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Glenn Beck On Conspiracy Theories, His Critics On The Right And Left, And How He Resembles Howard Beale Of ‘Network’

140px-Arguing_with_IdiotsJames Taranto, a member of The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board, writes a fawning profile of the increasingly loonie Glenn Beck. Does this mean that we can expect the Journal to become a semi-respectable print version of another of Rupert Murdoch’s “news” outlets, Fox News Channel (which of course is home to Mr. Beck’s TV show)?

Glenn Beck didn’t always believe in what he was doing. “When I was young, I used to hear people say, ‘He’s a golden boy. Look at that guy. Can you imagine what he’s going to be like when he grows up?’ Well, I unfortunately bought into that. And I hadn’t even found myself. Quite honestly, I was running from myself. But I knew how to work Top 40 radio.”

“Golden boy” was no exaggeration. “I was in Washington, D.C., on the morning show, by the time I was 18, programming a station by 19, No.

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News Corp. Wants To Bring Fox News To The UK

FNC logoNote to U.K. regulators: this is a terrible idea. Make sure you watch Robert Greenwald’s classic documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War On Journalism and weep. Variety reports on the head of Murdoch’s U.K. based Sky News calling for the end of impartiality rules there:

The head of Sky News, the U.K. news web that is controlled by News Corp., has defended Fox News — and called for the scrapping of impartiality rules that prevent a U.K. version of Fox News being licensed in Britain.

John Ryley, speaking to the Cambridge Union Society Tuesday, said that he admired Fox News, which was recently under attack from Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law Matthew Freud for undermining journalistic standards.

The Sky News topper said: “At Sky News, we provide impartial and independent news.

“That’s not because Ofcom (the U.K. media regulator) tells us to but because it’s what our audience expects of us. In simple terms, it’s good business for us to be impartial.”

Ryley added: “That’s not to say there aren’t different ways of approaching television news.

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Rupert Murdoch and the Art of War

As the distributors of the classic Robert Greenwald documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War On Journalism, we’re always happy to see the liberal media giving Mr. Murdoch yet another battering, but I have to say that I’m starting to wonder if they won’t be lining up for jobs with him soon, as the last newspaper tycoon standing. The latest assault, in New York Magazine:

This month, with the announcement that The Wall Street Journal would be expanding the scope of its coverage out of New York, Rupert Murdoch opens his most direct assault yet against his longstanding foe, the New York Times. But the Times launched a preemptive strike when its media critic, David Carr, casted [sic] aspersions on the Journal’s journalistic integrity a year into its ownership by Murdoch’s News Corporation. Carr reported on how its news pages have tilted rightward, much as one might expect from the owner of Fox News and the New York Post.

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Rupert Murdoch: ‘There’s No Such Thing As A Free News Story’

Mercedes Bunz (is that name for real?) writes in the Guardian:

Rupert Murdoch has today reiterated his belief that internet users will pay for content, saying they would be happy to shell out for “information they need to rise in society”.

Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, gave a wide-ranging address to US media regulators that attacked internet news aggregation as “theft” and claimed that advertising-only business models were dead.

“From the beginning on, newspapers have prospered for one reason: giving readers the news that they want,” he said.

He said newspapers should not blame technology if they failed. “If we fail, we fail like a restaurant that makes meals that no one wants to eat.”

His company’s customers were “smart enough” to know they had to pay for news, Murdoch told a US Federal Trade Commission workshop on the future of journalism in the internet age.

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Murdoch’s Attack Dog Snarls at the ‘Parasites’ Threatening His Master

Where does Rupert find these guys? The man who declared war on journalism (as shown in the classic documentary Outfoxed) has surrounded himself with Jack Russells to bite the ankles of anyone who dares challenge his views on what the media should be (as reported in nemesis newspaper The Guardian):

If you go by the numbers, a slim Australian with a sharp tongue and a penchant for ultra-skinny ties has become the most powerful newspaper editor in America. The Wall Street Journal has claimed top spot in circulation rankings and its boss seems intent on marshalling a print industry war against online “thievery”.

A loyal lieutenant and friend of Rupert Murdoch, the WSJ’s Robert Thomson rarely minces his words. A former editor of the Times, he dismissed the Guardian as a paper catering for a north London ghetto, and on arrival at the WSJ he upset veteran writers by saying that certain elaborately researched stories seemed to have the “gestation of a llama”.

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