by Karl Grossman
S. Paul: I am all for free speech and freedom of the press. When those freedoms are utilized to effectively begin to change people's minds toward a common good, it not only should be praised, it should be raised to the level of heroism. In the case of the Murdoch Empire however, there is no praise to be had and the only heroism exist within the minds of its manipulators.
This man's empire, though serving as a wonderful example of the result of aggressive capitalism, represents what can happen when the press is used as a tool to manipulate rather than liberate the people. When a media empire uses freedom of speech as a tool to facilitate bigotry and hatred for the purposes of political and economic gain, it serves only to advance the erosion of our freedom and the division of We the People.
The scandal shaking Rupert Murdoch's media holdings in Britain could be expected of a global media empire intoxicated with power and lacking any ethical base.