Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Moyers on Murdoch

At last, there is someone keeping Keith Olbermann company in the camp of journalistic integrity. The return of Bill Moyers to PBS is one of the most welcome developments in recent memory for truthseekers.

This commentary on the capitalist predator Rupert Murdoch is 'la crème de la crème.' Utterly brilliant in both the observations made and the powerful means of expressing those observations. My favorite line among many in this short piece, "When it comes to money and power he's carnivorous, all appetite and no taste - he'll eat anything in his path."

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Moyers on Murdoch | PBS
The most striking thing about this piece to me is how many concerns Moyers brings together into only a few minutes of speaking. Murdoch of course personifies the soulless sociopathic motives of the multinational corporate set. Then there's our fear of control of the news media (Murdoch's News Corporation's holdings include the hated FOX "news" channel and the New York Post.) It's not so much that he owns "the sun, the moon and the stars" of the media heavens, but that he actively uses that ownership to substitute his own 'truth' in the light they cast on readers and viewers. He has positioned himself as the prince of propaganda. "The public be damned", indeed.

And sadly, Moyers also points out that Murdoch controls politicians on both sides of the aisle - in more than one country. I guess that's what you do when you have more money than God. For me, Murdoch personifies what is wrong with the world.

Cross-posted at Ice Station Tango

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