By BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The bottomless cesspool that was Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World is gone, but the ruthless corporate politics of its master still hold sway in the U.S. and Britain. Murdoch is the great vampire of media corruption and consolidation on both sides of the Atlantic. But he is not a solitary villain. “Murdoch was not the only media beneficiary when the FCC allowed him and others to consolidate their power and influence.” All corporate media are truth thieves.
“Murdoch felt he had nothing to fear from politicians and that he was probably right to be so unconcerned.”
If it can be said that there is one lord of world wide corporate media, that person is Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch’s News Corporation reigns supreme in television and print media in his native Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
By BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The real Obama is a cold, cynical bastard. He is not a wimp, but rather, has plenty of spine to face down and brow-beat the remaining defenders of the social safety net in his own Democratic Party, who have always been the most immediate dangers to his grand center-right coalition.
Barack Obama is salivating at the prospect of concluding his Big Deal with the Republicans, the one that will move the center robustly – even transformatively – to the Right, where this president really lives. The debt-limit deadline is Obama’s big chance to panic a significant part of the Democratic Party into joining in the rape of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. “When the debt-limit showdown arrives, pray for gridlock, which would at least mean there is still resistance to Republican extortion.”
Patrice Greanville, Chief Diarist
THE PHONE CRAMMING SCAM has been going on for decades. The government knows it, the police agencies know it, the media know it (but seldom mention it; this is a rarity) and the politicians know it. And, believe it or not, even many Americans have heard about it, and not an inconsiderable number have been affected by it.
In a real democracy, this is what we might expect:
• The FBI (we’re talking easily documentable Federal crimes here) and prosecuting machinery would have been all over the place putting these filthy bastards out of business and in jail, where they richly deserve to be. If even the NBC crew had little trouble locating some of the actual perps (in Florida, where else?) and tracing the thread all the way up to the BIG UNTOUCHABLES (the Fortune 500 enablers and accomplices who knowingly rip off their customers to the tune of hundreds of millions every year, I’m talking about companies like Verizon, ATT, and so on), it would have been extremely easy for the authorities to straighten out the mess and send a strong message to the would-be crooks across the nation (at all levels), that this kind of nonsense would not be permitted any longer.
Eclecta, Or, Dogmatism.
”Whenever I find myself doubting what the president is doing, I’m always reassured by recalling how many previous times I have had those doubts only to be shown by the end that his strategy was brilliant and successful, achieving the best possible results given the situation.”–Eclectablog at DailyKos.
See also: http://www.literature.org/authors/voltaire/candide/chapter-01.html
Chapter 1. How Eclecta Was Wrought Up from Grandiloquence Facile, and How He Gave Offense
In the country of America, on a website of the most liberal Baron Markos Moulitsas, wrote a naif whom “Hope,” and perhaps an MBA,  had endowed with a most obtuse disposition. His posts were the true index of his mind. He had clouded judgment joined to a most eclectic “pragmatism”; and hence, I presume, he had taken his nom de plume, Eclecta.  A servant of the President, he was detected as being a scion of the Baron’s sister-in-arms, Arianna Huffington; and that Dear Lady refused to pay, because he could only produce a score of blog postings , cross-posting monetization [3,4] having been lost through the vagaries of crowdsourced “citizen journalism.”