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We may now add murder to the deepening scandal surrounding the man who brought us, among much other tripe, Fox News:
Whistleblower in Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal Found Dead
On Monday, Sean Hoare, a former reporter who helped blow the whistle on the Murdoch-owned News of the World, was found dead in his home. Hoare had been the source for a New York Times story tying phone hacking to former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who would later become director of communications for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Coulson was arrested as the scandal broke open earlier this month. Police say Hoare appears to have died of natural causes, but the determination had not lessened suspicion of foul play. Hoare not only talked about phone hacking, but phone tracking as well, or as he said they called in the newsroom “pinging,” where he said News of the World would pay police, he believed, to track individuals’ locations.
It is becoming evident that Murdoch’s revolting media empire, a veritable propaganda factory, has extensive ties to the wealthy and powerful, including government officials and the police force that is entrusted with maintaining public order. What is less apparent, however, is why exactly this has come to the fore now. What has Murdoch done to fall out of grace with the ruling elite?
Perhaps what we are seeing in England is the gaping democratic deficit which exists between our two nations. In England, where some remnant of democratic principles still exists, and where an independent, honest media thrives at least in a limited form, there always remained a possibility – however slight – that the terrible deeds of Murdoch and his ilk would eventually be brought to the public eye. The propaganda machine that has engulfed American democracy has evidently not been quite as successful in England, where a weary public and the vestigial remains of real journalism converged to finally uncover the atrocious behavior of one of the world’s greatest villains. It seems that Murdoch’s demise in England is both real and far-reaching; it is doubtful that his media empire will emerge unscathed in what was once one of his greatest strongholds.
In light of the failure of his propaganda empire, it appears that the Murdochites were forced to utilize the somewhat outdated means of coercion: good old-fashioned, cold-blooded murder. In the United States, as opposed to more traditional fascist states such as the Soviet Union or East Germany, the people are controlled through a careful manipulation of the flow of information. There is no need for violence, as the masses readily buy into the lies propagated by the ruling elite and their vile corporate media machines. In England, this modern means of control clearly failed, and as the prospect emerged of a public fully aware of the workings behind the scenes of Murdoch’s ghastly conglomeration became apparent, violence became a trusty last resort.
Will similar events transpire in the United States? It seems highly unlikely. The U.S. is a different breed altogether, where democratic principles and the free press on which it depends, have long ago been lost. News Corp. is hardly the only – or even the most influential – corporate propaganda outlet to exist in the U.S.; on the contrary, there is no independent media to speak of in America, as the corporate influence has extended to virtually all national media outlets. As a result, the true depths of the Murdoch scandal will likely never come to light in the United States, since News Corp’s fellow corporate media cronies will have no interest in covering a story which might eventually lead to their own demise.
The corporate propaganda machine in the U.S. is far superior to any that ever existed in England, and the American people are simply too ignorant, too complacent, too apathetic to precipitate the same kind of revolution we now see the first rumblings of across the Atlantic. So while Murdoch may tumble from the heights of power in England and elsewhere in the developed world, it can be assumed that his stranglehold on the American public will only grow stronger, as we are too far gone to even dream of stopping it.