You are here

News Corp. Plays the Victim Card

\r\n

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch gave an “exclusive” interview to his own Wall Street Journal where he said the scandal has been handled “extremely well in every possible way.” Meanwhile, those on his payroll argued investigating is an affront to the First Amendment and the real problem is how easy hacking has become.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
\r\n

\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n

\r\n
Not many people are defending Rupert Murdoch these days, except, of course, Rupert Murdoch and those on his payroll.  Criminal investigations are ramping up on both sides of the Atlantic, and the number of arrests in the phone hacking scandal has now reached double digits, but in an interview with his very own Wall Street Journal, Mr. Murdoch claimed News Corp. has handled the crisis “extremely well in every possible way,” making just “minor mistakes.”  Reminiscent of former BP CEO “I would like my life back” Tony Hayward, Mr. Murdoch said he was “getting annoyed” by the headlines, but would “get over it.”

\r\n

Continuing to undermine any reputation the paper may have had as a serious news organization, today (July 18) the Journal editorialized that it isn’t the nearly 4,000 people who had their voicemails hacked who are the victims.  No, the real victim is the First Amendment.

\r\n

Along the same vein, the folks over at Murdoch-owned Fox News came out with their own Alice through the Looking Glass moment Friday (July 15).  In anchor Steve Doocy’s assessment, the problem is not that thousands of people had their voicemail hacked by Murdoch employees.  No, Mr. Doocy helpfully explained, the real problem is how easy it is to hack into private information.  News Corp., like Bank of America, Citigroup and others, is just a victim.

\r\n

Watch this — it’s really unbelievable.

Section(s): 

The Ultimate Goal of the Bankster-led Political-economic Warfare Being Waged Against Us Is...?

    \r\n
  • Foreign Policy magazine recently ran an article entitled "The Next Big Thing: Neomedievalism," arguing that the power of nations is declining, and is being replaced by banks and other corporations, wealthy individuals, the sovereign wealth funds of monarchs, and city-regions. Meanwhile, leading progressive economists say that the true purpose of the bank rescue plans was "a massive redistribution of wealth, to the rich."
  • \r\n

  • America Is Being Raped ... Just Like Greece and Other Countries
  • \r\n

\r\n

Richard Clark, OpEdNews

If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cuppa jove to Evergreene Digest--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it.

\r\n

As economist Michael Hudson points out, the European debt crisis is really the product of financial warfare instigated by big banks.   Yes, these banks are engaged in warfare against the rest of society.   What's going on in Greece is exactly what's going to happen in America very shortly.   Why?   Because in every industrialized country, the big banks are in the process of offloading their bad debts onto governments.   They are then forcing these governments to sell off national assets so that the bankers can be paid what they consider to be their due.   (For more about this, see the linked video at this web site, about Greece being a dress rehearsal for the US.)

\r\n

In a nutshell, what it says is that the world is being prepared for the kind of "neo-feudalism" that these banksters (intent on ever more completely becoming our masters and lords) intend to implement.   And so it is that America is in the early stages of being subjected to the same type of plundering as Greece and Ireland.

\r\n

More...

\r\n

Related:

\r\n

America Is Being Raped ... Just Like Greece and Other Countries, Washington's Blog

\r\n

    \r\n
  • The war between liberals and conservatives is a false divide-and-conquer dog-and-pony show created by the powers that be to keep the American people divided and distracted. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this. So before assuming that privatization is a good thing, read on.
  • \r\n

  • If these resources had always been in the private sector, that would be fine ... that would be free market capitalism.
  • \r\n

  • But if they were purchased on the people's dime with our taxpayer funds and then sold to the big boys for cheap, that's not capitalism ... that's looting.
  • \r\n

\r\n

Section(s): 

Who Actually Controls Our Foreign Policy?

\r\n

    \r\n
  • In the past decade the United States has evolved into an aggressor nation, particularly in the Middle East, and one must ask why has the battlefield replaced the conference room in working out disagreements?
  • \r\n

  • Has our educational system dumbed down even our leaders to a point where they no longer possess the ability to verbally communicate, or has another force been entered into the equation?
  • \r\n

  • Full Spectrum World Domination, Or How To Save A Collapsing Empire
  • \r\n

\r\n

Dennis Kaiser, OpEdNews.com

If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cuppa jove to Evergreene Digest--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it.

In the past decade the United States has evolved into an aggressor nation, particularly in the Middle East, and one must ask why has the battlefield replaced the conference room in working out disagreements?   Has our educational system dumbed down even our leaders to a point where they no longer possess the ability to verbally communicate, or has another force been entered into the equation?

During the 90s a group known as the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) was co-founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. In 1998 the group, given the moniker of "Neoconservatives," wrote a letter to then President Clinton, urging him to take over Iraq because Saddam Hussein was a threat as he had weapons of mass destruction (WMD).  

\r\n

The 'group' also stated that in order to ensure their plans could be carried out,  a "New Pearl Harbor" event would be needed in order to better pave the way to implement their agenda.

\r\n

More...

\r\n

Related:

\r\n

Full Spectrum World Domination, Or How To Save A Collapsing Empire, Edger, Antemedius
In this two part interview economist and author F. William Engdahl talks with Real News Network CEO Paul Jay about US geopolitical attempts at world domination through military and foreign policies, and his new book "Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order."

Section(s): 

Sitting Atop Trillions: What Would Business Do with Another Tax Break?

\r\n

    \r\n
  • Business already has plenty of cash, and if you look at what corporate America is actually doing with this money, it’s not pretty.
  • \r\n

  • Obama and his advisers, weirdly, believe that his stance as "the only grownup in the room" who forces his own party to abandon its core principles for the sake of an austerity program will somehow win the gratitude of voters struggling with declining incomes and rising joblessness. Robert Kuttner
  • \r\n

  • Not only is corporate America using cash to fill space in bank boxes and stuff speculative mattresses overseas, they have decided to use some of it to pad the salaries of their CEOs. In 2010, the S&P 500 companies paid their CEOs an average of $11.4 million—an increase in CEO total compensation by 23 percent! This collective raise could have hired nearly 32,000 median earning workers instead (or 63 workers per company). Joseph Dwyer
  • \r\n

\r\n

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of readers like you. Thank you!

Joseph T. Dwyer, Policy Shop

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

\r\n

Conservatives routinely declare that businesses can’t hire anyone because tax burdens are too high (or "uncertain"—the bête noir of the day) and the way to create jobs is to give business more money. Among other things, corporations have launched a new campaign in Washington for a tax repatriation holiday that would allow businesses to bring home as much as $1 trillion in offshore profits at a very low-tax rate, cash they say could be used to create jobs and boost the economy.

\r\n

But business already has plenty of cash, and if you look at what corporate America is actually doing with this money, it’s not pretty.

\r\n

In 2010, businesses in the U.S. were sitting on $2 trillion in cash (a record high percentage of assets) and when we look at the global picture we see that the top 1,000 non-financial companies in the world are still sitting on more than $3.4 trillion in cash. In case you were wondering what happens with that cash, it won't create jobs—investments do and investments don't happen without consumer demand. Thus, giving business more money right now only leads to bigger numbers in checking accounts, not jobs.

\r\n

More...

Section(s): 

Ralph Nader Is Tired of Running for President

\r\n

    \r\n
  • If we do not sever ourselves from established systems of power, if we do not become in every action we undertake agents of rebellion, then the ecological, economic and, finally, human distortions that arise in times of confusion, suffering and collapse will overwhelm us.
  • \r\n

  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction.
  • \r\n

\r\n

Chris Hedges, TruthDig

If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cuppa jove to Evergreene Digest--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it.

The most important moral and intellectual voices within a disintegrating society are slowly discredited when their nonviolent protests and calls for justice cannot alter intransigent and corrupt systems of power. The repeated acts of peaceful civil disobedience, efforts at electoral and political reform and the fight to protect the rule of law are dismissed as useless by an embittered, dispossessed and betrayed public. The demagogues and hatemongers, the purveyors of violence, easily seduce enraged and bewildered masses in the final stages of collapse with false promises of vengeance, new glory and moral renewal. And, in the spiral downward, the good among us are reviled as naive and ineffectual fools.

There is no shortage of courageous dissidents in America. They seek to thwart the imperial disasters, looming financial insolvency and suicidal addiction to fossil fuel. They have stood in small knots on street corners week after week, month after month, year after year, to denounce the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have occupied banks, shut down coal-fired power plants, attempted to halt mountaintop removal, interfered with whaling ships and walked in blustery weather to the White House, where they were arrested. They are struggling to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza on a ship called the Audacity of Hope. But because the corporate state and the two major political parties are indifferent to principled calls for reform, and because the mass of the public still buys into the myths of globalization and the American dream, the plundering and destruction continue unimpeded.

\r\n

More...
Related:
The left has lost its nerve and its direction, Chris Hedges,
If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the nominee, and back progressive, third-party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.
http://evergreenedigest.org/node/377

Section(s): 

The Backfire Effect: Why Showing People the Truth Sometimes Makes Them Believe BS Even More

As information technology progresses, the behaviors you are most likely to engage in when it comes to belief, dogma, politics and ideology seem to remain fixed. In a world blossoming with new knowledge, burgeoning with scientific insights into every element of the human experience, like most people, you still pick and choose what to accept even when it comes out of a lab and is based on 100 years of research.

David McRaney, OpEdNews.com

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of readers like you. Thank you!

The Misconception: When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking.

The Truth: When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger.

Wired, New York Times, Backyard Poultry Magazine -- they all do it. Sometimes, they screw up and get the facts wrong. In ink or in electrons, a reputable news source takes the time to say "my bad."
If you are in the news business and want to maintain your reputation for accuracy, you publish corrections. For most topics this works just fine, but what most news organizations don't realize is a correction can further push readers away from the facts if the issue at hand is close to the heart. In fact, those pithy blurbs hidden on a deep page in every newspaper point to one of the most powerful forces shaping the way you think, feel and decide -- a behavior keeping you from accepting the truth.

\r\n

More...

Section(s): 

The Fraud of Voter ID Laws

    \r\n
  • Voting irregularities? There may be ballot box stuffing, electronic voter machine hacking, and list manipulation. Voter ID laws, however, don't address these problems.
  • \r\n

  • Voter suppression in Minnesota
  • \r\n

\r\n

Amanda Terkel, American Prospect Magazine

If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cuppa jove to Evergreene Digest--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it.

\r\n

RJ Matson

\r\n

Everything was supposed to change after Bush v. Gore. Never again would the outcome of a presidential election be left in the hands of nine Supreme Court justices who issued their opinion amid nation-wide questions of "hanging chads" and "butterfly ballots." In its opinion, the court said it anticipated "legislative bodies nationwide" would "examine ways to improve the mechanisms and machinery for voting" in order to avoid a repeat of the 2000 recount disaster.

Seven years later, however, local, state, and federal governments have failed to fix these flawed voting "mechanisms," leaving the country with low-quality voter registration databases and inadequate safeguards for maintaining voter rolls. It takes a hacker just one minute to break into an electronic voting machine.

\r\n

More...
Related:

\r\n

Voter suppression in Minnesota, Kat Barr, MoveOn.org Political Action
This voter ID bill—opposed by the League of Women Voters Minnesota, AARP Minnesota, ACLU Minnesota, The Minnesota Star-Tribune, The St. Cloud Times, and most state Democratic officials—is part of a coordinated Republican effort in more than 20 states to pass similar laws in the run-up to the 2012 elections. Given that studies show a law like this could make it substantially harder for low-income people, students, seniors, and people of color to vote, it's no wonder Republicans are pushing it.

Section(s): 

Agency issues report on Arctic offshore drilling science 'gaps'

\r\n

    \r\n
  • Spill, climate data lacking
  • \r\n

  • The Sky Really Is Falling
  • \r\n

  • Creating public policy on fiction, fantasy, and fairy tales instead of facts
  • \r\n

\r\n

Dan Joling, Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

Decision makers lack key scientific information on what effect oil and gas drilling would have in Arctic offshore waters, according to a report released Thursday that also acknowledges pro- and anti-development sides in the largely undeveloped region are unlikely to agree on what is a science "gap" and what is sufficient.

\r\n

The wide-ranging report listed specifics, such as the need for basic weather and oceanographic data that could be fed into models in case of a spill. A better understanding of climate change in the region most affected by warming is also needed. And a fundamental biology about ice-dependent species, such as ice seals and walrus, is also lacking, the report said, as is how they would react to industrial sounds.

\r\n

More...

\r\n

Related:

\r\n

The Sky Really Is Falling, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

\r\n

    \r\n
  • “I’d like people to go to climatedirectaction.org and sign up,” author and environmental activist Bill McKibben said. “We are going to be issuing calls for people to be involved in civil disobedience. I’d like people to join in this campaign against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."
  • \r\n

  • Krugman | Climate-change deniers can't handle the inconvenient truth
  • \r\n

  • Catastrophic Weather Events Are Becoming the New Normal
  • \r\n

  • Chomsky | The Dice Are Stacked Against Humanity
  • \r\n

\r\n

Section(s): 

Pages