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Let’s assume that the left is successful in its goal of dissolving Murdoch’s media empire. That would leave 53,000 people unemployed. Investors who have sunk billions into Murdoch’s enterprises would lose their cash. The fallout would be dramatic. By way of contrast, Chrysler – a company the left deemed too big to fail – employs just over 50,000 workers. Yet the left thought it was not only worth bailing out Chrysler, but of chipping in American tax dollars to pay off the union contracts they’d negotiated.
The left’s hatred for Murdoch’s empire demonstrates their continued apathy about job loss. They are concerned with corporations who are deeply and incestuously entwined with government – those corporations, they say, must be saved at all costs. GM, GE, Chrysler, the liberal journalistic establishment – those companies deserve government largesse, a helpful hand. Corporations that are not subject to union whims, or that oppose the global big government agenda, are on their own. They must be punished dramatically.
Now, nobody is arguing that News of the World didn’t deserve penalties. But for the left to scalp News of the World and argue that it has done some sort of grand public good by such a gesture is idiotic. With the death of News of the World, 200 working journalists joined the ranks of the unemployed. Killing a newspaper isn’t the solution to preventing journalistic abuse – killing journalistic abuse is.
But the left isn’t interested in killing journalistic abuse. And they’re not interested in jobs. They’re interested in nailing their political opponents, no matter the collateral damage to either free speech values or to individuals who lose the ability to support their families.
Will Media Matters hire those unemployed journalists? How about Avaaz?
Didn’t think so.
They’re just happy to have their pie all over Murdoch’s face, consequences be damned.
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