What the Murdoch "Unfit" Means for the US

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A family in Stockport, England, watch a television showing News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch and his son James testifying before Parliament. A family in Stockport, England, watch a television showing News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch and his son James testifying before Parliament. (Andrew Yates/AFP)

David Folkenflik, NPR media correspondent, discusses yesterday's ruling in the UK about Rupert Murdoch, and what it means for the Post, Wall Street Journal, and US media.


David Folkenflik

Comments [11]

jason zenith from connecticut

david folkenflik must be angling for a job with Murdoch. He keeps running interference for Murdoch and his company. Murdoch is not "contrite." And the Wall St. Journal, contrary to Folkenflik, has consistently buried the News corp scandal inside the marketplace section of the newspaper most of the time, as well as blunting the damning news. And to sing the praises of a ruthless, unprincipled, hack apparatchik like Les Hinton is preposterous.'
Good luck landing that better-paying job in the Murdoch empire, David.

May. 03 2012 05:32 PM

Does anyone actually read the Post??

...anyone intelligent, that is.

May. 02 2012 12:06 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Who CARES what the UK thinks.

The UK has been overrun by socialists. It's over for the UK.

The Sun has set on the British Empire and now the UK.

May. 02 2012 11:12 AM

Is Dan Rather's character fit for journalism?
(Oops - that's another segment.)

I'm often amused at the high dungeon that legislatures work themselves into over people who, let's not mince words, do not tell them the truth.

May. 02 2012 10:26 AM
markcklinger3 from Pittsburgh

Please observe that the FCC reuirements, # of stations & the Fairness Doctrine were eliminated with the replacement of the Communications Act of 1934 during the self-regulation era of Ronald Regan. There is no limited on the number of stations or the self-competition within a market, i.e. CBS owned stations, Clear Channel and many other which own hundreds or thousands, not 7-7-7 as previously. Also network rules were removed in the name of ????? competition.

May. 02 2012 10:25 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Wow, another scandal in the news MANUFACTURING business! How shocking. To me its no different than an oil spill. Big businesses inavaribaly go to the edge, and sometimes go over the edge into the abyss to get business.

May. 02 2012 10:25 AM

A friend of mine freelanced for the Post. In order to keep his anonymity, I will give a general sketch of what he experienced. He took a photo of two prominent people. His editor called and asked him if he could hear their conversation and were they arguing. He said he could hear and they weren't arguing. The editor kept insisting. He kept saying they weren't. The published caption said they were arguing! He no longer works for the NY Pest.

May. 02 2012 10:20 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Hmm - the "fit and proper" test is usually used in the UK to vet foreign oligarchs of dubious means, who are interested in buying soccer clubs.

Murdoch "bribed" Guiliani and members of congress with "good press" and book deals, allowing him to break precedent and own multiple media outlets in the same market. The GOP will never allow News Corp to disappear stateside.

May. 02 2012 10:14 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Gee, let's ignore the 2.2% GDP, the terrible employment numbers today, the fall in manufacturing orders last month.

Hey, I know ... let's attack Murdock ..... he owns the only media outlets that won't ignore this disaster of an economy and absence of leadership.

May. 02 2012 10:13 AM
Jeff Park Slope

If Murdoch violated laws, then he should be prosecuted. But for parliamentarians to define the "fitness" of the head of a corporation is particularly rich. England has an MP that wants to arrest Obama, it has other officials - former mayor of London and I think at least one MP that are just as wacko. Big Brother! No one needs to buy his products if they don't like him. I on the other hand, have no choice but to buy NPR. But having government funding broadcasting is not enough for the left, they need to shut down their opponents.

May. 02 2012 10:12 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Yes, ridicule the NY POST, but they cover stories that you are too partisan to even mention.

May. 02 2012 10:11 AM

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