Sarah Palin and Rupert Murdoch: How Sarah Palin forgot to resign from Fox News after the NOTW scandal
July 11, 2011
While it's anybody's guess as to whether or not Sarah Palin will announce as a Presidential Candidate, I predict that she will decide NOT to run for President. I realize this prediction is counter-intuitive, and that there are many indications that she will announce her candidacy sometime this month. The most notable being Steve Bannon's gushing, fatuous and soon to be released documentary "The Undefeated", in which he tries to reinvent Palin. Palin's the cover story in the latest issue of Newsweek, just out today. And they have a lot of really hot pictures of her in the beautiful scenery of her Alaskan home, (I presume). In fact the piece titled "Palin Plots Her Next Move", begins with the following declaration from Palin: "I believe that I can win a national election".
Here's why I am predicting Palin will not run:
1.) Bachmann and Palin are, ideologically speaking, redundant. The only difference between the two is that Palin is taking the position that she has stood up to big oil in the past on behalf of her constituents.
2.) Bachmann's academic credentials are vastly superior to Sarah Palin's. According to Wikipedia, Bachmann received an LLM. degree in tax law from the William and Mary School of Law
3.) Bachmann leads the Tea Caucas in Congress- Palin runs Bachmann will deck her.
4.) Finally Sarah Palin has not resigned from Fox News in response to the NOTW criminal cases in Great Britain. This act alone, whether she is aware of it or not, will ultimately doom her in the general election. Any potential Candidate who stays with Fox News from this point on can pretty much kiss their political ass "goodbye". Can you see her campaign thesis now: “Hey elect me because I work for Rupert Murdoch, you know the guy who intercepted the voice mail messages of thousands of people over in Great Britain, and by golly I had the guts not to resign from Fox when the chips were down and that's how I'll be as your President.” ? Give me a break.
Sarah Palin is a diversion. The real story is Murdoch and his FCC licenses. There is a possibility that she will run as a diversion, but it's doubtful. It is more likely Palin is being groomed for a top level position at Fox.
Crazypoliticos.com previously published a blog calling for FCC hearings to determine if Murdoch's broadcast licenses should be revoked under 47 USC Section 308(b). Newsweek published a story by Carl Bernstein, who, along with Bob Woodward broke the Watergate Scandal, titled “Murdoch's Watergate”, today on its website. Bernstein's opening salvo focuses on the lack of American response to the exploding scandal in Europe and Great Britain:
"The hacking scandal currently shaking Rupert Murdoch’s empire will surprise only those who have willfully blinded themselves to that empire’s pernicious influence on journalism in the English-speaking world. Too many of us have winked in amusement at the salaciousness without considering the larger corruption of journalism and politics promulgated by Murdoch Culture on both sides of the Atlantic."
The implications of Carl Bernstein's statement are clear. It means Palin, for one, is now on notice about who she works for (News Corporation and ultimately Murdoch) and what they represent. That is unless she wants to risk revisiting the PTSD from Katie Couric asking her what periodicals she read during the last Presidential Election. Wikepedia states “Since January 2010, she has also provided political commentary for Fox News."
And, as if to further underscore this point, the Daily Mirror reported today:
"But he [Rupert Murdoch] flew straight into another storm as it was claimed 9/11 victims may have had their mobiles tapped by News of the World reporters. And there was more bad news when it was revealed nine reporters allegedly at the centre of the phone scandal and claims of police corruption could face jail, along with three officers.After he spent time at News International’s Wapping HQ in East London, 80-year-old Mr Murdoch held crisis talks with Mrs Brooks, 43 - who denies any knowledge of the Milly phone tapping - at his home in Mayfair.The pair chatted behind closed doors as a former New York cop made the 9/11 hacking claim. He alleged he was contacted by News of the World journalists who said they would pay him to retrieve the private phone records of the dead."
On June 02, 2011 Mediamatters.org published an online article by Simon Maloy titled "The Paliln Bus Tour and Fox New's Ethical Morass", Maloy states:
So Palin, in her capacity as a Fox News employee, is signaling that she will seek political office. Her bosses, however, are signaling that she won't. What's more, Fox News is paying Sarah Palin as she drives across the country dropping hints about running for higher office.
If Sarah Palin is a synonym for “integrity” and “Ronald Reagan” as some have argued, then why hasn't she formally resigned or excoriated her employer? Where is her moral leadership now? Why is she waiting to see if the story catches on in the United States before taking a stand? This should be a clear and easy moral choice for her; instinctive even. By not resigning and then condemning her former employer, she has become morally complicit in their crime. She's running with the Murdoch's now. So, it's almost certain that Palin will not be a candidate in the 2012 Presidential election.
Still, I wonder if she will still be working for Rupert Murdoch if she runs, and if and after she is elected.
July 11, 2010
Postscript: For those readers who are concerned about Murdoch continuing to operate broadcast media in the United States in light of the NOTW scandal, Media Matters is calling for Congressional Hearings regarding this issue. You can join Media Matters' effort by clicking here.
By the way, click here if you want to know why I really like Media Matters. Note, Fox is talking about "tax exemptions" throughout the entire YouTube video even though during much of it the Fox News commentators characterize Media Matters tax exempt status as a "subsidy' in an effort to mislead viewers into believing that Media Matters is actually receiving money from the Federal Government to fund its attacks against "Fox News". So, no, the Government is not funding attacks against Fox News, they are merely granting them tax exempt status. And, one wonders where was Fox News when the LDS Church was financially backing Proposition 8 and why didn't they challenge the LDS Church's tax exempt status, or accuse them of receiving government subsidies to oppose same sex marriage? It's hilarous hyprocrisy! Well, that is just the way Fox News (the news organization with the oxymoronic name!) rolls.
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