In the 1990’s Fox News was born and rapidly found a following on cable TV. Many people were tired of the incessant liberal bias of the rest of the broadcast media. Fox News was not conservative, despite the whining of the liberals. Of course, to the left, any media outlet that does not slavishly follow the talking points of the Party of Treason is conservative. Fox simply presented both sides equally. A prior liberal definition of fair and balanced was three liberals plus a liberal host against one hapless conservative.
Now, something has happened that could recreate the liberal monopoly among the broadcast news outlets.
It is the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
The scandal has been going on in the UK for five years. The short version of it is that reporters and private investigators working for the News of the World Newspaper, owned by News Corp, which also owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, hacked into the voice mails and cell phones of a number of people, including those in the Royal Household, the victim of a serial killer, celebrities and dead British soldiers.
The off and on scandal exploded back into life in July. The British were so outraged by this that advertisers withdrew and Rupert Murdock, the owner of News Corp flew to Britain and shut down the 168-year-old newspaper.
The collateral damage continues to flow from the scandal, including the allegations that employees of the News of the World bribed or tried to bribe members of the Royal Household to get the cell phone numbers for members of the British Royalty.
While this is primarily a scandal over in the UK, this could come over here. Given the way the Obama regime goes after those who oppose it, particularly in the media, there is a real possibility the Obama regime could use this against News Corp and Fox News.
The United States makes it a crime for an American or an American corporation to pay bribes, not only in America but in foreign countries. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is the bill that makes this illegal. Among the allegations are that News of the World, Murdoch’s newspaper, owned by News Corp, paid bribes to British officials and police officers not only for news scoops but also to get certain information, such as cell phone numbers.
Even if the FCPA does not apply here, there are probably some laws that have been violated regarding the accurate reporting of accounting information to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ironically, the SEC expects bribes to be reported.
While some legal experts question how strong a case against News Corp and Murdoch might be, would the Obama regime push a case against News Corp anyway, in hopes of shutting them up? Would they pursue a case against Murdoch in the hope of forcing him out and the hope that new management would move Fox News and the Wall Street Journal significantly to the left?
We are dealing with the Obama regime. Playing hardball is the Chicago way.
Fox News is the only non-liberal broadcast news outlet. If Fox News is pushed to the left, once again, a liberal monopoly will exist. This is not good for America and not good for the conservative movement.
The possibility this could happen to Fox News is yet more evidence why not only do we need to vote the Obama regime out of office, but also we cannot have all of our media eggs in one basket. We need to create conservative news media outlets. IF we cannot get them on cable, we need to bypass cable and create them on the Internet.
One of the first moves every dictator has ever made in any country in the past is to control information and news. The left cannot stand it that there is a non-liberal news source on cable and has been doing everything in their power to destroy Fox News since its creation. Fox News and News Corp may or may not survive.
Our concern is to make certain we the people have ways of getting the news out that the Obama regime cannot control.
Yes, yours is an extremely valid and serious concern.
And btw, thanks a lot, "News of the World." What were you thinking?
Already have mine
Why would Murdock allow a saudi prince to be such a big share holder? makes no sense.
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