Unsatisfied with his media empire in the UK and Australia and his several media holdings in the United States like TheWall Street Journal, the New York Post, and Fox News, Rupert Murdoch wants more. He wants a media monopoly.
Murdoch is currently jockeying to buy the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, which just so happen to be the largest newspapers in the nation’s second and third largest cities. That will add to his current media empire in the United States, which includes the most watched cable news network in the nation, Fox so-called News, and the most circulated newspaper in the nation, The Wall Street Journal.
The only thing standing in Murdoch’s way of full-spectrum media domination in America are Federal Communication Commission rules that forbid one company from owning both a newspaper and a television station in one community. Murdoch already owns local television stations in both Chicago and Los Angeles.
But according to sources within the FCC, Chairman Julius Genachowski is quietly planning to scrap those rules. Under pressure from major media moguls like Murdoch, who see big bucks and huge political power in a consolidated national and local media, Genachowski circulated a new order to other FCC Commissioners that would allow for cross-ownership of TV and newspapers in the nation’s twenty biggest media markets.
A similar effort was made in 2007 by George W. Bush’s FCC, but it was shot down after the Senate voted to repeal it and a federal court blocked it. Not to mention, 99% of the public comments the FCC received opposed that media consolidation effort.
But, undeterred, Murdoch and other media moguls kept lobbying, and now President Obama’s FCC is expected to consider these rule changes again in December. And if Americans don’t get involved in this issue and pressure the FCC to say “no,” then Murdoch and his billionaire buddies will likely get what they want, which is complete domination of our news media.
Okay what part of Rupert Murdoch has poisoned the journalistic integrity in America, and is a cancerous tumor on the spine of our media that should be removed immediately, don't these people get?
In short we don't want to give this Australian douchnozzle MORE influence and power, we want to take the influence and power he already has away!
And by the way isn't Murdoch still under investigation by the FBI?
Since when do we break the rules in favor of those in charge of criminal organizations who are currently under investigating by the federal government? (Fox News is complicit in helping to steal two presidential elections so yes they are a criminal organization in my book.)
Now if you will excuse me I have to go bang my head against a wall for a few minutes.
Update: You can sign a petition to let the FCC know you are against allowing Murdoch more dominion over our media by clicking here.