CORPORATE WELFARE  12:02 pm July 13, 2011

Murdoch’s Sleazy News Corp. Got $4.8 Billion Tax Refund From Washington

by Wonkette Jr.

Send this gnome back to Hell.We know it’s super important that all giant corporations get HUGE tax breaks and actually never pay any actual taxes in America, so they can all “be more competitive” by laying off all American workers and feeding us a steady diet of EVIL, but you would think somebody in Ronald Reagan Junior’s Barack Obama’s administration would’ve noticed the potential bad Public Relations involved in giving Rupert Murdoch’s Fox & Fiends global propaganda conglomerate a $4.8 billion tax refund after News Corp. managed to not pay any taxes at all, right? UPDATE: And Reuters mysteriously pulls down the entire column — the entire column! — because that’s what always happens when the subject of a business column claims the column is incorrect.

Brave Reuters business columnist David Cay Johnston breaks it down:

Over the past four years Murdoch’s U.S.-based News Corp. has made money on income taxes. Having earned $10.4 billion in profits, News Corp. would have been expected to pay $3.6 billion at the 35 percent corporate tax rate. Instead, it actually collected $4.8 billion in income tax refunds, all or nearly all from the U.S. government.

Fox News, the editorial pages of his Wall Street Journal and other Murdoch outlets often rail against taxes. Their attacks on government benefits for the elderly, the sick, the jobless and children focus attention on the uses of tax dollars and away from his aggressive efforts to enjoy the benefits of civilization without paying for them.

Take a look at your life, and then divest yourself of any exposure to News Corp.’s products. It’s easy! And you will have an immediately better life if you’re not swallowing the swill of Murdoch’s empire of shit, whether it’s the bald-faced evil of Fox News or the mind-numbing broadcast pornography of Fox movies and television shows.

Additionally, don’t spend money on things that pay Murdoch money. If it’s advertised on Fox News or in the New York Post or on the Fox television network, you really don’t need it! Really! You’ve already seen enough of The Simpsons and christ knows you don’t need to be pissing away what’s left of your life watching American Idol. Turn off your teevee and go outside, it’s summertime! (You don’t need anything advertised anywhere. When you actually need something, you’ll know it.) [Reuters/Telegraph]

 
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nounverb911 July 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Who's phone did they have to hack to get that much back?

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

All of them, NV911.

nounverb911 July 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Your tax dollars at work!

Chillwaver July 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

"Defund Fox News!"

Doktor Zoom July 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Oh, my. Will you sell me a bumper sticker?

Reagan Still Dead July 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

End the Fox!

Chillwaver July 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

But remember, people: News Corp is a "job creator."

jaytingle July 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Yeah, a blow job creator, courtesy of our fellator-in-chief. This is the direct result of Wendi Deng turning off the "Me love you long time" machine.

GOPCrusher July 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Tell that to Glenn Beck.

ifthethunderdontgetya July 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

…but you would think somebody in Ronald Reagan Junior’s Barack Obama’s administration

You speeled "The Next Herbert Hoover's administration" wrong.
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Barb July 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Murdoch’s son might be thrown under the big red British bus…that’s the chance you take when daddy has the morals of a hungry river crocodile stalking a kindergarten swimming class.

DashboardBuddha July 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I quoted you. Well said.

PubOption July 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

What, or who, did Rebekah Brooks do to avoid the same fate?

SorosBot July 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I think the question may be "What does she know that Murdoch really, really doesn't want her to say to the cops?"

user-of-owls July 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

You'll be hearing from our lawyers.

–Hungry River Crocodiles Local 34

Chillwaver July 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

You know what other Aussie made billions out of American suckers?

nounverb911 July 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Born in Peekskill, New York, Mel Gibson?

Crank_Tango July 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Crocodile Dundee?

Reagan Still Dead July 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Wooo! Shout out for Stinkskill!

Doktor Zoom July 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Olivia Newton John?

LabRodent July 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Midnight Oil and Men at Work

Terry July 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Nicole Kidman?

Whomever is behind Foster's beer?

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Baz Luhrmann?

BlueMonkeh July 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

That friggin' crocodile guy – the one that got skewered by a sting ray or something….whatshisname…Steve something….

Clancy_Pants July 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Natalie Imbruglia?

FNMA July 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Yahoo Serious?

genxr July 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I know it's been a few decades but I still want my $2.99 back for that VHS movie rental of Young Einstein.

AJWjr. July 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm
AutomaticPilot July 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Keith Urban?

BaldarTFlagass July 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Michael Hutchence & INXS?

Allmighty_Manos July 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

That 'oi' guy in those battery ads?

Serolf_Divad July 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Fuckit, since no one else has named him yet: Angus Young?

Have we gone down the whole list yet? Has anyone mentioned that guy who did Gladiator and Master and Commander?

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Marcus Bachmann loved that movie about Captain Crowe and his man-wife.

Chillwaver July 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I'm disappointed that no one has mentioned post-mortem Heath Ledger yet.

GOPCrusher July 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Mary-Kate Olsen got even for America there. Too soon?

sati_demise July 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

The BeeGees?

widestanceroman July 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo?

GOPCrusher July 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Flock of Seagulls?

Geminisunmars July 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Who was that Aussie, you know, Austrian watercolorist? Ummm, what was his name…?

Sue4466 July 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

$4.8 billion? Damn. How many jets does Murdoch have?

Nothingisamiss July 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Don't be fucking messing with the corporate jet tax break, commie.

genxr July 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

My corporate jet is a job creator!

That's also what I christened my yacht. It has the words "Job Creator" in big letters along the side while I sail up and down the coast pointing and laughing at the unemployed.

ALIVE! July 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

This is a great. fucking. idea. Michael Moore would have done this back in the day.

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Shake your Job Creator! Shake your Job Creator!

AJWjr. July 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I will downfist the fuck out of the first person that replies all of them. I mean it.

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I was going to post exactly the same thing!

Gleem_McShineys July 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Katie knows EXACTLY how many.

PristineODummy July 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Apparently, he just lost $7 billion, though. You know how it is. Easy come, easy go.

Sue4466 July 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Or karma.

ifthethunderdontgetya July 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

As far as a boycott of News Corp. and their advertisers go ("Do you renounce Satan, and all his works?"), I have only this to say:

Wonkette, Jr. for President!
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V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Wonkette, Jr./Rick Perry 2012!

PristineODummy July 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Butt butt butt — Rick Perry has a HUGE OPENING! Can this be right?

GuanoFaucet July 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

No matter how much money Murdoch makes, it will never be enough to buy back his soul.

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Trick question! Those prison colony dwellers in Australia had no soul that, now, they could want to buy back.

FNMA July 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

You're mistaken. He's a buyer, not a seller.

AJWjr. July 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Well, except for MySpace, maybe.

PristineODummy July 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Hahaha! He fooled you.

He has no soul.

freakishlywrong July 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm

And those insufferable douchebags, y'know the perky propagandists on the "N' Friends" show are ranting daily about Media Matters tax exempt status? Fuck you, blowholes!

JustPixelz July 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm

That kind of refund is totally fair. And balanced too! In the sense that it's not fair to balance the federal budget on the backs of trillionaires who daily broadcast anti-government propaganda.

BlueStateLibel July 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Goddamit, why not just give away the whole U.S. Treasury to Murdoch, defense contractors, and Wall Street…oh wait, we already did.

Swampgas_Man July 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

But we need something left behind for Con Ed and Gen Electric.

Geminisunmars July 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Didn't Haliburton, Blackdouchwater, and some of those folk get some chunks too?

BloviateMe July 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I can't muster up any humor.

This fucking country.

MrFizzy July 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

As my erudite buddy Brian said about two years ago "no doubt about it, we're fucked"

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I'm willing to go Foxless if "House MD" doesn't start getting better. But if 13 goes back to her old haircut, I'm afraid I'll be powerless to resist.

axmxz July 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I'm not watching House until he and Wilson finally start getting it on.

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

How about another Cuddy strip tease? Or maybe some 13-on-girl action?

Funny that Murdoch owns jumptheshark.com.

OkieDokieDog July 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I'm pissed at Fox for cancelling Lie To Me. Tim Roth!!

Hey! That should be name of their pseudo news dept.

BlueMonkeh July 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

dammit – i didn't know they canceled that one

too truthy

Rosie_Scenario July 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Season finale was a bit much. Driving into Cuddy's house = Jumping the shark. Harder to give up "Glee" at this point. Moral dilemma. Easier to boycott the advertisers since I have no money.

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

And yet the one a few weeks before, where he jumped off the motel balcony (to the strains of "My Body is Cage"), was pretty good, even if the patient-of-the-week was a professional animal torturer.

FNMA July 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I really liked the one where they had that patient who was really sick and then they did a bunch of stuff that almost killed him and then they did more stuff that made weird things happen, such as his eyeballs bleeding, and then with five minutes left in the show they figured out that it was something relatively simple and cured the patient.
Yeah, that one was pretty good.

starfanglednut July 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Yeah, I saw that one.

SorosBot July 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Has Glee gotten any better in the second half of the season? I gave up on it about halfway through, it was so much worse than the first season, and had we too many dumb gimmicky "sing only the songs of musician X" episodes.

OkieDokieDog July 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I watched one episode because I like Jane Lynch, but I don't like her enough to suffer through watching the rest of those people or listening to that crap muzak.

I'll admit – I'm a huge fan of Raising Hope. Martha Plimpton is fantastic.

And I wonder… am I the only person in America who has NEVER watched American Idol?

GunToting[Redacted] July 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Count me in that elevated company… The only AI I've ever seen (other than being subjected to snippets whilst lighting on some "news" program or in the background at a bar) was some YouTube video of the guy who did a Beatles song with bagpipe backup. The piper is from the Wicked Tinkers, one of my favorite bands (pipes, drums, and didgeridoo).

AJWjr. July 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Never. The only so-called "reality" program I ever watched was "Last Comic Standing", and that only until they made the comedians do dickish shit to each other.

GOPCrusher July 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I have never watched American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, Survivor, The Amazing Race, or any of the Real Housewives Of, etc.
Sports are my reality TV.

PristineODummy July 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Nope.

Swampgas_Man July 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

We're not the "Target Demographic" anyway.

powersuit July 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I'm one of about 5 Americans sorry to see The Chicago Code get cancelled. I liked the accents (well, except Jennifer Beals's but no matter).

OTOH, this tax refund story makes me want to hurl my Cosi sandwich back up onto my keyboard. "Fox and Friends . . . the IRS."

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

What accents? There was nobody starring on that show who sounded anything like a Chicagoan.

genxr July 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Good lord you people watch a lot of TV. I gave up all broadcast/cable/etc last year. I'm down to just streaming netflix, which I use mainly to go through old twilight zone and MST3K episodes.

And yes, it is a nice day outside.

Swampgas_Man July 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Due to unemployment, I've given up cable AND Netflix. Now I just stream/download individual shows off my XboxLive's Zune feature.

PristineODummy July 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I haven't watched TV since the '80s, although I have been talked into the occasional MST3K episode on someone else's teevz. Got rid of mine in 1996 (the ex used to watch, and when she left, there was no reason to keep it around). Haven't missed it in the least. Geez, I really am an old fart.

GOPCrusher July 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Yeah, House is pretty much played out for me. I can boycott Fox, except for baseball and football.

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Did CBS or ABC pay taxes?

(We already know NBC didn't, also.)

(I bet you can tell who got audited, though: BET.)

Guppy06 July 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

BET wouldn't owe anything, though. Everyone knows they have nothing of any value.

Swampgas_Man July 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Until they can pay in Booty Shakin', at least.

Terry July 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I used to take refuge in the Discovery owned channels until they paid the Snowbilly Grifter to make a series of bad shows for an obscene amount of money.

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I don't have cable, havn't since I moved into my own flat, five years ago, & my flat-screen doesn't get channels (the antenna I bought from Best Buy is inoperable, & I havn't been concerned enough with tee-vee to correct this (plus, Best Buy customer services is the pits)), so I don't watch much of anything. Last summer, during my surgery recovery at my parents's, I did get into Man v. Food on the Discovery operated Travel Channel, though. & Mad Men & Rachel Maddow are top-notch, too.

What can I say? I am a man of simple pleasures.

PristineODummy July 14, 2011 at 12:01 am

After my own heart. And given your tastes in teev-watching, probably after my lungs, liver, and spleen as well. (Sweetbreads — what a wonderful euphemism.)

BaldarTFlagass July 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I'm sure that Univision was subject to some scrutiny too, especially under Bush.

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Jorge Ramos might be the only serious newsreader left. So, yes.

GOPCrusher July 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I think Michele Bachmann is calling for the LOGO channel to be investigated for un-American activities.

JoeBiteme July 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Goddamn it, I really like National Geographic.

PristineODummy July 14, 2011 at 12:01 am

Liked. Even their nature specials have gone down teh toobz lately.

OkieDokieDog July 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

This is all lies made up by liburals. Rupert has saved America from…

aw fuck it. Send the gnome back to hell, and his blood sucking offspring too.

AbandonHope July 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

No, you're on the right track. Look at the first three Reuters comments, already trying to suggest that he "read the data wrong". Next it will be that he purposely twisted the data; following that it will be that Fox News actually rescues baby pandas and transmutes them into kittens for orphans.

The truth will never matter, because Ignorance is Wisdom in our brave new world.

widestanceroman July 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

How much FOX viewers' grandchildren will pay for all that free gubmint money should be on screen for the entirety of FOX's miserable existence.

And what was all that fuss about taxpayers' money going to PBS/NPR?

I need some serious anger management right-fucking-now.

Nothingisamiss July 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Fucking, fucking right.

FNMA July 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Just repeat after Frank Booth: Fuck you, you fucking fucks.
I find that helps…

OkieDokieDog July 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Pabst Blue Ribbon ! helps also too.

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

PBR Me ASAP!

(That was the company's last-gasp effort to remain relevant (outside of hipster bars). By four years from the campaign, so '91 to '95, they had closed up shop in Milwaukee, & three or four years after that, they had surged ahead as cheap, mass-produced swill of choice in America's mesh-cap-dens.)

Sharkey July 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Imagine you're looking at a calm blue ocean with nice ripples and lovely seagulls. And you holding a automatic shotgun. And Rupert Murdoch and all of his immediate family come strolling by – completely unarmed. And you're in an ungoverned tiny island somewhere where it would be impossible to get prosecuted…

I dunno about you but I'm feeling better…

widestanceroman July 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

What happens on that island stays on that island. . .as maggots rightfully reclaim their own.

Eve8Apples July 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

The alt-text, "Send this gnome back to hell."

Satan called. He doesn't want the son of a bitch either.

axmxz July 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

According to FOX, government handouts are slavery, so I guess Obama now gets to put all their talking heads to work in the White House vegetable plantation.

Reagan Still Dead July 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

As if that isn't already part of Obomber's reverse-racist-slave-reparation-Kenyan-anti-colonial worldview. It's already had such a dramatic effect, don't you think?

BlueMonkeh July 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

i would watch that

CapeClod July 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

They will probably get more next year since their stock is in the shitter after hacking the phones of dead children.

Swampgas_Man July 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

At least in England they have righteous wrath against 'em. Where have you read anything about this in America?

freakishlywrong July 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Do you think the laughter, (at us), EVER stops in Europe?

Terry July 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

They have their own issues, including but not limited to:

- Murdock apparently owning not only British politicians but the Metropolitan Police, as well.

- Greece deciding to hire Goldman Sachs to help them get out of financial problems

- Italy electing Berlisconi and deciding to run up debt like a 16 yr old with Daddy's credit card.

- Germany, while normally organized, tidy, and financially solvent, having individuals among their population with kinks and quirks that make Floridians look good.

- Nations across the continent treating Roma/Travellers/Gypsies/etc like it was the 18th Century

- France and those concrete bombs. Enough said about them, you know the rest.

There's more of course…

fuflans July 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

bunga bunga.

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

It's really weird about the Gypsies. My otherwise sensible Italian friends say things like, "Nobody was hurt in the accident, just some Gypsies."

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

How is it weird? Like the Jews who lightened up on the way out of the Middle East, they are Browns originally from India. Why wouldn't Europeans kick them around?

"Latcho Drom" FTW, also.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1OgSlUxcMQ&fe

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Weird in that these people would never talk that way about Jews, Africans or African-Americans, women, etc.

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Thank you!

fuflans July 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

laughing? they're still pissed about dsk.

OkieDokieDog July 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Yesterday on facebook, Nightline asked some dumb question about Fox & Murdoch and the typical teabaggie said: Foreigners are not newsworthy in America.

This infuriated me to no end.

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

As a tax policy buff (I know, it's pathetic), I've got to say that David Cay Johnston is awesome. He's the one who shouted down the Flat Earth Tax nuts by pointing out that we already have a flat tax: hedge fund zillionaires and minimum wage 7/11 clerks both pay at about 15%.

This is from the linked article: "News Corp. had nearly $7 billion permanently invested offshore in 2009, money on which it does not have to pay taxes unless it brings the money back to the United States. Meanwhile, it can use that money as collateral for loans in the United States, where interest paid is a tax-deductible expense."

Seems fair to me! He's one of Boehner's Job Creators™, assuming the job you want is to be a houseboy at Murdoch's mansion in the Cayman Islands.

Doktor Zoom July 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Linky is borked–repost please?

Also, I'm glad to know there are tax policy buffs. But I don't want to know what your fantasy league games look like.

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Somebody smarter than I wouldn't have to hand-jam the HTML to make these links look right…
http://www.tax.com/taxcom/taxblog.nsf/Profiles/Da

inapewetrust July 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

i'm going to be supportive of news corp on this one, because some day i myself might be news corp and i'll want shitloads of free money from the government too. freedom!

Nothingisamiss July 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Ken, is that you?

The brave Reuters correspondent will be out of a job soon, I suppose. But no food stamps! They will make you weak! America can no longer afford to feed people!

e_z July 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Well the news in this world is…Murdoch withdrew his offer to buy the entirety of BskyB TV.

Amazingly enough Parliment was going to give him a blast of shit tonight and now <sniff> he scampers off.

No doubt Fox media analysis will be all over this story (not), or the glees-some three-some of morning idiots will spout some super spun version of it. Hey Douchy, what say you?

Total scum.

SorosBot July 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Simpsons hasn't been any good for the past decade, anyway.

SayItWithWookies July 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I'll bet the government can get a lot of that $4.8 billion back now that News Corp. has been shown to be a criminal enterprise — a tax shelter suddenly becomes money laundering when you're breaking the law.

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

RICO time!!

LesPaultard July 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I will search for a new avatar.

Graham Cracker July 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

D'OH!

GOPCrusher July 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm

How awesome would it be to see Matt Groening and Seth McFarland announce that they are moving their shows to some other network because Fox no longer represents the image that they want to portray with their family oriented programs.

PrimlyStable July 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Me too.

Crank_Tango July 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Yeah, yeah, yeah I will wait and see how Sarah Palin has been wronged in all of this before I comment.

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

FOX has been underpaying her. Duh.

Monsieur_Grumpe July 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

What does Bill O'Riley think about this?

Hahaha!
Trick question.

nounverb911 July 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Mmmmm! Falafels!

weejee July 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

O'Riley's last thought was in 1949 when the doctor slapped him on the butt.

SorosBot July 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

What, does Bill O'Riley think?

Guppy06 July 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Graft goes in, nothing comes out, nobody can explain it!

WhatTheHeck July 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

This old man is a true patriot of various western countries. I believe he has an honorary citizenship bestowed upon him from the first president Bush and therefore is exempt from all manner of prosecution. Leave the poor guy alone. He has a real hard time controlling the governments of so many countries.

hagajim July 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Fucking asshole. I hope the Brits throw his ass back in jail – but they won't and neither will we. Crime does pay, if its corporate crime and you are a rich MOFO.

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Murdoch should follow in Schwarzenegger's footsteps (as a naturalized American) & Scott's (as a corporate larceny mastermind) & run for Governor of a populous state. Let's say New York.

proudgrampa July 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

How about if I pledge to always leave the room during a commercial? I don't think I'm ready to give up House or football.

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

By the end of last season, I was able to sing the Valhallan, martial NFL theme songs of all four networks from memory. That is my strategy to ward off teh Alzheimers.

Not_So_Much July 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Well, it was a prison colony after all. You can't expect it's leading citizens to NOT rape and pillage when let loose.

Buckminster July 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I didn't think Faux News had any real advertisers to start with! Jebus, is there anything this douche doesn't own?

ManchuCandidate July 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Considering that Newz Karp is a privatized version of the NSA, I'm not surprised.

Good thing the Simpsons have sucked since 1999 or I might miss it.

Buckminster July 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

That's it. I'm only watching PBS from now on.

BaldarTFlagass July 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I'd join you, but both PBS and the BBC have suck-ass coverage of the NFL.

SorosBot July 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

That's probably not something you'll have to worry about this year though.

orygoon July 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

That would sure buy a large supply of hobo beans.

Reagan Still Dead July 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

This is what state run tee vee looks like, sheeple.

Radiotherapy® July 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

So true, especially when our state is run by corporations.

fuflans July 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

it's so funny to compare to socialist / public bbc

ManchuCandidate July 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

That's what you call "pulling yourself up by taxpayer paid bootstraps."

Guppy06 July 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I'm not sure I want to live in a country that extends citizenship to this guy but not to people spending twelve-hour days picking tomatoes.

axmxz July 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

He provides vital freedom services, for freedom, whereas the tomato-pickers are just brown leeches sucking the blood of American taxpayers. So what if his corporation essentially gets paid by the US government to make money off old fat white idiots, and the illegals pay taxes without being able to use of the meager social net benefits they finance? FREEDOM STATES RIGHTS BUILD THE DANG FENCE GRAAGAGH!1!

Radiotherapy® July 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Freedom may not be free, but propaganda can be quite profitable.

Oblios_Cap July 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I'm starting to believe the Mayans were right about that 2012 shit. Better go sprinkle some turkey blood to appease Itzamna, just to be on the safe side.

NorthStarSpanx July 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Even better, the blood from the turkey that Governor Sarah Palin pardoned.

comrad_darkness July 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Can I go Ancient Greek and just use a Shiraz?

tribbzthesquidz July 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I wonder if Newscorpse will get through this situation unscathed and perhaps even use the brouhaha to their advantage. How long until this blows over and nobody gets in trouble for it?

fuflans July 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

i don't know, i was reading a bunch of british press last night and the concensus seems to be that it IS an earthquake.

can only hope it hurts fox. but it won't.

BaldarTFlagass July 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Well, it only took GE a couple of weeks.

tribbzthesquidz July 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Yesterday we we're having a big laugh and Mrs. Tribbz said she felt like someone handed her a big bag of Bertie Botts Rupert Murdoch-flavored jelly beans.
My glee has faded since then and I question whether they'll even be properly called out on it much less get the cock spanking they so richly deserve.

Pragmatist2 July 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

It's the least we could do.

Sharkey July 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Sorry but I will watch anything with Gordon Ramsey in it. (FFWD thru the commercials, of course.)

Oblios_Cap July 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

BBC America will slake your Ramsey thirst. Gordon Ramsey's Great Escape<a> is pretty good viewing.

prommie July 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Doesn't he already have 37 shows? I watch them all, too. I don't know the names, I just call them all "English Dude Yelling at People."

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

What is so appealing about all these sneering English yahoos? In my day, the Brits on TV were funny and obviously smarter than everyone but me and my weird high school buddies.

Sharkey July 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

He puts people in their place. Usually it's obnoxious, stupid people. (He's not random like a certain Simon Cowell.) Ramsey's tirades on Hell's Kitchen are comedy gold.

OK I'm done kissing ass for the day.

GOPCrusher July 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

It's been a long strange trip from Monty Python and The Goodies.

weejee July 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Wonkette Jr. will you be reporting on the billions in tax refunds Ken has been getting for the Wonkette?

cheetojeebus July 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Yeah, this makes a hell of a lotta sense.

fuflans July 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

does this mean i can keep buying vanity fair napkins?

NadePaulKuciGravMcKi July 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Who does Rupert Murdoch blame for false-flag mass-murder?

fuflans July 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

i wish i could quit advertising but as i can't seem to get employed in other parts of the tax burdened over regulated job creating private sector i am forced to act for food.

and this means ads

;(

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Another Wonkette thespian! What have we wasted our money on, thanks to your work?

NorthStarSpanx July 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Motherfuckingfuckfuckfuck

Serolf_Divad July 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Rupert Murdoch… wait for it… wait for it… welfare queen.

Oh, that feels soooo god to say!

ttommyunger July 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

This, from the same people that bray about the bottom 51% of Americans who pay no Federal Income Tax as if that is a huge injustice.

James Michael Curley July 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I have divested myself of all connections with News Corp and its minions and products. However, once a week I stop off at the Dunkin Donuts to steal a copy of the Wall Street Journal because I have divested myself of all Koch Brothers products like "Angle Soft" and "Quilted Northern" toilet paper.

KeepFnThatChicken July 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

You will have an immediately better life if you’re not swallowing the [...] mind-numbing broadcast pornography of Fox movies and television shows.

Star Wars fans: THIS MEANS YOU.

HistoriCat July 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

George Lucas made a good start but the rest of them will need to leave on their own.

HobbesEvilTwin July 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

getting a tax refund is patriotic!

SaintRond July 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I hope he goes to prison and I hope he gets raped while he's there.

widestanceroman July 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

And a priming rape in the patrol car that takes him there.

AJWjr. July 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I wish to hell they'd divest themselves of the less-evil tentacles of the empire, like FX, SPEED TV, NatGeo, SyFy and Fox broadcast TV locals.

GlowneyHouse July 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

…and Fox Soccer Channel. I'll have to wean myself from that quickly.

DerrickWildcat July 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Sean Hannity Responds:

LALALALALA GE!
LALALALALA GE!

I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

mavenmaven July 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Oh no, I can't watch "so you think you can dance" anymore? I have a sad.

Chet Kincaid July 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

We all love a little role-play, Ken, but if you want a divorce, why do you keep crawling back here with the wine coolers and "Intern" mask?

Gleem_McShineys July 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Yeah, imploring people to go outside has that distinctive Layne-flavored taste to it.

His hiking trails probably loop past an internet cafe or something.

iburl July 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm

What was that quote Obama campaigned on? "The fierce urgency of giving everything to the richest 1%." ?

Lazy Media July 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Yeah, I kinda want to go outside and do some carpentry, but it's 94 in the shade and 99 with the heat index. What's that? Women's soccer on the teevee? I'm in!

GlowneyHouse July 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Same here. 94 with Heat index of 110.

horsedreamer_1 July 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm

We beat France, too.

The Right will be so conflicted. France loses, but, it's soccer… It's soccer, Greg Jarrett. It's soccer.

Fox n Fiends July 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm

This was such a good post that I'll not press copyright charges for using my "handle".

sportshort July 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Well, I will keep wiping my ass with the old Wall Street Journal in my outhouse til it runs out.

soojank July 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Does any large corporation pay taxes, ever?

Serious question here.

CapnFatback July 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

The article has been pulled:

Please be advised that the David Cay Johnston column published on Tuesday stating that Rupert Murdoch’s U.S.-based News Corp made money on income taxes is wrong and has been withdrawn. News Corp’s filings show the company changed reporting conventions in its 2007 annual report when it reversed the way it showed positive and negative numbers. A new column correcting and explaining the error in more detail will be issued shortly.

Of course, I'm still on board for a boycott of American Dad.

Geminisunmars July 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I just went over there to see if I could understand how this was even possible, and saw that the article had been pulled. Makes you wonder by what body part(s) they have David Cay Johnston strung up? Cover up? Wtf???

comrad_darkness July 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

>reversed the way it showed positive and negative numbers

WTF does that mean? Hey, look guys if we claim instead that we LOST 10 billion, the IRS sends us a fat check!

Worked for Microsoft for years years, actually.

Doktor Zoom July 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

David Cay Johnston was on NPR this morning to explain what he did wrong–apparently Fox's own financial reports presented the data confusingly–but ultimately accurately. Johnston has a new column up: http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/07/14/how

Tundra Grifter July 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Murdoch is such a FoxHole!

sati_demise July 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Were we paying him to spy on us?

Was he hired by the CIA in the name of Homeland Security?

comrad_darkness July 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Let's take a living wage of 40k, that would be 75k with overhead. That's 64,000 jobs.

Good work, fuckwads in DC.

comrad_darkness July 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Wait, people still have televisions??

comrad_darkness July 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I have to say, this scandal and the articles about Blair and Brown sucking Murdick to get elected finally explains why, despite the memos clearly showing the Brits knew the Iraq war was a loon's errand, they still went along with it. Sucks big time that 3 trillion and untold lives were lost and this bitch gets our tax dollars in his pocket to boot, but at least a mystery has been solved. I'll take what I can get.

glamourdammerung July 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Murdoch must be one of those "welfare queens" I have heard conservatives scream so much about.

MinAgain July 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Please. I haven't watched the Fox channel since they cancelled "Firefly".

Warpde July 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Hey. Back off.
Do you people realize how much it costs to hack phones, let alone pay off cops?
Huh? …….Huh? …….Huh?
Yeah.
Didn't think so.

Blue Gal July 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Here's Johnston's retraction:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/13/column-

benjo765 July 14, 2011 at 4:59 am

JEEZ POPE/PRESIDENT/ 9-11 FAMILIES/ MURDERED SCHOOL CHILD – if you didn't want to be hacked, THEN YOU SHOULDN'T OF HAD A MOBILE PHONE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Stop poking news crop with a stick everyone, they're only doing their job… y'know…being sinister assholes.

quidamwp July 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

This report is false.
http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/07/14/how
David Cay Johnston. The opinions expressed are his own.

Readers, I apologize. The premise of my debut column for Reuters, on News Corp’s taxes, was wrong, 100 percent dead wrong.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp did not get a $4.8 billion tax refund for the past four years, as I reported. Instead, it paid that much in cash for corporate income taxes for the years 2007 through 2010 while earning pre-tax profits of $10.4 billion.

WHile I have no sympathy for Murdoch, this correction needs to be published with the same visibility as the false claim

NadePaulKuciGravMcKi July 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

extortion blackmail bribery
– September 11 Racket –

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

It was sarcoidosis. It almost always is.

BaldarTFlagass July 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I thought it was just lupus.

ProudLibunatic July 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

And a spinal tap is usually involved, as is a seizure of some kind.

V572 der Plaatz July 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Ha ha, as if sports were real.

PristineODummy July 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Of course, when I read "AI," I immediately thought, "but how can you SEE artificial intelligence?" Yeah, I know, I just dated myself. AI is SO 80s.

PristineODummy July 14, 2011 at 12:05 am

We've had more visible struggles against the dehumanization of Africans, women, African-Americans, and Jews. The Roma are a very small minority, and scattered across many nations, with no homeland to claim for their own.

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