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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rupert and Rudy

by CLINTON FEIN

He is as corrupt as the day is long. As he censored art he deemed offensive, innocent men were brutally tortured with plungers shoved up their asses. As he preached sanctimonious drivel, he carried out a sleazy affair with another woman in the Mayoral residence, while his wife and children slept under the same roof. His conduct toward his wife, his second, at the time was so appalling his son doesn’t even support nor speak to him. He represents the absolute worst of everything that stinks about politics.

After September 11th, where he was thrust into a leadership role for a couple of days as the President cowered in panic, he stole the goodwill borne of people who died in that terrorist attack and used and manipulated it for his own personal and political gain. It has all been said before.

The only word his name evokes is disgust. Yet he could just be America’s next President if American media has anything to do with it. And, tragically, it does.

In a scathing lawsuit filed against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., the hypocritical, family-values touting, sleaze media baron, who has tainted journalism the globe over, recently fired publisher, Judith Regan, points some damning fingers, and the Giuliani stench permeates its essence.

Regan was fired from HarperCollins on December 15, 2006 over anti-Semitic comments she’s alleged to have made, in addition to the controversial O.J. Simpson faux confessional, “If I Did It,” which was distasteful enough to cause a collective public apoplexy. At the time, Regan was so maligned by virtually everyone (including by me) that even the liars at Fox News, another News Corp. subsidiary tarred and feathered her, with none other than Bill O’Reilly leading the charge.

I didn’t pay him, so did nothing wrong
But a third party to whom rights belong
Goldmans, Browns, not a dime
But they’ll thank me in time
I bring closure to make everyone strong

As altruistic as Timothy McVeigh
Blowing mothers and babies away
Regan’s self-centered whining
And her impeccable timing
If she did it, it was for JonBenet


The lawsuit, however, suggests that Regan’s downfall was quite possibly a craftily engineered preemptive strike to discredit her, so that by the time she opened her mouth to reveal the things she has, no one would pay heed. They badly underestimated her.

Wikipedia sums it up perfectly:

“In November 2007, Regan filed a $100 million lawsuit against News Corporation protesting her dismissal. Her lawyer, Brian C. Kerr said, ‘We are fully confident that the evidence will show that Judith Regan was the victim of a vicious smear campaign engineered by News Corporation and HarperCollins.’

Her allegations include that she was ordered to lie to federal investigators regarding the controversy over Bernard Kerik, with whom she was having an affair, to protect Rudy Giuliani's bid for president. According to the New York Times, ‘The assertion that the News Corporation has sought to protect Mr. Giuliani appears in the opening page of the filing. The document later revisits aspects of the assertion without providing a full account of what is alleged to have occurred or how it might be substantiated in court.’

There’s no doubt about what kind of lady Judith Regan is. I’m certainly not a fan. To be working for Rupert Murdoch and fucking Bernard Kerik, she definitely ranks among the Linda Tripps and Lucianne Goldbergs of America’s tawdry history.

The issue at hand, however, is the dimension she adds to Rudy Giuliani’s repulsive history. Fox News has clearly placed its bets on a Rudy Giuliani presidency, and will do everything it can to ensure it, just as they called the Florida result for Bush in the 2000 election.

Maureen Dowd at the New York Times slyly contemplated a Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani showdown as if their candidacies were a foregone conclusion. The more you see of this kind of story, be it print, television or the Internet, the more self-fulfilling the prophecy becomes. Polls start to reflect what people have been seeing in the media, and before you know it, a Clinton Giuliani contest is at hand.

Meanwhile, Giuliani’s response to the Judith Regan suit was to dismiss it as sounding like a “gossip column story,” and one not worthy of his response. That strategy might have worked for George Bush Senior when asked about his adulterous affair, but Giuliani might not be so lucky. For one, even his Republican opponents are already all over it, and more importantly, it’s not only a gossip column story, it’s a lawsuit alleging criminal conduct on behalf of News Corp. executives in the name of protecting the presidential ambitions of Rudy Giuliani.

It makes sense really. The smutty programming produced and aired by Fox coupled with the smutty lifestyle exemplified by Giuliani is a match made in heaven…or hell.

The only thing worse than a world run by George Bush and Dick Cheney, would be one run by Rupert Murdoch and Rudy Giuliani.

Clinton Fein can be emailed at

 
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