Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bring On The RICO

Murdoch's News Corporation: Differently corrupt in these United Snakes, but corrupt nonetheless.
News America was led by Paul V. Carlucci, who, according to Forbes, used to show the sales staff the scene in “The Untouchables” in which Al Capone beats a man to death with a baseball bat. Mr. Emmel testified that Mr. Carlucci was clear about the guiding corporate philosophy.

According to Mr. Emmel’s testimony, Mr. Carlucci said that if there were employees uncomfortable with the company’s philosophy — “bed-wetting liberals in particular was the description he used” Mr. Emmel testified — then he could arrange to have those employees “outplaced from the company.”

Clearly, given the size of the payouts, along with the evidence and testimony in the lawsuits, the News Corporation must have known it had another rogue on its hands, one who needed to be dealt with. After all, Mr. Carlucci, who became chairman and chief executive of News America in 1997, had overseen a division that had drawn the scrutiny of government investigators and set off lawsuits that chipped away at the bottom line.

And while Mr. Murdoch might reasonably maintain that he did not have knowledge of the culture of permission created by Mr. Hinton and Ms. Brooks, by now he has 655 million reasons to know that Mr. Carlucci colored outside the lines.

So what became of him? Mr. Carlucci, as it happens, became the publisher of The New York Post in 2005 and continues to serve as head of News America, which doesn’t exactly square with Mr. Murdoch’s recently stated desire to “absolutely establish our integrity in the eyes of the public.”


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

silly Bouffant. RICO was only meant to go after the poor and middle class, not the Masters of The Universe.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Mr. Murdoch’s recently stated desire to “absolutely establish our integrity in the eyes of the public.”

Oh, he's firmly established that News Corp has none.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Also, now they are killin the leakers.

Organized Crime Syndicate masquerading as a news org.

Hamish Mack said...

Just remember dear old Dennis Potter ahead of his time.