Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Peddling racist nonsense

I’m pleased Rupert Murdoch is now an American. It would be too embarrassing to think it was one of my fellow countrymen who was in the business of using the world’s largest media empire to peddle nonsense. The old fellow must have flipped to allow this kind of commentary to go to air on his Fox News Network.

The appearance by radio talk show host Glen Beck on the Fox and Friends television segment must mark a low point in the history of Murdoch journalism. Calling President Barack Obama a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture” is surely beyond the pale. But then, as the Politico website reminds us, Beck is the man who on his own Fox program recently joked about poisoning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

It is horribly tasteless stuff and no wonder that a backlash has begun with sites like colorofchange.org springing up to try and persuade advertisers to boycott Fox programs.

Not that there are any signs of Rupert Murdoch moving to rein in his fanatic commentators who are attracting the highest ratings on pay television for news programs and have given birth to their own support sites on the internet.

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