The headlines on any given day reflect the world’s drift towards authoritarianism, economic slowing, the breakdown of humanitarian norms and of democratic norms, at least in terms of the sad evolutionary trend of world governments and our own American government. There is upheaval in the hive.
Last week The New York Times published an eye-opening in-depth piece on the Rupert Murdoch family of media fame. What happens when the business a man wants to corner is the news business? What if this person has an ideological reason to horde newspapers, magazine, TV stations, radio stations, and corners of the internet? What do we do when this guy is able to use his empire to decide who gets to stay in political office and who doesn’t? This Murdoch family with its home base in Australia, also has enormous influence in Great Britain, Canada, and America (through Donald Trump especially). Rupert Murdoch owns Fox. What happens when this billionaire media grabber gets old and frail and has to decide which of his two sons (his daughters were not in the running) to leave his almost monopoly to? He wants to continue to grow his empire even from the grave. This is a royal tale that harkens back to the succession of kings.
So be sure to check out the Rupert Murdoch story from last week. Great stuff!
“ Murdoch embodies these same contradictions. He’s an immigrant stoking nationalism, a billionaire championing populism and a father who never saw any reason to keep his family separate from his business, and in fact had deliberately merged the two.”
“Murdoch used the same playbook in the United States. In 1980, he met Roy Cohn — the former adviser to Senator Joseph McCarthy and a Trump mentor — who introduced him to Gov. Ronald Reagan’s inner circle. It was a group that included Roger Stone Jr., another Trump confidant and the head of Reagan’s New York operations, who said in a later interview that he helped Murdoch weaponize his latest tabloid purchase, The New York Post, on Reagan’s behalf in the 1980 election. Reagan’s team credited Murdoch with delivering him the state that year — Murdoch gave Stone an Election Day printing plate from The Post over a celebratory meal at the 21 Club — and his administration subsequently facilitated Murdoch’s entry into the American television market, quickly approving his application for American citizenship so he could buy TV stations too”
It’s a juicy story!
Here are a few headlines from today’s news outlets (4.9.2-19):
The Daily Beast
Israeli Prez Rebukes BiBi, Signs Controversial Law in Arabic
Evangelicals Side with Trump Over Jesus on Immigration
Prince William’s Lawyer Tries to Suppress Rumors of Affair
Trump Lets Foster Agency Turn Away Catholics and Jews: in their zeal to stop gay people from adopting kids
Bill Barr: I’m Not Giving Congress Unredacted Mueller Report
Pastor Knocked for Critiquing Women: ‘Find a Good Bra’
NYC Declares Public Health Emergency Over Measles Outbreak
Iranian Lawmaker’s Chant ‘Death to America’ in Parliament
‘Italy’s Trump’ Launches Campaign to Destroy Europe
How Stephen Miller Has More Power Than Ever
New DHS Boss Is the Guy Who Led Family Separations
The New York Times
Mnuchin Says White House and Treasury Discussed Trump Tax Return Request
Barr Tells Congress He Will Deliver Mueller Report within A Week
Trump Says the US is ‘Full’: Much of the Nation Disagrees (Map)
The Trump Organization Facing Questions About its Staff, is Quietly Trying to Remove Undocumented Workers in South Florida
Why Does Trump Want to Debase the Fed?
Who is Left to Say No to Trump?
Netanyahu’s Biggest Enabler in Upending US Policy: Trump
Democrats Electorate on Twitter: Not the Same as Wider Party Base
Two People are Arrested After a University of North Carolina Slave Memorial was Defaced with Racial Slurs and Urine
With ‘Unplanned’ Abortion Opponents Turn Toward Hollywood
Why the Jewish State Became An Oppressor
Do Democrats Want a Woman in 2020
Experts Warn About the Dangerous New Superbug Candida
Stephen Miller Takes Command: Trump’s shadow chief of state wields his dark magic
Big Telecom companies are Suppressing Fast Internet
There’s An Economic Price for Rose-Tinted Policies in America and Britain
What Should You Expect From Israel’s elections? More Bibi, More or Less
When the GOP uses the Word “bartender” to mock AOC, It Shows its Ugly Classism
William Barr suggests Trump Administration could lose Court Battle Aiming to Overturn Obamacare
The Washington Post
White House Lawyers Consulted Treasury on Trump’s Tax Returns, Mnuchin Says
Barr Says Release of Mueller Report is Likely within a Week
Amazon in Seattle: Economic Godsend or Self-Centered Behemoth
Trump Removes Secret Service Director as Purge of DHS Leaders Widens
Grassley Warns White House not to Oust Any More Top Immigration Officials
NYC Declares Public Health Emergency amid Measles Outbreak and Orders Mandatory Vaccinations
‘Kick Kavanaugh Off Campus’: Student’s Decry George Mason’s Decision to Hire Supreme Court Justice
‘Every race but white will die’: An Oklahoma Woman Went on a Vandalism Spree to Scare Jewish People, Police Say
In a Broadside Against Airbus, US Pursues Tariffs on a Host of Products from Europe
White House Bid to Dispute Climate Change Finds Few Takers in Federal Government
With the Brexit Clock Ticking Down: May Heads to Paris and Berlin to Plead for More Time
Iran’s Leaders Warn US after it Names ‘Revolutionary Guard’ a Terrorist Group
The Issues 2020 Democrats Are Running On According to their Social Media (Graphic)
Republicans to Trump: Your Immigration Shake-Up Makes No Sense
Erdogan’s Party Calls for New Election in Istanbul After Losing Mayor’s Race
The Daily 202: Trump is Teeing Up Stress Tests for Several Institutions from DHS to DOJ and the IRS
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