Monday, May 28, 2012

Take action against Rupert Murdoch

For decades, Rupert Murdoch has been the most powerful media mogul on earth – anointing, manipulating and intimidating political leaders across the globe, including U.S. presidents.

Headquartered in the U.S., Murdoch’s News Corp. owns dozens of American outlets including Fox News, Fox Broadcasting, Wall Street Journal and New York Post. His outlets are powerful opinion-shapers; no one pushed harder for the Iraq invasion than Murdoch and his media.

A British Parliamentary committee recently declared Rupert Murdoch “not a fit person” to run a major company. The committee found that Murdoch had “turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness” while his London newspapers massively hacked into private citizens’ phones and computers – and bribed police officials.

When a U.S. company bribes foreign officials, it violates the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Let’s urge the U.S. Senate to investigate and hold public hearings on the corrupt practices of Murdoch and News Corp.

For almost a year, while this scandal involving a U.S. company dominated the news in England, our Congress looked away. Weeks ago, the British attorney whose lawsuits broke open the scandal alleged that Murdoch’s journalists committed the crime of phone-hacking against victims in the U.S.

The Senate Commerce Committee has oversight of American business and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While British broadcast regulators today investigate whether Murdoch is fit to hold a broadcast license in England, the American FCC shows no interest in Murdoch’s fitness to possess 27 U.S. TV licenses.

Urge Senate Commerce Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) to initiate an investigation of News Corp. corruption and law-breaking.

After it starts investigating News Corp., we will urge the committee to probe why the FCC has taken our public property – the broadcast airwaves – and turned them over, for free, to a handful of giant conglomerates (Murdoch, Disney, General Electric, Comcast, etc.)

Please forward this email to friends and family.

It’s time we “occupy the airwaves.”

The RootsAction team

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Amazon drops ALEC

by Claude Chaney
   With over 50,000 signatures demanding that Amazon abandon the illegally influential right wing
lobbying group and demonstrations at company headquarters Amazon has decided that ALEC has
become more of a liability than an asset and will no longer offer financial assistance.
    This is another large corporation that has supported the right wing think tank responsible
for the notorious "Stand Your Ground" law that protected accused murderer George Zimmerman,
who claimed self defense when a bullet from his gun led to the death of seventeen year old
Trayvon Martin. Allegedly this somewhat clandestine organization has also sponsored legislation
that disenfranchised participation of African-Americans, Hispanics, the elderly and college students
in the upcoming national elections.
    These developments have been under reported or not mentioned at all in the mainstream media
leading many people to believe there has been collusion between mainstream media and ALEC.