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Frank Rich writes: "The most important first step down this road will be for Americans to fully recognize that what happened at News of the World was no isolated virus but part of a larger culture that didn't remain quarantined on the other side of the ocean. Once that realization sinks in, it can only hasten the day when the long national nightmare of the Murdochization of America, now well into its fourth decade, will be over."

Rupert Murdoch. (illustration: Eddie Guy/New York Magazine)
Rupert Murdoch. (illustration: Eddie Guy/New York Magazine)

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+16 # tomo 2011-08-01 10:32
This is really quite wonderful. I've always suspected The Wall Street Journal of being a kind of propaganda horn for Adam-Smith-as-r econditioned-th rough-the eyes-of-Milton- Friedman--proje cting a world that could only pass for reality among the genuinely demented-by-gre ed. I read Frank's article afraid the WSJ, would,like some kind of untouchable, slither by unmentioned. IT DIDN'T! Good for you, Frank.
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2011-08-01 10:43
If a hacker had the ability to hack he would do it big time. His band of geeks would try all the links and walls and try to individually manipulate them, open them so DUH!
I am sure this band of perhaps Truth Seekers have violated most of Europe, Asia, Africa and our Hemisphere so really let's write something more adequate. find out who he hacked, This is old news, DUH
 
 
+20 # John Cahill 2011-08-01 11:18
I would like to know the name of the congressman who put the rider into a bill that gave Rupert U.S. citizenship --so he could buy up our media--w/o even having to take a civics exam?
 
 
+7 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-08-01 11:58
"The Storm" is about to hit land off the coast of Washington, D.C.; stay tuned.
 
 
+5 # jon 2011-08-01 19:28
we earnestly hope
 
 
0 # universlman 2011-08-02 16:35
Im still waiting for hurricane cheney
 
 
+2 # NanFan 2011-08-03 03:20
Quoting universlman:
Im still waiting for hurricane cheney


And Bush/Rove...
 
 
+13 # X Dane 2011-08-01 13:12
Years ago, I read about this disgusting Australian and his smutty papers in England, little suspecting, that his ugly tentacles would soon put a strangle hold on our country. Hopefully he can be brought down....even if it takes time

I always thought that it is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG for one person or company to own news papers, radio and TV stations. Either or, not all. It gives them WAY too much POWER and misinforms the cicizens. It should not be legal.
We can see the damage Murcoch has inflicted on OUR COUNTRY.

He is responsible for much of the hatred in the country for all his media is constantly spewing it.
 
 
0 # NanFan 2011-08-03 03:26
Quoting X Dane:
Years ago, I read about this disgusting Australian and his smutty papers in England, little suspecting, that his ugly tentacles would soon put a strangle hold on our country. Hopefully he can be brought down....even if it takes time.


Don't count on it. Look at the tobacco industry: 440,000 American deaths PER YEAR related to U.S.-blended tobacco products. That's 1,200 deaths per day, let alone the number of illnesses.

Big tobacco still rules; regulations are feeble at best by the FDA; no one's ever going to shut them down.

Don't you get it...it's all about money, not people...Murdoc h will reign until he dies, leaving his "evil-doer" work to his clone son.

I'm looking for an deserted island...

N.
 
 
+7 # jim sleeper 2011-08-01 13:51
Dolly Schiff was loopy, but, as the quality of the Post reporters who left within a year of Rupert's arrival suggests, there was something to be said for the paper even under her, especially when my cousin James Wechsler edited it.

It shouldn't have taken the phone-hacking to highlight the truth that Murdoch poisons every body politic he touches, as I argued last week in Dissent:

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/atw.php?id=506.
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I was arguing the same thing in 2007, during Rupert’s Wall St Journal take-over bid:
http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2007/06/18/rupert_vs_the_republic/

And I was taking down fawning profilers of Murdoch then, too:
http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2007/07/06/invasion_of_the_body_snatchers/

And warning then, too, (in The Guardian, which recently broke the phone-hacking scandal) against Murdoch’s enablers:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/aug/07/murdochandhisenablers
 
 
+4 # jon 2011-08-01 19:38
Rupert Murdoch must have been very abused as a small child, and, of course, never gotten over it, to become a real adult MAN.

Because, a REAL man never takes advantage of a person in a weaker position than himself. A real mand lives to SERVE those who are in a weaker position than himself.

You can quote me on that!
 
 
0 # dspitzer 2011-08-02 23:14
Enjoyed the article. My only complaint is the over use of the "anti-semitic" label. Not everything that is directed towards Jews is anti-semitic. Sometime people simply don't like you and this constant use of the term really waters it down. Your points would have been just as valid had you left that out.
 
 
0 # Hardy 2011-08-03 06:05
Murdoch is the most dangerous person in America. Stop Murdoch and you kill the tea party.
 
 
0 # F.R.code? 2011-08-03 16:28
Frank Rich writes [excerpted]: "The most important first step down this road will be for Americans to fully recognize that what [has] happened [in the] New... World was no isolated virus, but part of a larger [elite] culture that didn't remain quarantined on the other side of the ocean. Once that realization sinks in, it can only hasten the day when the long national nightmare of the [corporatizatio n] of America, now well into its fourth [century], will be over."

"In two sentences: Spain plundered the Americas and mainly enriched her 'Nobles'. Europe plundered the Spaniards and mainly enriched the people."
- Stephen Zarlenga, 2002 (217).
 

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