Murdoch’s empire gets bigger

Rupert Murdoch, global media emperor.

Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire just got bigger after the British government approved Murdoch taking control of the British satellite pay-TV group BSkyB. Not even evidence raised in the British parliament of minions of his notorious News of the World hacking into the telephone of politicians and other prominent figures (including members of the British royal family!) slowed down this latest takeover.

Perhaps these dirty trick are part of the reason why the British government approved Murdoch’s BSkyB bid – he’s got so much dirt on them they are terrified of offending the emperor!

If it isn’t the dirt files that worry them it’s the power of mass brainwashing that Murdoch wields through Fox News and the many rabidly conservative newspapers and TV stations he runs.

According to a report in the March 4 British Independent, a leaked memo from British Labour opposition leader Ed Miliband’s media guru, Tom Baldwin, “argued that Labour should not go out of its way to antagonise Murdoch”.

It has become common for the leaders of the major parties in Britain to seek audiences with Emperor Murdoch (who is a regular White House guest) before they go to elections.

“Tony Blair and Gordon Brown went out of their way to do so. In the mid- 1990s, Blair flew to Australia partly to reassure Murdoch that he had no plans to change the rules on media ownership”, noted the same report in the Independent.

We’ve seen Australian politicians do the same. Before he won the 2007 election former Australian Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd visited Murdoch in his New York headquarters.

Last October Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott had audiences with Murdoch.

As the world cheers the deposing of one despotic regime after another by the wave of people’s power uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, let’s not forget the money tyrants that rule the world from the West. They need toppling too.

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Former Australian Labor leader Kevin Rudd visiting Rupert Murdoch in 2007.

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