Bush media ally in red scare
George Bush's best media pal, Rupert Murdoch, is on the defensive in a burgeoning controversy over communist influence in his media decisions.
The Financial Times reports that Murdoch, head of News Group, which owns Fox News, told the press that he was innocent of ordering his editors to do things that pleased China's communist rulers in furtherance of his business ambitions.
Journalists at the Wall Street Journal's Beijing bureau warned in a May 10 letter to the Journal's owners that Murdoch was a notorious communism appeaser, and others have cited various instances of what they see as Murdoch's subversion of news in favor of communist censorship.
Many on the Journal's staff are urging the owning Bancroft family to reject Murdoch's bid for Dow Jones, which owns the Journal.
A Murdoch takeover of Dow Jones would give Chinese communists powerful influence over U.S. economic interests, some fear. Financial news and data companies, such as Dow Jones, Reuters and Bloomberg, are major components of the nervous systems of the U.S. and global economies.
Some worry that a communist-friendly Journal would tone down and bury stories on the U.S.-China trade gap and currency issue or on Chinese nuclear espionage against America.
The communism uproar around Murdoch is ironic in that his media, in whatever country, portray themselves as superpatriotic and hurl charges of disloyalty against critics. Murdoch's media troops, aside from reportedly shielding reds from too much unfavorable news, also engage in scathing attacks on those who charge that 9/11 was an inside job.
Murdoch's Fox News has been cited as a principle reason that so many Americans were deceived by White House innuendos linking Saddam to 9/11.
See the Znewz1 report: Fox News: Trumpet of Israel's hard right
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for background concerning Murdoch's China dealings.