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From: Ron8/19/2017 8:06:23 AM
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For Murdoch Empire, Perhaps a Decisive Point in Relationship to Trump

At 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, James Murdoch sent an email to a list of blind-copied recipients offering a striking repudiation of President Trump and a pledge to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. He addressed the note to “friends,” stating in the first line that he was writing it in a “personal capacity, as a concerned citizen and a father.”

Yet for the son of the conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who speaks regularly with Mr. Trump, it’s impossible to separate the personal, the political and the corporate.

James Murdoch’s message, which he wrote himself, was sent to a number of business associates from his company email address at 21st Century Fox, the global media conglomerate where he reigns as chief executive. And within two hours, it had been leaked to the news media, offering a window into the nuanced internal and external politics of the Murdoch media empire.

The email also raises questions about whether it is a harbinger of change at the Murdoch-controlled conservative-leaning media outlets — including Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post — and the political direction of the company under a new generation of Murdoch leaders, James and his brother, Lachlan, the company’s executive chairman.

With the note, James Murdoch joined a number of other chief executives this week in rebuking the president for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and denouncing racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and neo-Nazis. Most chief executives released public statements in their roles as business leaders, although some invoked personal terms in their messages.

But Mr. Murdoch is not just any chief executive, and the company he runs, especially its cable news network, has enormous influence over the country’s politics and media.

Rupert Murdoch, 86, who has long pursued power rather than a specific ideology, has served as an informal adviser to Mr. Trump and repeatedly urged him to fire Stephen K. Bannon, the chief strategist and nationalist who exited the White House on Friday.

At the same time, the Murdoch family controls both News Corporation, the owner of The Journal and The Post, as well as 21st Century Fox, home to a sprawling collection of movie studios and television networks. While there have been some cracks in the conservative wall, with the newspapers publishing more commentary critical of Mr. Trump, Fox News is known as Mr. Trump’s preferred outlet.

That creates an uneasy balance for James Murdoch, 44, who is known to lean more toward the center than his father, but rarely expresses political views publicly. A fiscal conservative, James and his progressive-minded wife, Kathryn, have long advocated for the environment and expressed embarrassment by certain elements of Fox News, associates have said. Kathryn Murdoch has expressed contempt for Mr. Trump on her Twitter feed.

The response from other Twitter users is often critical.

“Well Kathryn it would help if your family’s business #FoxNews wasn’t a synchophantic state media arm of the Trump regime #WednesdayWisdom,” one user said. “Some in your orbit have potential to alter the media ecosystem within which his parasitic organism self thrives,” said another.

Despite all that, the Murdoch sons have said repeatedly that they didn’t plan to significantly change the formula for Fox News, which fuels the company’s business. Analysts estimate that the division generated 25 percent of 21st Century Fox’s operating income last year, which was $6.6 billion.

“He is trying to straddle a recognition that there are a lot of problems out there, and whether Fox News has contributed to them or not, the problems exist,” said Brian Wieser, a media analyst with Pivotal Research. “Even though James is technically the C.E.O., he’s somewhere between can’t and won’t do anything that would cause changes to Fox News. This is a tricky divide.”

Mr. Wieser, who has a buy rating on 21st Century Fox, said that the most common pushback he received from investors involves their concerns about the future of Fox News, calling James Murdoch a “liberal” who will “ruin Fox News,” he said.

“James has to be mindful that the health of the overall enterprise is dependent on Fox News holding up,” Mr. Wieser said.

Through a spokesman, the Murdochs declined to comment.

In the email sent Thursday, Mr. Murdoch acknowledged that he rarely offers “running commentary on current affairs.”

Since he assumed the role of chief executive of 21st Century Fox two years ago, James Murdoch and his brother have pushed to modernize the company. They introduced additional benefits, including more paid vacation, vastly enhanced reproductive coverage for women and “expanded coverage for our transgender colleagues.” And in January, they spoke out about President Trump’s travel ban, stating in a memo to employees that they “deeply value diversity and believe immigration is an essential part of America’s strength.”

While there are some examples of the brothers moving to shake up the business, it is not clear how far they will go. In the face of the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, it was James Murdoch who moved most aggressively against Roger Ailes, the founding chairman of Fox News, and Bill O’Reilly.

Still, some critics and employees said the Murdochs ousted Mr. Ailes and Mr. O’Reilly only because of public scrutiny, and that the work environment had not been completely reformed.

Some business associates and observers on Friday lauded Mr. Murdoch for taking a stand and making a donation to a charitable organization. Yet others questioned the sincerity behind his motives.

Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog, said that Mr. Trump repeated several Fox News talking points during the news conference earlier this week when he responded to questions about what happened in Charlottesville.

“Much of what Donald Trump said this week that James Murdoch is condemning actually came directly from Fox News,” Mr. Carusone said. “So if James Murdoch really believes what he wrote in that email, then he needs to start with Fox News, the network that he runs.’’

It is not clear whether James Murdoch cleared the note with his father before sending it, although business associates said that it would be surprising if Rupert Murdoch hadn’t signed off on it.

The elder Mr. Murdoch has long supported the Anti-Defamation League, and accepted an award from the organization in 2010 for his “commitment to promoting respect and speaking out against anti-Semitism.”

For James Murdoch, his memo underscores that, at least for him, speaking out against racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and neo-Nazis exists outside political ideology.

“But what we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the president of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people,” Mr. Murdoch said in the email.

“The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob,” he added. “I can’t even believe I have to write this: Standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.”

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From: Sr K8/22/2017 5:21:12 PM
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on WSJ 2:28 PM

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The alt-weekly newspaper has been a fixture on New York City newsstands for 62 years

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From: Ron8/31/2017 10:41:47 AM
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Twitter co-founder Ev Williams on his experiments with Medium and new approaches to sharing

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From: Ron8/31/2017 12:08:54 PM
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Interesting piece on Facebook, "Largest surveillance mechanism in the history of the world."

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From: FUBHO9/1/2017 7:12:57 AM
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CNN host Kamau Bell inciting violence at Antifa – CNN refuses comment – Pacific Pundit

This is why the media refuses to call out the violent communist thugs of AntiFA. They have a vested interest in it. For example, CNN host Kamau Bell was seen this past weekend in Berkeley helping incite violence that was condemned by Nancy Pelosi. Kamau Bell has hosted a racist, white bashing show on CNN for two years now called United Shades of America. The fact that CNN refuses to comment on one of their hosts participating in an AntiFA hate rally speaks volumes of the network, it’s head Jeff Zucker and the hacks that populate and pollute it’s airwaves.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (2280)9/1/2017 7:15:36 AM
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Massive Layoffs Hit anti-Trump Glenn Beck's BLAZE...

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From: FUBHO9/2/2017 6:23:40 AM
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As Its Influence Wanes, Increasingly Militant MSM Promotes Violence and Censorship

9/2/2017, 4:36:51 AM
Breitbart | 9/1/2017

Yes, the MSM has admitted they got 2016 exactly wrong and that they are out-of-touch with the average American. What truly terrifies the media about 2016, though, is something that has remained largely unspoken.

It is what Trump’s victory said so clearly about the MSM’s inability to influence public opinion and, by extension, the outcome of elections. What has also remained unspoken is the media’s desperate and dangerous reaction to this waning influence.

As a 25 year media-watcher, I have never seen anything close to the propaganda campaign the national media launched to defeat Donald Trump last year. It was 24/7, it was coordinated across every news outlet, it was all-hands-on-deck. And Trump still won. Which can only mean that the media’s influence has eroded to a point where, despite hurling every kitchen sink available, they suffered a humiliating loss last November.

Before I get into the grit of the nit, it is important to keep in mind that our media is nothing more than the communication branch of the Democrat Party. When you look at everything the media does — the lying, the campaigns of personal destruction, the fake news, the focus on stuff like Melania’s shoes — this explanation is the only one that makes sense. The media is a full-blown leftwing political operation run, for the most part, by former Democrat operatives like Jake Tapper, George Stephanopolous, and Chuck Todd, as well as those related to Democrat operatives.

Knowing that, and knowing the long history of leftwing regimes (Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Chavez, Castro), we know what a leftwing political operation does when its influence begins to diminish. Because their ideas are so unappealing and are proven failures, the left ultimately has no choice but to embrace violence and censorship. This truth is as old as the Bolshevik Revolution, and this is exactly what we are seeing unfold today in our own country. Rather than politicians, though, it is our media that has turned dangerously militant.

Rush Limbaugh is absolutely correct, the Democrat party is dead. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the party’s two supposed leaders, are non-entities. From top-to-bottom, the party is a feckless pile of incompetence. Knowing this, the media has told Schumer and Pelosi to hold their beer as they seize the levers of power in the leftwing cause. As a result, the media has used billions of corporate dollars to launch a propaganda campaign to unseat Trump and to keep the divisive issue of identity politics thriving.

Naturally, this rabid pursuit of so-called “social justice” is meant only to serve what has always been the overriding goal of leftwing tyrants: control of our lives through a centralized government.

Nevertheless, this represents the least of our media’s sins.

The media campaign to censor and silence the political right, most especially on the college campus and online, is being waged on two fronts: through the ever-expanding definitions of “hate speech” and the “alt-right,” and through large corporations.

At this point, pretty much every conservative position on abortion, homosexuality, border security, the police, affirmative action, immigration, terrorism, etc., has been labeled as hate speech by the establishment left and many in the media. Moreover, the holding of these beliefs makes you an automatic member of the “alt-right,” which aligns you with white supremacists.

Now that this phase is in place, now that mainstream conservative and Christian beliefs have been toxified as hate, whether they are already aligned with the media or because they have been bullied by the media into joining the cause, the mega-corporations that now control our primary means of communication — the public square that is the Internet — are instituting a wave of censorship.

Hiding behind the media’s absurdly expanded definition of hate (or fake news), America’s Googles, Facebooks, Twitters, advertisers, and Web servers are blacklisting conservatives, banning populists, and outlawing their ideas. People are being disappeared from the public square or, out of fear of being disappeared, they no longer feel comfortable to speak freely.

The violence comes, of course, from the media’s personal army of Brownshirts, the leftwing terrorists in Antifa. Just like Hitler’s henchmen, Antifa spreads out across the country to violently silence speech that the left does not want heard. And it is not only against neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. Almost all of the chaos, rioting, and violence waged by Antifa over the past two years has been against everyday Trump supporters, everyday Republicans.

To encourage Antifa’s wave of violent suppression, our media either ignores and downplays their crimes, promotes their cause as righteous, blames their violence on Trump and his supporters, compares them to heroic World War II soldiers, or in the case of NBC’s Chuck Todd, attempts to legitimize this violence against the political right.

Now, does anyone have any more question about why the media is so desperate to take away our Second Amendment rights?

Follow John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC. Follow his Facebook Page here.

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From: Ron9/3/2017 6:27:45 AM
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There is one place where freedom of expression seems to exist in Cuba: Google servers

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From: Ron9/4/2017 11:18:59 PM
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New York Daily News sold to TRONC

Tronc, the publisher of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, announced on Monday that it had acquired The Daily News, the nearly 100-year-old tabloid that for decades set the city’s agenda with its gossip, sports and city coverage.

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From: Ron9/7/2017 7:28:21 PM
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Television turned 90 today

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