Could it happen here? That sounds like the opening line of a Sci-Fi classic. Or a political scandal. Seems our gentile cousins on the other side of the Atlantic are terribly embroiled in the Murdoch-News Corp scandal reaching all of the way to the current Prime Minister. Apparently Mr. Cameron’s first visitor after his election victory was no other than Rupert Murdoch himself- through the back door!
Here in Ohio some people are wondering about our new right-wing governor and former Fox News analyst. Did Murdoch’s influence go all the way to the Ohio River? One need only look at the draconian policies that Ohio governor John Kasich has proposed for my state to realize that something odd is motivating the man. Kasich’s former employer, News Corp., was accused in 2010 of making improper campaign solicitations for Kasich’s campaign, however a bevy of top-notch lawyers pleaded to the Ohio Board of Elections and the case was summarily dismissed. Gosh, who’d have guessed?
It will be interesting to see that case reopened, but I doubt that the current [Republican] attorney general will be interested in investigating that allegation any further. Of course if hush money was involved, that could blow the case wide open.
I was a hot summer morning many decades ago when the Watergate plot exploded wide open on TV sets all across the land; could this summer be a repeat performance of another Republican scandal? How many Tea Party freshmen in Congress received donations from News Corp? Of course, we’ll never know what money transferred under the table or through other names and other businesses. By the way, does anyone know what’s happening over there on Fox these past several days? Are they in denial? Defensive? Naturally, the Fox viewers must surely be themselves irate about any suggestion that ‘their’ network could have been involved in any wrong-doing.
And what of Limbaugh and his clones? Has he declared it a witch hunt and summarily dismissed the accusations as the libbbbbbbbbbbbberal media?
Here at Man with the Muckrake we’ve been concerned recently with the pervasive spread of low-information voters throughout the electorate, but now we may have to add a new category: professionally-propagandized voters. In both cases the end result is anathema to the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the principles upon which this nation was founded. Misinformed voters, whether through their own negligence or through brainwashing, cannot be trusted to make correct judgments in the voting booth. This is blatantly anti-American and mocks our democratic process.
Can it happen here? Wrong question. Rather, one should ask- how long has it been going on here?