Monday, July 18, 2011

Your Murdoch-owned Moment of Zen

Or, as Don Zeko puts it, "when you make James Fallows shrill, …"

Even if you thought your opinion of Fox and Friends couldn't get any lower, this'll astound you.



P.S. Bonus fun fact:

In the case of News America Marketing, its obscure but profitable in-store and newspaper insert marketing business, the News Corporation has paid out about $655 million to make embarrassing charges of corporate espionage and anticompetitive behavior go away.

And, from the same article:

News America was led by Paul V. Carlucci, who, according to Forbes, used to show the sales staff the scene in “The Untouchables” in which Al Capone beats a man to death with a baseball bat. Mr. Emmel testified that Mr. Carlucci was clear about the guiding corporate philosophy.

According to Mr. Emmel’s testimony, Mr. Carlucci said that if there were employees uncomfortable with the company’s philosophy — “bed-wetting liberals in particular was the description he used” Mr. Emmel testified — then he could arrange to have those employees “outplaced from the company.”

Eh, "was led," amirite? Surely that was in the past and this one of the proverbial few bad apples was long since shown the door by the esteemed Mr. Murdoch.

So what became of him? Mr. Carlucci, as it happens, became the publisher of The New York Post in 2005 and continues to serve as head of News America, which doesn’t exactly square with Mr. Murdoch’s recently stated desire to “absolutely establish our integrity in the eyes of the public.”

A representative for the News Corporation did not respond to a request for comment.

Never mind.


Substance McGravitas said...

Boy, and it's getting to be one of those things where the conspiracy-theorist bait is gonna obscure the real conspiracy.

Brendan said...

It's kind of hard to imagine something you could accuse Murdoch enterprises of that some slime who actually works for him hasn't actually done or tried to do, I'd say.

But maybe I lack imagination. So let's hear your conspiracy theory!

Substance McGravitas said...

I refer to the dead guy, mainly, who will be the champion of the Ickes brigade for years to come. I don't have a particular theory: someone else will do it better for me.

Brendan said...

The "dead guy?" You mean the partner of the News of the World "investigator," supposedly killed with an ax or something?

Jack said...

Eh, "was led," amirite?


So what became of him? Mr. Carlucci, as it happens, became the publisher of The New York Post in 2005 and continues to serve as head of News America....

I haven't been this not surprised since James Tobin was busted rigging the 2002 elections in New Hampshire in favor of the GOP, and was rewarded for his efforts by being hired by the Bush/Cheney 04 campaign as the New England regional campaign director.

If we only had a media in this country -- or a population that gave a shit.

Jack said...

Thank god you put up a couple new posts. I was getting reeeallly sick of those babies. I mean, they were cute and all, but damn.

Ocean said...

No, Jack, let's be honest, they weren't very cute. I have a thing for babies (like many other women do, it's in the genes), but these two weren't all that great to look at.

An old acquaintance of mine had a baby who was rather ugly (sorry to say). He used to say that when people approached other babies they would say things like "cute!", "adorable!" "handsome!". However when they approached his baby they would first have a frozen smile, not knowing what to say, and they would say something like "He's so alert!"

I'm sure he grew up to be a genius or something. :)