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Newscorp Under Fire for Hacking and Offensive Holocaust Remarks

January 30, 2011

Seems Newscorp luck has run out. The everyday offensive language and nefarious dealings have finally caught up with Rupert Murdock and his ilk. These are truly remarkable times. Seems there is a rebalancing going on, and not too soon.

The Guardian UK reports:

As scores of new victims emerged to allege they had been hacked by the newspaper, MPs voiced fresh concerns at the police handling of the affair and the role played by senior executives at News International, News Corp’s UK subsidiary and the ultimate parent company of the News of the World, the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times.

Meanwhile, back across the Atlantic, it emerged that News Corp was facing another problem. Last week 400 rabbis from all the main branches of Judaism in the US bought a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, calling on Murdoch to take sanctions against News Corp’s Fox News subsidiary. The rabbis were incensed at the way that Fox commentators regularly referred to those with whom they disagreed as “Nazis”.

“You diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit any individual or organisation you disagree with. That is what Fox News has done in recent weeks,” the ad read.

The placement of the ad was even more poignant and shocking as it was published on Holocaust Remembrance Day. It came partly in response to comments by Murdoch’s brash Fox News leader, Roger Ailes, who had compared executives at National Public Radio to Nazis after they sacked a commentator who made ill-advised remarks about being scared of flying with Muslims.

But it also focused on the most controversial figure in the pantheon of Fox News personalities: Glenn Beck. Fox’s biggest star repeatedly uses Nazi and Hitler references to describe figures he does not like.

Deborah Lipstadt, professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, has been especially vocal in attacking Beck’s tactics. “I haven’t heard anything like this on television or radio – and I’ve been following this kind of stuff. I’ve been in the sewers of antisemitism and Holocaust denial more often than I’ve wanted,” she said.

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Main shareholders in News Corp (after the Murdoch family)

Kingdom Holdings 7%

Taube Hodson Stonex Partners 2.29%

Invesco 1.73%

Bank of New York Mellon Corporation 1.15%

Goldman Sachs 0.87%

Dimensional Fund Advisors 0.75%

MFC Global Investment Management 0.48%

Axa 0.45%

Clearbridge Advisors 0.38%

Blackrock Group 0.35%

Shareholdings based on statements by Kingdom Holdings and in News Corp filings September 2010.

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