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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 26, 2011 7:20 AM

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Enjoying the Murdoch scandal

I know it is rude to delight in someone else's misfortune. The last time I did anything so cruel was during Richard Nixon's tearful resignation speech in 1974. It was a most laughable set of circumstances. Nixon, who once refused to give amnesty to Vietnam resisters in Canada and federal prisons, found himself in tears after he got busted for burglary, illegal wiretapping, and lying to the public. It wasn't a "national nightmare." It was a national joke.

I didn't feel sorry for him anymore than I did when Rupert Murdoch uttered, "This is the most humble day of my life," just last week at the Westminster Palace before the British House of Commons. That, too, would have been very funny if it were not for the severity of his crimes. And, like Nixon, Murdoch will probably walk. Some thug/sycophant will get to serve Murdoch's time, just as Magruder, Colson, and Ehrlichman went to the big house for Tricky Dick while he and his wife went into a comfy retirement in San Clemente.

Remember, these guys are conservatives; they are the "law and order people." That myth won't excuse the public for its continued support of Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal, or any of Murdoch's sleazy operations. We can simply make a decision to stiff-arm this corruption until Murdoch finally slinks into the sunset with all the other hypocrites.

Marty Kramer
UI student


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