You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!


Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:

http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv

We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:

http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv

Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:

http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv

Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!
“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”
Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”
Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”
Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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21 Responses to You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

  1. I usually dont take the time to leave comments, but it is difficult to find real infomation on this subject today. You did a wonderful job in this post and I am going to take the time to look at the rest of your blog. Keep up the good work!

  2. eslkevin says:

    August 27, 2010
    Dr. King’s Dream versus Glenn Beck’s Scheme
    Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 11:30 am

    Introduction:

    Glenn Beck’s “Fox and friends Tea Party rally” on the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech does little to honor the legacy and the values of this colossal civil and human rights leader. Beck is correct in stating that no one group owns the values and legacy of King. But the racist xenophobic ranting of Beck compounded by a messianic complex certainly reveals that Beck and his cohorts are way off the mark when it comes to the dream and vision that Dr. King espoused for this nation and the world. What a sham. Check out the piece below.

    Quote of the day: The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice.
    Dr. King’s Dream versus Glenn Beck’s Scheme

    Saturday, August 28th, marks the 47th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, given at a huge civil rights march at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. For many, this speech was the prophetic vision that re-ignited the national movement for African-American civil rights. The date marks a significant milestone in the African-American freedom struggle and the social history of the 20th century.

    But arch-conservative Glenn Beck has a dream, and a plan, as well. On August 28th of this year, he will rally thousands of Tea Party activists, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, ostensibly to honor the American military and call for some sort of “national renewal” along the ideological lines of the anti-Obama movement. Beck is quite aware of the symbolism of this date and this place, and he claims that he has no intention of using his event to detract from the legacy of Dr. King.

    Others, however, have a different take on the Tea Party convergence. Nationally known activist, Rev. Al Sharpton, will lead a civil rights march through the streets of the nation’s capital, and hold a counter-rally across from the Beck group. Furthermore, members of the New Black Panther party have promised a more in-your-face challenge to Beck- one that has the potential, some say, to end in physical violence.

    All of this would make for entertaining political theatre, except for the enormous mess that America faces, and the huge contradictions of what the Tea Party movement stands for. Beck plans a gathering that will celebrate “conservative” values and a Rightist political agenda that is, essentially, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-progressive. The Tea Party is not particularly fond of the values that are so evident in the legacy of Dr. King; and that includes the legacy of interfaith solidarity and respect for the value of religious tolerance.

    The wave of extreme Islamophobia sweeping America, and the challenge to the religious liberties of Muslims who lawfully seek to establish or expand houses of worship and community centers, is a grave issue that the Muslim and civil rights communities and their interfaith allies are now bringing to the forefront of a national agenda. Supporting religious freedom is an essential position that all “patriotic” Americans should embrace, but the American “Right” seems to believe that freedom of religion stops at the door of the mosque.

    But will Mr. Beck use his platform to publicly, and unequivocally, denounce bigotry and religious intolerance? Will he call for an end to violent attacks against Muslim individuals and communities, or condemn the planned burning of Qur’ans scheduled for September 11th in Florida? I don’t think so.

    Seven years ago, I had the honor to recite a Muslim prayer at the opening of the 40th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Ten years earlier, I attended the 30th Anniversary of the same event. The day should be a time for the renewal of a national commitment to end racism and all forms of bigotry, and not a time for rallying a political formation that is, for the most part, still part of the problem and not part of the solution. And as a person who has been a guest of Glenn Beck’s FOX network program, I can say, with some authority, that what he stands for is not at all in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Glenn Beck has a right, like all citizens, to freely express his political opinions. Some of those expressions are, in my view, counter-progressive and reactionary. He will speak out and dream, but his dream will not be one that honors the best in the tradition of any movement for social justice. It’s a scheme- not a dream- and it must be resisted at all costs.

    -Ibrahim Ramey

    http://mahdibray.net/2010/08/27/dr-kings-dream-versus-glenn-becks-scheme/

  3. shankarikali says:

    I read your article on opednews, and I totally agree. We can see that billionaires are buying elections. People are dumb enough to believe everything on TV. That’s what happened in this last election.

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  5. Kevin Stoda says:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/glenn-beck-guesses-10-of-muslims-are-terrorists-and-0-5-of-americans-are-violent-radicals/

    On his radio show today, Glenn Beck was lamenting the fact that no media outlets (Fox News included!) were covering the growing scourge of Communists and Socialists preaching a violent overthrow here in America. He even proposed that 0.5% of Americans may be violent radicals. Of course, that figure isn’t something you’re likely to hear about since it was handily overshadowed by another stat the host used: Beck guessed that 10% of Muslims are terrorists. You hear that sound? That’s 100% of The View hosts angrily leaving the room. Yeah, even Hasselbeck.

    We’re going to give Beck the benefit of the doubt and assume this was just an example of unwisely rattling off a made-up figure and that he doesn’t actually think there are 150,000,000 Muslim terrorists running around. I mean, can you imagine how crowded those caves would be? Seriously though, it’s blanket quotes like this that just make people seem foolish. 10% may not seem like a lot in most cases but, when you’re talking about the second largest religion in the world…

    • Jean says:

      They don’t NEED to live in caves, they may live enxt door. They can eat pork, screw whores, drink alcohol, etc. Called Taqiyyah, IIRC.
      They CAN be ANYONE, Middle Eastern or otherwise in ancestry – and they can sin with impunity provided they kill infidels in jihad, and they STILL go to Paradise and get 72 virgins.

      Go read the Hadiths, please, and the Quran.
      If Christianity is the work of God, Islam is the work of Lucifer (Post Fall). Why else would it hinge on lies, deception, and conquest?

      10% strikes me as low, given they’ve been doing it for over 30 years now…

  6. eslkevin says:

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/1/14/why_is_glenn_beck_obsessively_targeting

    GLEN BECK WANTS TO BE AMERICA’S EDUCATOR–DON’T FALL FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Activists protested outside the offices of News Corporation Thursday calling for Rupert Murdoch to remove Glenn Beck from the airwaves of Fox News. The organization Jewish Funds for Justice accused Beck of, quote, “unchecked hate mongering and public incitement.” Activists attempted to deliver a petition signed by 10,000 people calling for Beck’s show to be canceled. Simon Greer is the head of Jewish Funds for Justice.

    SIMON GREER: In light of what happened on Saturday, the number one worst moment from Glenn Beck rose to the top when he said, “God will wash this nation with blood if He has to.” And once again, I’m not saying that Glenn Beck pulled the trigger on Saturday, but if you present this kind of rhetoric and you warn us that “God will wash this nation in blood if He has to,” you’re creating a climate in which terrible tragic violence is likely to take place. It is for these 10 reasons and countless others that we have come to News Corp. headquarters today to deliver a petition signed by 10,000 members of our community and a pink slip calling for Mr. Beck’s termination and asking Joel Cheatwood, Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch to be good to their word.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: While cable TV shows like Glenn Beck’s are coming under increasing scrutiny in the wake of the Arizona shooting, Glenn Beck is pushing back against critics by increasingly targeting a 78-year-old professor named Frances Fox Piven. Beck has repeatedly accused her of advocating violence and of hatching a plan in 1966 to overthrow the system.

    Here is what Beck said on his radio show days after the shooting in Arizona.

    GLENN BECK: Are there and is there anybody calling for violence? Yes. Who are they? Well, show me the evidence that it’s Rush Limbaugh. Show me the evidence that it is Sarah Palin. You go ahead and stack up that evidence that doesn’t exist, and I will stack up the evidence against Frances Fox Piven.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Earlier this week, Glenn Beck called on congressional lawmakers to sign a pledge in which he denounces violence from all quarters but, in doing so, compares Piven to well-armed right-wing militia whose members stand accused of plotting the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.

    GLENN BECK: I denounce violence, regardless of ideological motivation. Have I lost you yet? Do you need your attorney? I denounce anyone from the left, the right or the middle who believes physical violence is the answer to whatever they feel is wrong with our country. I know it’s getting dicey. Next, I denounce those who wish to tear down our system and rebuild it in their own image, whatever image that may be. Oh, it’s so controversial! I denounce those from the left, the right or the middle who call for riots and violence as an opportunity to bring down and reconstruct our system. That’s a trick there, because that sounds almost like the last one. You sensing the trap yet? Yeah, me neither. I denounce violent threats and calls for the destruction of our system, regardless of their underlying ideology, whether they come from the Hutaree militia or Frances Fox Piven.

    AMY GOODMAN: Glenn Beck has also blamed the financial crisis on Frances Fox Piven and claims she’s part of a leftist conspiracy that dates back to Woodrow Wilson.

    GLENN BECK: Let me introduce you to the people who you would say are fundamentally responsible for the unsustainability and possible collapse of our economic system. There are really two people, I’ve been telling you for a while. There they are: Cloward and Piven, Richard Cloward, Frances Fox Piven. They are authors of the Cloward-Piven strategy. Something else to remember is that this isn’t some conspiracy theory that we’re tossing out here. They wrote about collapsing the economy and how they plan to do it in an article they co-authored in the 1960s, “Mobilizing the Poor: How It Could be Done?” six months later published in The Nation under the title “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty.”

    Well, what is this strategy, and who’s involved? Well, do you remember on this program over the summer the tree? Watch this. The roots of the tree of radicalism and revolution. It’s Saul Alinsky. It’s Woodrow Wilson. That’s how it’s all made legitimate. It’s progressive. Here are the roots. Here’s SDS. This is for that democratic society. Cloward and Piven come in and say, “Wait a minute. Hang on just a second. What we should do is collapse the system on its own weight.” Cloward and Piven. They’re using the same tactics—fear and intimidation—of SDS. Cloward, Piven: overwhelm the system. And look who the President has: Wade Rathke, right up the tree, Dale, right up the tree, Bill Ayers, right up the tree, Jeff Jones, right up the tree!

    AMY GOODMAN: To respond to Glenn Beck’s attacks, we’re joined here in the studio by Frances Fox Piven herself. Richard Cloward was her late husband. Frances Fox Piven is a professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She’s the author, most recently, of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America.

    Welcome to Democracy Now!, Professor Piven.

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Glad to talk to you again, Amy and Juan. Glad to be here.

    AMY GOODMAN: This has been going on for, what? More than a year now, this targeting.

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Well, a couple of years, but I think it started before I was aware of it. I don’t actually listen to Glenn Beck. And I only became aware of it when I was interviewed by a couple of people pretending to be students and working on a term paper. I let them come to my home, and they interviewed me.

    AMY GOODMAN: Who did they say they were?

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Students at Western State Michigan University. They said they had been assigned Challenging Authority, and that to do their term paper, they wanted to do a video, which, you know, I’m sort of used to. Students are always looking for ways to do a term paper without reading anything. So, I had been in an automobile accident, so I asked them to come to my home, if they wanted to. I said they could have an hour. And a couple of days later, the clips from the interview were up on the Andy Breitbart blog, a right-wing blog. So then a friend of mine googled this person, the lead person, and he was a right-wing operative in Michigan running a little organization devoted to attacking the teachers’ union in Michigan.

    AMY GOODMAN: Who had been in your home.

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Pardon me?

    AMY GOODMAN: Who had been in your home.

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Yes. And after that, I got maybe five or six requests by students for interviews, students I didn’t know. And then I googled each one, and they were none of them students. So it was just an idea that was going around in right-wing networks. And then, all of a sudden, I became aware of both the Glenn Beck shows and the other right-wing blogs and all the postings that were coming in from people who—you know, confused, angry, whatever, and thought that I was the source of all the problems that had overtaken the United States in the last 30 or 40 years.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Well, Frances, this is really amazing, because here you have been involved in writing and analyzing the American society now for more than 40 years, and you’ve never gotten as much attention on television as suddenly you’ve gotten in the last few years by Glenn Beck. And do you have any sense of what triggered this sudden decision of him, who actually, being only been 46 years old, was just a baby when you and Richard Cloward first began writing about the welfare rights movement?

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: That’s true.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: What would trigger him to suddenly zero in on you?

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Well, I think that there’s a certain amount of just accident that he picked me or picked Richard and me, partly accident, partly not so accidental, because there were at the time, in the late 1960s, early 1970s, there were a number of people who had moved from being on the left, further to the left than me, who were moving to the right, where the pay is better. And in making that move, they sort of took with them their familiarity with the work that we had done and then exaggerated, demonized it. You know, I think that—

    JUAN GONZALEZ: And who were some of those people?

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Well, it includes David Horowitz, Fred Siegel, Jim Sleeper, Ron Radosh, who recently headlined his blog “The Second Time is Farce: Piven Calls for Violent and Bloody Revolution.” That was just a few days ago, because I had written a little article in The Nation talking about the problems in organizing the unemployed, so the unemployed can have an impact, a voice, in American politics. But most of the article was about how hard it is to do.

    AMY GOODMAN: Professor Piven, Glenn Beck has also put forward a theory that you directly inspired the politics of President Obama. On his show, Beck recently aired an extended interview with Stanley Kurtz, author of the book Radical-in-Chief, that claims Obama’s a secret socialist.

    STANLEY KURTZ: We know that Obama, for example, attended a very important socialist scholars conference at the Cooper Union in New York in 1983. That conference was addressed by Frances Fox Piven in its opening plenary. He would have heard her again in 1984. If he had attended the conference in 1985, which he quite possibly did, Piven would have been there. So, Obama would have had many, many opportunities to learn about Cloward and Piven and their theories. On the one hand, we know that Obama has immensely increased the American welfare state, immensely increased American entitlements through, of course, the healthcare legislation.

    Now, I don’t believe that the Obama administration is aiming to create a financial and economic crisis right now. Obama doesn’t want to create an economic crisis on his own watch, because he would be held responsible. He would be politically punished. But I do think that Obama is flirting with a fiscal crisis in order to stampede the country toward a larger welfare state, in order to expand taxation, perhaps through a value-added tax, as we see in Europe. He’s walking a fine line.

    AMY GOODMAN: That’s Stanley Kurtz on Glenn Beck’s show, author the book Radical-in-Chief. Frances Fox Piven, your response?

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Well, that’s nutty. It really is. I regard Barack Obama as a centrist, a person who has been trying very hard to find common ground between the right and the Democratic Party. In many ways, I think that he has disappointed his own followers in that process. This is—it’s bizarre. It’s as bizarre as Glenn Beck saying that the contemporary left owes its—that one of its ancestors is Woodrow Wilson, another—an important president of the United States and one who was a very mild reformer.

    I think it’s also crazy to call me a commie, a socialist, a revolutionary or whatever. I think I’m a Democrat. I think that all of my work has been devoted to remedying the flaws, the distortions in American democracy. If you go back to the first project that I worked on politically, which is what the—it’s where the article comes from about the—which they call a conspiracy to crash America. That article didn’t call for crashing anything, except the existing welfare system. It proposed that people on the left help poor people in the cities get their full benefits from welfare. Now, at the time, welfare was denying benefits to over half of the people that were eligible. It’s doing that again now. But the article helped inspire—it helped inspire an effort by poor people, many of them people of color, in the cities to get the benefits that they were entitled to from welfare. Now, you can disagree with that effort, but it’s not crashing the system.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Well, in fact, I remember, because I think I told you earlier in the show, in the summer of 1967, I took a course with Richard Cloward when I was a college undergraduate, where he had just—was expounding this theory. And he saw it more—both of you saw it more as a means to achieve, what, a guaranteed national income for Americans and really as a means to begin having more income—less income inequality in the country, not as a—I don’t remember it all, and in rereading the article, it wasn’t espousing any armed overthrow of the government. It was just saying this is a way that the poor can begin to be felt in American society. It seems to me that the bigger impact of your work, even more than that, was the book that you and Richard wrote, Why Americans Don’t Vote, which really laid bare the class composition of the American electorate and urged voter registration in a massive way, led, I think, to the motor voter laws in many states, where governments began to actively register people to vote. Maybe that was the fear, that Beck and his—I guess his tutors have, that you were able to really influence the ability of more of the poor to get registered to vote and to participate in the electoral process.

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Which is, of course, a democratic principle. Democracy rests on inclusive participation and inclusive voting by an entire population. And so, it’s so strange, really, that efforts of this kind can be characterized as violent and bloody revolution.

    AMY GOODMAN: On December 31st, Glenn Beck’s website, “The Blaze,” published an article titled “Frances Fox Piven Rings in the New Year by Calling for Violent Revolution.” In response to that article, several readers posted direct death threats to Piven. A user named JST1425 wrote, quote, “be very careful what you ask for honey… As I mentioned in previous posts…ONE SHOT…ONE KILL! ‘We The People’ will need to stand up for what is right…a few well placed marksmen with high powered rifles…then there would not be any violence,” unquote.

    User name SUPERWRENCH4 wrote, quote, “Somebody tell Frances I have 5000 roundas [sic] ready and I’ll give My life to take Our freedom back. Taking Her life and any who would enslave My children and grandchildren and call for violence should meet their demise as They wish. George Washington didn’t use His freedom of speech to defeat the British, He shot them,” unquote.

    Another reader wrote on Glenn Beck’s website, quote, “We should blowup Piven’s office and home. And while at it. Keel haul Bernardine Dohrn under one of her freedom ships and blow up Bill Ayers’ house cars and anywhere he can be found,” unquote.

    And a user who goes by the name GREEN_MANALISHI wrote, quote, “I’m all for violence and change Francis, where do your loved ones live?” unquote.

    Despite the overt threats, Glenn Beck has not removed any of the messages from his site, even though readers of “The Blaze” are encouraged to highlight troublesome posts.

    Now, I want ask you, Frances Fox Piven, about the case of Byron Williams. He’s the California man who admitted it was Fox News host Glenn Beck who inspired him to plot the assassination of employees of the ACLU and the Tides Foundation. Byron Williams was arrested last July after he opened fire on California Highway Patrol officers. The shootout occurred as Williams was driving to the headquarters of the Tides Foundation in San Francisco. The case received little national attention. The media watchdog group Media Matters released audio from a jailhouse interview in which Williams talked about Beck’s influence.

    BYRON WILLIAMS: I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed, that blew my mind. I said, “Well, nobody does this.” Beck will never say anything about a conspiracy, will never advocate violence. He’ll never do anything of this nature. But he’ll give you every ounce of evidence that you could possibly need. Go look at all the stuff that you’ll find. I would suggest you go back and see, try to find the videos about—all the June videos.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: That jailhouse interview was conducted—with Byron Williams, was conducted by John Hamilton from Media Matters. I spoke to John in October, and he played for us more excerpts of Byron Williams.

    JOHN HAMILTON: I think this is one of the most important points, that, no, Glenn Beck doesn’t advocate explicitly for violence, but in Byron Williams’s mind, Glenn Beck gives you every ounce of evidence that you could possibly need.

    BYRON WILLIAMS: You know, I’ll tell you. Beck is going to deny everything about violent approach, deny everything about conspiracies, but he’ll give you every reason to believe in it. He is protecting himself, and you can’t blame him for that. So, I understand what he’s doing.

    AMY GOODMAN: That was Byron Williams, recorded by you in the Santa Rita Jail. Go on with what he’s saying.

    JOHN HAMILTON: I think Dana Milbank of the Washington Post put it best. He has a compendium of Glenn Beck quotes. Here is some of the rhetoric that you’ll hear on Glenn Beck’s radio program or see on his TV show: “The war is just beginning,” “Shoot me in the head if they try to change our government,” “You have to be prepared to take rocks to the head,” “The other side is attacking,” “There is a coup going on,” “Grab a torch,” “Drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers,” “They are taking you to a place to be slaughtered.” I mean, these are quotes, and I could go on. I mean, there’s any number of these from Glenn Beck.

    AMY GOODMAN: The issue of Glenn Beck and violence and the other things that he has said or the images of pouring gasoline on someone on the show?

    JOHN HAMILTON: Right. Well, we titled the piece “Progressive Hunter,” and that’s taken from a line that Glenn Beck used on one of his programs. And he said, “’Til the day I die, I’m going to be a progressive hunter.” He said he was going to be like “the Israeli Nazi hunters.” “I’m going to find these big progressives, and ’til the day I die, I’m going to be a progressive hunter. I’m going to find these people that have done this to our country and expose them.”

    Now, he says he’s going to expose them. He’s not advocating violence. But when you liken liberals and progressives in America to Nazis and saying you’re going after them like an Israeli Nazi hunter, when you raise your level of rhetoric to that point, and you have an audience like Byron—people like Byron Williams are watching this—it’s unsurprising that we get these incidents.

    AMY GOODMAN: That was John Hamilton. He had done the interview with Byron Williams in the jail.

    Professor Frances Fox Piven, you are raised continually by Glenn Beck, this week, a number of times since the shooting. These death threats are on his website, “The Blaze.” Your address is online. Your picture, he puts up all the time. Are you afraid right now?

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: I’m certainly unnerved, uneasy. “Afraid,” I think, is a little bit too strong because, you know, I feel relatively surrounded by friends and benign people. But, yeah, I’m unnerved. And people should not have to—there’s no place for this kind of verbal violence and verbal intimidation in a society, particularly when we have a number of instances where what were verbal and rhetorical abuses became real.

    AMY GOODMAN: Interestingly, there are divisions in the right. I want to turn to a final clip, and that is of Joe Scarborough, the co-host of the MSNBC show Morning Joe. He’s a former Republican congressman from Florida.

    JOE SCARBOROUGH: I have a lot of family members and friends that listen to him and watch him and are frightened by the things that he says every night with the chalkboard, where they really—people that watch him and listen to other people that constantly say Barack Obama is a racist, he’s a Marxist, he is changing America forever, he is killing freedom in America—those words have impact. Now, people don’t go out—I’m not talking about people going out—my mom’s not going to go out and shoot somebody. But my mom and a lot of other people like her that watch him every day start to believe, if they hear every day, every day, that there is this guy in Washington, D.C., this black guy that hates all white people, and he wants to take your money—turn the music down—and that he’s a Marxist, and he wants to destroy the country you grew up in—you feed that vile message to Americans every day, it’s going to have an impact.

    AMY GOODMAN: That is Joe Scarborough of MSNBC show Morning Joe, talking about the effect of Glenn Beck. Final comments, Frances Fox Piven?

    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: Well, I think that we haven’t given enough attention to and enough importance to what is really a very dominant propaganda network that has developed in this country. It is planful. There are different components to it. You can trace its beginnings in some of the Republican strategy—strategists of the late 1960s, who were trying to win over the working class by playing on the cultural divisions in the United States. It’s hard for people to understand what’s going on in a complicated society. Democracy requires that people have some understanding of what’s going on, of what their own interests are, who their enemies are. But it’s a very complicated society. And moneyed propagandists have taken advantage of that to create a demonology in which it is the left, the Democratic left, that is the source of many of our troubles. And this is the most frightening development, rather than the kind of nutty death threats that you read a couple of. It’s a very alarming development, because it raises the question of whether a democracy can survive and reemerge with any kind of health in the face of these enormous propaganda capacities. And in that sense, it is Murdoch, not Beck, who is the more important target.

    AMY GOODMAN: Well, Frances Fox Piven, I want to thank you for being with us, professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her most recent book, Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America.

  7. eslkevin says:

    Nah, Nah, Nah, Say Good-Bye, GLEN BECK

    Dear Kevin ,

    This message is a long time coming, and it feels good to finally tell you the news. Yesterday, Fox News announced that later this year, toxic talk show host Glenn Beck would “transition off” from his nightly hour of hate, falsehoods, extremism, and absurd conspiracy theories.

    It’s thanks to your support that we’ve been able to continually monitor and fact-check Beck and his relentless tide of smear campaigns and lies. With your help, we’ve been able to make the case that Beck has a dangerous impact on the national conversation — and we’ve been able to ensure that Fox’s promotion of Beck has had real-life consequences for the network’s credibility and its advertising dollars. Beck’s show has lost nearly 1 million viewers in the last year, and more than 300 advertisers since its debut.

    It took two years too long for this to happen and the fight isn’t over: Fox News and its allies in the right-wing media will continue to distort and undermine the political process. The right-wing noise machine still injects political attacks and falsehoods into our national debate through outlets like Fox News and talk radio.

    Help us keep up the fight for honesty and accountability in the media.

    As long as conservatives continue to broadcast misinformation and hate speech, we’ll keep working around the clock to monitor and fact-check it and to prevent it from influencing the national dialogue.

    Donate today to support the important work Media Matters for America does to ensure honesty and accountability in the media.

    Help us keep up the fight.

    Thank you for your continued support — this wouldn’t have been possible without you.

    Sincerely,

    David Brock
    Founder and Chairman
    Media Matters for America

    © 2010 Media Matters for America
    455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20001

  8. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin ,

    Fox News has shown us that there’s only one way to hold them accountable — by hitting them right at the bottom line.

    That’s why we’ve launched the Drop Fox campaign. We want to change the way Fox does business — by making it clear who’s sponsoring them and what those ads dollars are supporting.

    Join the effort here.

    By sponsoring Fox News, advertisers are financially supporting a political operation that masquerades as a news network. Advertisers are also associating their brands with Fox News’ reckless vitriol, race-baiting, anti-LGBT bigotry, and deliberate spreading of misinformation.

    The effort is fueled by a wide range of individuals and organizations united in urging accountability for Fox News.

    Here’s what Fox advertisers are paying to put on the air:

    The promotion of vicious homophobia, anti-LGBT misinformation, and extreme anti-gay figures
    Blatant race-baiting, from Glenn Beck’s 2009 pronouncement that Obama is a “racist” with a “deep seated hatred for white people” to Fox’s embrace of the “birther” myth and the promotion of false, racially charged controversies like the New Black Panther story
    Attacks on climate science and promotion of misinformation about the environment — including an order to staff from a “news” editor to cast doubt on scientific facts
    Outright promotion of Republican talking points and candidates masked as news coverage
    We’re looking to raise $50,000 to support our efforts to research and reach out to Fox advertisers and get the word out about what their dollars pay for.

    DropFox.com will list Fox News’ key advertisers, compile well-researched reasons to drop Fox, and coordinate efforts to urge sponsors to stop financially supporting Fox News until Fox reforms its behavior.

    We need your help to keep up this important effort. Will you join us with a tax-deductible contribution to support our work at Media Matters for America?

    Thanks as always for your support.

    Matt Butler
    President and CEO
    Media Matters for America

  9. eslkevin says:

    If Orbitz cares about the earth, why do they advertise on FOX News?
    “Your trip to catastrophic global warming has been booked on Orbitz!”

    Clicking here will add your name to this petition:

    Orbitz, stand by your commitment to protect the planet, and stop sponsoring FOX News’ dangerous anti-climate agenda. Remove your ads from FOX News immediately.

    Dear Kevin,

    “For those who love to travel the globe, protecting it comes with the turf.”1

    So says Orbitz, the online travel site that touts its sustainability measures, encourages customers to offset the carbon emissions from travel, promotes “eco-tourism,” green hotels, and hybrid rental cars.

    Unfortunately, Orbitz undermines all of those laudable efforts by advertising on FOX News, the most pernicious and voluminous source of climate denial misinformation. FOX’s anti-climate agenda is actively slowing our ability to protect the planet. And green-touting Orbitz sponsors climate denial with every ad they run on FOX!

    Orbitz has a choice. It can stand by its commitment to protect our planet or they can continue to support FOX News with its advertising dollars. We think the choice is a no brainer. That’s why we’ve joined with League of Conservation Voters to demand that Orbitz pull their ads from FOX now.

    Tell Orbitz: Stop sponsoring FOX News’s anti-climate agenda. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
    Climate change is taking a huge toll across the world, in so many of the places that Orbitz encourages us to visit and cherish — from ocean acidification that is destroying the Great Barrier Reef, to rising oceans literally drowning Pacific Island nations, to the retreat of glaciers from the Alps to Glacier National Park to Alaska, to shorter ski seasons in Colorado, and the ferocious storms that devastate our cities, like New Orleans.

    So it’s a bitter irony that Orbitz would choose to support FOX, which is doing so much to speed this destruction, and undermine the political will that we as a country need to effectively fight the oncoming climate catastrophe.

    FOX’s Washington managing editor literally directed his staff to deny that the earth is warming.2 FOX has lied about the earth’s temperature record, distorted scientific works and the statements of scientists, repeatedly suggest that snow disproves global warming, and promoted the bogus climate-gate scandal.3

    And of course FOX’s parent company News Corp donated one million dollars to the rabidly anti-climate Chamber of Commerce, helping to elect to congress the largest wave of climate deniers in history.

    Eco-conscious consumers don’t want to support FOX News’ agenda of denying climate change with every ticket they book via Orbitz. And if the company is truly committed to protecting the planet, then they shouldn’t want to use their money used that way either.

    Tell Orbitz: Stop sponsoring FOX’s anti-climate agenda. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
    Orbitz claims to be committed to “helping raise environmental awareness.”4 And Orbitz was proud to say last year that their customers donated $50,000 to CarbonFund.org to buy carbon offsets.5

    But how much would it cost to offset the disastrous effects of FOX’s misinformation?

    Orbitz can’t have it both ways. It’s time for them live up to their principles, and book their ads on a return trip from FOX’s state of climate-denial.

    Please Join CREDO and the League of Conservation Voters to help make sure Orbitz gets the message, and knows that those of us who really do care about the planet are watching closely. Click here to automatically add your name.
    Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
    CREDO Action from Working Assets

    1. Obritz Careers Social Responsibility
    2. “FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science,” Media Matters, December 15, 2010
    3. “Reasons to drop Fox: Climate Science Misinformation,” Drop Fox
    4. “Eco Tourism,” Orbitz.com
    5. “‘Tis the season to give back: Orbitz customers donate $50K to the environment,” Orbitz.com

  10. eslkevin says:

    Tell Rupert Murdoch to stop peddling misinformation about vital clean air protections in the Wall Street Journal.

    Dear Kevin,

    Click here to tell Rupert Murdoch to stop peddling misinformation about clean air protections.

    Apparently, mercury pollution only poses “miniscule risks.”

    At least, that’s according to a recent opinion piece published in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal. Last week, the newspaper published an op-ed attacking the EPA’s proposal to limit toxic air pollution from power plants, declaring that mercury pollution poses “miniscule risks.”

    As you and I both know, toxic air pollution — like mercury from coal-fired power plants — can cause serious, lifelong health complications, including neurological damage in children exposed in the womb and during early development. 1

    Click here to tell Rupert Murdoch to stop allowing his media outlets’ opinion pages to be used as mouthpieces for big polluters’ misinformation.

    Not surprisingly, the op-ed published by Murdoch’s paper was not penned by some renowned public health or environmental expert. One of the authors, Willie Soon, is actually an astrophysicist with no science background in environmental mercury pollution or mercury toxicology. His co-author, Paul Driessen, is an advisor for two Big Oil-funded think tanks. 2

    Needless to say, this op-ed only serves to further undermine the credibility of the Wall Street Journal, and the track record of one of Murdoch’s other media outlets isn’t any better — as we all know, FOX News is one of the biggest sources of global warming misinformation. 3

    Tell Rupert Murdoch to stop giving big polluters’ allies a stage to publicize false and dangerous information about vital clean air protections.

    The threats from mercury and other toxic air pollution are well-established — early exposure to mercury can impair a child’s ability to walk, talk, read, and learn and can even lead to permanent brain damage.

    Yet corporate polluters are fighting the EPA’s new rules so they can continue making money by dumping toxic pollution into our air and water — and, unfortunately, Rupert Murdoch’s media outlets are giving them a helping hand.

    Send a message to Rupert Murdoch. Click here to tell him to stop letting his media outlets to be used to amplify environmental misinformation.

    Thank you for standing up for our health and our environment.

    Sincerely,

    Gene Karpinski
    President
    League of Conservation Voters

    1 http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/pdfs/proposalfactsheet.pdf
    2 http://mediamatters.org/research/201105270017
    3 http://dropfox.com/topics/climate

  11. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin ,

    This week, we got the good news that Orbitz has responded to the concerns of its customers and agreed to uphold its values. Thanks to your efforts, Orbitz has agreed to undergo a review process. They’re going to review the examples we gave them of slurs against the LGBT community and environmental misinformation to ensure that how they distribute their ad dollars no longer conflicts with their stated standards of responsibility.

    Orbitz is setting an example by doing the right thing here — and we need to make sure other advertisers get the message.

    Tell Fox News advertisers it’s time to Drop Fox.

    Every day, the advertisers who sponsor Fox News programming give financial support to a divisive and deliberately dishonest political operation. Fox’s climate science misinformation, race-baiting, anti-LGBT attacks and smears against the Latino community are irresponsible and unacceptable for any self-described news network. Advertisers need to know that their dollars are supporting Fox News’ campaign of deception and we need your help in informing them about the consequences of supporting Fox.

    Tell Fox News advertisers it’s time to Drop Fox.

    Moving forward, we’ll be reaching out to other Fox advertisers to let them know why they shouldn’t sponsor Fox News. The most important thing they can hear is that there’s a strong coalition of organizations and individuals coming together in this essential education effort.

    Thanks again for your support — none of this can happen without your help.

    Matt Butler
    President and CEO
    Media Matters for America

  12. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin ,

    The charges against Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper, News of the World, have gotten so bad in recent days that people are being arrested and the entire newspaper was shut down. The Murdoch-owned tabloid, already under fire for allegedly hacking thousands of people’s phones, reportedly hacked into the voicemail of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, potentially impeding a police investigation and giving her family false hope by deleting voicemails. Reports have also emerged of News of the World allegedly hacking the phones of families of fallen soldiers and the father of a victim of a July 2005 terrorist bombing.

    And why should we care about what’s happening over there?

    Simple: Murdoch’s media empire includes Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. Murdoch has enormous political and cultural influence over our media. In fact, Murdoch’s hand-picked selection to run the Wall Street Journal was longtime loyalist Les Hinton, who oversaw News Corp’s British newspapers during the height of News of the World’s alleged hacking activity. Hinton twice testified to the UK parliament that he had conducted a rigorous inquiry into the papers he oversaw and claimed hacking was limited to one reporter. That’s right: Hinton, who ran the show for Murdoch as phone hacking became standard operating procedure, is now publisher of the one of the largest newspapers in the U.S.

    For years, with your help, we’ve tracked the lies and deceit coming from Fox News. Now it appears that it’s not just Fox that’s the problem. The pattern of News Corp’s misbehavior goes much deeper–and even into illegal behavior. The British government is investigating and now the Australians are also calling for an investigation of Murdoch’s papers there.

    Americans also need to know whether our privacy was violated by Murdoch reporters searching for a good scoop to sell news. Ask Congress to hold hearings to see just how far this scandal goes — and whether News Corp’s record of breaching the public trust has affected us.

    Join our call for Congressional hearings here.

    We can’t rely on News Corp, with its record of mismanagement, to address the problem. We must take proactive steps to address protect our privacy from News Corp’s mismanagement. Murdoch’s cover-up is falling apart, with serious consequences for hacking victims and News Corp shareholders alike.

    Join our call for Congressional hearings here.

    Thank you for your support. Holding the media accountable is a full time job–and we couldn’t do it without you.

    Matt Butler
    President and CEO
    Media Matters for America

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  14. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin ,

    Glenn Beck thinks he can spew his hateful rhetoric, take a few days of heat, and then dance away from accountability for what he’s done.

    Last week, we brought your attention to Glenn Beck’s comparison of the young, innocent victims of the Norway mass murders to “Hitler youth” and his attempt to escape responsibility for that
    outrageous claim — and you responded en masse with more than 10,000 petition signatures asking radio stations to drop Beck for his indefensibly hateful statements.

    One radio station informed us that it had already made the decision to cancel Beck’s show, which is a reflection that Beck’s vitriol is bad for business and a testament to how grassroots power can help restore responsibility to our public airwaves.

    But we need to keep up the pressure on other radio station managers across the country, so they won’t be able to defend providing a platform for such hateful and profoundly disturbing intolerance for very much longer.

    Thousands of people like you have signed a letter urging station managers to reconsider promoting Beck’s out-of-control rants. And thanks to your help, cracks are already appearing — yet another radio station has come to the conclusion that Beck’s vitriol is bad for business.

    With your immediate donation, we’ll keep the pressure on through direct negotiations with station managers, online advertising zeroing in on stations that refuse to hold Beck accountable, and work with allied organizations to keep building the pressure higher and higher.

    As we learned in the successful campaign to end Beck’s reign on Fox News, an effort like this takes constant grassroots pressure over a sustained period of time.

    Donate now to help Media Matters urge radio stations across the nation to drop Beck’s hate-spewing rhetoric from their programming.

    I know we can produce tangible consequences for Beck. But it’s going to take time. And it’s going to require people like you to make a personal decision that you won’t let Glenn Beck dance away from the consequences of his irresponsible and indecent vitriol.

    Please stand with us,

    Matt Butler
    President and CEO
    Media Matters for America

  15. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin – Did you hear what Rupert Murdoch said this week? He told News Corp. investors: “There can be no doubt about our commitment to ethics and integrity.”

    Wow. I couldn’t resist tallying up Murdoch’s greatest moments in ethics and integrity over at the Huffington Post.

    The most shocking one might be the news that the guy running Murdoch’s internal inquiry is best friends with the U.S. attorney who’s supposed to be investigating the company.

    We need Congress to step in with an investigation of its own. As I told the Nation, “We need Murdoch under the lights and facing the cameras in Congress.”

    That won’t happen unless you join our call for a full congressional investigation. If you haven’t already, add your name here — and forward this to all your friends.

    – Craig

  16. eslkevin says:

    Kevin,

    Bill O’Reilly just told viewers that there’s no need for an investigation into reports that the News Corporation “phone hacking” scandal has spread to the United States.

    The Fox News Channel host is part of a News Corp.-led media blitz to cover up allegations that the media company has broken U.S. laws.

    The Wall Street Journal and Fox News Channel, both owned by Rupert Murdoch, are leading the charge with carefully contrived editorials and on-air comments, scoffing at investigators and urging the American public to “move on.”1

    This is how Murdoch works. He wields his enormous media power to set the tone of public debate and get what he wants from Washington. Now he wants to bury the News Corp. scandal and silence those seeking a more thorough inquiry.

    Not this time.

    Join the more than 100,000 people who have called on Congress to investigate News Corp.

    Since Free Press and our allies launched this effort, Congress has been flooded with messages from the American public. But our elected officials have yet to schedule hearings that would reveal whether News Corp.’s alleged crime spree in England spread to America.

    Our activism is already seeing some early results:

    * Eight senators and representatives from both sides of the political aisle have called for an inquiry.
    * The Department of Justice has reportedly sent subpoenas to News Corp. employees and others as part of its expanding investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.2
    * An FBI investigation is under way following reports that the company may have hacked into the phone messages of victims of the September 11 attacks.

    No wonder Rupert Murdoch has hired a battery of lawyers, flacks and lobbyists to convince Washington to look the other way.3

    Stop the Murdoch Cover-Up. Urge Congress to Investigate.

    For years, Free Press has warned about the dangers of one company amassing too much control over public and political discourse. It seems clear now that News Corp. executives believed that their global media power placed them above the law.

    If a few companies are allowed to dominate the media and control the public debate, the public cannot get the full story and a fair airing of the issues. They get what the corporations – and Rupert Murdoch – want them to hear.

    Now is the time for you to change the debate. Make sure your members of Congress hear from you today.

    Thank you for taking action,

    Craig Aaron
    President & CEO
    Free Press Action Fund
    http://www.freepress.net

    1. Howard Kurtz, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Newsweek, July 25, 2011: newsweek.com/2011/07/25/howard-kurtz-rupert-murdoch-begins-to-strike-back.html

    2. Jessica E. Vascelarro, Devlin Barrett and Dana Cimilluca, “Justice Department Prepares Subpoenas in News Corp. Inquiry.” Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2011: online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903461104576460393481721896.html

    3. Marian Wang, “News Corp. lawyers up with ex-federal prosecutors.” ProPublica, July 22, 2011: tucsonsentinel.com/nationworld/report/072211_murdoch_inquiry/news-corp-lawyers-up-with-ex-federal-prosecutors/

  17. eslkevin says:

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Murdoch-in-Free-Fall–Cre-by-Michael-Collins-110819-835.html

    August 19, 2011

    Murdoch in Free Fall – Credibility Gone Billions to Follow

    By Michael Collins

    Rupert and James Murdoch conjured up a fictional report that serves as the fig leaf used to cover the naughty secret of News Corporation — they never investigated phone hacking in general and they never tried to clean house.

    The House of Commons committee investigating Rupert Murdoch’s United Kingdom media properties released new evidence this week. The evidence elaborates on themes generated at the committee hearing of July 19 and adds new information to the toxic brew that threatens to drown the largest media company in the world. (Images: Hubert Burda Media, L, World Economic Forum)

    At the July 19 hearing of the House of Commons Media, Sport and Culture Committee (Commons committee), Member of Parliament (MP) Tom Watson asked both Rupert and his son James Murdoch if either was aware of the “for Neville” memo concerning the 2008 phone hacking settlement by the News of the World (NoW). The Murdoch paper’s on-staff private detective, Glenn Mulcaire, was caught tapping the voicemail of Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association.

    Rupert and James Murdoch both denied any knowledge of the memo prior to the extraordinary 725,000 Sterling out of court settlement of the Taylor suit.

    The memo described, “” the way senior staff at the NoW had been involved in systematic hacking — the very thing the paper had been strenuously denying all along, not only to Taylor’s lawyers, but to its readers, parliament and public.” (Guardian.co.uk, July 22)

    Had either Murdoch seen the summary legal memo seeking approval of the Taylor settlement, they would have known that NoW was involved in widespread phone hacking and other illegal surveillance of news figures. That would contradict their ongoing denials that these illegal activities were common practice. More troubling, if true, it would mean that one or both of them lied at the July 19 hearings of Commons committee.

    This seemed to be the most explosive issue to be addressed by the evidence released by the Commons committee this week. As it turns out, there is even more devastating evidence of what seems like unmistakable, broad based deception of the House of Commons by the Murdochs starting in 2009.

    Bad News for News Corporation from New Documents Released

    Tuesday’s release of information contains letters from former NoW legal executive Tom Crone and former NoW editor Colin Myler that are unambiguous. Both were sure that James Murdoch had reviewed the “for Neville” memo outlining the rationale for a huge settlement in the Taylor phone hacking case. Crone said, “I have no doubt that I informed Mr. [James] Murdoch of it’s existence [the memo], of what it was, and where it came from.” (letter to Commons Committee, August 6). James Murdoch continues to claim he never saw the memo.

    The evidence released contained a more sinister implication for Rupert and James Murdoch. They invented and described an investigation and report that provided NoW with a clean bill of health in 2007. There’s just one problem with that assertion, according to the News International executives and outside counsel who supposedly conducted the investigation and provided a report. No such activities took place. No such report was issued. This is outlined in two documents.

    The first document is from former News International legal executive Jon Chapman. (letter to Commons committee, August 11) In 2007, Chapman and the head of IT were tasked with reviewing emails relating to the trial of a NoW employee for phone hacking, Royal Family correspondent Clive Goodman.

    Chapman details how this limited review of emails relating to one case has been trumpeted as a thorough general investigation of phone hacking and other intrusive practices. Chapman’s letter cites extensive testimony by News Corporation executives at a 2009 Commons committee hearing claiming that the 2007 simple review was a major investigation and that NoW and News International thought there had been no broader illegal activity. Chapman makes clear that this was a limited investigation, a review of emails related to Goodman’s case only, and that there was no exculpatory report on NoW’s journalistic practices.

    During the July 19 Commons committee testimony by Rupert and James Murdoch, there are clear references to a “report” from Chapman and outside counsel on the matter. In response to a question by Conservative MP Paul Farrelly (237) about investigations of phone hacking at NoW, James Murdoch responded: “I think it was Mr Chapman at the time, along with Mr Myler, who testified to this effect — took a report. From then, the opinion was clear that as to their review, there was no additional illegality in respect of phone hacking in that file. As to their review, that opinion was clear. The company really rested on a number of things from then on.” (Commons committee, July 19, p. 30)

    James quotes a report that doesn’t exist and a conclusion that could never be inferred from the limited review, as Chapman describes it. Of course, there was “no additional illegality” reported. The email review was focused only on one case, that of Clive Goodman. Through a slight of tongue, James implies that the Murdoch group had done their very best to investigate but could find no widespread hacking. This is pure fantasy.

    Rupert Murdoch was asked about 2007 comprehensive efforts to assure there was no illegal surveillance. In response to a question from Mr. Farrelly (348) at the July 19 hearing, Murdoch says:

    “Mr Chapman, who was in charge of this [the investigation of hacking etc.], has left us. He had that report for a number of years. It wasn’t until Mr Lewis looked at it carefully that we immediately said, :We must get legal advice, see how we go to the police with this and how we should present it.:” (July19, p. 36)

    Rupert takes a swipe at Chapman for sitting on the report that never existed for a period of time that is entirely irrelevant since there was no report in the first place. Like son, like father. This report is the fig leaf used to cover the naughty secret of News Corporation — they never investigated phone hacking in general, never tried to clean house. Now, in the context of a real investigation, Rupert and James Murdoch are relying on a fictional report that Rupert claims was hidden for years. The report never existed. At the very least, they are showing extreme contempt for Parliament.

    In their testimony on July 19, he Murdochs referenced their outside legal counsel in the context of the review of the email investigation, Harbottle and Lewis LLP. The law firm provided an utterly devastating response to the committee that supported Jon Chapman’s version of events — a simple review of emails on one case, no wider investigation. The firm also added some devastating comments regarding how their involvement was used by News Corporation to imply some legal clearance. The law firm went further, clearly stating that it had never provided a “clean bill of health” to NoW.

    “There was absolutely no question of the firm being asked to provide News International with clean bill of health which it could deploy years letter in wholly different contexts for wholly different purposes. If News International had ever approached the firm (as it should have done) to seek consent for the 29 May 2007 letter being deployed before Parliament as evidence of its corporate innocence, the Firm would not have agreed without further discussion. The reason for that is that the exercise which was done in 2007 was simply not one which was designed to bear the weight which News International now seeks to place upon it.” (Response of Harbottle and Lewis LLP to the Culture, Media and Sports Committee and Home Committee, pp. 9 , 10)

    A Development to Watch in the United States

    The Guardian reported that News Corporation had settled three law suits brought by competitors for a total of $655 million dollars. (guardian.co.uk, July 17) This is of interest since one of the cases, that of Floorgraphics, is being reviewed by the Department of Justice as part a broader investigation of the Murdoch companies requested by Senator John D (Jay) Rockefeller two weeks ago. How guilty do you have to be to offer up $655 million to avoid going to court?

    A Murdoch Family Dilemma — The BSkyB Media Property

    News Corporation views its US media properties as its prizes. However, there’s considerable business at stake in the UK placed at risk by the charges of illegal activities and potential charges of contempt of Parliament. The corporation was candid about the risks their recent SEC filing. Deadline New York reported this from the News Corporation SEC Annual Report: “(We) are not able to predict the ultimate outcome or cost” of law enforcement investigations in the UK and U.S.,” it says. The proceedings “could damage our reputation and might impair our ability to conduct our business” in ways that “could affect the Company’s results of operations and financial condition.”

    An imminent risk is the highly profitable BSkyB cable network, the largest broadcaster in the UK. The are over 10 million subscribers and close to 5.9 billion Sterling in revenue ($9.7 billion) for the 12 month period ending June, 2010. Pre-tax profits hit 875 million Sterling ($1.4 billion). News Corporation owns 39% of the network and planned to purchase the remaining 61% of the company, pending regulatory approval. That seemed a lock in January. After the Guardian’s July 4 expose of NoW’s phone hacking of the by then dead kidnap victim, Milly Dowler, things began to collapse. Just days after the Guardian article by Nick Davies, News Corporation announced it was withdrawing it’s bid for the remaining 61% of the company.

    James Murdoch is the Chairman of the Board for BSkyB. The board recently endorsed James and his position as chairman.

    At stake now is the 39% ownership share currently held by News Corporation. By UK rules, the owner of major media properties needs to be a “fit and proper person.”

    Damian Collins is a Conservative MP and member of the committee that heard evidence from the Murdochs on July 19. Yesterday, Bloomberg News reported Collins saying that a “contempt of Parliament” finding against Murdoch would threaten his role as Chairman of the highly profitable BSkyB UK entertainment network. Collins said such a finding, “would raise the question about whether someone can pass the fit-and- proper person tests required to hold a broadcasting license if they have been found to be in contempt of Parliament.”

    If and when James Murdoch is found in contempt of Parliament, there is a stark choice for Rupert Murdoch and his family enterprise — leave James in place and lose BSkyB, hardly acceptable, or remove James from the position of chairman of the board. The latter choice would be the second demotion for James in just a few weeks. Rupert Murdoch announced that his chief operating officer, Chase Carey, would become chairman of News Corporation should Murdoch become “suddenly incapacitated.” James Murdoch had been groomed for that role and was the likely heir up to this point. James may lose his position as head of the most lucrative media network in Europe. as well.

    The ultimate nightmare scenario is a public outcry demanding that News Corporation sell off its 39% interest in BSkyB or a move by Parliament or the coalition government to force a sell-off.

    This would bring to life the recent SEC filing by News Corporation. If it lost BSkyB entirely, that would take $3.8 billion away from the company top line (the 39% of BSkyB revenues). The investigations and findings could have a devastating impact on the ability to conduct business, particularly if News Corporation loses BSkyB entirely. This would “affect the Company’s results of operations and financial condition” by reducing gross revenues from $32.7 billion to $29 billion almost overnight. That’s a start.

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    Author’s Bio: Michael Collins is a writer in the DC area who researches and comments on the corruptions of the new millennium. His articles focus on the financial manipulations of The Money Party, the abuse of power by government, and features on elections and election fraud. His articles can be found athere. His website is The Money Party RSS

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