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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:46 AM

In Case You Missed This... Why The US Media Ignored Murdoch's Brazen Bid To Hijack The Presidency

Why the US media ignored Murdoch's brazen bid to hijack the presidency
Did the Washington Post and others underplay the story through fear of the News Corp chairman, or simply tin-eared judgment?

Carl Bernstein - The Guardian
Thursday 20 December 2012 11.41 EST


The Ailes/Petraeus tape made clear to many that Murdoch's goals in America have always been nefarious. Photograph: Reuters

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So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch's ultimate and most audacious attempt – thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance – to hijack America's democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press.

In the American instance, Murdoch's goal seems to have been nothing less than using his media empire – notably Fox News – to stealthily recruit, bankroll and support the presidential candidacy of General David Petraeus in the 2012 election.


Thus in the spring of 2011 – less than 10 weeks before Murdoch's centrality to the hacking and politician-buying scandal enveloping his British newspapers was definitively revealed – Fox News' inventor and president, Roger Ailes, dispatched an emissary to Afghanistan to urge Petraeus to turn down President Obama's expected offer to become CIA director and, instead, run for the Republican nomination for president, with promises of being bankrolled by Murdoch. Ailes himself would resign as president of Fox News and run the campaign, according to the conversation between Petraeus and the emissary, K T McFarland, a Fox News on-air defense "analyst" and former spear carrier for national security principals in three Republican administrations.

All this was revealed in a tape recording of Petraeus's meeting with McFarland obtained by Bob Woodward, whose account of their discussion, accompanied online by audio of the tape, was published in the Washington Post – distressingly, in its style section, and not on page one, where it belonged – and, under the style logo, online on December 3.

Indeed, almost as dismaying as Ailes' and Murdoch's disdain for an independent and truly free and honest press, and as remarkable as the obsequious eagerness of their messenger to convey their extraordinary presidential draft and promise of on-air Fox support to Petraeus, has been the ho-hum response to the story by the American press and the country's political establishment, whether out of fear of Murdoch, Ailes and Fox – or, perhaps, lack of surprise at Murdoch's, Ailes' and Fox's contempt for decent journalistic values or a transparent electoral process.

The tone of the media's reaction was set from the beginning by the Post's own tin-eared treatment of this huge story: relegating it, like any other juicy tidbit of inside-the-beltway media gossip, to the section of the newspaper and its website that focuses on entertainment, gossip, cultural and personality-driven news, instead of the front page. "Bob had a great scoop, a buzzy media story that made it perfect for Style. It didn't have the broader import that would justify A1," Liz Spayd, the Post's managing editor, told Politico when asked why the story appeared in the style section.


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More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/20/bernstein-murdoch-ailes-petreaus-presidency








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Reply In Case You Missed This... Why The US Media Ignored Murdoch's Brazen Bid To Hijack The Presidency (Original post)
WillyT Dec 2012 OP
Berlum Dec 2012 #1
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #2
beac Dec 2012 #6
Enrique Dec 2012 #17
leveymg Dec 2012 #3
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2012 #9
leveymg Dec 2012 #18
xchrom Dec 2012 #4
MinM Dec 2012 #5
MinM Dec 2012 #23
beac Dec 2012 #7
citizen blues Dec 2012 #16
Jim Lane Dec 2012 #19
Theyletmeeatcake2 Dec 2012 #20
mtasselin Dec 2012 #8
Enrique Dec 2012 #10
Stuart G Dec 2012 #11
malaise Dec 2012 #12
uponit7771 Dec 2012 #13
Enrique Dec 2012 #14
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #15
loudsue Dec 2012 #21
dreamnightwind Dec 2012 #22
Cha Jan 2013 #24
WillyT Jan 2013 #25

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:51 AM

1. A 1% Darkside PuppetMaster for the Fox-watching RepubliProle Suckers

One can muster scant sympathy for the RepubliProles who allow themselves to be lied to and consistently SUCKERED by Fox, Rush, O'Reilly, Hanny, and the other overpaid Republican Chickenhawk Propaganda Pimps.

It hurts like Hell when you finally wake up and discovered that you have been played for a damn fool.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:14 AM

6. The OP said "In case you missed it" and I had.

Glad to have this chance to read about it. It can NEVER be posted too many times.

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Response to beac (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:38 AM

17. yes, i'm glad too

notice how little interest those posts generated. The gun issue as important as it is has gotten out of control, it's crowding out everything else in people's attention.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:01 AM

3. Clearest example yet of how the Saudis use proxies (Murdoch) to intervene into US politics.

And how they've been allowed to get away with it.

What did they expect from their investment in Petraeus? What did they get for their investment in the Bush family and the GOP Congress in the 2000s?

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Response to leveymg (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:13 AM

9. "What did they expect from their investment in Petraeus?"

The Saudis expected a Neocon puppet who would invade their greatest rival in the Middle East,...Iran. (AKA Persia)

It's an old rivalry that goes WAY back.

Some day it will come out that McCain is getting Saudi money.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:41 AM

18. McCain's 30 yrs of service to the Saudis has already been documented. Some day the MSM may report it

Please see, http://journals.democraticunderground.com/leveymg/365
"REFORMER": THE CRIMES AND COVERUPS OF JOHN McCAIN
Posted by leveymg in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jun 03rd 2008, 10:47 AM
Part 2: McCain’s 30-Years of Service to Saudi Bank Raiders and Junk Bond Kings

From BCCI, to Milken’s Junk Bond Kings, to Jack Abramoff, Senator John McCain has long provided the clean All-American face to the dirty job of cleaning up after the looting of America. . .

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:08 AM

4. Du rec. Nt

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:14 AM

5. Fox"News"= Propaganda + Protection Racket + Political Apparatchik

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101783635#post26

The only way it makes sense for other media outlets to ignore this story is that they'd like to reserve this power for themselves(?) .. or .. they are afraid of News Corp. (see the link above)? Perhaps a little bit of both.

BTW this might be the best piece by Carl Bernstein since The CIA & the Media: How Americas Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up; Rolling Stone, October 20, 1977.

Come to think of it that story may go a long way to explaining the lack of coverage for this in the U.S. Media!?!

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Response to MinM (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:19 PM

23. Does Fox News = El Mercurio (overthrow of Allende)?

Interesting parallel drawn here between a "news" outlet (El Mercurio) that worked to overthrow Allende and Fox...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002795981

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:15 AM

7. WHEN will the US revoke that traitorous bastard's citizenship??

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Response to beac (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:31 AM

16. To hell with revoking his citizenship!

When will the U.S. bring this traitor up on charges of sedition?!?!?

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Response to beac (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:46 AM

19. Probably can't be done.

IIRC, naturalization can be revoked only on a showing that it was obtained fraudulently. For example, some Germans lost their U.S. citizenship when it was established that they had concealed their roles as concentration camp guards.

Murdoch committed no fraud. At the time he was naturalized, it was publicly known that he was a right-wing flack and a disgrace to journalism.

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Response to beac (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:32 PM

20. We don't want him back

Evil

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:46 AM

8. world

This guy wants to rule the world and the people that watch fox are ok with it, just so they don't have to start thinking for themselves.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:16 AM

10. the Young Turks made this their overlooked story of the year

the tape is unbelievable to listen to, I don't see why it isn't being played all over the place.

DU rec.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:17 AM

11. k and r..nt

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:18 AM

12. K & R

I still want to know their real role (Fox, Betrayus, and other ReTHUG operatives) in Benghazi.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:19 AM

13. my God these people are evil

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:19 AM

14. by the way, the "Style" section

how does that make any sense whatsoever?

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:20 AM

15. Evidently Moveon was correct when they spread Petraeus' nickname around

Hoocoodanode? Amirite?


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 01:01 PM

21. If there was competition instead of collusion in the DEREGULATED American press

this would have been a HUGE story for news organizations to DESTROY one of their main competitors. They didn't do that.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:19 PM

22. This story should be HUGE

K & R to get it more attention.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:26 AM

24. By Carl Bernstein! President Obama got

Re-Elected in spite of the Murdochs, Alies, Adelsons, & Kochs.

Thanks to the People!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:56 PM

25. Last Kick From Me...


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