Did the Washington Post and others underplay the story through fear of the News Corp chairman, or simply tin-eared judgment?
So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch‘s ultimate and most audacious attempt – thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance – to hijack America's democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press.
In the American instance, Murdoch's goal seems to have been nothing less than using his media empire – notably Fox News – to stealthily recruit, bankroll and support the presidential candidacy of General David Petraeus in the 2012 election.
Phi Beta Iota: The media has been corrupt from its inception, but has gotten much worse since WWII. Not only does TIME Magazine no longer fact-check, but the “controlled media” could not find the truth if they were drowning in it. The Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times are the worst of their ilk. When they do a great story (e.g. Watergate) it is because a “silent coup” has been authorized and powers beyond the sleaze that manage newspapers are in play. Money decides who gets media attention in the USA, and money is not at all interested in truth because the truth would cut money's heart out and stomp on it. This is why we stand for the truth at any cost — and for an Autonomous Internet, Open Source Everything, and Liberation Technology. We will not be free until we can restore the primacy of truth to public affairs.