Our Australians at Polar Opposites

[Ironically the most powerful voices in America today seem to be those of Australians — Murdoch and Assange. The former has taken over the bulk of our radio and TV media and is doing his best to cover-up American abuses. The latter is doing his best to expose the same. Below are fragments on each from Wikipedia websites.

This truly is a battle royale. Assange has just been released from solitary confinement and faces rape charges in Sweden and death threats from American pols and others. Murdock has been buying up and corrupting American media as he did earlier the British. It is fascinating that their voices are more powerful than those of most Americans. Murdock’s Fox News is a case in point. More than any other living figure he has divided Americans into extreme positions, liberal versus conservative. He has no compunctions over lying and distorting basic facts which he reduces to crude (and emotionally appealing) slogans, e.g. ‘Cutting the taxes of the ultra rich will create jobs’. Since he now controls much of our media it can repeat such over and over so that the bulk of our population begins to believe it. Americans are running scared and will listen to any voice that promises to rescue them with more money. Needless to say such are fictions, not facts.

On the other side Assange is apparently not only under attack by the Murdock team but also key members of the Obama administration. Which will kill or jail him first?

If one stops to think about it for a moment we are living in a time of madness. Ed Kent]

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“Assange founded the WikiLeaks website in 2006 and serves on its advisory board. He has been involved in publishing material about extrajudicial killings in Kenya, for which he won the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award. He has also published material about toxic waste dumping in Africa, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and banks such as Kaupthing and Julius Baer.[10] In 2010, he published classified details about US involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Then, on 28 November 2010, WikiLeaks and its five media partners began publishing secret US diplomatic cables.[11] The White House has called Assange’s release of the diplomatic cables “reckless and dangerous”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange

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“Beginning with one newspaper in Adelaide, Murdoch acquired and started other publications in his native Australia before expanding News Corp. into the United Kingdom, United States and Asian media markets. Although it was in Australia in the late 1950s that he first dabbled in television, he later sold these assets, and News Corp.’s Australian current media interests (still mainly in print) are restricted by cross-media ownership rules. Murdoch’s first permanent foray into TV was in the USA, where he created Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986. In the 2000s, he became a leading investor in satellite television, the film industry and the Internet, and purchased a leading American newspaper, The Wall Street Journal. He and his media are leading backers of conservative causes.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Murdoch

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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