Thursday, December 6, 2012
Barry, My Liege :
Rupert Murdoch has earned his designation as a RAT [Real American Terrorist] through his systematic degradation of the media he controls into political propaganda, police and public official corruption, flouting of anti-monopoly laws, disregard for the personal harm he causes private individuals and for many additional practices.
Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy as pointed out by Lord Justice Leveson in his inquiry into Rupert Murdoch's News of the World scandal in England :
'The press, operating properly and in the public interest is one of the true safeguards of our democracy. As Thomas Jefferson put it: “Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” '
The full executive summary of the report is available here : http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1213/hc07/0779/0779.pdf
Rupert Murdoch has clearly abused his position as owner of multiple media outlets in order to increase his profits; he has done so while harming each country in which he operates.
He harms the host country in two primary methods. First, all his media outlets provide a consistent bias toward a questionable ideology of conservative thought.
He has converted famous newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal in the United States and The Times in England into biased screeds from their formerly respected position as objective journals.
Second, he abuses the freedom of the press to publish sensational stories which often damage the lives of private citizens who happened by chance to be affected by a story. Here is how Lord Leveson puts it :
'For many years, there have been complaints that certain parts of the press ride roughshod over others, both individuals and the public at large, without any justifiable public interest...there has been a recklessness in prioritising sensational stories, almost irrespective of the harm that the stories may cause and the rights of those who would be affected (perhaps in a way that can never be remedied), all the while heedless of the public interest.'
This space takes note of Mr. Murdoch's recent loss of his mother and extends its sympathies. However, that does not diminish the desire for him to alter his behavior.
Your handwritten letter may be able to convey your experiences of the harm he has created.
Mr. Murdoch can be reached here :
Chairman and Chief Executive
1211 Avenue of Americas
NY, NY 10036
The main telephone number for News Corp is 212-852-7000, and they should be able to put you through to Mr. Murdoch's office.
Your faithful servant,