Thursday, January 7, 2010


With the New Year comes some boredom. Yes, I'm tired of the same old news and then the same old manipulation of the facts to suit whichever interest is paying for the news. Sir Rupert Murdoch pays for an awful lot of the news these days and he's never been shy about what his plans are when it comes to sharing his vision of how his adopted country should be run. Fair and unbiased? Not!


I found this little of bit of news about the meeting that Sir Rupert held with President Obama and Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News.

"…Obama resented Fox News's portrayal of him "as suspicious, foreign, fearsome – just short of a terrorist," while Ailes said "it might not have been this way if Obama had more willingly come on the air instead of so often giving Fox the back of his hand."


So, if the President behaved as they wanted him to, then they would stop portraying him in a bad light. Amazing! Sure sounds like blackmail to me, but if I were a Fox viewer I suppose I would think of it as ferreting out the truth. That's what they would tell me to think.


In 1999, The Economist reported that Newscorp Investments had made £11.4 billion ($20.1 billion) in profits over the previous 11 years but had not paid net corporation tax. It also reported that after an examination of the available accounts, Newscorp could normally have been expected to pay corporate tax of approximately $350 million. The article explained that in practice the corporation's complex structure, international scope and use of offshore tax havens allowed News Corporation to pay minimal taxes.


Well, if he didn't pay the $350 million, I wonder who did?

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