Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Big Scarah In Little China - Murdoch Will Have The Last Laugh

How well connected to China is Rupert Murdoch? According to his former right hand man Bruce Dover's tell-all book "Rupert's Adventures In China," in 1996 media mogul Murdoch underwrote Web site development for the People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's "official mouthpiece."

That's pretty damm connected, but that's not half of it.

A quick google will bring up a half dozen connections, including an insider trading scandal involving a wealthy Hong Kong family. But that's just incidental. Murdoch operates as a Shadowy Devil Incarnate doing what ordinary mortals would consider impossible and of course, immoral. This is the man who broke the British printing unions and who launched the 4th US television network in the US. He seduced us with candy like "The Simpsons," began doping us with reality television, then to our eternal dismay and damnation, began systematically raping our nation's weakest minds with Fox News.

Murdoch's decades long campaign to control a portion of China's airwaves, and thus Chinese hearts and minds, has been relentless. He published the memoirs of Deng Xiaoping's youngest daughter and feted her at parties and at his home in the '90s. Murdoch blundered with China's leaders in the beginning, but by abject kow-towing, apologizing, making the Chinese Communist hardliners smile with pleasing censorship, insulting The Dalai Lama and generally acting just as a good propaganda minister to a repressive regime should, he slowly won them over.

Murdoch topped off his China campaign by shaking off his wife of 31 years in a surprise move and marrying Wendi Deng, a Hong Kong femme fatale 38 years his junior who was a media exec and his "great help and adviser" in his own words (pictured with him above and with Bad Sarah below). So even though silk and chopsticks aren't the first things that come to mind when you think of ol' Murder Murdoch, fact is that he and Hong Kong are kinda like Palin and Alaska, cut from the same cloth and inevitably tied together for better or worse.

Does this give any of you dear readers a better idea why, perhaps, the September 23rd CLSA Hong Kong engagement is the only one that Palin has supposedly accepted? Why her speaking fee would be enough to satisfy her insatiable lawyer? Why Meg Stapletongue is no doubt sitting on her twitching hands and refusing to respond as everyone laughs at the Big Joke that is supposed to be on Palin? Rupert Murdoch is calling the shots now for Caribou Barbie, and Beltway GOP insiders can go to hell for all she cares. Greta and John Coale are still useful, but even Greta with her established bully pulpit news program, elite Scientology status and fancy East Coast law degree is, after all, just another Murdoch employee. Just like Sarah.

I don't buy Huff Po's take on this speaking engagement, and frankly I don't understand why we don't see Rachel Weiner, Vincent Fernando at Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal Blog or others looking more closely into the Palin/Murdoch/Hong Kong connection before dismissing the date as a joke. Is even the liberal free press a Murdoch pawn? Palin won't be punked. In fact saying so is the perfect way to lower everyone's expectations. This is an event designed and orchestrated by Murdoch himself. Sarah will appear (gasps, awe and wonder!), she will deliver a speech written by a literate Murdoch pick, and she will have practiced. She will be the toast of Hong Kong, 'cause that's the way Murdoch wants it, and he always gets what he wants.

Wait and see.

In the meantime, anyone care to place some bets?


(Here's a link to a scene from "Big Trouble In Little China" one of the most entertaining B movies ever. I think of the old wizard guy with a beard as dear old Murder.)

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal Blog linked above is owned by Murdoch along with the Wall Street Journal and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Stock Index. Does he own Business Insider as well? It doesn't appear so, but who knows? Perhaps that explains why the "punked" idea got so thoroughly disseminated to lower expectations on behalf of "Sarah Doolittle" (see comments.) That still doesn't excuse Huff Po for picking up the story. Take a moment to look behind you like I just did, and make sure that Murdoch doesn't own your backside. Whew, safe for the time being anyway.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

IN some ways this really is all starting to sound like the plot of a 1930s movie...

Kenilworth said...

I'll take double odds that she won't show at all. Should pay nicely.

Bear Woman said...

She is now being handled by a pro. Doubt it? Look how she and Meg Stapletongue are silent on Levi's latest interview at Vanity Fair. When in the last 9 months have either of them not responded to any of Levi's statements. $$$$arah Palin is being groomed by a media mogul to take over the Presidency. He is rich enough to buy off centrist Republicans and if that does not work, to start a third party and succeed far beyond anything Ross Perot could have imagined.

Watch out world, here comes $$$$arah Palin and her drivers to take control of the Presidency and this country. If you like the idea of a "great white hope" and a totally Xian takeover of this country and the world, vote for her. But when you do, think long and hard about what Rupert Murdoch wants. It's your money and the power he cannot have but through a puppet.

Helen said...

If we're lucky, maybe the Apocalypse will happen first, Bear Woman.

It is amazing to me how even alternative media just falls into step with the latest gossip (she'll be punked) and doesn't take a moment to look behind the curtain.

Anonymous said...

Who knows, maybe Palin's infamous ability to wreck all she touches will finally bring down even Rupert Murder(Murdoch).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great article, Helen. Rupert, Wendy and Sarah are all players. No doubt that they are grooming her to make a successful book tour, as written up in Rupert's papers and shown on Fox. Rupert's team must be writing her Face Book pages as part of his own political agenda. And, that is some strong muzzle they put on her so she won't shoot back at Levi.

However, if Sarah couldn't handle the job of governor, they will have to perform pure magic to turn her into a viable presidential candidate, let alone President of the United States. But, looking at the Beautiful Wendy, Rupert's billions will provide a top stylist and tip top wardrobe.

Anonymous said...

I wish Rupert Murdoch a lot of luck trying to "Henry Higgins" Eliza Sarah.

The RNC couldn't do it; Rup will fail as well. And he will waste a lot of money. They can start an angry Teabagging party but it won't become a voting block with any power. Think about how many people showed up to protest Letterman....

Palin brings down everything she tries to achieve. That pattern will not change. I can't wait for Palin v. Murdoch in about 3 years.

Helen said...

Ha ha Anon 9:45, By George, I think you've got it! But instead of Sarah Eliza, her new nickname should be Sarah Doolittle - according to Levi's Vanity Faire interview, that's exactly what she wanted to do - little as possible and make 3x the money.

BeauRegard said...

I think the odds are higher that she
WONT show given Murdochs interest - so with money on no show, I'm in to make a buck.

Anon 9:45 p.m. said...

This is from the 2008 campaign, but still relevant to "Sarah Doolittle." Behold, "My Fair Palin":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kkGnfwzT1g

Floyd M. Orr said...

I am afraid you are right on this one, Helen. What scares the hell out of me is that, not only are you right about Murdoch's control of his puppet, but the Democrats and the MSM had their best chance ever to bring her down yesterday, and they totally ignored the opportunity! When the VF issue is released nationally next week, it will be on the day after the holiday weekend, and the MSM will just say the story is already old news and ignore it. Heaven help us!

jo said...

Murdoch could care less about $P, just what money he can make selling Fox, newspapers and books. She will fail him in the end though, she wouldn't listen to handlers even for the Presidency. Remember all the complaints, they said she didn't even trust her family.

karen marie said...

Now things are making more sense.

Thank you very much for pointing out the lines.

Helen said...

Jo ~

I have to disagree in that I think Murdoch is very interested in the group Palin riles up. I don't think anyone would unleash FOX news on the US just to make a dime. There is a plan in place and a strategy for some end-game. What exactly it is I can't say without veering into comic book villain territory - a plot to bring down the US and control the world? BWHAA HAA HA HAAAAA

Ol' Murder really does make quite the Supervillain doesn't he?

Helen said...

Anon 9:45

HA thanks for the video...that was both creepy and funny...

ProChoiceGrandma said...

Anon 9:45, thanks for the video. It led me to another quite talented video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzFVlmYW094&NR=1

ProChoiceGrandma said...

Helen, another great post! This ranks right up there with your fantastic Scientology article. Great information on Murdoch and his ties with communist China. Bear Woman’s comment gives the scenario of a repeat of how Dubya got into the WH. SShudderr. I always knew Dubya had puppeteers, but I believed the puppeteers were the ones that wore the pointy hats, i.e. Pope and Grand Wizard. Now I realize the one holding the most strings is Murdoch.

I wonder what happened in Murdoch’s childhood that has made him into such a creep? Maybe he found out his “sister” was really his mother, like Ted Bundy and …

I was torn between Scarah having plastic surgery or rehab, but given that Murdoch likes his women purdy, now I am more inclined towards the surgery. Look at his current trophy wife, a beautiful Asian 38 years younger than Murdoch.

On the other hand, after Levi's VF article, she will need additional botox shots to erase the new frown lines. The straight-jacket restraints shouldn't leave any bruising before her appearance at the CSLA gig. Her current handlers must be under strict orders from Murdoch: “don’t let her bang her forehead against a wall until AFTER her speech”. Murdoch must be paying those handlers handsomely. That job belongs on the TV reality show “Dirtiest Jobs” and would be the equivalent to hand washing the inside of a cess pool tank.

Helen said...

Oh my ProChoiceGrandama, that video is an entire production! "My Fairbanks Lady" : )

And: "Her current handlers must be under strict orders from Murdoch: 'don’t let her bang her forehead against a wall until AFTER her speech'."

made me chuckle!

What other special orders must they be under in order to handle The Queen Of Babble On? I feel a top ten coming on....

Anonymous said...

Why haven't there been any more announcements of Sarah's speaking appearances? Didn't she have about 1000 offers?

I think they were trying to start a stampede with that Hong Kong annoucement and the press release to the Politico reporter.

It's interesting that one of the CSLA founders started his career with Murdoch's papers in Australia. Sarah's publisher is a Murdoch press, too; no doubt someone will buy a lot of copies -- before the book goes on sale -- and she'll have an instant best seller. I believe that's how it's done; another stampede attempt coming.

What's interesting is that no one outside of Murdoch's organization is interested in paying her; many republicans don't want her "help," even with a free appearance.

ProChoiceGrandma said...

Helen, FYI, you have Trig's name spelled as "Trigg" in the voting list under "Why did Palin really Quit" list. People get their names mixed up enough as it is without our assistance! lol

Helen said...

Here is an excellent source article from the NYTimes regarding the Murdoch/China connection:

http://www.911omissionreport.com/china_murdoch.html

Anonymous said...

I dunno. . .good topic and worthy of putting it up on the blackboard to see what develops, but I've been working all the angles presented and still can't find any definitive connection or rationale regarding a Murdoch/Deng/Palin Trinity. Other than your well-developed, but somewhat dangling conversation. . .!

In fact, every sign points opposite. Why would CLSA want a speaker who has already excoriated US banks for foreign energy investment (even though Palin has the same in her own portfolio)? Why would China be even the least bit curious about a woman who is pro-life as they are so strenuously population and family control? It would seem that her values would threaten the government. Also, Murdoch himself has made some fairly excoriating comments about Palin. . .um, last year, OK.

I've looked into all the Deng angles and also can't see any convergence whatsoever other than a photo op.

This reminds me of the conspiracy theories of the Palinistas who are entirely convinced that all of the attacks on Palin, all of the ethics complaints in Alaska, come DIRECTLY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. A lot of speculation with no connecting facts.

Still, you may be on to something here and I am enjoying the hunt!!!

Helen said...

1. a Murdoch/Deng/Palin Trinity...

not really, just Murdoch/Palin. Deng is just around to look pretty.

2. Why Would CLSA want...

Just doing a favor for Murdoch. He is connected to them, its a convenient slot. I doubt if anyone in China really gives a hoot about anything that Palin says.

3. Not really a conspiracy theory - conspiracies are usually hidden. Just analysis of the freely available facts. Murdoch is connected to both Palin and the CLSA, and he'd want this to go well. This post was more of a response to a media chorus singing in unison that "Palin Was Being Punked!" and only invited to China for the CSLA to laugh at her performance. These articles left ol' Doc Murder completely out of the equation. Quite naive, and actually playing right into his hands by lowering expectations.

Thanks for your thoughtful comments! We'll see what develops. Nothing is for sure until it all happens, that's what makes it an entertaining bet.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that Deng is such a paper doll. Everything I found on her put her front and center in Murdoch's China deals - she seems to be the deal maker, with him showing up for the fluffier photo-ops and meetings.

Although I was unable to find any direct involvement between Deng and CLSA, I can't believe that this decision doesn't have her fingerprints or input on it somewhere, given her high profile in these West-China business ventures.

This has to be one of the oddest entries on Palin's dance card to date, that's for sure. I can't wait to see what comes of it.

Reports that the event will be closed to the media is contradicted on the CLSA website which spells out how the media must apply and be accepted for attendance. It's just not 'open' to general media coverage.

That list in itself should be interesting.

Helen said...

Can we imagine the unholy trio of Greta Coale/Wendy Deng/Sarah Palin banding together in a sort of reversed 21st century Charlie's Angels to commit crimes of High Finance/Scientology/Dominionism while running around with machine guns on yachts in bikinis?

We can. It's almost too easy.

Teutonic13 said...

Anyone reading The Trilogy by JRR Tolkien will remember Shelob’s Lair.

Basically- a large spider, lying in wait, and bending victims to her will.

There is something starkly similar to Sarah Palin’s “Cut and Run” tactics as she hides in her cave- emerging only in the dark to suck the light from her victims…

From Wikepideia…

“Shelob’s lair was along the path that Sam Gamgee and Frodo Baggins took while travelling to Mount Doom. Her spider-silk, which was spun in both rope and cobweb form, was strong and cleverly made, trapping those who walked into it. Shelob had encountered Gollum during his previous trip to Mordor, and he apparently worshipped her after his fashion. The Orcs of the Tower of Cirith Ungol called her “Shelob the Great” and “Her Ladyship,” and knew of Gollum’s relationship with her (they referred to him as “Her Sneak”). Sauron himself was aware of her existence, but left her alone, as she was a useful guard on the pass. He occasionally sent her prisoners for which he had no further use.”

Now that sounds like a Murdoch-Palin symbiosis… or is it host-parasite?

And yet another response from SP to last nights Obama speech…

“Finally, President Obama delivered an offhand applause line tonight about the cost of the War on Terror. As we approach the anniversary of the September 11th attacks and honor those who died that day and those who have died since in the War on Terror, in order to secure our freedoms, we need to remember their sacrifices and not demonize them as having had too high a price tag.”

I just want to say- WTF???

How does he “demonize” our troops? She is a POS and I look forward to when the worm turns for her- and she is finally confronted by someone- face to face.

Floyd M. Orr said...

Helen, have you seen this?

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/142571/palin_pastor%27s_re-education_scheme_

Helen said...

NOTE TO READERS NEW TO THIS POST/BLOG: Welcome!

The two "Will Sarah Blow Little China" polls are still running, to the left and up a little bit from this comment - also check out the newest post "Palin & Co. - "Subversives From Within" By Frank Schaeffer"