(re: Rupert Murdoch / News International / NewsCorp / Corruption of Society) 1st published January 2000 in "Letters From An Alien" on my previous blog "Breaking the Bloody Glass":
Pope John Paul II (beatified & en route to sainthood) is promoted as a man of morals, a moral arbiter whose opinions on ethics we are all encouraged to respect. In addition, a billion Catholics considered him to be God's representative on earth.
The Media Owner Rupert Murdoch made (and still makes) money by promoting racism, sexism, homophobia & the base instincts of the mob.
In 1998, Pope John Paul II & the Vatican awarded Murdoch a Papal Knighthood. The title is awarded to people of "unblemished character". So, according to Pope John Paul II, the Vatican & the current pope Benedict XVI, Rupert Murdoch, still a Knight of St. Gregory, has led a blameless life.
An "unblemished character" suggests a sin free soul. This is a serious, heaven or hell assessment with crucial implications as to how human beings should behave in the eyes of God. A Papal knighthood is not a courtesy title.The Pope is saying that Rupert Murdoch is the man your children should follow. After all, if you wish to please God ... who better to emulate than a man with an "unblemished character".
Perhaps Murdoch's $10 million contribution toward the construction of a Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles suggested to Pope John Paul II that Murdoch had lead a blameless life - or perhaps it is that Murdoch, as Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation and owner of Zondervan Publishing House, is the publisher of the New International Version of the Bible (NIV). Although the NIV copyright is held by the International Bible Society, Zondervan has exclusive publishing rights.
So, though you make your fortune by encouraging and preying upon base human instincts, through your ownership of Fox News & such UK publications as "The Sun" and the disgraced "News of The World" you can still have an "unblemished character".
In light of this assessment by popes & the vatican of what constitutes an “unblemished character” I suggest admirers re-examine some of their other pronouncements on moral issues such as condoms and HIV/AIDS, celibate priests, women priests, child abuse, the family and sexuality in general.
It's easy to call for world peace: entertainers and beauty queens do it all the time, and good luck to them. However, we and the media should expect more than that from a much promoted moral leader & institution with the political power of a billion followers.
Sexism, heterosexism (homophobia to those in denial), racism and the general encouragement of base rather than noble human instincts are firmly placed Establishment traditions. In what way has Rupert Murdoch opposed these?
If indeed he is a scourge of the Establishment (perhaps alongside other radicals such as the Prince of Wales or any Pope) then humanity is struggling to keep its head above an even deeper ocean of its own excrement than has hitherto been acknowledged.
No need to write a letter to The Guardian in opposition to the piece written by Henry Grunwald QC, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
His "We all deserve an apology" article (Wed March 2) aimed at Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, while purporting to be an attack on anti-Semitism was in fact an ill-advised exercise in the competition of the oppressed; that foolish game that says, "our suffering, torture and horrible death was worse than your suffering, torture and horrible death".
I believe the dead of the Holocaust, the dead of Pol Pot's Cambodian killing fields and the dead of the Rwanda and Australian genocides would stand shoulder to shoulder in their opposition to racism, ethnic cleansing and social engineering through state endorsed mass murder. They would not be vying for gold on the top step of the winners podium. I believe Jo Slovo, a Jew and chief of staff of the African National Congress's armed wing, shoulder to shoulder with Nelson Mandela in the struggle against apartheid, would have understood this in a way that Henry Grunwald appears incapable of doing.
As for the origins of the furore, Ken Livingstone’s likening a Jewish reporter from the London Evening Standard to a Nazi Concentration Camp Guard - and appropriately not apologising: Any member of an ethnic minority knowingly working for Associated Newspapers (or for Rupert Murdoch’s News International) should realise they are working for organisations with a long history of promoting, feeding and nurturing racism. Such people should consider carefully before accusing anyone of being racist. Those attempting to make this an issue of anti-Semitism have a dishonest agenda of their own.
In addition, apologising to people merely because they feel offended is absurd. I am offended, for example, by the Pope's lying, murderous policy on condoms & HIV / AIDS, Tony Blair's lethal lies about the reasons for the war in Iraq and by the current meaningless, craven philosophy of "closure" / putting it behind you / and moving on. I am not holding my breath waiting for apologies from the culprits. Incidentally, Arabs also are Semitic.