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Murdoch Has Blood on His Hands


by David Swanson

Nailing Rupert Murdoch for his employees’ phone tapping or bribery would be a little like bringing down Al Capone for tax fraud, or George W. Bush for torture. I’d be glad to see it happen but there’d still be something perverse about it.

I remember how outraged Americans were in 2005 learning about our government’s warrantless spying, or for that matter how furious some of my compatriots become when a census form expects them to reveal how many bathrooms are in their home.

I’m entirely supportive of outrage. I just have larger crimes in mind. Specifically this:

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:
“Article 20
“1. Any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law.”

The Fox News Channel is endless propaganda for war, and various other deadly policies. As Robin Beste points out,

“Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers and TV channels have supported all the US-UK wars over the past 30 years, from Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands war in 1982, through George Bush Senior and the first Gulf War in 1990-91, Bill Clinton’s war in Yugoslavia in 1999 and his undeclared war on Iraq in 1998, George W. Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with Tony Blair on his coat tails, and up to the present, with Barack Obama continuing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and now adding Libya to his tally of seven wars.”

In this video, Murdoch confesses to having used his media outlets to support the Iraq War and to having tried to shape public opinion in favor of the war. That is the very definition of propaganda for war.

The propaganda is, also by definition, part of the public record. Although that record speaks for itself, Murdoch has not been shy about adding his commentary. The week before the world’s largest anti-war protests ever and the United Nation’s rejection of the Iraq War in mid-February 2003, Murdoch told a reporter that in launching a war Bush was acting “morally” and “correctly” while Blair was “full of guts” and “extraordinarily courageous.” Murdoch promoted the looming war as a path to cheap oil and a healthy economy. He said he had no doubt that Bush would be “reelected” if he “won” the war and the U.S. economy stayed healthy. That’s not an idle statement from the owner of the television network responsible for baselessly prompting all of the other networks to call the 2000 election in Bush’s favor during a tight race in Florida that Bush actually lost.

Murdoch’s support for the Iraq War extended to producing support for that war from every one of his editors and talking heads. It would be interesting to know what Murdoch and Blair discussed in the days leading up to the war. But knowing that would add little, if anything, to the open-and-shut case against Murdoch as war propagandist. Murdoch had known the war was coming long before February 2003, and had long since put his media machine behind it.

Murdoch has been close to Blair and has now published his book — a book that Blair has had difficulty promoting in London thanks to the protest organizing of the Stop the War Coalition. Yet Murdoch allowed Mick Smith to publish the Downing Street Memos in his Sunday Times. Murdoch’s loyalty really seems to be to his wars, not his warmakers.

John Nichols describes three of those warmakers:

“When the war in Iraq began, the three international leaders who were most ardently committed to the project were US President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. On paper, they seemed like three very different political players: Bush was a bumbling and inexperienced son of a former president who mixed unwarranted bravado with born-again moralizing to hold together an increasingly conservative Republican Party; Blair was the urbane ‘modernizer’ who had transformed a once proudly socialist party into the centrist ‘New Labour’ project; Howard was the veteran political fixer who came up through the ranks of a coalition that mingled traditional conservatives and swashbuckling corporatists.

“But they had one thing in common. They were all favorites of Rupert Murdoch and his sprawling media empire, which began in Australia, extended to the ‘mother country’ of Britain and finally conquered the United States. Murdoch’s media outlets had helped all three secure electoral victories. And the Murdoch empire gave the Bush-Blair-Howard troika courage and coverage as preparations were made for the Iraq invasion. Murdoch-owned media outlets in the United States, Britain and Australia enthusiastically cheered on the rush to war and the news that it was a ‘Mission Accomplished.'”

Bribery is dirty stuff. So is sneaking a peak at the private messages of murder victims. But there’s something even dirtier: murder, murder on the largest scale, murder coldly calculated and played out from behind a desk, in other words: war.

Murdoch is a major crime boss being threatened with parking tickets.

I hope he’s brought down, but wish it were for the right reasons.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee chased Richard Nixon out of town for the wrong reasons. The full House impeached Bill Clinton for the wrong reasons. And the worst thing the U.S. government has done in recent years, just like the worst thing News Corp. has done in recent years, has not been spying on us.

It’s no secret what drove public anger at Nixon or what drives public anger at Murdoch. But, for the sake of historical precedent, it would be good for us to formally get it right.

Charge the man with selling wars!

David Swanson

David Swanson is the author of War Is A Lie and Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.

Swanson holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Read his full and complete biography on his blog at DavidSwanson.org and also visit book site at War Is Crime.

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15 Responses to "Murdoch Has Blood on His Hands"

  1. Aramat  July 16, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Murdoch… it sounds like the Russian word for an animal face ” Morda” Pick your animal.
    He has infiltrated every domain of American, British and Israeli government. He has a total monopoly on the U.S. government, media, entertainment, magazines, etc, etc, and can use it to secure his global bloody ambition. He has not done one HONEST day of work in his life. Propaganda, lies, corruption , control, defeat are his contribution to mankind. This parasitical criminal should be spending his retirement days in prison.

  2. Erica Stuart  July 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    If you keep driving drunk you loose your license’, if a store sells polluted product is closed and loses its license, if an official brags about his allegiance to a foreign government is called treason, What I like to know is why crocked financial institutions are still operating, traitors are still serving foreign entities and why we did not pull Murdock enterprise its license. Not even suspended!!! Broadcasting license are public property being leased with specific restrictions.

  3. vinnie  July 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Blow ISRAHELL off the map would be a good start to destroy Murdoch the thief, swindler, and war monger.

  4. Alton  July 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Well many years ago we made Nixon resign and though he didn’t go to Jail, he did go down as the only President to resign and as i lived in those time it was not good. All the Gis back from Vietnam, It falling finally as well as Laos and Cambodia, many Gis sent home on ‘early out’, no jobs, economy bad, shooting at the new Pres., Combodia hijacking a ship, More drugs. Wonder if that news of the world building will be put up for sale or like ‘the Watergate’ will be a monument to…what?

  5. Lem G.  July 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    My personal desire is to see a joint US/UK trial in an international court for his illegal wiretapping, money laundering ( what, you don’t think somewhere his millions are all clean ? Bribery, horrendous campaign dirty tricks against his political enemies and domestic surveillance by illegal means ) and other human rights violations AND separate trials in both countries.
    My worst fear is that his legion of lawyers will get him off on loopholes and buying of judges & juries.

  6. Justice for Germany  July 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    It makes my heart sing to see American´s waking up to the dangers the zionist mafia present. But beware my friends. German´s woke up to the same dangers once, and we all know what they did to us. It was the jews who declared war on us in 1933 and the western powers who carried out their dirty work for them after 6 years of non stop propaganda. The evil of these sons of satan knows no end.

  7. Justice for Germany  July 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Wow, you hit the nail right on the head there my friend. Well said.

  8. MK  July 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Visit the tdarkcabal.blogspot.com to get more information on the wholesale corruption in the government

  9. Hanneke  July 15, 2011 at 6:58 am

    If The FBI will be leading all they are looking for probably is how much and what sort of info possibly revealing inside information of 9/11 criminals has been leaked… cover up cover up cover up.. Like the fox in charge of the chicken coop.

  10. Charlotte NC Bill  July 15, 2011 at 2:59 am

    No honest intelligent person with even a sliver of curiousity can still believe the official 9-11 story that was dictated to us even as it was unfolding…Undoubtedly people like Dominic Suter ( Urban Moving Systems ) and the demolition experys who worked for his Mossad-front moving co. and Bush/Cheney, Dov Zakheim, Silverstein & Lowy ( who gave the demo boys access to the complex )..shadowy people like Michael S.Goff ( who programmed the “back door” that allowed the electronic hijackings…were the people behind 9-11…

  11. Angelo  July 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Every Muslim life is as valuable as our own. They have been framed, set-up by the Jews for 9/11 and had nothing to do with it. Israel wants to make them enemy # 1 , mostly because they sit on resources that the Jews want including Middle Eastern and Caspian Basin Oil and the pipelines to transport it (plus harbors and ports,), and they also have banking laws which include a strict policy on usury (loaning money at a certain interest rate). Muslims dislike the money changers because of this and the Jews see them as a serious threat, because of their beliefs.

  12. Rehmat  July 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Most of blood on Murdoch’s hands is of millions of Muslims he helped the US, UK, NATO and other Zionist Occupied Governments. For his great services to the Anti-Christs – Murdoch was honored by Abraham foxman, national director Anti-Defamation League (a pro-Israel and anti-Bible racist group) on October 13, 2010. In his speech, Murdoch claimed that both Israel and Jews are under attack by evil people.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/murdoch-israel-and-jews-under-attack/

  13. Derek  July 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    FBI to open 9/11 victims ‘phone-hacking’ investigation

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14162545

    • Earlaiman  July 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      …which means the FBI has been selected to provide the coverup?

    • Derek  July 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      True but we can live in hope.

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