by Dee McLachlan
News Corp CEO is grumbling.
Criticizing “Lap-dogs” in 2010
This is what Robert Thompson wrote in his article (published in The Australian), entitled, End of the world as we know it in January 23, 2010 (when he was managing editor of the Wall Street Journal):
“If banks and car companies are now virtually arms of the US government, why not extend the principle to journalism, where some practitioners are already virtually an arm of government in their affectionate reporting of the present US administration? The accusation is that journalists are “in the tank”- the problem is that the tank is so full, that Washington needs a drip tray to cope with the overflow.
“Journalists should be unruly and feisty, not lap-dogs with laptops or meek members of a political movement… if we are not creative, if we are not clear-headed in coming years, we will all be attending our own funeral…”
What! He’s talking about independent thinkers!
Seven Years Later
On Thursday (8/2/2018), Thompson, now News Corp’s chief executive, took a swipe at Google and Facebook,
“…for fostering a ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘debased’ online environment which harms the news media and responsible journalism… Thompson said the steps announced by Google and Facebook to stem misinformation and improve the quality of online news were ‘modest steps toward changing a digital environment that is dysfunctional at its core.’
“Thompson said News Corp is seeing growth in online visits and subscriptions to its media properties such as the Wall Street Journal and The Sun of Britain, but added that ‘the potential returns for our journalism would be far higher in a less chaotic, less debased digital environment.’
“A longtime critic of the dominant online companies, Thompson said he welcomed the decision by Google to end a ‘first click free’ requirement…”
Sh*t Hits The Fan
SHTF.com reported this “shocking” admission by the CEO of News Corp, with this headline: “News Corp CEO Wants The Alternative Media Censored So Mainstream Media Companies Can Control The Flow Of Information, Make More Money”. Alex Thomas writes:
“…major media corporations are pushing the likes of Google and Facebook to censor the alternative media despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans have little to no trust in the establishment press.
“Amazingly, Thompson not only made clear that the mainstream media wants to censor the alternative press, he even admitted that it not only has to do with the control of information but also straight up money.
“In fact, news outlets across the mainstream media are engaging in a concerted effort to stifle independent, American voices…”
Step into the light Mr Thompson. You’re not far from the World Trade Center and Building 7 — and a double page spread on what really happened on 9-11 would instantly place you on the list with Gandhi and Mandela. Papers would sell — $ell — $ell.
It’s not too late to stop being Rupert’s lap-dog.