I don’t watch Fox News, I don’t read News of the World and I don’t really have a lot of respect for the way most Billionaires came to their riches and power. I don’t know how much Rupert Murdoch knew or didn’t know, but I will come to his defense against, it seems, half the world who blame him for the problems of the other half of the people of this world.
The fact is, he is a businessman who has discovered a lucrative market and he provides a product for that market. For the most part, Mr. Murdoch is in the entertainment business. His news media provides a certain kind of entertainment that, although abhorrent to me personally, is in demand from a particularly large segment of society. I, personally, don’t watch or read this entertainment but I suggest that he is not personally responsible for the ills of society or for the entertainment habits of the people who partake in his brand of entertainment and who eat up his brand of “yellow journalism”.
When people no longer demand this kind of trashy journalism to fill the void in their life, then their will no longer be an avenue for people like Rupert to get rich on the spoils of the common mans cravings for excitement and titillation, nor will there be a market or incentive for reporters to break man-made laws in order to obtain the next ultra-juicy scoop of a story.
You say it is an impossibility for people to rise to this much conscious awareness. I say, as a society we have no choice. We must rise above the level of sleazy entertainment that is purchased everyday by the millions. If we do not, society will continue it’s slide into ignorance and moral oblivion. Smart people like Mr. Murdoch will then have as much control and power as they can muster. He is only one of many who would take control of people who do not seek Truth in their lives but are content to live day-to-day for the next entertainment fix.
We create our own reality in life. The international entertainment complex is a creation, not of the likes of Rupert Murdoch, but of the people who crave this kind of entertainment.
Mr. Murdoch you are now under intense scrutiny by those who would gain their retribution for your perceived transgressions. As my sons grade 6 teacher once said: “The Truth Will Out”. I hope, for your sake, you are telling the truth because, if you aren’t, there are other people who will. If they do, you will need the assistance of an army of lawyers which you can, no doubt, afford.
* * *