Black People : Rupert Murdoch Scandal

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  1. Destee

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    Peace and Blessings Family,

    Any thoughts on the Rupert Murdoch Scandal?

    I've seen and read the news, though it's not too terribly surprising.

    Folk being hacked ... violated ... for personal and professional gain ... is not really new.

    Am i missing something? Is it more to it than that? Is it bigger?

    I guess it could be, since he is at the helm of dissemination of information targeted to the masses.

    What do you think? What's really going on?

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. Destee

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    Wow ... right after posting the above ... i see this ... Hacking Whistle Blower Found Dead.

    Death of Sean Hoare – who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking – not being treated as suspicious.

    The plot thickens ... :eeek:

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    this has the potential to shake things up. we will see.
     
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    We’re joined on Democracy Now! video stream by Leonie Haimson. She is a New York public school parent and executive director of the group Class Size Matters, which has just launched a petition calling on New York state officials to reject a no-bid contract that would give a Murdoch-owned company access to the personal data of schoolchildren. The deal was awarded shortly after the former chancellor of the New York City schools, Joel Klein, joined News Corp.’s board.
    Leonie Haimson, tell us then what happened.
    LEONIE HAIMSON: Well, actually Joel Klein, when he announced he was resigning from being chancellor of the Department of Education in New York City, immediately announced that he would head Rupert Murdoch’s new online learning division of News Corp., and in January he left to become head of this division. Right after he announced he was resigning, Murdoch bought Wireless Generation, which had contracts with the New York City Department of Education. And when there was a controversy about that, Murdoch’s spokesperson said that he had not consulted with Joel Klein before buying this company, which is very unconvincing, because if you hire someone to head your new online learning division, it’s somehow unrealistic to expect that you didn’t discuss it with the person who’s heading that division.
    But in any case, a few weeks ago, it was announced by the New York State Education Department that they plan to give a $27 million no-bid contract to Wireless Generation to produce a statewide data system that would gather all the information, the academic information and personal information, of students throughout the state in order to track their academic progress. And obviously there are a number of concerns that we have with this contract. Number one, with all the allegations about phone hacking, etc., we really have concerns about the privacy of New York state and students, because anyone who has access to that information will have to guard it very closely. And secondly, the whole issue of no-bid contracts is one that we have concerns about, because obviously we want to have taxpayers get their money’s worth. We don’t want to open up the public coffers wide for the Murdoch companies to make money off of our kids.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/19/nyc_schools_approve_27_million_deal
     
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    i hope they nail this guy
     
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    brothers think they be criminals. these guys are the real criminals. where are the neo cons now?
     
  7. Kamau47

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    Nothing new for me to even try to follow. The F.B.I. has been doing it for quite sometime now. I'd have to look it up again, but they have the ability to turn on your phone and listen to your conversations through the speaker phone. They have used it in prosecutions of mob figures. That's why some of them now take the battery out of the phone when they're doing business.

    edit: Here's 2 quick articles I found;
    http://news.cnet.com/2100-1029-6140191.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G1fNjK9SXg

    As for Murdoch himself, I've always felt he needs to be brought down a few pegs. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and he's up to his "chinny-chin-chin".
     
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    It's all about the BSkyB merger.. which is about the Brittish losing control of a significant portion of their Media.. and the media, as you may or may not know is the right arm of government.. which is why the Prime Minister and other politicians are also wrapped up in this sinking ship...

    Here is an excerpt from an Article dated Dec 2010, entitled "Murdoch and media ownership in UK"

    Business Secretary Vince Cable has been relieved of some of his powers after being recorded telling undercover reporters he has "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch.

    He said he used his powers to block News International's bid to take over full control of BSkyB. But what are the issues surrounding media ownership in the UK?

    Media ownership has long been an area of political controversy - particularly when it involves Rupert Murdoch.

    The idea of one man or company controlling a large proportion of the nation's newspaper and broadcasting interests is an issue of public concern - particularly when that person takes a close interest in the political agenda of his newspapers and one of them claims to influence general elections.

    The famous headline "It's The Sun Wot Won It" appeared on the front page of The Sun on 11 April 1992 after it supported the Conservatives in the lead-up to their election victory.

    It is generally accepted that freedom of speech is enhanced by having a diversity or plurality of editorial voices. There are legal restrictions on media ownership (at a local level, as well as national), and major takeovers are subject to scrutiny by regulators - provided the politicians give the go-ahead.


    And here's another article a month later.. in Jan of this year.. entitled,"BSkyB News Corp bid: Ofcom calls for Competition review"

    The UK media watchdog Ofcom has said that News Corporation's takeover bid for broadcaster BSkyB should be referred back to the Competition Commission, the BBC has learned.

    Our business editor Robert Peston says it wants an inquiry into whether the £7.5bn deal would restrict choice for British viewers and readers.

    Ofcom's report was issued to the Department for Culture Media and Sport on the last day of 2010.

    It has not been formally published.

    Ofcom said it would not be commenting on the report, as it remained confidential.

    A spokesman for the culture department said it would not comment on "speculation".

    The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, asked Ofcom to advise whether the plans would restrict the range of UK media voices.

    However the prime minister passed responsibility for a final ruling to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, after Mr Cable was recorded by undercover journalists saying he had "declared war" on News Corporation's owner, Rupert Murdoch.

    Mr Murdoch's company, an international media giant which owns UK newspapers the Sun, News of the World, the Times and Sunday Times, already has a 39% stake in BSkyB, but is attempting to buy the remainder.

    Rival media owners, including the heads of the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail groups, the BBC, BT and Channel 4, complained the move could have "serious and far-reaching consequences for media plurality".

    Last week The Guardian reported that Mr Hunt had been holding talks with BSkyB since receiving the Ofcom report - something our business editor said may be seen as "odd" by some.

    And while Mr Hunt does have the discretion to ignore Ofcom's recommendation that a lengthier and more detailed Competition Commission probe is needed, it is unlikely he would in fact do that, he added.


    Voicemail Hacking has nothing to do with nothing.. it's all false outrage mobilized to stop a business deal.. just like everything else in the mainstream media spotlight.. there is an ulterior motive.
     
  9. Kamau47

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    Hmmm. Food for thought.
     
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