s Rupert Murdoch media; and by United States president Donald Trump.

smallpox, cholera, typhoid, meningitis and Spanish flu, reminding people that such outbreaks with higher mortality rates were met with less ‘hysteria’. …

The former judge believes it is the public’s ‘risk-adverse’ attitude which has lead us to not accept ‘the wheel of fortune’.

‘Wheel of fortune’? No, the consequences of years of privatization and austerity in healthcare, and of an economic system destroying biodiversity and the environment, you idiot Lordship!

Lord Sumption said current government measures are inflicting suffering on other less obvious victims of the coronavirus, such as future generations who will be left to deal with ‘high levels of public and private debt’ …

So, Lord Sumption prefers millions of people dying to the ultimate ‘horror’ of Big Banking and similar creditors maybe not getting back their loans plus interest profit from debtors.

Lord Sumption and his Rupert Murdoch media bosses want people to die for Big Business; like Donald Trump in the USA and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.

Rupert Murdoch Fox News anti-Asian coronavirus racism

This 13 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

[Rupert Murdoch‘s] Fox [News] can’t resist using racist coronavirus rhetoric

As coronavirus continues to spread through the U.S., resulting in the deaths of at least 33 people and threatening to topple many aspects of Americans’ daily lives, right-wing media is going against the advice of public health experts by trying to rebrand COVID-19 as the “Wuhan” or “Chinese” virus.

Read more here.

On March 10, President Trump retweeted a post from conservative political activist Charlie Kirk, who referred to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as the “China Virus.“ Kirk also exclaimed in his tweet, “Now, more than ever, we need the wall…the US stands a chance if we can get control of our borders.” Trump retweeted this and added the comment, “Going up fast. We need the wall more than ever”: here.

CNN reporter subjected to appalling anti-Asian slur: ‘I couldn’t believe it’: here.

LAWMAKERS UNVEIL RESOLUTION BLAMING CHINA FOR VIRUS A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers unveiled a resolution that blames China for causing a global pandemic and calls on the Chinese government to publicly declare that COVID-19 began there, a move that would almost certainly fuel President Donald Trump’s racist “Chinese virus” rhetoric and the recent uptick in attacks on Asian Americans. [HuffPost]

Britain: Teens arrested over ‘racist attack on Chinese people’: here.

Extreme right Rupert Murdoch Australian media monopoly

This April 2012 video about Britain says about itself:

Rupert Murdoch’s Political Influence

What really was the relationship between billionaire Rupert Murdoch and all those British Prime Ministers?

By Patrick O’Connor in Australia:

Murdoch’s News Corp shuts down Australian Associated Press

9 March 2020

Australian Associated Press (AAP) executives announced last Tuesday that the news agency will be closed on June 26. Majority AAP co-owners and media conglomerates News Corp Australia and Nine Entertainment triggered the shutdown to both slash costs and deny news content to rival newspapers and online news outlets.

AAP’s closure will further reduce the range of available news sources in Australia, which already has one of the most monopolised media industries in the world. The newswire service’s arbitrary shutdown at the hands of Murdoch’s News Corp and Nine underscores the corporate, right-wing domination of mainstream news.

Around 180 journalists and 400 other staff will lose their jobs. News Corp and Nine executives initially sought to attribute AAP’s closure to Facebook and Google’s distribution of free news content. AAP journalists were slashed by 10 percent in 2018 on this pretext. Last month, Nine chief executive Hugh Marks reported a 9 percent profit decline, at the same time declaring that cost-cutting had to proceed in divisions of the company that were not sufficiently profitable, including “big output deals like AAP.”

Last Thursday, however, the Guardian reported comments made by AAP chairman and News Corp executive Campbell Reid at an internal company meeting. He reportedly told news agency staff that “Nine and News Corp were tired of subsidising a breaking news service for their competitors” and that “News Corp would develop its own breaking news service.” He added that Murdoch’s company was “committed to the supply of breaking news,” but stated that “we don’t have to supply it for everybody else in Australia.”

These comments pointed to the strategic calculations underlying the AAP shutdown, centring on further extending the major media conglomerates’ domination of the market. No effort was made to sell off AAP or implement alternative corporate restructuring.

Murdoch’s News Corp controls more than 70 percent of the print media, a rate that places Australia among the worst five countries in the world for media diversity. Murdoch’s publications pump out a homogenous staple of right-wing politics, promoting anti-working class austerity measures, anti-refugee xenophobia, and other forms of reactionary nationalism.

Nine Entertainment is similarly a multi-billion dollar corporation with intimate ties to the political establishment. Former Liberal government treasurer Peter Costello serves as the company’s chairman. Its assets include the former Fairfax daily newspapers, the Sydney Morning Herald, Age, and Australian Financial Review, radio broadcaster Macquarie Media, various online publications, and the Nine Network, the highest rating free-to-air television station in the country.

AAP has been running since 1935. Its stories and photography are used by publications, including websites such as the Guardian Australia and the New Daily, television networks, radio stations, and regional newspapers. AAP provides 350 individual articles every day to its about 200 subscribers, as well as 300 domestic photos, 13,000 international photos, and 30 video reports.

New Daily managing director Paul Hamra reported that no effort was made by AAP’s owners to discuss options with the newswire’s subscribers, “such as increased syndication fees, restructured offerings or equity.” He added: “I get the impression News Corp and Nine just want to set up their own newswire service instead, with their own content, controlling more of the market and restricting access for new Australian journalism ventures.”

In addition to the sacking of around 180 AAP journalists and 100 contracted photographers, hundreds of others will lose their administrative positions. AAP also operates a profitable press release distribution arm, and a Pagemasters editorial production service, both of which are being closed down. …

The Liberal-National government, and the entire political establishment in Australia, is in fact a determined enemy of the people’s “right to know”.

Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition Labor leader Anthony Albanese shed a few crocodile tears in parliament over AAP’s demise. Morrison declared that the end of “such an important institution” was “a matter of real concern.” Albanese added that the closure of the newswire was “a tragedy for our democracy.”

This was hypocrisy of the highest order. Neither Morrison nor Albanese proposed to actually do anything to hinder the Murdoch-Nine destruction of AAP. Successive Labor and Liberal governments have dismantled previous provisions limiting monopoly control over the media, allowing a tiny number of corporate giants in the sector to accumulate enormous wealth and power.

More broadly, the last period has seen a bipartisan assault on journalism and freedom of the press in Australia. A raft of so-called national security laws has facilitated the prosecution of numerous whistleblowers, including through police state-style secret trials in which neither the defendant nor his or her alleged crimes can be publicly reported.

Last June, Australian Federal Police raided the national office of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation over its reports on brutal Australian military war crimes in Afghanistan, and News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst, because she reported plans to legalise internal surveillance by the Australian Signals Directorate spy agency.

The sharpest expression of the Australian ruling elite’s war on freedom of speech and freedom of journalism is its support for the attempted extradition to the United States of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, on bogus espionage charges. The entire Australian political establishment is implicated in the witch-hunt of Assange, which was triggered by his exposure of US war crimes in the Middle East and American diplomatic intrigue around the world. AAP journalists were among the minority of reporters to have written objective reports on the US-led ruthless pursuit of Assange.

News Corp and Nine executives no doubt hope to expand their dominance of the media by shutting down AAP. The longer-term effect, however, will be the continued discrediting of the mainstream media in the eyes of ordinary people and the increasing prominence of alternative, anti-establishment news outlets on the internet.

Murdoch’s Fox News, voice of military-industrial complex

This 9 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Fox News Pundits With Ties To Military Contractors

The media is lying to you! Ana Kasparian and Jayar Jackson, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“SINCE FRIDAY, a loud chorus of voices has appeared in the media to celebrate President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani, a move that has sparked renewed tension in the Middle East, a new deployment of U.S. forces, and predictions of increased military spending.

Many of the pundits who appeared on national television or were quoted in major publications to praise the president’s actions have undisclosed ties to the defense industry — the only domestic industry that stands to gain from increased violence.”

Read more here.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN In a just society, the architects of the ongoing, nearly 17-year-old war in Iraq — which has left an estimated half-million people dead — would face war crimes charges. Instead, they are the “experts” praising President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate top Iranian military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani and offering the public insight on the way forward with Iran. [HuffPost]

Trump – more Iran sanctions – urges NATO involvement: here.

Murdoch’s Fox News supports Trump’s Iraq warmongering

This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Geraldo DESTROYS Fox News Warmongering

Geraldo destroys Fox News panel, which has no answers, for warmongering. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report.

“Geraldo: Don’t for a minute start cheering this on, what we have done, what we have unleashed — Kilmeade: I will cheer it on. I am elated. Geraldo: Then you, like Lindsey Graham, have never met a war you didn’t like. Kilmeade: That is not true, don’t even say that.”

Murdoch’s Fox News helps measles epidemic

After the contribution to a sometimes lethal measles epidemic by the right-wing Ukrainian government; after the contribution to measles in the Caribbean by the Scientology cult; now the contribution by the Rupert Murdoch empire. This video says about it:

Fox News Pedals Measles Propaganda

Fox News is promoting the false notion that measles isn’t really a big deal. John Iadarola discusses on The Damage Report.

Measles erases the immune system’s memory. Beyond the rash, the infection makes it harder for the body to remember and attack other invaders: here.

6,000 DEAD FROM MEASLES OUTBREAK IN CONGO The death toll from a measles epidemic in Congo has surpassed 6,000, the World Health Organization said as it warned that more funds are needed to save lives during the world’s worst outbreak of the infectious disease. [AP]

YouTube censors critical news, promotes Rupert Murdoch

This 14 December 2019 video from the USA is called YouTube ADMITS To Suppressing Independent News, Pushing [corporate] CNN & [Rupert Murdoch‘s] Fox News.

YouTube is owned by the censoring Google corporation.