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July 13, 2011

News International and News Corporation = Criminal Activity

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Written for: Communicado Magazine
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I just don’t know where to begin with this one. I mean, being a journalist is supposed to equal honesty, integrity, a responsibility to the consumer… What the F? I guess to be fair, News Corp has not been implicated in any of the activities of News of the World, but, if you’re a journalist, you know how FOX NEWS operates and the answer to that querie is – start asking a lot of questions.

If you’re not a journalist, some background: News International is the european media conglomerate owned by Rupert Murdoch. News Corporation is the American media conglomerate owned by Rupert Murdoch. Not 100% about how they are connected/if they are connected/how they fit – doesn’t matter, they are both owned by RUPERT MURDOCH. Never met him, but, would rather meet a Bear. At least I’d know what was coming.

I’ll give Rupert a little credit, however. He bought The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, I think in an attempt to give Fox some credibility, but, I think it’s just sullied the reputations of the former. NYP is just not what it used to be and having interviewed at WSJ/Dow Jones some years back, it is really not what it used to be. But, I don’t know that they’ve turned to a life of crime. Speaking of crime, let’s get back to Fox News…

To be clear, I am 100% non-partisan. Best candidate wins for me. But, there is an unconfirmed rumor of a liberal media bias. I disagree with that with exception of Fox News. I find that the problem is not an inherent liberal bias in the media as much as there is a political slant to the media which manifests itself in partisan individuals. I’ve witnessed this first hand in the field with other reporters and see it everyday on the news. My rule of thumb – if you can tell which side the interviewer is on, there is bias. Journalism is supposed to be unbiased.

Fox has taken this to a new level. They emphatically take the right, sometimes just for the sake of taking the right. Like News of the World, Fox attracts the people who will do ANYTHING for a story. But, politics aside, when Fox began growing here in the USA, many of the people who went to work for them were the people who lacked credibility in my newsrooms. Therefore, politics aside again, the level of quality they brought to this new network was low. It’s still not there and those of us who regard journalism with only the highest standards consider Fox, “The red-headed stepchild.”

Criminal activity at a Rupert Murdoch publication? Should anyone who knows anything about the media be surprised? I don’t think anyone is surprised. I’ll be surprised if there is no criminal activity found at Fox or WSJ or NYP.

I’m curious to hear what people on the outside of the media think about this…