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On Tuesday, July 19, Rupert Murdoch visited Parliament to discuss the News of the World scandal. As the media mogul was speaking, he was attacked by a protester, who threw what looked to be pie content at him. Wendi Deng, Murdoch’s wife, smacked the protester in the head – a rational and well-calibrated response.
Some in the media celebrated the pie-ing the same way they’ve celebrated the entire News of the World blow-up. One MSNBC host, militant leftist Contessa Brewer, remarked, “I think, in some ways, this encapsulates what the British people are feeling right now about Rupert Murdoch and those involved in this phone hacking scandal.” Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters for America, had no comment on that – but he’s spent his entire last two weeks mentally pleasuring himself through front covers of the British tabloid.
In fact, the left’s absolute glee over the News of the World scandal cannot be contained. They aren’t horrified – they’re giggling to themselves like excited schoolgirls spotting Brad Pitt at the local Starbucks. When Murdoch’s NewsCorp was forced to drop its bid to buy the satellite British Sky Broadcasting company, the left cheered wildly. Boehlert called it the “best week ever.” Avaaz.org, a group of leftist media activists, have petitioned the British government to force Murdoch to totally divest from BSkyB. “Now we’re taking our red-hot UK campaign global, to roll back the Murdoch menace everywhere,” said Avaaz directors. “Avaaz members live in every country where Murdoch works, making our movement the only one that can truly take a campaign against his global empire and win. The time is now … we can seize this once-in-a-generation chance.” Many, if not most liberals saw the failure to acquire as a loss for Murdoch and News Corp, whom they believe to be the dual devils incarnate.
There’s only one problem. Even as the left chortles over the decaying remains of News of the World and does the wave over the collapse of the BSkyB deal, people lose their jobs. Shares in BSkyB declined 0.6 percent the day the deal fell through. As soon as the News of the World scandal broke, in fact, the stock began dropping precipitously; over the past three weeks, the stock of BSkyB – again, a company that has not been implicated in anything – dropped nearly 20 percent. News Corp’s stock value has declined nearly that much.
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