Comments on: Romney is powerless against Murdoch’s lash http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: mikemm http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61447 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:42:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61447 Murdoch is a businessman. He supports and works with winners and distances himself from losers. It doesn’t matter how the games are played, in business winning is all that matters.
Associating yourself with losers, makes people wonder about your own credibility and whether you may have lost that edge. Backing a losing bet makes people wonder about your business acumen in all the other major decisions you’ll make on their behalf.

This isn’t politics as much as it is physcology, and as many people would say it’s just business and not personal.

If Obama either remains or pulls ahead in the polls after the first debate, he will be presumed the winner and most businesses will refocus from the prospect of a a Romney administration to building bridges to work with the Obama administration. The same is also and possibly even more true for Congressional candidates who will be the ones writing legislation.

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61323 Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:25:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61323 @sylvan: your attempt to associate Romney with Murdoch’s guilt is tenuous at best (it’s so far from reality that before discussing this issue further, I’d very much like to know whether you’re getting paid to write these comments, or whether you’re otherwise affiliated with the Democratic Party).

Romney is no friend to crime lords. As freely confessed by another politically independent Reuters columnist:
http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/20 12/09/24/romneys-campaign-into-oblivion/
> “Mitt is squeaky clean.”

In terms of organised crime or paid influence, Mitt Romney comes from the same strict tradition as his father George Romney who once threw mafia crime bosses out of his office for opening a case-load of cash ($1M USD in 1960’s money), offering to make him the mafia candidate… Romney wasn’t having any of that, and the mafia privately respected him for his refusal. Mitt Romney isn’t going to reverse that proud tradition, or offend against his father’s legacy.

You are clearly attacking Romney on his strong point: incorruptibility. The only serious question being raised by serious participants in this debate is whether Romney’s priorities are right for America…

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By: sylvan http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61273 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:02:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61273 Does Murdoch actually pay Reuter’s for articles about him, or is it fear that motivates his inclusion?
Do you really think any Americans care what a dried up prune of a crime lord thinks?
How about a little background on Murdoch’s one man crime wave, with over 500 phone hacking cases now or previously in British Courts and his contempt of Parlament.
Your worship of a known crime boss is frightening and you should really disclose the man’s entire background instead of groveling at his feet.
Murdoch and Adelson are both trying to buy this election to stay out of jail and if you can’t see that possibility with massive DOJ investigations currently into both men’s business practices, then you didn’t bother looking. If Romney wins, his friends can avoid prosecution; if the President is re-elected, then this crime bosses get their day in court.

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61256 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:06:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61256 @spiderbite: Sounds credible, and fits with my interpretation of events, right? Murdoch is losing power (and Romney represents a continuation of that trend); and he doesn’t like it. He’s lashing out, and just starting to lose his composure, to show us his real nature…

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61253 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:01:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61253 @Peertoperr, @sylvan: Don’t you think that Murdoch would be a lot more enthusiastic about Romney if what either of you said was even slightly true?

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By: spiderbite http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61249 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:44:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61249 As a former Murdoch employee ( the Times) and an occasional contributor to Fox News, Wapshott’s opinion of Murdoch’s influence in the US elections is inflated. Most Americans do NOT think Obama is off track, the recovery though slight is ongoing, and contrary to his statememt, Obama’s healthcare is approved by the electorate. Murdoch’s tweets are of no interest to anyone. Murdoch is no US power broker & his influence anywhere is a thing of the past.

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By: birthday_party http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61223 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:15:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61223 The Murdoch Empire is in serious trouble in Britain following the Phone Hacking scandal. If only the FBI and the USDOJ would do their jobs :

Fox News television channel had a “black ops” department that may have illegally hacked private telephone records.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/p hone-hacking/8650631/Rupert-Murdochs-Fox -News-ran-black-ops-department-former-ex ecutive-claims.html

Murdoch private eye targeted American hedge fund boss
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/2 5/us-newscorp-hacking-hedgefundidUSBRE84 O0YT20120525

Lawyers for Rupert Murdoch’s company have protested against criminal charges amid fears over broadcasting contracts
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jul  /31/news-corporation-directors-charges- murdoch

Directors within Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation could face corporate charges and prosecution for neglect of their duties, in plans that are being examined by the Crown Prosecution Service.

James Murdoch acknowledged approving out of court settlements to hacking victims and admitted misleading parliament.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/p hone-hacking/8628424/James-Murdoch-could -face-prosecution-in-US-and-UK-over-hack ing-scandal.html

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By: sylvan http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61214 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:49:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61214 Murdoch, like Adelson, is just trying to stay out of jail. If Romney wins, none of the crime lords go to jail. If not, they might be looking at some serious time for their global crimes.DOJ already has large investigations running on both, which a credible paper might mention, especially a British one.

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By: Peertoperr http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61209 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:31:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61209 Murdoch is really the master puppeteer – Him + Koch brothers and Adelson – Romney is the Puppet – Watch him bend over and kiss the ring once he gets elected because of voter suppression laws that will offset O’s current lead and Citizen United that will pour so many millions in ads that we will only remember Obama through black and white videos with end of world background music.

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/09/27/romney-is-powerless-against-murdochs-lash/#comment-61202 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:16:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=14155#comment-61202 Murdoch apparently wants to browbeat Romney into installing some of his henchmen into prime positions on his team, for periodic “leaks” and “exclusives” in exchange for positive coverage.

Coulson’s seat was clearly the price of Murdoch’s support for ex PR-specialist David Cameron. Notwithstanding the Leveson inquiry, the old leopard can’t change its spots…

Romney is paying the price for running a clean campaign: everything he does is presented as a “gaffe”, or, as an inept and misguided effort to distract from a previous misstep.

I want to see more honest reporting. I want to see journalists repudiate Murdoch’s amoral methods, to eschew and expose the unfair competition from his phone hackers, government/celebrity moles, etc. If any politicians remain so bold as to sell their souls to this devil, we need to continue exposing them in good time, and make them pay the rightful price for selling our democracy; until this criminal enterprise is shut down for good…

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