Jeez. Whooda thunk it? Rupert Murdoch in a fight for his life. President Obama leading the Republicans around like a kid with a calf; the one-time self-described King of Seattle Talk Radio tanking in local ratings!
- Murdoch has taken the biggest blow of his business career, and is just waiting for more legal shoes to drop on both sides of the Atlantic. Will The Wall Street Journal, The NY Post, or Fox News Channel become implicated in the sleazy "pay-the-pigs-for-dirt" scandal? That's a good question, but inquiring minds are speaking up and out. Chickens are coming on home to roost for the ruthless, right-wing media billionaire as not only Democrats like Barbara Boxer and Commerce, Science & Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller are calling for the Justice Department to investigate, but also Republicans like Rep. Peter King who wants to know if 9-11 victims' families' phones were hacked. Republican jail bird Bernard Kerik had, as New York Police Commish, a close association to The Post after 9-11, and was not above taking a buck or two for the cause (cause he could always use the dough). Now we know that Murdoch money was ready and willing at such times of need.
- Republicans may still bring the economy down on all of our heads with a refusal to raise the debt ceiling, but we liberals can be pretty happy with the President's leadership on this matter. He's got them in a corner in a shit-or- go-blind position to which he maneuvered brilliantly. It was the kind of bold legislative moves we've come to expect from (photo: Louie Gohmert) Republicans, frankly. We hope calmer heads will prevail in the GOP and the leadership can find a way to buy off the idealogues in the House. Either way, the president has prevailed in this mess. If the GOP chooses the "nucular" (as Louie Gohmert would put it) option, the US would be in huge difficulty, but the GOP would be moribund for a generation.
- And if this all this wasn't a delightful enough turnaround from some recent summers past, the June ratings book has shown, we're told, that Dori Monson's 25-54 numbers haven't been lower since KIRO first flipped from AM to FM. Dori, who has taken some hits this year, is now considered a drag on the station's dayparts. "Wonder what kind of numbers Ron & Don could get if there were somebody on in the midday who doesn't run listeners off?" asks our guy at KIRO.
Despite the kinky weather, and that we could be facing utter economic destruction at the hands of a political party completely cowed by a smallish claque who dress in funny hats, we love our summertime this year. A downfall of the pernicious Rupert Murdoch -- or Robert Murdoch as John Curley (KIRO m-f, 7-10p) insists on calling him- would be very good for the Republic. He's hurt US journalism in a way that may insure it never gets back to normal and credibility. (Fun Fact: Fox News has mentioned the Murdoch scandal but 4 times in two weeks! ... or 26 times if you believe them about it being mentioned on shows conveniently not in the Nexus-Lexus database).
As for Dori: Don't expect anything to happen until Fall... and maybe not then. He's got a pretty strong contract we hear, and he's got to have a few more bad books to trigger any kind of real justice. We'll just have to take heart in his promise he'll retire in June 2016.