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    Fair and balanced: Murdoch resigns as BSkyB chairman

    London (CNN) -- James Murdoch, the son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch, stepped down as the chairman of BSkyB on Tuesday, the British satellite broadcaster announced.

    He has been hammered by accusations that News Corp.'s British Sunday tabloid the News of the World systematically eavesdropped illegally on crime victims, politicians, celebrities and veterans in search of stories.

    Murdoch, 39, has consistently denied knowing about the scale of phone hacking at the paper, which he ordered shut down last summer in the face of the scandal.

    He referred to it in his resignation, saying: "I am determined that the interests of BSkyB should not be undermined by matters outside the scope of this company."

    He made clear he was trying to shield the satellite broadcaster from fallout from the newspaper scandal, saying: "I believe that my resignation will help to ensure that there is no false conflation with events at a separate organization."

    Murdoch will stay on as a non-executive director of BSkyB.

    BSkyB shares in London fell about half a percentage point on the news of his resignation, and the Murdoch family's News Corp. fell about the same at the open in New York.

    The resignation comes on the heels of his stepping down from News Corp.'s British newspaper publishing companies in the wake of scandals over the past year.

    When he quit as chairman of News International in February, the company said it was to focus on News Corp.'s pay television services.

    London's Metropolitan Police are conducting three separate investigations into the scandal, which also includes allegations of e-mail hacking and police bribery. Dozens of people have been arrested but no one has been charged.

    Two parliamentary committees and an independent inquiry led by a judge are also probing the scandal.

    The scandal broke as News Corp. moved to expand its ownership of BSkyB last summer -- a plan it shelved as politicians and the public expressed outrage about the hacking of the voice mail of a missing teenage girl who later turned out to have been murdered.

    James Murdoch has been seen as a potential heir to his father's media empire.

    He has twice been called to testify before lawmakers in London about what he knew of misconduct by staff at News International.

    In a letter to parliament's Culture, Media and Sport committee last month, James Murdoch said he could have asked more questions of senior officers at the firm, but rejected the suggestion that his resignation as chief executive reflected unrevealed knowledge relating to the scandal.

    "I take my share of responsibility for not uncovering wrongdoing earlier," he wrote in the letter, dated March 12 and published by lawmakers.

    A News Corp. board meeting is scheduled for later Tuesday.

    [url]http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/03/business/uk-bskyb-murdoch-resignation/index.html?hpt=hp_t1[/url]

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    Look on the bright side..... At least he wasn't editing 911 recordings, promoting racial strife and hatred.....

    [url]http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2012/04/01/furor-over-edited-trayvon-911-tape-spurs-internal-nbc-probe/[/url]

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan;4426246]Look on the bright side..... At least he wasn't editing 911 recordings, promoting racial strife and hatred.....

    [url]http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2012/04/01/furor-over-edited-trayvon-911-tape-spurs-internal-nbc-probe/[/url][/QUOTE]

    true.............so I guess its A Okay to bribe police officers and politicians. And its A Okay to hack phones of private and public citizens, murdered school girls, families of victims of terrorist attacks and dead soldiers.

    [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_Corporation_scandal[/url]

    [IMG]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_puPnPftfoLI/TGrKclvOadI/AAAAAAAAAis/eDOogroHang/s1600/faux_news11.jpg[/IMG]
    Last edited by intelligentjetsfan; 04-03-2012 at 12:54 PM.

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    So a rehashed story after the CEO, who obviously has no evidence correlating him to the scandal, at least not yet, resigns...

    Nothing to see here folks...

    Basically boils down to accountability... You don't see guys like Holder stepping down when their underlings go off the reservation, do you? :rolleyes:

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    [QUOTE=AlwaysGreenAlwaysWhite;4426283]So a rehashed story after the CEO, who obviously has no evidence correlating him to the scandal, at least not yet, resigns...

    Nothing to see here folks...

    Basically boils down to accountability... You don't see guys like Holder stepping down when their underlings go off the reservation, do you? :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    Of course, having the heir to the most powerful media entity in the world forced to step down due to horrific actions is nothing to care about. :rolleyes:

    A little scandal about a major "news" corporation (which controls Television, newspapers and books distribution) bribing police officers and politicians and hacking into the private phones of family members of victims of terrorist attacks and fallen soldiers is not close to important. No cause for concern.

    [IMG]http://www.ostrichheadinsand.com/images/ostrich-head-in-sand.jpg[/IMG]

    So back to the real news; What was on Hannity last night? :zzz::zzz::zzz:
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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;4426298]Of course, having the heir to the most powerful media entity in the world forced to step down due to horrific actions is nothing to care about. :rolleyes:

    A little scandal about a major "news" corporation (which controls Television, newspapers and books distribution) bribing police officers and politicians and hacking into the private phones of family members of victims of terrorist attacks and fallen soldiers is not close to important. No cause for concern.

    [IMG]http://www.ostrichheadinsand.com/images/ostrich-head-in-sand.jpg[/IMG]

    So back to the real news; What was on Hannity last night? :zzz::zzz::zzz:[/QUOTE]

    Realistically...you represent a left wing point of view that has to accept the reality that there is a media operation that will no longer allow left wing media to go unchecked and it makes you unhappy.

    What FOX did, while wrong, is no worse than what major media has gotten away with for 50 years. The Florida shooting is everything wrong with left media so I personally applaud FOX just for being some balance to the left wing media.

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;4426264]true.............so I guess its A Okay to bribe police officers and politicians. And its A Okay to hack phones of private and public citizens, murdered school girls, families of victims of terrorist attacks and dead soldiers.[/QUOTE]

    Can you say definitely that the other Networks have not done similar activities?

    Or only that they've yet to be caught doing it?

    You'd have a much bettr leg to stand on if your distrust of media went a little further than "right wing Fox News" only.;)

    The Media is not a friend of the People, or of truth and honesty. All Media. No exceptions or exclusions.
    Last edited by Warfish; 04-03-2012 at 01:30 PM.

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;4426264]true.............so I guess its A Okay to bribe police officers and politicians. And its A Okay to hack phones of private and public citizens, murdered school girls, families of victims of terrorist attacks and dead soldiers.

    [/QUOTE]

    No, but instigating a race war is.....

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    Isn't attacking the left wing media in this thread the same as attacking bush in an obama thread? D=R

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4426326]Can you say definitely that the other Networks have not done similar activities?

    Or only that they've yet to be caught doing it?

    You'd have a much bettr leg to stand on if your distrust of media went a little further than "right wing Fox News" only.;)

    The Media is not a friend of the People, or of truth and honesty. All Media. No exceptions or exclusions.[/QUOTE]

    Its worth repeating that I am no fan of our entire main stream media. The supposed liberal media failed to offer any alternative to war during the build up to the Iraq war. At the same time all across the world, media outlets were presenting contrasting points of view about Saddam's involvement in 9-11 and yellow cake. America's version of a liberal media, as well as Rupert's empire, acted as if there was no other alternative.

    We are in agreement about the media as a whole being void of truth and honesty.

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    Been more reports out here in the Australian Fairfax newspapers about NewsCorp and Murdoch, apparently promoting electronic piracy as a way of attacking competitors:

    [url]http://www.smh.com.au/business/pay-tv-piracy-hits-murdoch-20120328-1vxfw.html[/url]

    [url]http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/murdoch-vows-to-hit-back-on-piracy-claims-20120329-1w17o.html[/url]

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;4427173]Its worth repeating that I am no fan of our entire main stream media.[/quote]

    I'd agree that it's worth mentioning, primarily because that is not how you come across. Generally, you come across as a strictly right-wing media critic.

    [quote]We are in agreement about the media as a whole being void of truth and honesty.[/QUOTE]

    If you mean that, then we're in agreement.

    For your viewing displeasure, you may want to take a peek at the head of the Associated Press doing an introduction for President Obama at a recent media gathering, and how he choose to describe the President and issues of the day.....suffice it to say, any measure of impartiality was not to be found. It sounded like a campaign rally, frankly. Obama, for his portion, then lectured the AP staffers and other media presant on how they should be reporting the news, i.e. Obama is a centrist, (R) is Radical.

    Radical, you may now notice, is in quite a few news stories regarding the (R) since that speech.

    What FOX did was horrible, no excuses, no forgiveness.

    But it should not be something seen in a vacuum, given the issues above. Honestly IJF, find the audio and have a listen. You may agree with the opinions stated to some degree, but even so, it's as one sided as it can get.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4427317]

    What FOX did was horrible, no excuses, no forgiveness.

    [/QUOTE]

    It wasn't FOX..

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan;4427409]It wasn't FOX..[/QUOTE]

    :rolleyes:

    :zzz::zzz::zzz::zzz:

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;4427428]:rolleyes:

    :zzz::zzz::zzz::zzz:[/QUOTE]

    Despite the claims of mouth foaming liberals, News of the World and Fox News Channel are two different entities.....

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4427317]I'd agree that it's worth mentioning, primarily because that is not how you come across. Generally, you come across as a strictly right-wing media critic.



    If you mean that, then we're in agreement.

    For your viewing displeasure, you may want to take a peek at the head of the Associated Press doing an introduction for President Obama at a recent media gathering, and how he choose to describe the President and issues of the day.....suffice it to say, any measure of impartiality was not to be found. It sounded like a campaign rally, frankly. Obama, for his portion, then lectured the AP staffers and other media presant on how they should be reporting the news, i.e. Obama is a centrist, (R) is Radical.

    Radical, you may now notice, is in quite a few news stories regarding the (R) since that speech.

    What FOX did was horrible, no excuses, no forgiveness.

    But it should not be something seen in a vacuum, given the issues above. Honestly IJF, find the audio and have a listen. You may agree with the opinions stated to some degree, but even so, it's as one sided as it can get.[/QUOTE]

    I will look for the video but I am sure it is as you described. The main stream media has devolved into a propaganda machine where the C.E.O.s decide what information will be swallowed by the masses. I may agree with Rachel Maddows on a lot of issues but that does not stop me from understanding that her shows are biased. Can the conservative posters here say the same for Hannity and O' Reilly or will they make excuses for the content?

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan;4427434]Despite the claims of mouth foaming liberals, News of the World and Fox News Channel are two different entities.....[/QUOTE]

    Right, its not all part of NewsCorp. Its only mouth foaming liberals that would make the connection that its the same company with the same management structure at the top.

    :zzz::zzz::zzz:

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;4427437] Can the conservative posters here say the same for Hannity and O' Reilly or will they make excuses for the content?[/QUOTE]

    Hannity is biased, O'Reilly is fair and balanced.

    PS.

    Will Brian Williams resign in wake of the altered 911 scandal?

    Nah... Liberals have no shame.....

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;4427437]I will look for the video but I am sure it is as you described. The main stream media has devolved into a propaganda machine where the C.E.O.s decide what information will be swallowed by the masses. I may agree with Rachel Maddows on a lot of issues but that does not stop me from understanding that her shows are biased. [B]Can the conservative posters here say the same for Hannity and O' Reilly or will they make excuses for the content[/B]?[/QUOTE]

    Absolutely.

    But it's not the "Opinion" shows that bother me when their biased. It should be obvious Hannity/Maddow are biased.

    It's when Reporters/Journalists are as baised, if not more so, than Hannity/Maddow, that the entire system of a free and independant media acting as watchdog against power/Government is threatened.

    When the head of the largest news gathering agency, used by all other mainstream media right and left, sounds like David Axelrod.....I think we have a problem.

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;4427440]Right, its not all part of NewsCorp. Its only mouth foaming liberals that would make the connection that its the same company with the same management structure at the top.

    :zzz::zzz::zzz:

    [IMG]http://reid1.net/images/fox_kool-aid.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]

    Why do you beleive that all conservatives get their info from FOX?

    Conservatism is based on rational economics from Adam Smith and carried on by Milton Friedman as taught in B-schools since the 1800's. It has existed long before FOX. The deterioration of conservatism began in the early 60's as we paid people NOT to work and created government to monitor them, unionized this government and created payrolls no where available in the "real world".

    We make a 25 year pension position out of a glorified newsboy in the USPS for example.

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