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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Murdoch mania

There's an interesting amount of pop psychology kicking around on about who is to blame for Fox's stunningly tone deaf (and since abandoned) decision to publish the OJ book along with a two-part interview with the Glove Man.

My gosh, Bill O'Reilly even went so far as to deny the link between his TV circus and the parent network even though Roger Ailes is the (lowest) common denominator.

All of that prattle ignores the Great Enabler, the man who brought the world topless models on Page Three and the News of the World and the "do as I say, not as I do" moral code so best exemplified by O'Reilly: Rupert Murdoch.

The media guru of the moral values voters has sneered at those voters time and again with a downscale philosophy that has long been visible at Fox. For all the raves and laurels heaped at American Idol, let's not forgot the foundation of the show is the Simon Cowell sneer, the putdown of the average Joe or Jane with a dream -- but without the talent to match.

Despite his recent cozying up to Hillary Clinton, Murdoch remains the patron saint of the sneering Theocratic movement that has brought us such upstanding hypocrites as Bill Bennett and Ted Haggard.

So you really don't need to look too deeply to find who "greenlighted" this abomination of an idea, do you Rupe. P.T. Barnum (or Joseph Bessimer) is probably smiling down approvingly.

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