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Intro: "Fox News finally addressed their parent company’s hacking scandal head on this morning, with Fox and Friends launching a comically sycophantic and pathetically inaccurate defense of News Corp."

Rupert Murdoch accepts the resignation of Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International, in London, 07/15/11. (photo: The Week)
Rupert Murdoch accepts the resignation of Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International, in London, 07/15/11. (photo: The Week)

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+53 # Archie1954 2011-07-15 22:44
Leave it to the guilty to try to obfuscate and spin the truth to lies.
 
 
+26 # NanFan 2011-07-16 04:19
Quoting Archie1954:
Leave it to the guilty to try to obfuscate and spin the truth to lies.


One can never expect sense from people who do not know how to admit wrongdoing, or more importantly, simply report the news, not spin.

To compare this hacking scandal, done by journalists who have a protocol to follow, to other hacking, done by "those that can," but NOT "those that shouldn't," is proof-positive that Fox is not a journalistic venue in the least. It is merely a megaphone for the rich and the Republicans...b ut of course, we all know this, and we continue to let THEM get away with their non-journalisti c bullsh.t.

And the drums keep beating toward the downfall of the U.S. And the tapping on the doors of the rest of the world gets louder and louder as a result. As the U.S. goes, so goes the world.

Look out below AND above!

N.
 
 
+2 # universlman 2011-07-17 14:54
where does Murdoch go to find rehab for libeling?
 
 
+75 # brenda 2011-07-16 00:56
The FOX spin? And you thought the news would be any different? The problem here is that both FOX and MURDOCH are phonies. They're no beter than the tabloid newspaper that did the hacking. When will America wake up and stop watching, listening, and believing these folks' baloney?
 
 
+31 # Robmdavis 2011-07-16 07:24
Quoting Brenda:
The FOX spin? And you thought the news would be any different? The problem here is that both FOX and MURDOCH are phonies. They're no beter than the tabloid newspaper that did the hacking. When will America wake up and stop watching, listening, and believing these folks' baloney?


Hmmm... are there any predictions as to what date Hell will freeze over? Evangelicals and similar mind-sets have been programmed not to listen to anything that contradicts "The Truth" coming from Faux News and the radical fringe right. I'm sad for the future of the U.S....
 
 
+37 # Ralph Averill 2011-07-16 02:25
What's really "very very scary" to the hacks at FOX News is that it may well come to light soon that they are just as dirty. With Rupert Murdoch's power of retribution vastly reduced, people previously fearful of coming forward may soon be coming out of the woodwork. These are not happy days for FOX News execs and news editors, who may be thinking about all the people they trampled on their way to the top.
 
 
+33 # Larry 2011-07-16 03:25
Just what the hack is going on? Media hacks fretting about hacking except when the hackees are hacked by the hacks' bosses' own hackers? Hey, these people are just doing their jobs, so succinctly summarized by Nick Nailer's boss in Thank You For Smoking: "You were paid to keep secrets and spin the truth." The Fox and Friends charade du jour would only be remarkable if its actors were working for a legitimate news organization, rather than an unabashed right-wing propaganda machine. Of course the Foxy hacks' defense of News Corporation is both hollow and a pathetically transparent conflict of interest. The Friend's real assignment was simply to give their co-dependent viewers permission to ignore the scandal. "Mission accomplished!" as Dubya would say.
 
 
+15 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-07-16 04:41
Murdoch and his Faux News, karlroving MSD (manipulation, spin, distraction) anything but free press are the blatant tip of a much larger MSD miscommunicatio ns plague. And, like the well contrived economy in the dumps plague, its purpose is to ensure total control by evil and then some villainiares of we the sheeple here in the U.S. of (greed and power) A.(ddiction) and across the globe.

But, just as we who clean our dirty houses know, starting our cleanup with scrubbing and flushing the toilet is a good beginning. Then it's onto sooooo much more cleaning and scrubbing.

And so to must we begin somewhere as we begin to UNDO THE COUP. But, let's not be MSD'd into thinking the house is clean simply because we've scrubbed and flushed the toilet.
 
 
+15 # Riley1 2011-07-16 06:53
We the people :

We can’t trust our politicians
We can’t trust religious leaders
We can’t trust the judiciary.
We can’t trust the police
Now we can’t trust the mainstream media

Who is left for we the people to trust
 
 
+13 # NanFan 2011-07-16 09:14
Quoting Riley1:
We the people :

We can’t trust our politicians
We can’t trust religious leaders
We can’t trust the judiciary.
We can’t trust the police
Now we can’t trust the mainstream media

Who is left for we the people to trust



I think can answer that one! No one outside yourself. As Ralph Nader says, "I will never run for president again because you can't go through 'the system', you have to tear down the system!"

N.
 
 
+6 # J.Lindsley 2011-07-16 13:00
Quoting Riley1:
We the people :

We can’t trust our politicians
We can’t trust religious leaders
We can’t trust the judiciary.
We can’t trust the police
Now we can’t trust the mainstream media

Who is left for we the people to trust

Most "main stream media" is OWNED by huge American industries who have bought up TV, Newspapers and any other news outlest they can buy.
Any one depending on that was, as one other commented...bee n asleep.

so you are left to seek out the truth on any one of maybe a dozen sources on-line.
 
 
+18 # LizR 2011-07-16 15:41
Quoting J.Lindsley:
Most "main stream media" is OWNED by huge American industries who have bought up TV, Newspapers and any other news outlest they can buy.
Any one depending on that was, as one other commented...been asleep.

so you are left to seek out the truth on any one of maybe a dozen sources on-line.

It's called Capitalism. Most Americans appear to embrace it - more or less as a conditioned reflex, having been taught from day one of their lives what a wonderful society they live in, and how "free" they are. It's basically a system in which the bullies and plausible psychopaths get to have all the goodies and tell everyone else what to do.
 
 
+6 # Buffalo woman 2011-07-17 16:10
Ourselves after thoughtful research and critical thinking.
 
 
+2 # Capn Canard 2011-07-18 12:20
GOOD CALL Buffalo Woman, that is my M.O. since Prof. Jost's PHIL 120 class CRITICAL THINKING. Use the noodle!
 
 
+1 # Capn Canard 2011-07-18 12:13
Like NanFan posted... it is the system. Our system is collapsing under it's own weight. I heard this talk about how our whole economy is guaranteed failure for reasons directly related to the false levels of wealth re monetary wealth and even the notion of property. It is so embedded in our culture as to be invisible and many of us directly benefit from it. So we won't talk about it and don't, nay WE REFUSE, to talk about it.
 
 
+2 # cynthia 2011-07-18 17:55
Well, there is always The Easter Bunny,
the Tooth Fairy, maybe Spider Man...
 
 
+12 # Riley1 2011-07-16 07:03
If it is found that the coporate media empire News international was responsible for hacking the phones on the relatives of the victims of of 9/11 The wrath of the American people will be such that News International and the Murdoch's will be history. That is as certain as Night follows day. They will also will be incarcerated and the key thrown away.That is the sorry predicament the Murdoch's face.
 
 
+24 # NanFan 2011-07-16 09:17
Quoting Riley1:
If it is found that the coporate media empire News international was responsible for hacking the phones on the relatives of the victims of of 9/11 The wrath of the American people will be such that News International and the Murdoch's will be history. That is as certain as Night follows day. They will also will be incarcerated and the key thrown away.That is the sorry predicament the Murdoch's face.


Have you been asleep? Have any of Wall Street's criminals gone to jail for their crimes? Have any bank execs gone to jail for their crimes against the people? Where are Bush/Cheney right now? In their cushy homes without a care about you or me.

Do NOT go back to sleep!

N.
 
 
+3 # Riley1 2011-07-16 13:38
If you pay attention you may learn something that will surprise you. If the Murdoch press hacked the phones of the families of victims of 9/11. That is a red line crossed that will not be tolerated by the people. The pressure for a prosecution will be so great the powers that be will not be able to prevent it. If you are patriotic American you will know that instinctively.T he press baron Conrad Black did far less. Yet he paid a heavy price.
 
 
+1 # LizR 2011-07-16 15:44
Quoting Riley1:
If you pay attention you may learn something that will surprise you. If the Murdoch press hacked the phones of the families of victims of 9/11. That is a red line crossed that will not be tolerated by the people. The pressure for a prosecution will be so great the powers that be will not be able to prevent it. If you are patriotic American you will know that instinctively.The press baron Conrad Black did far less. Yet he paid a heavy price.

Sounds like the sort of blinkered approach that the corps running the US want you to have. Murdoch is global, you are local. 9/11 was a blip compared to most of the things going on in the world. Subscribed to a more informed viewpoint, bear in mind the US is not the world, it isn't even the largest economy.
 
 
-2 # Riley1 2011-07-16 18:34
Quoting LizR:
Quoting Riley1:
If you pay attention you may learn something that will surprise you. If the Murdoch press hacked the phones of the families of victims of 9/11. That is a red line crossed that will not be tolerated by the people. The pressure for a prosecution will be so great the powers that be will not be able to prevent it. If you are patriotic American you will know that instinctively.The press baron Conrad Black did far less. Yet he paid a heavy price.

Sounds like the sort of blinkered approach that the corps running the US want you to have. Murdoch is global, you are local. 9/11 was a blip compared to most of the things going on in the world. Subscribed to a more informed viewpoint, bear in mind the US is not the world, it isn't even the largest economy.

You are obviously not paying attention . The context referred to an earlier posting, I suggest you read that posting. Perhaps it may change your mind.
 
 
+7 # larry mac 2011-07-17 02:06
9/11 a blip? 9/11 jump started this sad state of affairs.
According to the info I have the US is still the leading economy in the world. The question is; for how long?
 
 
+6 # NanFan 2011-07-17 03:04
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the person you are referring to - Rupert Murdoch - is a sly businessman who has every government where he owns anything in his pocket. ALL of those governments are suffering economically, and ALL of those governments have allowed his rag-tag "journalism" to continue and to proliferate until this hacking. Oh, they squeal about THAT, and he does take a hit, has and will pay a heavy price, but will not "go down."

Rupert Murdoch IS the epitome of who runs the US government. Why would the US government listen to the people about Murdoch's "evildoing" when that same US government first, knows it, and second, REFUSES to listen to the people who scream for help with their poverty, about their disdain for illegal wars, torture, their cries to close GITMO, their cries for jobs from employers LIKE Murdoch who don't give a damn about anything but their almighty money?

No...no, he may take a hit for the hacking, but he'll not go down. He did cross "a red line," but that was a red line in journalism that governments have allowed him to do in other ways FOREVER.

And finally, you forget one glaring fact: THE US GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU!

Rupert Murdoch will not go away EVER.

N.
 
 
-1 # Capn Canard 2011-07-18 12:31
On one hand I am with you, but the conservative side is the side of financial wealth and if that side were to start to lose power well then the Shitte hits the fan and all hell breaks loose. This kind of challenge to authority hasn't happened in the us for 150 years and the Civil War.
 
 
+2 # bakerhunny 2011-07-19 09:51
Quoting NanFan:
Quoting Riley1:
If it is found that the coporate media empire News international was responsible for hacking the phones on the relatives of the victims of of 9/11 The wrath of the American people will be such that News International and the Murdoch's will be history. That is as certain as Night follows day. They will also will be incarcerated and the key thrown away.That is the sorry predicament the Murdoch's face.


Have you been asleep? Have any of Wall Street's criminals gone to jail for their crimes? Have any bank execs gone to jail for their crimes against the people? Where are Bush/Cheney right now? In their cushy homes without a care about you or me.

Do NOT go back to sleep!

N.

Unfortunately.. ..too many people sleep too well! All of the money has all of the power.
 
 
+1 # Capn Canard 2011-07-18 12:24
Whoa, dude... Faux News and Murdock have been up to no good since well before the millennials were born. They have skirted the law because UK law isn't as strict as USA but they even pushed it to the limit where it is far easier to sue for libel.
 
 
+12 # genierae 2011-07-16 07:06
"Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
And all the King's horses
and all the King's men,
couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again."
 
 
+29 # brucezell 2011-07-16 07:24
Dildoschnieder knows that baloon head fox viewers don't have the intellect to differentiate between being hacked and being the hacker!
 
 
+8 # larry mac 2011-07-17 02:12
Don't you think it's easier to have some one else do your thinking for you? Gives you more time to watch T.V. or fix up some micro-food or take a nap. Let's see, I think I got all the important things?
 
 
+4 # Pickwicky 2011-07-18 12:14
Where do Republicans get all that time to watch Fox News? Don't they work for a living?

Actually, Larry, you left out the beer!
 
 
+28 # in deo veritas 2011-07-16 07:46
Their concern for our privacy is ridiculous! When did they ever speak out against what the Bushies were doing with their illegal surveillance? NEVER! These vermin should be behind bars-identify them for the traitors and liars they are and put them in Gitmo-Murdog included.
 
 
+27 # jbgarchitect 2011-07-16 08:05
Murdock should be force to end his holding of American Media.
 
 
+16 # jon 2011-07-16 08:16
If the Republicans had any presence of mind they would join the Democrats in a unified front to expose the most powerful non-elected person in the world, Murdoch. Because the Republicans are each, individually, prey to his machine. To paraphrase Ben Franklin - I think it was - who said: "Gentlemen, unless we all hang together, we will surely hang individually".
 
 
+15 # Riley1 2011-07-16 08:40
I am reporting from the UK where the hacking scandal involving News Corporation is at its highest. The emperor of the corporate media Rupert Murdoch has had his teeth pulled without anaesthetic and is contrite and subdued. A well rehearsed strategy which is gaining him some sympathy with the public. The practices undertaken by the News of the World a Sunday Newspaper in the UK under the stewardship of Rebecca brooks Wade destroyed credibility in journalism by undertaking methods that bordered upon criminality without responsibility. The politicians and the Police who were in the pocket of the corporate entity News Corporation who owned the NOTW have joined forces to kick Rupert Murdoch to death. All three political parties and their leaders and a corrupt police force in the UK who were his willing sycophants are now delighting in his eminent demise. They dare not laugh too loudly as a public curse is upon all their houses and there is much more news to come into the public domain which will clip all their wings. The sad result all this mayhem could mean a free press could be shackled in future by a regulated body. For all intents and purposes the Murdoch media empire has died in the UK.
 
 
+4 # Pickwicky 2011-07-18 12:18
Riley--you speak with forked-tongue. Your attemps to whitewash Murdock have failed. Rebecca Brooks and her ilk are merely scapegoats. The buck stops with Murdoch.
 
 
-26 # for parity 2011-07-16 11:00
Article begins with/ "Fox News finally addressed their parent company’s hacking scandal head on this morning,"

Just a wee-bit dishonest.

Fox news has been covering the story from the beginning, every day.

I'm sure that they are not happy about it, just as the other news organizations are troubled when their own get caught in a mess.
 
 
+14 # perchonthis 2011-07-16 12:31
Quoting for parity:
Article begins with/ "Fox News finally addressed their parent company’s hacking scandal head on this morning,"

Just a wee-bit dishonest.

Fox news has been covering the story from the beginning, every day.

I'm sure that they are not happy about it, just as the other news organizations are troubled when their own get caught in a mess.




Steve Dueshbag can't even come clean with this bit of news. I guess Glen Beck had a crystal ball and was the first to jump ship (I bet you thought he was fired) Lets see how fast the rats bail on this one. To tell you the truth it was a long time coming. Keith Olberman has to be laughing his balls off. You go Keith and thank god for Current TV.
 
 
+12 # Riley1 2011-07-16 11:40
If i may continue from my previous posting. What is now transpiring in the USA with News Corporation being investigated by the FBI could spell total disaster for Murdoch. Draconian sanctions far worse could be brought against him. He and his heir apparent James Murdoch could be deemed not fit and proper persons to run News Corporation in America by the FCC with serious implications for flagship visual broadcasting stations like Fox and the other paper media titles he owns in the USA.
A judge led inquiry into the whole scandal will shortly begin in the UK that hopefully will reach the right conclusions however that is likely to last two years and by that time we could be into a wholly new ball game. Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebecca brooks Wade Murdoch’s European operations director and the catalyst to this saga will face a Parliamentary select committee for a grilling on Tuesday which should interesting if the politicians on that committee doing the grilling are of sufficient stature to be able to handle the arch fox. We live in interesting times.
 
 
+7 # larry mac 2011-07-17 02:17
I hope the "grillers" are not the "foxes" guarding the henhouse.
 
 
+6 # jwb110 2011-07-16 11:58
I am not so sure that the CIA shouldn't be involved because any Federal agency is at risk. This is an international News Corp. and if they turn a blind eye to their employees hacking how can they monitor where that information goes. The investigation needs to be swift and complete due to national security.
 
 
+5 # Sallyport 2011-07-16 15:20
Someone on BBC overnight was saying that the reason Murdoch was so tight with the powers at any time in UK is the strict regulations limiting the role of money in UK elections. THe implication being that if we were to succeed (fat chance!) in getting the big bucks out of our elections we would be similarly at the mercy of the media powers. So,what's new?
 
 
-23 # lnason@umassd.edu 2011-07-16 22:00
I haven't heard anyone defending the hacking -- on its face, it is indefensible.

Several FOX commenters have stated that Murdoch is doing "the right thing" by taking responsibility, firing the people involved, visiting the most harmed hackee, publicizing his disappointment in his organization, and closing the paper. That seems about right to me.

I have also heard FOX commentators note that the Murdoch paper was not the only tabloid in the UK involved in such nasty stuff -- and, from what I've read and seen over the years, that appears to be true.

There appears to be no evidence that the hacking has occurred elsewhere in the media empire but investigating the charges can do no harm and may serve to clear the name of innocent people who have been caught up in the scandal due to overzealous anti-FOX enthusiasts.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+13 # larry mac 2011-07-17 02:19
Dear Lee, I bet you like Fox "news". Am I right?
 
 
+9 # cydfan 2011-07-17 12:38
Larry:
You must be new to the scene. Elsewise, you'd be well aware of our non-professoria l contributor with the professorial address. Oh, yeah, he/she (because Lee can be either way) is a huge Faux supporter. Stick around awhile and you'll be as irritated as the rest of us. However, don't bother engaging him/her in conversation, nothing intelligent will come of it, unless you enjoy contrarianism.
 
 
+4 # billy bob 2011-07-19 13:54
Lee is a woman and she's a director of building maintenence at the university. She uses the university moniker to make herself sound professorial. If you need a toilet replaced, she's your expert. That's her job.
 
 
+7 # universlman 2011-07-17 15:10
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
There appears to be no evidence that the hacking has occurred elsewhere in the media empire but investigating the charges can do no harm and may serve to clear the name of innocent people who have been caught up in the scandal due to overzealous anti-FOX enthusiasts


innocent people? Lee, are you listening to anyone here?
 
 
+2 # billy bob 2011-07-19 13:48
Murdoch is the problem. Murdoch is not taking responsibility by firing other people. Taking responsibility would entail MURDOCH taking responsibility.

Frankly, it's out of his hands at this point.

Just keep clinging to that sinking ship.
 
 
+2 # billy bob 2011-07-19 13:51
By the way, the F.B.I. thinks there's sufficient evidence to start an investigation. Perhaps you know more about it than they do?
 
 
+12 # nealjking 2011-07-17 09:43
Lee Nason,

What you're missing:
- The Fox News presentation is trying to make all the excitement go away, but right across the waters there are ongoing developments: It is not just a question of hacking. It is becoming clearer and clearer that some of the police (Scotland Yard) have been taking money to facilitate the hacking, thus compromising the investigation of crime, as well as the safety of the royal family. It is also becoming clear that Murdoch and his lieutenants have exercised influence at the very highest levels of UK government, to place "their" people in positions of influence. This is not just a matter of a few wounds to government and news coverage: This is gangrene in public affairs.
- Thus the bigger issue arises: It's not just "Are Murdoch and his cronies doing the right reparative work?" but "Are Murdoch and his cronies the right people to be controlling our perception of the world?" That's why we shouldn't accept his going around and making nice at face value.
 
 
+5 # Pickwicky 2011-07-17 11:40
Rupert Murdoch--Lo, if the term 'evil' can still be used today, it would apply to R.M. --and then some. How this sleazy human being excelled in the business of Journalism is the oxymoron of our time. I hope he goes down and stays down--but I fear it won't happen. Two much money and two many Republicans involved to keep R.M. down.
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2011-07-17 12:38
Hey "ForParity"! Why don't you apply for a job with FOX? You sounds like you get y'r facts from the same source and just knee-jerk 'em out there!
Muck-doch has no idea what the expressions "accountability " or "responsibility " means, locally or globally, so don't expect any kind of truism from him any more than you would from the "Sun", "News of the World" or FOX Fantasy channel!
 
 
-7 # Riley1 2011-07-17 15:27
In defence of Murdoch. None walk in the man's Shoes. The demented scribblers here only read and aquire information about him from what they read In other publications with vested interests in bringing him down. From what I have seen from the garbled cobbled together comments here there is no real balance to it from those who see him as a devil incarnate. Most of the scribbling here is nonsensical. You really dont know the man well enough to comment about him in any way shape or form. Most comments here allude to his publications and broadcast media House Fox. No one here knows the Rupert Murdoch I know. He keeps many in employment and his Nature is that of a throughly decent and kind man.He is a very hard taskmaster but a very fair one. I should know he saved my life.That said it does not mean that what is published in his media empire cant be severly critised . Of course that must be done I have been very critical of what has been done in his name. At the top of the tree I guess he bears the responsibility . How many of you know what goes on around you day to day. Show me one and i will show you a liar.Being judgemental and hanging someone before the evidence and facts are known is a well known American pastime. DSK is a great example.The real culprits of all this furore are politicians where some light should be shone to root out some real scoundrels.
 
 
-4 # Riley1 2011-07-18 06:25
This whole sorry saga of the hacking scandal gets worse day by day. Yesterday we had the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson the Commissioner of Metropolitan Police in the UK. Britain's top policeman. Tomorrow we have a House of Commons select committee grilling the Murdoch's chaired by the well known sleezeball MP Keith Vaz
This man is an unashamed sleezeball a politician that has been censured by the House of Commons for serious breaches by the standards and ethics committee and banned from the commons for a month he also made untrue allegations about a policewoman. His banning from the commons is the longest faced by any MP.
This sleezeball and his committee will grill the Murdoch’s when it is known he was a guest at Champey’s a Health resort used by Sir Paul Stevenson to recuperate after a serious operation. Champey’s Managing Director Steven Purdew who incidentally is a friend of Sir Paul and paid for his stay at Champey’s. Vaz was also a guest at Purdue’s lavish wedding in 2007 and so was Rebecca Brooks Wade. Talk about wheels within wheels .This whole affair is getting really ridiculous. Those we elect to high office continue to treat we the people with contempt. One would almost think the Murdoch’s are saintly by comparison.
 
 
+4 # shadow7 2011-07-19 11:53
Deja vu all over again, as the saying goes. This was a replay of Bush/Cheney and Condy Rice lying to the 9/11 Commission, - fielding soft ball questions to show absolutely nothing of what really happened before and during the attacks. And we'll never know the truth about any of these criminals, ever.
 

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