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Rupert's Second Black Eye

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Noreen Seebacher
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more troubles for Rupert
Noreen Seebacher   3/6/2012 12:31:06 AM
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And on it goes...The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has been scrutinising a Russian billboard company controlled until last year by News Corp, suggesting that US investigators are conducting a wider probe into Rupert Murdoch's media company than previously thought.

News Corp declined to comment but one person familiar with the inquiry said FBI agents who are investigating allegations of phone hacking, bribery and other corrupt practices at its London newspapers had also been asking questions about News Outdoor Russia because they were "trying to look for a culture of corruption" at the company.

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Re: Tears
Street Smart   2/23/2012 9:35:32 AM
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Love that, @AskAsa!  So true...  And of course there's also the immortal, "If it bleeds, it leads..."

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Re: Tears
Drivewaygirl   2/23/2012 8:22:35 AM
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Your description of TV newscasts makes me want to stick to getting my information online.

AskAsa
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Tears
AskAsa   2/22/2012 4:00:58 PM
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There's debate about who said it - but either Pulitzer or Hearst said the ideal newspaper front page would contain "Tits, tots, tears, vets and pets." As antiquated as that sounds check out many modern newscasts for all those elements.

An attractive anchor presents stories about babies, a tragedy, veterans bring a conservative element and of course the show often ends with a cute animal story.

The means of delivery has changed but the information content is still there.

Drivewaygirl
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Re: Wake up call
Drivewaygirl   2/22/2012 1:01:03 PM
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I think you are right.

Phoenix
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Re: Wake up call
Phoenix   2/22/2012 12:14:34 PM
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That's true Drivewaygirl. Now that there are so many sources of information it takes a lot more than before to grab a readers attention and make them actually pay to read it. So more sensational the news the more likely people would buy it. And of course the means of obtaining the 'unthinkable' is also going to be unthinkable as well. I doubt that it will end here with the news papers either. There is always the internet.What do you think?

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Re: Reader Responsibility
Bargain Bin   2/22/2012 11:41:46 AM
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Every once in a while I come across an article from the Sun and they're usually good for a quick read. I've read some funny stuff on their website, though I can't speak for the validity of most of them. 

Street Smart
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Reader Responsibility
Street Smart   2/22/2012 10:43:40 AM
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@Dex has made the point that by reading the tabloids, we all bear responsibility for feeding the flames of Murdoch's illegal behavior.  That's an interesting premise, but I'm not sure it's literally true.

I'm not a lawyer, but I certainly think there are circumstances where a buyer aids and abets a crime--buying something in a dark alley that clearly "fell off a truck" or even purchasing a counterfeit item, for example.  In such situations one hears (or should hear) a little voice that whispers, "This is WAY too good to be true!" and of course, should rationally decide that if it sounds too good to be true, it IS...

But is the same standard applicable for journalism?  Are we supposed to think, "Wow, I wasn't present in Whitney Houston's hotel room so only someone who was bribed by a tabloid could possibly be dishing about prescription drugs being discovered. I can't in good conscience read ONE MORE WORD!"

To me that would be preposterous.  So where is the personal responsibility exactly? I think all of us have the responsibility to listen to our better angels or suffer the consequences.  But if we want to pay honest money to read about the devils among us, I can live with that!" 

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Re: Wake up call
tokyogai   2/22/2012 10:36:36 AM
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I agree. if no one bought it, it would not exist.

Street Smart
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Close WHAT exactly?
Street Smart   2/22/2012 10:31:20 AM
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What am I missing that these Murdoch papers such as NOW and The Sun are so "venerable?"  Where exactly is the equity?  The human capital is what matters to Rupert, so as long as his reporters aren't literally in jail, can't they work under ANY masthead?

True, if News Corp. closes down a paper they lose the infrastructure for ad revenue, but they also eliminate a target for lawsuits.

Seems like their business model is getting to be like that of three-card monte dealers...when they see the cops coming, just scatter and re-group a few blocks down!  Which, by the way, is exactly what used to happen in the days of yellow journalism that @Noreen has very rightly referenced as a context for today's shenanigans.  

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