Bye-Bye Billy

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Bill O’Reilly has been spouting lies, spin, innuendo, racism, bigotry, misogyny, and other assorted filth for 20 years. So why now? Fox brass knew about his millions of hush-money payouts yet evidently didn’t care as they signed him on for many more years of bilge-spouting for profit. What was the tipping point?

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I don’t believe for a nano-second that advertiser boycotts or social media outrage was the primary reason. Nope. I look to the sky instead. As in, Sky News. Rupert Murdoch was thwarted in this total takeover bid in 2011 when the phone-hacking scandal of his ethics-challenged rags in the UK was throttling full-steam-ahead. Now, he’s trying to buy it again. You think the UK regulators who gave him the boot the first time will look kindly upon a corporation knowingly aiding and abetting an employee who buys the silence of multiple accusers? Whose brass have always looked the other way? The execrable Bill Shine, Roger Ailes’ trusted lieutenant, is still in charge there, right?

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Imagine a world, if you will, without Murdoch slime in it.

Way, way too late to undo the damage.

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But at least one less swamp creature will be terrorizing the locals.

OBIT FOR THE OBIT

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Yesterday I wrote about the death of Colleen McCullough, the brilliant, feisty, wonderfully outspoken author and scientist. She wrote a novel that sold 30 million copies. She deserved an obituary in her home country that highlighted her many accomplishments.

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Instead, the Murdoch-owned waste of trees, The Australian, led off her obit with this shockingly sexist paragraph:  “Colleen McCullough, Australia’s bestselling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth.”

Say what?

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The New York Times, on the other hand, led off with “Colleen McCullough, a former neurophysiological researcher at Yale who, deciding to write novels in her spare time, produced The Thorn Birds…..”

Deserved outrage was swift. Would a world-famous bestselling male author have his looks and weight described in the second sentence of his obit? I don’t think so.

The Australian has since said that the obit had been written years ago by a staffer who had since died, and that it should have been edited before being published. How lame is that? No other eyes at the paper bothered to realize what a ludicrously sexist insult was being made?

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Colleen earned the respect she should have been accorded. She deserved better.

All women do.

 

 

 

RUPE, ROTTEN

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While still on a racial note, let’s bring Donald Trump Rupert Murdoch into the mix, with his stunningly silly and obnoxious comments about the upcoming waste of time Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, directed by Ridley Scott. Ridley claimed that he wouldn’t have been able to get the film financed had he used Egyptian actors who are unknown to American audiences—so he hired the English Christian Bale as Moses and the Australian Joel Edgerton to play Pharaoh instead. (Let’s not forget Sigourney Weaver as an Egyptian, either!)

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Ridley has a point, of course, given the myopic unimaginativeness of Tinseltown, but there are plenty of amazing actors from the Middle East who could have been cast; Joel is a terrific actor not known well-known enough to carry the film.

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In Uncle Rupe’s world, however, what does that matter? “Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast,” he Tweeted. “Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.”

So you have to ask yourself exactly how many Egyptians Uncle Rupe knows. (Omar Sharif?) And then you have to ask what the hell was he drinking.

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After suitable outrage on Twitter, an unrepentant Rupe Tweeted, “Everybody-attacks last tweet. Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves.”

Um never mind that his history is a little off.

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But he knows all about slaves. Just ask his journalists who were told to hack or be hacked.

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So he oughta know.

DROP FIVE MORE

Fox News guest tells female co-hosts they could all stand to drop a few

What gets the hosts on Fox News upset? Racial inequality, teenagers murdered for crossing the street, bogus weapons of mass destruction, homophobia, hundreds of thousands dead in the Middle East thanks to policies they support, that Dick Cheney is still talking, Rupert Murdoch’s phone hacking, the very real effects of global warming, and on and on?

 

No, what gets them upset is when a fatuous bag of blubber named Keith Ablow, who already insulted the First Lady about her extremely healthy and buff body, tells them that they, too, should drop five pounds.

 

Cue the outrage!

Read this piece for details of the reaction: http://www.salon.com/2014/08/21/fox_news_guest_tells_female_co_hosts_they_could_all_stand_to_drop_a_few/. It’s short. It’s worth it.

 

These ladies had every right to get steamed.

 

Too bad it took some fat shaming to do so.

BOYCOTT THE NEW YORK POST

It’s horrible enough that an American journalist was murdered in cold blood by an Isis fanatic. But for the Post to put an image of him a few minutes before his savage beheading, with a terrorist holding a knife and a hand covering his mouth, is grotesque beyond measure.

Can you imagine how his James Foley’s parents, loved ones, and colleagues feel, having seen that?

It reminds me of the time the Post ran a photo of the mangled little body of Eric Clapton’s son, Conor, who fell out a high-rise window, many stories down to his death. I will never forget the horror of turning the page to see that beautiful little boy lying like that. The paper later apologized but the damage was done. What was seen can’t be unseen.

Even Twitter finally did the right thing and said that they might suspect accounts that shared any of the photos from James’s murder. Why isn’t YouTube doing the same?

I stopped reading the Post years ago, because their hatred of President Obama is obscene and unrelenting. And I’ve been saying for many years that Rupert Murdoch is a monster.

He just proved it all over again.

RUPE’S RUBBISH x 1,000,000,000,000,000

Not long after I posted my blog about Uncle Rupe’s staggering baloney about climate change yesterday, I read this excerpt from book, Hack Attack, at The Guardian’s website: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/25/-sp-rupert-murdoch-passive-power-hack-attack-nick-davies.

Please, do yourself and the world a favor and read this. Then read the subsequent excerpts. They are a must, especially in this media world run by the bullies and sycophants in Murdoch’s employ.

To say that Rupert Murdoch is a monster is an insult to monsters. He is one sick piece of rubbish and there is not one decent shred of humanity in this worthless, hateful, horrible scumpig. To read the details of how many lives were ruined solely to make more profits for News Corporation is to despair of humanity.

Too bad the people who most need to read this and believe it—the idiots who fall for the daily crap on Fox News, for example—will find it way to coherent and intellectually challenging.

So let me spell it out for them: Rupert Murdoch is the Stalin of the media.

He doesn’t care who gets harmed as long as he gets what he wants.

AND ALL THAT RUBBISH

Just when you thought Uncle Rupe would have learned to keep it shut after his guilty-as-heck hackers were found guilty, out spewed this after he was asked, in Australia, about climate change:

“Well, I think we should approach this with great skepticism,” said he. “If the sea level rises six inches, that’s a big deal in the world, the Maldives might disappear or something, but okay, we can’t mitigate that, we can’t stop it. We have to stop building vast houses on seashores … we can be the low-cost energy country in the world. We shouldn’t be building windmills and all that rubbish. The world has been changing for thousands and thousands of years. It’s just a lot more complicated because we are so much more advanced.”

Such a charming sentiment for everyone who lives in the Maldives! Or who gets their energy from wind farms. Nice to know they’re “rubbish.” 

If this is what he calls “much more advanced,” then I’d say we’re doomed.

 

 

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY

Or what should be (but of course isn’t), if you’re a Cheney.

Sad but true…here I am, right back to the haters. Top of the list is the indescribable Dick Cheney, who lambasted President Obama about the mess in Iraq—a perfect Murdochian moment in the Wall Street Journal.

The mess that he, Dick Cheney, is wholly responsible for creating.

In one of the most astonishingly hypocritical political statements of all time, Tricky Dicky said, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

And he wasn’t even talking about Bush!

Thankfully, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid let rip on the Senate floor. “If there’s one thing this country does not need, is that we should be taking advice from Dick Cheney on wars,” a furious Harry said. “Being on the wrong side of Dick Cheney is being on the right side of history. To the architects of the Iraq War who are now so eager to offer their expert analysis, I say, Mr. President, thanks, but no thanks. Unfortunately, we have already tried it your way and it was the biggest foreign policy blunder in the history of the country.”

Not that Cheney cares. What I hope is that the sheer awfulness of what he said will backfire, and not in the way he intended. It’s the least that the dead deserve.

NOW THIS IS NOT THE REAL SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS (OR OF ANYTHING WITH A CONSCIENCE)

A recent New York Times profile of Dasani, a homeless girl living with her methadone-addicted parents in the Auburn Family Residence, a highly unsuitable shelter, set the editorial board of the Murdoch-owned fascist rag New York Post on edge.

“[Dasani’s] mother, father and [siblings] aren’t really homeless at all,” quipped the Post. True, they live in housing meant for ‘homeless families.’ By this definition, the minisule unit they survive in—where, according to the Times, “mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers”–is akin to dwelling in one of Uncle Rupe’s mega-mansions.

And because Dasani’s hapless parents were drug addicts, they’re scolded for being “outrageously irresponsible.”

Yes, they were. But a lot of people are/were drug addicts. Including Post buddy Rush Limbaugh. Was he accused of being “outrageously irresponsible”?

Right.

Not surprisingly, the Post went on to blame liberals, because, you know, compassionate conservatives would kick these people to the curb and let a free-market economy and the ghost of Ayn Rand magically provide for their needs. “If the city is at fault here,” says the Post, “it might well be for having been too generous — providing so much that neither the father nor mother seems much inclined to provide for their kids. That would be a story worth reading.”

Right.

It’s ever-too-generous to give a roof and a meal to a starving child who wants to make something of her life. To help her get a decent education so she can try to get a decent job and not be dependent on the system any more.

What these sanctimonious hypocrites don’t seem to get is that if you can’t afford the rent or a mortgage and you don’t have a home, YOU ARE HOMELESS. Being given shelter still means YOU ARE HOMELESS.

What’s next? Setting up a tent city in Central Park for homeless kids?

Nah. It would ruin the view of the disgustingly uncharitable money-grubbing selfish greedy pigs editors of the Post.

 

BECKY DOES ANDY, ANDY DOES BECKY

Over at Murdoch-owned Fox News, one of the constant memes is all about conservative, family values. Imagine the shock, then, when the sordid revelation of a long affair between Rupert’s fave babe, former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, and her deputy, Andy Coulson. Becky and Andy are now on trial for hacking in the UK.

Yeah, those are family values, all right. Naughty, naughty!

It’s a huge story. It exposes the entire disgusting underbelly of how low Fleet Street would stoop to get a scoop.  And don’t think for a moment that Fox News doesn’t stoop to equally low tactics. They take their direction from the top, after all.

Stay tuned. Be sure to read The Guardian online, as they broke this story years ago and were savaged and ridiculed for it, with Murdoch’s minions trying to undermine their investigation.

For once, the bad guys got the boot and the rot was exposed. Murdoch has already paid out tens of millions with much more to come.

Hope Fox News goes crashing down with him.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/31/rebekah-brooks-andy-coulson-affair