You have to hand it to Rupert Murdoch: not only has he exonerated the wayward Glenn Beck, “star” of Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) over Beck’s assertion that Barack Obama was a racist, he has said that Beck was right. Rupe has, however, said that Beck should not have said that, so perhaps we will now see a different form of words coming out of Fox in an attempt to say the same thing.
Maybe not: this is as near to Beck being given the green light by his boss as makes no difference. Murdoch is, effectively, giving the finger to anyone who says his talking heads are out of order, and letting everyone know that there will be more of the same (as if we needed telling) because of course Fox campaigned against Obama during the Presidential race. And Fox lost.
So Rupe, via Fox and whichever of his other media outlets he so directs, will be putting the boot into Obama until they see the back of him. That, given that most Presidents manage a second term, could mean another seven years of the same.
[UPDATE: Rupe's been backtracking, as the Guardian has reported]
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
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