April 6, 2009

DadNews Daily – Rupert Murdoch Strikes Back

Happy Monday! Even if you, like the Boomtown Rats, do not like the first work day of the week, at least it’s starting to get a little warmer. Of course, now that I’ve typed that sentence, it will snow in April. But I will not live in fear! (Please don’t let it snow…)

Beware of the Dark Side of the Media...

Beware of the Dark Side of the Media...

Rupert Murdoch has emerged from his chamber where he plots his evil schemes and aimed his cannons at Google. From Forbes: “Should we be allowing Google to steal all our copyrights?” asked the News Corp. chief at a cable industry confab in Washington, D.C., Thursday. The answer, said Murdoch, should be, ” ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ ” Rupe’s got a fight on his hands if he wants it. Google has been the darling of the media and the favorite of web searchers everywhere practically since they began operating. And while Murdoch’s track record has been almost flawless, he seems to have stepped in something smelly with his purchase of the Wall Street Journal, which he picked up just in time to watch print media revenues continue their precipitous decline. Rupe’s got a plan to fix that, though: make people pay for their news. The LA Times says that he told a gathering of media moguls, “People are used to reading everything on the net for free, and that’s going to have to change.” Nice idea, dude, but it may be too late. Then again, the Journal already charges web readers a subscription fee, and Murdoch thinks the New York Times should do the same. Could he be right? That would kind of suck, although if the alternative is no more New York Times, maybe it’s not such a bad idea. Murdoch is investing in a company that makes to a Kindle-type e-reader that would deliver this paid content to the people who… um, pay for it.

The new film The Haunting in Connecticut is “based on true story” according to CNN. See, I believe that Wolf Blitzer is actually a ghost. That’s not related but if you think it over, you’ll see that I’m right.

This is bizarre. Doreen Giuliano of Brooklyn wanted to coerce a juror in her son’s murder trial to admit that he was “he was unfit to serve.” So she “dressed herself up as a sexy young California blonde,” according to the New York Post. The judge found out and was less than pleased. Also worth noting is that even if her scheme had worked, it probably wouldn’t have helped her son’s case. Bizarre. Did I use that word already? Well, it fits.

Real Housewives of New York. All insane. Blah blah.

And mall operators are desperate for customers, so some of them are installing giant wave machines. No really. They are. The New York Times says so, and they even have photos. Now wouldn’t you be willing to pay for that information? Yeah, me neither.

More tomorrow. Until then, watch out for Rupert Murdoch. I hear he wants to start charging you for thinking about the news.

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