Monday, September 25, 2006

Rupert Murdoch Calls Fox News Viewers Morons & White Trash

New York, New York - In a conversation with Fox News celebrities, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, that was picked up by an open microphone, Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corp., repeatedly referred to Fox News viewers as morons and white trash. The incident took place as the three men were sitting together at a benefit dinner for the Ann Coulter defense fund. Apparently, they had been drinking heavily which may account for their lack of restraint and obliviousness to the open microphone that was positioned directly in front of them.

At one point, while addressing O'Reilly and Hannity, Murdoch said, "Can you believe the shit we get away with? Good thing our viewers are dumb as doorknobs or else we would be in trouble." To which, Hannity laughed and then replied, "Yeah, I heard that people who watch Fox News have to wear bibs to catch their drool so their sofas won't be stained by the tobacco juice, and that's just the women." O'Reilly, also laughing, then joined in by saying, "Hey, how many Fox viewers does it take to change a light bulb? None, they all refuse to change the bulb because they prefer living in the dark."

However, the unkindest cut of all that is sure to enrage Fox viewers came at the end of the conversation when Murdoch raised his glass in a toast and said, "God bless trailer park trash and idiots everywhere. Without them Fox News would be nothing and I would not be a billionaire."

After news of the recorded conversation became public, Fox News released the following brief statement, "We encourage our viewers to reject anything they hear or see that does not come directly from Fox News. Fox News is the only source of information you need for Fair and Balanced™ coverage."

40 Comments:

Anonymous Scuthra said...

Ok, I peed in my bloomers after reading that.

I think I've found a new appreciation for FAUX News.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Eyes of the World said...

F**k murdoch, "white trash", i never gave him permission to use that term... he beter stay away from scum puppet, that's all i gotta say ... cavesin.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous enemy of the people said...

The truly funny thing about this article is that Fox viewers really are like they are characterized in the piece.

Or, is it the truly sad thing...

6:37 AM  
Blogger Jiffy-Junkboy said...

No way is this story real, they wouldn't dare say such things if in-public--even if they believed them.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if there is anything that foxnews teaches us, it is to not take anything at face value. not if one has a modicum of intelligence that is. so.. you do not seriously expect us to simply accept your claim based on hearsay do you? can you substantiate your it or is it really what it sounds like - chinese whispers?

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Shasta Blue said...

I think "modicum of intelligence" (or lack of) is the whole point. Thanks for another great "on the scene" report, Virt.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Virt, this is awesome! My mother in law when I read your article about it (she can't read) got very angry, and said she will only watch Fox news 6 hours/day from now on.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Ambiance Productions said...

Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity must be making quite a bit of money to compromise their own views to the extent at which they do every night on television. As for Murdoch, the man IS a billionaire for a reason - the reason being, he is obviously far more intelligent than Fox News supporters. He's a businessman; understand that. My only complaint is that what they do, works! They preach in order to reach their market, but they don't necessarily inform them.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous basanova said...

Ambiance, I agree with you that "they don't necessarily
inform". What Fox does is deliberately misinform. It's spelled p-r-o-p-a-g-a-n-d-a.

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say we all should boycott all advertisers goods an sponsors on FOX.....this is going too far. Instead of being objective and rational..its always a spin. Boycott their sponsors....write them complains...protest.....and let FOX suffocate without their sponsors!!

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Salizino said...

A boycott sounds like an excellent way to be proactive and make a difference. Here's a link to Fox's sponsors. Pass it on:
http://www.debone.com/boycottFoxNewsSponsors.html

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Salizino said...

Here's that link again in hypertext:
Boycott Fox

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog is everybit as narrow minded and full of lies as you accuse Fox news of being. McCaine gives thumbs up to torture--what a joke. If your recording of Murdock et. al is true, then why is it that only blogs that are not liable for false reporting the only people who say that they have these secret recordings.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous RangeRider said...

The above comment by Anonymous clearly substantiates this report is far as I'm concerned. Murdoch should have added that not only are Fox viewers "dumb as doorknobs" but they have no sense of humor and can't recognize satire even when it hits them in the face.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DO YOU KNOW R. Murdock IS NOT AN AMERICAN...

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hehe call me Anonymous Coward, to separate me from the immediately previous anonymous poster and the anonymous idiot of three posts back.

Anyway, it is becoming increasingly obvious to me to that Republican propaganda is spread through the use of a brain-eating virus. The virus causes your skull to go all hollow so that shit like "We hafta stay the course in Eyerack" echoes and reverberates around and around in your head until you start dripping this stuff out in concentrated form as snot. You wipe your nose, then unconsciously spread the virus by touching someone and passing it on. How else could the Republicans have stayed in office this long?

1:03 AM  
Blogger momskids said...

Mr Murdoch has applied for American citizenship. As per your post he's not a full citizen. Therefore, I request that he be shipped to Gitmo forthwith. He clearly supports the terrorists by not being an American. Unleash the hounds!

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another different anonymous. Attempting to have a conversation with some Faux News loyalists I have found that for the most part if you put their brain in a gnats ass it would rattle like a BB in a boxcar. Not much going on inside.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Why does mAnna Coulter need a defense fund?

10:45 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

The only source for this story I've been able to find is this anonymous blog site (and links to it from other sites, like Dugg).

Sounds like an urban legend/three- guys- walk- into- a- bar joke to me. If there are sources, post them. I'm not a Fox news defender, but that doesn't mean I'm going to believe something just because it's amusing.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

If the satire of the post is lost on some, it's pretty easy to read the Prior Posts section on the left of the page and draw some conclusions from that.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should never forget that Rupert Murdoch is a right wing politician first and a Media Magnate second. He uses the latter to promote the former and as with all of his breed, lies come easy. Perhaps on this rare occasion we heard him speak some of his truth.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous nikto said...

THIS IS WHERE CONSERVATIVE GOPers COME FROM:

(story at top of page)
http://altair44.blogspot.com/

11:30 AM  
Blogger Lwayno said...

Lwaynos Quotes: "Ruperto is my main "man" truly yours (for a small fee)Jeffy "Scoop" Gannon, White House Press Secretary, Ace FAUX Reporter and White House Stud-Whore
p.s. Also author of "A Thousand & One Nights In The Lincoln Bedroom"

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note that Rupert Murdoch is a Naturalized Citizen, as only U.S. citizens can own American TV stations. He may not have been born American, but it is unlikely that your own grandparents (or their parents) were, either.

This does not mean, however, that he has not done enough damage to the Fourth Estate (and possibly even civil rights) to be stripped of his citizenship for being the leader of a terrorist organzation created to create fake news and disguise outright lies as real news stories to the people of the U.S. in order to sell advertising. This is treason, if you ask me. Send Rupert and Mel back to Australia on the same flight.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, the site here is called, "Assimilated Press." if you are researching the sources, note that you're missing the meaning of the name of the publication.

Go read The Onion if you're looking for facts.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

This is simple to resolve! Just post the audio recording of the conversation.

Oh, there is no recording, only what someone says was said? Hmm, well I dont particularly like Fox news or CNN and rather listen to Law and Order reruns than to listen to their mis informational news broadcasts.

News organizations used to choose what to print or publish based on what was the right thing to do. Now they publish based on what will draw the biggest audience and make the air time more valuable so they can charge more to sponsers.

Be very careful what you believe because opinion is presented as fact by more news organizations than just FOX!!!

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of an article I read about a little red dot and fox mews executives

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry thing is, the guy is right. who else voted for Bush TWICE. trailer park trash & flag waving idiots. Human dumbass scum.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they get rid of the black racist that stated the horrible things that he did about those poorer whites. As for the other two rejects, I hope they lose their jobs as well. I hope that everyone that does watch Fox news never turns their television onto that channel again. This was uncalled for, drunk or not, there was no excuse for these men disgusting and racist behavior. I hope Fox fires every one of them!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Jaine said...

Is this a true article or is it an onion....meanwhile, if it is true, then no wonder FOX is 666 in numerology

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is No surprise to me. I stopped watching Fox news months ago when all I began seeing were barbie dolls dressed up to look as prostitutes having a cleavage war with the other networks. It seems its a war to see how low do we go! Fox news is going down hill! Fox is of their father the devil and they will no longer influence me with their filth and lies. That goes for all the secular news shows. Bill O Riley needs some serious help.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We’re very disappointed that the FCC has failed to bring decency to the media. Fox News and Fox Radio in particular. With hosts like Bill O’Reilly, who constantly makes racist comments, and contributors like Mark Furhman, the racist cop who used the expression, ‘the only good nigger is a dead nigger,’ we wonder why racists find shelter and comfort at Fox News? The latest comment by O’Reilly, that he won’t join the lynching party against Michelle Obama, unless… should bring outrage from the FCC, yet you keep silent. Is spreading hate freedom of speech? Fox News has become a network of modern day Father Coughlins and the FCC does nothing to secure the public airwaves from racist and xenophobic hate speech.



What does the word lynching represent? Is it innocence on O’Reilly’s part or an intentional intimidating racist comment? Since he’s a Harvard educated professional, one who speaks everyday for a living, it’s hard to believe he’s naive. How can anyone can use a word that symbolizes the sickening action of hanging to death a black child, a black woman or a black man so flippantly?



The children of holocaust survivors have contributed a great deal of service to this nation and to the rest of the world. They said no, never again, to desensitization, to racism and to the pain of hate speech. Thanks to their daily effort, people like O’Reilly would never think to use a term like Gas chambering in an off-the-cuff manner. Why, then, it is ok to use the word lynching in such a way?



As nooses have made news in Jena, and as President Bush has spoken out in no uncertain terms about the devastation that the use of nooses or lynching have on our society, one would think that rational people would hang their heads in shame about lynching, not encourage it by using it in such a way as to attempt to sanitize the word. Now is the time for awareness. I would appreciate if FCC would take a part in raising such awareness. Fox News and others who try to desensitize us to hate speech are almost the same as thugs who actually carry out the message to its deadly fruition.
This is lynching:

http://withoutsanctuary.org/main.html

12:07 PM  
Blogger Jason_M said...

Some people will believe anything.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Atoning Unifex said...

LOL, this post just shows how gullible you liberals are.

There is no such thing as the "Ann Coulter Defense Fund."

These statements by Hannity, O'Reilly, and Murdoch never occurred.

Nice try.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox News is nothing more than a group of ignorant fools who interest themselves in nothing other than bashing American's and there ally's take for example the disgusting comments made in the past year by Greg Gutfeld regarding the brave men and women of the Canadian Military only outraging the United States most trusted friend and neighbour

8:03 PM  
Blogger jdougan said...

Great great article.... I wish it weren't satire - it is too juicy ;)

I have taken to calling FOX "Pravda-FOX" cuz - hey - FOX is indeed the new Pravda.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Janet said...

Haha this made me laugh out loud, i'd rather buy silver bullets and go hunting imaginary werewolves than watch a fox news show. Although I did enjoy sme of Glen Beck's work when he was on air.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Catherine Webb said...

That's really a marvelous post. Some interesting thoughts here. Thanks for this post

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when this was leaked and I heard it for myself. I only wish I had downloaded it. I keep saying this because I recently went back to try to find the audio and it was removed from the entire Internet. You can't find it anywhere. I remember being so disgusted when I heard it. I know that clip is out there and someone has to have it! PLEASE! SOMEONE! ANYONE!!! PLEASE REPOST IT!!

Jan Coldwater

10:32 AM  

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