Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oh, The Irony

"Murdoch 'humbled and ashamed', but accepts no personal responsibility" - newspaper headline.

Fox News' O'Reilly on the budget battle now taking place in congress in congress: "This is the war that is raging throughout America. It is between conservatives, who emphasize personal responsibility and achievement, against liberals, who say the government must take from the wealthy and give to the poor."  Examples of "personal responsibility" as a meme are not hard to find, of course. The double irony (besides Rupert's personal stand on personal responsibility) is that the wealthy often inherited their money, pay less taxes these days ( pass it on to their children, fund elections and lobbiest with it, etc. and the poor are personally responsible for where they are. I agree that the rich have been much more effective than the poor in influencing the government and making money work for them. The poor must take personal responsibility for this.... I guess.

"Rupert Murdoch has sacrificed the News of the World" - newspaper headline. Wasn't "news" sacrificed earlier than this?

Rupert Murdoch: "I Would Trust" Les Hinton "With My Life"   (Les Hinton resigned from News Corp. a few days earlier."

"Media mogul Rupert Murdoch told UK lawmakers investigating the phone-hacking scandal that 'this is the most humble day of my life.' " - newspaper story.  I always thought "I am the most humble man here" was a joke.

"AUSTRALIAN investors have given Rupert Murdoch's appearance before a UK parliamentary inquiry the thumbs up and pushed News Corporation shares higher for a second straight day."  - newspaper report.  Now isn't Murdoch Australian and rich and his friends and buddies who support him the same? However, what more effective way could we have of rating Murdoch's performance with a thumb's up. They are like Rex Reed buying tickets to boost sales of  "Myra Breckinridge."