News-Alteration and Criminalizing
Of British and U.S. Media
The year 2011 revealed the ugly side of media reporting in the organizations controlled by Rupert Murdoch in Britain, extending to the United States. For years in Britain, major media sources controlled by Rupert Murdoch engaged in illegal activities that included widespread involvement of police, including Britain's fame Scotland Yard, paying law enforcement personnel for access to information. And seeking freedom from prosecution for criminal acts by bribing and extensive hiring of former police. British politicians, seeking media backing, remained silent to avoid media retaliation. Law enforcement personnel were bribed/paid to cover up criminal misconduct. In July 2011, the get-out-of-jail pass no longer worked. In Great Britain, the Rupert Murdock story broke, showing how a force against the public composed of powerful media personnel and media corporations, subservient politicians, law enforcement personnel, preyed upon a gullible public.
In describing the media scandals, The Nation (August 1, 2011) stated:
In Britain, Murdoch's devouring influence is finally being challenged with revelations that his employees compromised a murder investigation by hacking into the voicemail of the victims and erasing her last messages; tapped the phones of politicians with whom Murdoch took issue; and paid police officers and government officials "in the six figures" for information about ongoing investigations. It is perhaps only in America that any enterprise of Murdoch's labeled "fair and balances" is still received as anything but laughable. We know, too, that paying for information has become broad practice among American tabloids like the Post; but we seem inured to the concern that tabloid sensibility is not just unreliable but corruption.
"Murdoch's Watergate" was the front page reference to an article (July 18, 201) in Newsweek on the excesses of Rupert Murdoch and the culture at his British and U.S. media operations. The article stated in part:
Murdoch's Watergate. His anything-goes approach has spread through journalism like a contagion. The hacking scandal currently shaking Rupert Murdoch's empire will surprise only those who have willfully blinded themselves to that empire's pernicious influence on journalism in the English-speaking world. Too many of us have winked in amusement at the salaciousness without considering the larger corruption of journalism and politics promulgated by Murdoch Culture on both sides of the Atlantic.
The facts of the case are astonishing in their scope. Thousands of private phone messages hacked [including] murder victims and families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Allegations of bribery, wiretapping, and other forms of lawbreaking-not to mention the charge that emails were deleted by the millions in order to thwart Scotland Yard's investigation.
Almost every prime minister since the Harold Wilson era of the 1960s and'70s has paid obeisance to Murdoch and his unmatched power.
[Seeking Media's Political and Cultural Power Existing in United States]
Murdoch associates, present and formerand his biographershave said that one of his greatest long-term ambitions has been to replicate that political and cultural power in the United States. For a long time his vehicle was the New York Post ... for increasing his eminence and working a wholesale change not only in American journalism but in the broader culture as well. Then came the unfair and imbalanced politicized "news" of the Fox News Channelshowing (again) Murdoch's genius at building an empire on the basis of an ever-descending lowest journalistic denominator. It, too, rests on a foundation that has little or nothing to do with the best traditions and values of real reporting and responsible journalism: the best obtainable version of the truth. In place of this journalistic ideal, the enduring Murdoch ethic substitutes gossip, sensationalism, and manufactured controversy.
Between the Post, Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal, it's hard to think of any other individual who has had a greater impact on American political and media culture in the past half century. ... Reporters and editors do not routinely break the law, bribe policemen, wiretap, and generally conduct themselves lie thugs unless is a matter of recognized and understood policy. Murdoch invested and established this culture in the newsroom, where you do whatever it takes to get the story, take no prisoners, destroy the competition, and the end will justify the means.
Investigators are already assembling voluminous records that demonstrate the systemic lawbreaking at News of the World, and Scotland Yard seems to believe what was happening in the newsroom was endemic at the highest levels at the paper and evident within the corporate structure. Checks have been found showing tens of thousands of dollars of payments at a time.
The history of covering up for high-level corruption within the U.S. government is described in almost all of the many books written by former federal agent Rodney Stich, and highlights are found at www.defraudingamerica.com/media_index.html. It was this cover-up of hardcore corruption, first documented by Stich in the 1960s, that made possible the tragic, the deadly, the catastrophic series of events affecting the American people that would otherwise not have happened.
It is possibly the answer to the questi9on, "How could so much corruption, resulting in so many calamities, exist without the people knowing?" The answer to a good extent is media cover-up, further assisted by a culture of cover-up by America's politicians.
U.S. media people and media corporations, including those controlled by Rupert Murdoch and people with similar culture, made many of America's tragedies possibleand then covered up for their involvement.