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The Journal Becomes Fox-ified – NYTimes.com

The Journal Becomes Fox-ified – NYTimes.com.

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The Journal Becomes Fox-ified

It’s official. The Wall Street Journal has been Fox-ified.

It took Rupert Murdoch only three and a half years to get there, starting with the moment he acquired the paper from the dysfunctional Bancroft family in December 2007, a purchase that was completed after he vowed to protect The Journal’s editorial integrity and agreed to a (toothless) board that was supposed to make sure he kept that promise.

Fat chance of that. Within five months, Murdoch had fired the editor and installed his close friend Robert Thomson, fresh from a stint Fox-ifying The Times of London. The new publisher was Leslie Hinton, former boss of the division that published Murdoch’s British newspapers, including The News of the World. (He resigned on Friday.) Soon came the changes, swift and sure: shorter articles, less depth, an increased emphasis on politics and, weirdly, sometimes surprisingly unsophisticated coverage of business.

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Read the full story here: The New York Times

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Phone hacking: David Cameron is not out of the sewer yet – Telegraph

Phone hacking: David Cameron is not out of the sewer yet – Telegraph.

Phone hacking: David Cameron is not out of the sewer yet

Poor judgment lies at the heart of Prime Minister David Cameron’s crisis over the Murdoch empire.

8:32PM BST 08 Jul 2011

For more than three decades the most powerful man in Britain has not been a politician; it has been the brilliant but ruthless US-based media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, who burst on to the scene with the purchase of the News of the World in an audacious takeover bid in 1968. Within barely a decade he had built up a controlling interest in British newspapers.

But he did not just control our media. He dominated British public life. Politicians – including prime ministers – treated him with deference and fear. Time and again the Murdoch press – using techniques of which we have only just become aware – destroyed political careers. Murdoch also claims to determine the results of general elections.

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Osama Bin Laden: Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein – Nachrichten Kultur – WELT ONLINE

Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein

Der Publizist Jakob Augstein hält den Tod des Terrorpaten für eine unmenschliche Hinrichtung. So hätte auch Ribbentrop in Nürnberg argumentieren können.

Jedes Mal, wenn ich eine Kolumne von Jakob Augstein lese, frage ich mich: Wie kann ein so kluger, gebildeter und sympathischer Mensch so einen Unsinn schreiben? Liegt es an der Berliner Luft, die ihm zu schaffen macht? An den großen Fußstapfen, in denen er wandelt? Oder will er nur seinen Lesern entgegenkommen, die er aus der Restekiste der DDR übernommen hat?

Was immer es sein mag, jetzt hat Jakob Augstein sich selbst überholt.

zum vollständigen Artikel geht es hier:  Osama Bin Laden: Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein – Nachrichten Kultur – WELT ONLINE.

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Osama Bin Laden news reports: Read all you want, but read skeptically. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine

How To Read the Bin Laden Coverage

Skeptically.

By Jack ShaferPosted Monday, May 2, 2011, at 6:34 PM ET

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The snuffing of Osama Bin Laden has already filled the Snake River Canyon with a torrent of coverage from newspapers, the Web, and television. The news output will only expand in the coming days, and as it does, remain skeptical about it. As we know from the coverage of other major breaking-news events—the Mumbai massacre, the death of Pat Tillman, Hurricane Katrina, the rescue of Jessica Lynch, to cite just a few examples—the earliest coverage of a big story is rarely reliable.

Read the full article her:  Osama Bin Laden news reports: Read all you want, but read skeptically. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine.

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