British Blairite-Murdoch anti-Labour coup plot

This video from Britain says about itself:

Leveson Inquiry: Rupert Murdoch endorsed Tony Blair after getting all he could from him

25 April 2012

The News International proprietor admits that he only sanctioned Sun approval of Tony Blair after he had gotten all the concessions he could get from him.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Blairites‘ Soft Coup Plot Uncovered

Tuesday 28th February 2017

McDonnell: Murdoch-backed opposition moves into shadows

PLOTTERS seeking to oust Jeremy Corbyn are involved in a sneaky “dark arts” operation to get rid of him without sparking another Labour Party rebellion, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has charged.

Mr McDonnell said some Labour MPs in alliance with the Murdoch-owned media are hell-bent on “destroying” Mr Corbyn’s leadership to reclaim the party for capitalists.

He accused the “covert coup plotters” of wanting to undermine Mr Corbyn through “an exceptionally well-resourced ‘dark arts’ operation of the old spin school” in an article posted on the Labour Briefing website on Sunday.

He said the unnamed plotters were so determined to get rid of him that they were prepared to jeopardise their own seats and endanger the very existence of the party.

The warning comes after former Labour spin doctor Peter “the Prince of Darkness” Mandelson claimed last week that he was working “every single day” to drag Mr Corbyn down.

After last year’s failed coup attempt fronted by stool pigeon Owen Smith, the plotters realised a direct attack on Mr Corbyn would provoke an angry backlash from grassroots supporters, Mr McDonnell said.

They are destabilising the elected leader with “constant behind-the-scenes non-attributable briefings” to “chip away at Jeremy’s standing” every time anyone in the shadow cabinet made media statements or appeared in Parliament.

The “constant barrage of negative briefings also crowds out any positive initiatives or narrative from Jeremy and his team,” Mr McDonnell said, ramming home their narrative that the Labour Party is split.

He said these tactics led to “fake news” stories in the Times and the Sun claiming Mr Corbyn was about to stand down as leader — which were then perpetuated by copycat media outlets.

And civil servants’ leader Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the non-Labour affiliated PCS union, threw his weight yesterday behind Mr Corbyn.

“Many of those criticising the current Labour leadership were either complicit or silent when public-sector pay and jobs were being slashed,” he pointed out.

“We have long argued for a genuine alternative to the Tories’ obsession with cuts, for the kind of policies Labour is developing under Jeremy Corbyn, and we continue to believe this is in the best interests of those we represent and the communities they live in.”

A spokesman for Mr McDonnell said the article had been written and published in print last week in response to Tony Blair’s attack on Labour over Brexit, but that it only appeared online on Sunday night.

Asked about Mr McDonnell’s claims of a soft coup, Mr Corbyn has insisted he is “very happy” and that Labour is moving forward with policies and campaigns.

He said Labour would “learn the lessons” of last week’s by-election defeat in Copeland.

Labour lost the seat to the Tories but fended off a challenge from Ukip leader and serial fantasist Paul Nuttall in Stoke.

Labour is expected to face three more by-election challenges in relatively safe seats in the coming months.

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram are planning to leave Parliament to take on the Manchester and Liverpool mayoralties, while Gerald Kaufman’s death on Sunday will trigger a by-election for Manchester Gorton.

Blairite Miliband’s Murdoch press attack on British Labour

This video from Britain sdays about itself:

New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture

8 February 2013

Exclusive: what was the role of MI6 and Tony Blair’s government in the kidnap of Abdul-Hakim Belhaj from Malaysia in March 2004, which delivered him into the hands of Colonel Gaddafi’s torturers? …

For 10 years British politicians like Jack Straw, Gordon Brown and David Miliband have flatly denied that the British state was complicit in torture during the war on terror. But new evidence in Mr Belhaj’s case appears to strongly challenge those claims.

By Keith Flett in Britain:

The other Miliband obfuscates for Murdoch

Monday 27th February 2017

KEITH FLETT takes David Miliband to school after he claimed in the Murdoch press that Labour is miles from winning power

DAVID MILIBAND, who lost out to his brother Ed Miliband for the Labour leadership in 2010 and subsequently departed for a role in New York as the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, has given a wide-ranging interview to Rupert Murdoch’s Times newspaper.

The Times predictably chose to run it in the wake of Labour’s low poll performance in the Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central by-elections.

Former MP for South Shields and foreign secretary in the 2005-2010 Labour government, Miliband is often touted by the right-wing media as a future Labour leader over the water.

Miliband does not actually attack Jeremy Corbyn in the interview, confining himself to the more potentially interesting point that he believes a more radical outcome can be achieved in different ways to current Labour policy.

He doesn’t make it clear whether this is just a retread of New Labour thinking or something else.

It is his comment that Labour is “further from power than any time in [his] life” that has particularly been seized upon, primarily by Corbyn’s opponents. As with his views on current Labour policy, it is not entirely clear what Miliband means.

Fifty-one years ago, Harold Wilson was Britain’s prime minister in the 1964-70 Labour government. One could argue that Miliband, who was born in 1965, has in mind the period before Labour was elected in 1964 with a very small majority.

Labour had lost the 1959 general election which, after the Suez debacle in 1956 and Anthony Eden’s sudden departure as Tory leader, the party had some hopes of winning.

Under the new Tory leadership of Harold Macmillan, with the economy booming after years of post-war austerity, Labour, to some, appeared out of touch with the beginnings of the “consumer society.”

After the 1959 election, a wellknown study of Labour’s support and policies was undertaken and published in 1960 under the title Must Labour Lose?

The conclusions will be familiar enough to anyone active on the left now because they are essentially the same ones that the Labour right still use to attack the left, namely that talk of public ownership must end and “free” market capitalism be embraced.

This was very much in line with the politics of the then Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell but after his sudden death Harold Wilson took over.

Wilson came from the centre-left and with his speech-writer and spin doctor, Tony Benn, had a rather different take on matters.

Wilson’s perspective on modernisation involved a technocratic future, which the Tories, under old Etonian leader Alec Douglas-Home, were certainly not in tune with.

In the interview, Miliband also compares Labour’s position now unfavourably to the 1980s when it was last out of office for an extended period.

He correctly notes the changes in Scottish politics but also argues that Labour’s core support is now weaker.

In this he is probably right. The Iraq war led to the desertion of many voters and support for both major parties has been in decline for decades. Labour and the Tories took just 67.3 per cent of the vote between them in 2015.

In 1964 the comparable figure was 87.5 per cent. Yet it was also in the 1980s, with the struggles of the miners and printers, that the left rebuilt itself after the defeat to Margaret Thatcher in 1979.

As Henry Mayhew’s Victorian London costermonger noted of an earlier period of left-wing defeat: “People fancy that when all’s quiet that all’s stagnating. Propagandism is going on for all that. It’s when all’s quiet that the seed’s a growing. Republicans and Socialists are pressing their doctrines.”

Maybe that’s not David Miliband’s idea of how to rebuild the left but it may well be Jeremy Corbyn’s.

Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch

This video says about itself:

Trump & Rupert Murdoch Team Up to Kill the Internet

8 January 2017

Donald Trump is reportedly seeking recommendations as to who should be the next FCC Chair from right-wing billionaire Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is against net neutrality, as is Donald Trump, and together their FCC Chair choice will surely attempt to kill the internet by gutting the FCC’s current regulations which mandate net neutrality.

Source: here.

By Solomon Hughes in Britain:

Murdoch was the voyeur to the Gove-Trump love-in

Friday 17th February 2017

BACK in January, I wrote a piece for the Morning Star arguing that Michael Gove’s bum-licky interview with newly elected US President Donald Trump was a gift from Murdoch, who wants to get in with the Donald.

I don’t write the headlines for my articles — in the newspaper world wonderful people known as subeditors or editors write headlines.

Their headlines are often the best bit, boiling down my ramblings into a punchy sentence.

For that story, the headline was the effective, if slightly yucky: “Murdoch sends Gove to stroke Trump.”

At the time, many other journalists literally didn’t mention Rupert Murdoch when discussing the Gove-Trump interview.

Because Gove is a journalist,

Until recently, he was a Conservative party government minister

other journalists give him an easy ride.

And, I guess, none of us like to admit how much we are influenced by our publishers.

But as readers of this column know, I think Gove can be best understood as an agent for Murdoch.

He has always worked for him and really owes his political career to Murdoch, as well as a £150,000 per year salary he currently gets.

Now the Financial Times has backed up the point that Gove went to Trump as a present from Murdoch.

They have revealed that Murdoch actually secretly sat in on the entire interview between Gove and Trump.

NEW TRAVEL BAN COMING Trump promised a revised version, which is written to skirt the court rulings on the original executive order: “We can tailor the order to that decision and get just about everything, in some ways more.” [Reuters]

THE ‘LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE’ OF THE FIRST FAMILY’S TRAVEL SCHEDULE — THAT’S COSTING TAXPAYERS “Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents — a price tag that, based on past assessments of presidential travel and security costs, could balloon into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term.” [WaPo]

Donald Trump-Rupert Murdoch relationship

This video says about itself:

Trump & Rupert Murdoch Team Up to Kill the Internet

8 January 2017

Donald Trump is reportedly seeking recommendations as to who should be the next FCC Chair from right-wing billionaire Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is against net neutrality, as is Donald Trump, and together their FCC Chair choice will surely attempt to kill the internet by gutting the FCC’s current regulations which mandate net neutrality.

Source: here.

By Solomon Hughes in Britain:

Murdoch sends Gove to stroke Trump

Friday 20th January 2016

SOLOMON HUGHES explores the relationship between Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump and what it means for the United States

MICHAEL GOVE’S friendly “Thumbs Up” interview with US president-elect Donald Trump is a part of the rapprochement between The Donald and Rupert Murdoch.

Their relations were previously strained, showing an underlying rivalry, or even jealousy on Murdoch’s part. Their let’s-make-up routine also includes a Murdoch executive joining Trump’s cabinet.

The voters of Surrey Heath might think of Gove as their MP but he is more a Murdoch man, with a current salary of £150,000 a year from the Times for writing “columns” like his obsequious interview with Trump.

Gove is a perfect man to do Murdoch’s work with Trump as he is a long-term Rupert operative. Gove’s history makes it look like he is a kind of “Jason Bourne” who was “conditioned” by Murdoch’s “Operation Treadstone.”

In fact his whole identity was created in Murdoch’s “black site” in London’s Docklands. Gove was a Murdoch employee before he was a Tory MP. While he was an opposition MP, Gove was paid £60,000 a year as a Times columnist. This had two advantages. First, Murdoch was able to build up Gove’s profile, turning the squeaky nobody into a Tory name. And second, he was able to condition Gove to complete loyalty.

When Gove left government last year, he immediately started taking a new, larger salary from Murdoch’s Times. Gove was also given a £17,500 book contract by HarperCollins, a Murdoch “cut out” company.

But the Murdoch-Trump links go beyond a friendly interview with his trusted emissary Gove in a Murdoch paper. Trump is appointing most of his cabinet from the worst of the Republican Party rather than the even worse “Tea Party” or “alt-right” circles.

This includes nominating Elaine Chao as transportation secretary. Chao became a “non-executive” director of Murdoch’s News Corporation in 2012 and still sits on the board. Under US laws, Chao made a “financial disclosure” of her interests as part of her appointment to government. She says that in addition to her Murdoch salary she “will receive a cash payout” from News Corporation when she resigns from the board to become transportation secretary.

Murdoch will welcome these links to Trump to smooth over a past breach between the two ageing right-wing billionaires.

Murdoch’s hysterically right-wing US channel Fox News might well have helped give birth to the politics that formed Trump-ism but Murdoch was not initially keen on Donald. He and Fox backed Ben Carson for Republican nominee.

Trump’s misogynist “blood coming out of her whatever” barb was directed at Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, who pressed Trump hard on his “character” and sexist comments in the campaign.

Murdoch’s break with Trump in part comes from their potential rivalry — had he not become president, Trump considered setting up a “Trump TV” which would have challenged Murdoch in the US market for right-wing ranting.

It might also stem from a jealousy. News UK insiders say Murdoch gives an impression that, seeing Trump’s success, he wishes he had used his media power to pursue a more open political career. He looks down on Trump and so is shocked that The Donald now has the top political prize.

The Murdoch-Trump break also seems intertwined with a small war against women in which Rupert is oddly on the right side. Murdoch set up Fox News with Roger Ailes, a sinister former aide of Richard Nixon. Ailes helped build Fox into the conservative mega-mouthpiece it became. Murdoch backed Kelly in her “feud” with Trump.

However, Ailes had to resign from Fox last July following allegations of gross sexual harassment against Fox women, including Kelly. Ailes then left to advise Trump, just as the future president’s “grab them by the pussy” remarks surfaced, where Donald boasted about committing sexual assaults.

Fox turned round to support Trump, but the damage was done. So Chao’s arrival in Team Trump creates a bridge between the rightwing mogul and the right-wing president.

It is, however, bad news for the United States. Chao was labour secretary under George “Dubya” Bush from 2001-2009.

US official watchdog the Government Accountability Office (similar to our National Audit Office) found her department “did not adequately pursue labour violations,” letting off employers who wrongly sacked or paid staff below minimum wage rates. Chao also cut mine inspectors’ jobs, and presided over two lethal mine disasters, which killed 15.

All this qualifies her to help Trump with his promise that “the American working class is going to strike back, finally.”

So the Gove-Trump interview isn’t just about Gove being a terrible sycophant to power. It’s about how billionaires try to negotiate political influence by promoting each other, stroking their egos and splurging their values across the media.

Far-right media threaten US Jewish family for ‘war on Christmas’ fake news

This video from the USA says about itself:

A White Nationalist & Anti-Semite in the Oval Office: Trump Taps Breitbart’s Bannon as Top Aide

14 November 2016

As the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center are slamming President-elect Donald Trump for naming Stephen Bannon to become his chief strategist, we speak with SPLC President Richard Cohen about Bannon’s role as former head of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart Media and as Trump’s campaign manager.

“Two weeks after the Charleston massacre, [Breitbart News] ran an article talking about how people should proudly fly the Confederate flag,” Cohen says. He argues that the alt-right that Breitbart is associated with “is nothing more than the rebranding of white supremacy, white nationalism, for the digital age,” and calls on President-elect Trump to “speak out forcefully against all forms of bigotry, and then he has to follow talk with the walk.”

By Amanda Terkel, Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Jewish Family Fears For Safety After Conservative Media Blames Them For Christmas Play Cancellation (UPDATE)

The school says it absolutely did not cancel the production because of religious complaints.

12/22/2016 01:09 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago

A Jewish family in Pennsylvania says it fears for its safety after media outlets across the country ran stories blaming them for the cancellation of a Christmas play.

Local station WHTM reported last week that Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster decided not to put on its production of “A Christmas Carol” this year after two parents complained to the them about the famous line, “God bless us, everyone.” The school had been doing the play for more than 40 years.

But the controversy really took off after conservative outlets including Fox News [owned by Rupert Murdoch], Breitbart News and The Blaze picked up the report and gave it national attention.

WHTM said school officials told the news outlet the play was not canceled because of complaints about that line, although “many parents” believed it was so.

The Fox News commentary piece framed the controversy as part of the so-called “war on Christmas.” “[T]his year, I’m afraid Tiny Tim’s goose has been cooked by the Ghost of Christmas Intolerance,” the article stated.

But the Hempfield School District has vehemently denied this account of why it canceled the play, and a Jewish family that says it’s being blamed for the controversy has left the area, according to LancasterOnline. The earlier articles did not identify the family as Jewish or name them, and later reports said the family had just gone on vacation.

The parents of a fifth grader in the district told LancasterOnline that they never asked for the play to be canceled or complained about it; they simply asked for their child to be excused and were told that was fine.

But they said since the school announced the cancellation last month, classmates had harassed their child. And after the story broke nationally, the school said it received at least 200 phone calls and emails about the play.

The family said they were disturbed by some of the comments on the conservative outlets’ stories ― including one on the Breitbart story asking for information about the family’s address.

And after a fake news story created an uproar over a pizza place in Washington, D.C. ― which resulted in a man coming in with an assault rifle to “self-investigate” whether there truly was a child sex ring there ― the family said they were afraid for their safety.

“There’s no way we’re going to take a chance after the pizza incident,” said the parents, who were not named by LancasterOnline.

But on Thursday night, after the LancasterOnline article was widely circulated, the Anti-Defamation League posted a statement saying that it had contacted the family and that it was incorrect to say they had fled the area.

“We spoke with the family, who explained that they went on a previously-planned vacation for the holidays,” said ADL Regional Director Nancy Baron-Baer. “Stories like this can sow fear in the Jewish community and beyond, and it is important to stop the spread of misinformation.”

Rabbi Jack Paskoff, of a Lancaster reform synagogue, told The Washington Post that although the family are not members of his congregation, he had been in regular touch with them. The child, he said, was being taunted on the bus about the play’s cancellation.

“It was getting prevalent enough that the family got concerned,” he said.

The Hempfield School District has backed up the family’s account. Officials have posted a FAQ sheet on its website and said the play was absolutely not canceled because of complaints over the “God bless us” line. Instead, they dropped the play because it consumed too much instructional time in the classroom. From the FAQ sheet:

Hempfield School District

The school said the principal also offered to work with parents and staff who were interested in producing the play during after-school hours, but “no one was either able or interested to assist with producing the play after school hours.”

“Had the primary concern been with the content of the play,” the school added, “possibilities for continuing the play would not have been sought by Mr. Kramer.”

Fox News has long promoted the notion that there’s a war on Christmas (and even a war on Easter). For more than a decade, host Bill O’Reilly has been a leading voice in network commentators’ fomentation that Christians are under attack over political correctness because people say “Happy holidays,” remove nativity scenes from public buildings or do anything to acknowledge that there are people of other religions in America.

But even Fox, it seems, isn’t always on the right side.

Fox News holiday wishes

Fox News holiday wishes

Murdoch media help Erdogan, smearing British Labour leader as ‘terrorist’

This video from the Young Turks in the USA says about itself:

Turkish Army Van Drags Kurdish Man To Death

8 October 2015

Video surfaced of authorities in Turkey dragging the corpse of a Kurdish man with an armored vehicle. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

The Turkish government has entered damage control mode after the release this weekend of images that appear to show authorities dragging the body of a dead Kurdish man by the neck behind an armored vehicle.

The disturbing images have garnered coverage in top international news outlets. And the Turkish government‘s response has been nearly as disquieting as the images themselves.

Pro-government media in the country initially questioned the authenticity of the images and video, which have spread widely on social media in recent days. But many media sources eventually abandoned that line of argument, instead suggesting that dragging Kurdish people through the street is an acceptable way of making sure there are no bombs on the bodies — implying that handling corpses in such a way is justified at a time when the government has renewed hostilities with the armed, outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).”

Read more here.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Turkey: Activists dismiss bid to link Corbyn to PKK ‘terrorism’

Tuesday 20th December 2016

CAMPAIGNERS hit out yesterday at “shameful” attempts to link Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with support for terrorism following the Besiktas bombings in Turkey.

The claims were made in a Times [owned by Rupert Murdoch] article over the weekend which said Mr Corbyn’s support for the British-based Peace in Kurdistan campaign amounted to support for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — deemed a terrorist organisation by Britain, the US and EU.

The article said that Peace in Kurdistan backs delisting the PKK as a terrorist organisation and cited its support for the Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan campaign. It also linked the group to the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a splinter organisation that claimed responsibility for the bombings on December 10 which killed 46 people and injured 166.

But the campaign — established in 1994 by a group of people including playwright Harold Pinter, actor Julie Christie and Lord Avebury — has long campaigned for a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey and elsewhere.

A Peace in Kurdistan spokeswoman was not surprised by the attacks: “This is typical of those who wish to delegitimise and undermine voices of opposition to an increasingly dictatorial regime in Turkey.

“This is a serious issue. Voices of dissent are being silenced across Turkey with opposition MPs thrown in prison, newspapers and TV stations being closed down and a third of the world’s jailed journalists in Turkish prisons.

False links to terrorism are a common tactic to try to delegitimise opposition. In Turkey many are accused of support for PKK or the Fethullah terrorist organisation, often both. It is a shame the Times is joining in and acting as Erdogan’s mouthpiece.”

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party support a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Turkey and Jeremy is glad to work with those who share that goal.”