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.
I didn’t pay him, so did nothing wrong
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.
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