Who is he: Keith Rupert Murdoch is the Chairman and CEO of News Corporation and one of the most powerful media men in the world with his global media empire ranging from newspapers, radio, television, cable, film and Internet sites. Murdoch's media holdings include the Wall Street Journal and arguably his biggest success story – Fox Broadcasting Company, which he created to rival the big three, ABC, CBS and NBC. The cable coverage of Murdoch's Fox operation now dwarfs its competition.
By claiming the conservative mantel against the liberal and socialist competition, Murdoch plays his part well in support of the drive toward global governance, which – although wounded by the truth-telling power of the Internet and alternative media – continues unabated by the Anglo-American Axis of a few wealthy families manipulating markets, governments and wars for profit and enhancement of their power and control. They often use the the technique known as the Hegelian Dialectic to advance their one world agenda. Murdoch and his gigantic media empire appear to play the conservative side while other Western mainstream media establishment players take the liberal socialist left.
It will be interesting to see if Murdoch changes his strategy. In any event, the battle is joined today between the real free-market advocates broadcasting their ideas on the Internet (and who stand opposed to global governance and one world rule) and the Rupert Murdoch style media elites of the world with somewhat differing viewpoints and political persuasions and who are complicitly working behind the scenes to assist with the implementation of a one world agenda.
Background: Keith Rupert Murdoch was born in Melbourne, Australia the only son of a regional newspaper magnate who was very successful and wealthy. His father, Sir Keith Murdoch, educated and groomed Murdoch from an early age to take over the family business.
Murdoch attended the best elite schools in Australia and later studied philosophy, politics and economics at the prestigious Worcester College, part of Oxford University in England. Murdoch's father passed away when he was 22, initiating Murdoch's return from Oxford to Australia to run the family newspaper business.
Murdoch almost immediately began to expand the newspaper business through a series of acquisitions. Murdoch initially grew his media holdings in Australia before moving on to Great Britain where he acquired the Times and Sunday Times newspapers. During the past 60 years, Murdoch has spread his wings to cover most of the globe and can boast control over a truly international media conglomerate. Although his politics have generally been conservative, as he first supported conservative Margaret Thatcher when she was in power, Murdoch later switched to sympathizing with the more liberal and socialist Labor Party and Tony Blair.
With the growth of alternative news on the Internet taking both liberal and conservative readership away from formerly mainstream print media, Murdoch moved forward on cable television in the UK and US while attempting to charge for readership on his Internet news sites. To date, the strategy of charging micropayments for online news from print media and independent news sites has been less than successful but Murdoch continues to struggle and try new ways to expand this Internet business model and maintain a grip on the media diet of the masses.
Murdoch has moved the headquarters of his media empire to the United States and has obtained US citizenship – at least partially as a means to satisfy legislation requiring that only United States citizens can own American television stations. This also resulted in Murdoch losing his Australian citizenship.
The four key features of Rupert Murdoch's media empire are: free-market ideology. unified positions on matters of public policy. global editorial meetings and opposition to a perceived liberal bias in other public media. Daily Bell readers should understand that along with these noteworthy conservative and free-market credentials comes a strong bias towards aggressive military intervention and a Neocon view of world affairs and the foreign policy of the United States.
While Fox News claims to be "fair and balanced," it is only so in comparison to the very liberal former big three networks and CNN. Still, we believe Murdoch sometimes puts growth and market share above personal politics.
A clear indication of this occurred when Fox prohibited Congressman Ron Paul from participating in a very important presidential debate during the 2008 presidential campaign, which resulted in libertarian and free-market supporter outrage and a short-lived boycott of Fox News. This was followed by what we view as an alleged set-up by Glenn Beck to take down libertarian candidate for Governor Debra Medina when she threatened the election of the conservative GOP candidate in 2010.
As a nod to the growing number of Ron Paul supporters and free-market advocates and libertarians who watch Fox News, and to further generate support for GOP Tea Party supporters and their views, Murdoch now runs Judge Andrew Napolitano's "Freedom Watch" program on Fox – apparently without any top down editorial directives or controls. In addition, Fox now includes experts with non-neocon views at times on both Fox News and the newer Fox Business Channel, which has several free-market and libertarian spokespersons on the network.
Rupert Murdoch is certainly one of if not the leading player in the media elite establishment of the Anglosphere. His vast holdings show the sweeping impact his views, editorials and propaganda have on a worldwide audience.
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