Friday, October 2, 2009

Cosmic Joke Or Just Plain Karma? Murdoch Is The Biggest Blogger Of Them All

I have it on good authority that Rupert Murdoch owns the South China Morning Post - the very paper that we saw in the tight clutches of Sarah Caribou Barbie's very own hands at the airport as she left Hong Kong. Palin delivered her speech and like any diva, waited till she was in the right frame of mind to read her most important review. It took a negative spin. The original review is not available at the SCMP site anymore but Bree Palin saved it here.

I thought that the South China Morning Post must still be a "Rupert Free" paper because it published a less than positive review of Palin.

Well I languish in my cotton PJs corrected.

In the 90's, the Dow Jones swapped its holdings in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post for Rupert Murdoch's stake in a paper called - FEER - the Far Eastern Economic Review. (5th Paragraph here)

Then of course Rupurt gracefully and famously took over the Dow Jones. Giving Rupert control of all of the fun media toys, once again. (That must get boring.) In response, "Then editor, Philip Bowring (now Asia columnist for The International Herald Tribune) famously told the staff as he announced he had been sacked 'the carpetbaggers have taken over'." (6th para here)

Canadian Gary Coull, (remember that name) had been a business reporter for FEER and was coincidentally the founder of Hong Kong brokerage house CLSA. Gary Coull died in 2006.

Some English language reporters and investors decided to fight back against Murdoch's control over the less than abundant Asian free press. They did so online and presumably in their silk pajamas.

"Launched in August 2006 by a group of veteran and prominent Asia correspondents, Asia Sentinel is intended to fill a void left by the closure of such publications as AsiaWeek and the weekly edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review or FEER."

On announcement of Palin's visit to China, the Asia Sentinel offered a scathing and critical viewpoint of her selection as a speaker. And this tidbit was interesting:

"Another investor, however, called it [Palin's highly paid appearance] "typical of CLSA's decline since the death of Gary Coull," CLSA's co-founder, who died in 2006. "Or it might be a way of way of ingratiating with Beijing by making America look ridiculous," he fumed."

Coull was gone, and Murdoch had free reign to use Palin to make the United States look ridiculous in Asia, according to this unnamed investor who is in with the CLSA. So the "Palin is getting punked" thing might not have been all that wrong. We just didn't get that it wasn't the CLSA punking her. It was the high command of the Communist Chinese Party, a group Murdoch has been ingratiating himself with for decades.

Rupert seems to be paying Palin to comply willingly with his ruses while playing fast and loose with her in every possible way: moving up her book release by half a year (say what?), putting her speech in his Wall Street Journal Blog and then yanking it offline, and smashing her in print not just once, but twice and this lipstick spokesmodel thing really didn't help. I mean, Girl only came out of hiding to speak less than a week and a half ago! Bus bumping over the top of Palin fast enough Rupert? Training that rouged and rogue-y Pitbull to sit down and shut up can't be an easy task.

Turns out, Palin's karma has a more viscious bite than even Meg Stapletongue.

So has Palin finally met her match in Dominating-Big-Daddy Murdoch? Let's face it. Rupert Murdoch is the Cosmic Blogger of All Bloggers. No? Why not? After all he owns most of the media, and whatever he chooses to say can go right to print, just like all of us blogspot folks, voxers, wordpressers and others. He just doesn't have to bother to type it, and he gets a lot more traffic.

It does seem strange that in so short a time Murdoch would be so publicly cruel to his new playmate. If La Palin deviates even one step out of line, is it Big Daddy Blogger Murdoch's intention to show her exactly how he can make her or break her in an instant? Palin has had a famously thorny relationship with the media and with all bloggers. Why, in the end, should her relationship with Rupert be any different?

As that CLSA investor said, by humiliating Palin, Murdoch achieves the end of showing the high command of Communist China just where his loyalties lie. Making the US look ridiculous isn't so hard these days actually, but the Chinese Top Brass like to be amused, and when Murdoch can lay claim to doing exactly that, they just embrace him more warmly. If you have any doubt about Murdoch's desire to ingratiate himself with the leaders of Communist China, start reading here.

Strange, strange bedfellows La Palin has found herself frolicking with. And all for the sake of helping Alaska and spending more time with her family, right?

(thanks to newscorpse.com for the image.)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great post, Helen.
Lots to chew on ... thinking of Cindy McCain's "they picked our bones clean."

Daisydem said...

Wheeeew! Good post.

SoCalWolfGal said...

Palin is way over her head in thinking she can treat Rupert Murdoch like she did her staff in Alaska. As has you have pointed out so well Helen, and as been pointed out other blogs, online articles and elsewhere, Murdoch is ruthless and cunning, and will to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. And it is pretty obvious that what he wants is an inside track to the Communist Chinese leaders. I truly believe he has ice water running through his veins instead of blood. I just know her little brain, what is left of it is spinning. $arah Palin, you made your bed, now just lie there in your jammies from Wal-Mart and come up with your next brilliant move. You will not quit Murdoch, he'll quite you.

Anonymous said...

It's just my opinion, but I think that Murdoch was initially attracted to Palin in the same way that McCain was. She was attractive and made an older guy breath a little younger.

I think that both found out that Sarah truly lives up to her book title, namely, she goes rogue, resisting any advice, schooling or simple suggestions.

Sarah could have been a gold mine for Rupert. He could launch the new improved Sarah with the book and a tour, move her into one of the Faux News Talking Heads programs, where she would fit right in with the crazies.

But, Sarah needed a little refining and taming. Maybe a speech coach or a makeover. But, thanks Ms.Rogue, Sarah knows best, or to put it another way, she is too dumb to realize her own limitations.

I think that the Hong Kong speech, closed to the press, not in the US was the out of town tryout. This time, it's not going to be a Hit on Broadway, it's just another clunker and the Cash for Clunkers Program is already over.

The tip off was that a speech that was off limits to the press was "leaked" to Rupert's own Wall Street Journal, which printed parts but not the whole speech. (I think that Sarah wrote that awful last paragraph, which is why they left it out).

Now we learn that another Rupert owned paper, in Hong Kong, was less than glowing about Sarah. Thanks for the info, Helen, great reporting!

Bree Palin said...

Great stuff, Helen!

not that sarah said...

Love this, Helen...This is a deeply investigative report; Really fascinating.

Thanks!

lina said...

I love your insights and research -and your polls! I always look forward to coming here. Thank you so much for what you do so well Helen!

Helen said...

Thanks so much everyone for your comments...it really means a lot to hear from you!

Fan tastic said...

Maybe Rupee told Palin, "Read the paper to know how you are doing with me"...that way he could get her to develop some regular reading habits ; )

LL Burton said...

To stay at home with her kids? Ummm...I am thinking that someone needs to be standing by with a counter and checking how many days she is out of state. Maybe she won't be eligible for those PFDs next year at this rate...

I'm just sayin'...

Global Village said...

I enjoyed that post thank you very much. You're thinking what I'm thinking.

karen marie said...

Keep up the good work, Helen.

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