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Murdoch’s one of Ricochet’s investors. You all know that, right?
What that means is that all of you–because you’re part of Ricochet–would hack a dead girl’s phone to advance your right-wing agenda. I mean, it’s so obvious: News of the World did it, so logically, everything the Murdoch empire has ever touched is foul and corrupt and you shouldn’t trust a word any of his media outlets say or have ever said–or anything you say–and it’s best the government step in and regulate the heck out of the lot of you before you do any more damage.
We’re a bit puzzled here at Ricochet because we never got the memo from Murdoch about the culture of corruption. A careless oversight, I’m sure–he’s a busy man–but frankly, if we’d known, we’d have had a lot more fun.
So: No need to be so serious and earnest about this Ricochet stuff anymore! Honestly, we just didn’t realize our brief was to be “careless about accuracy and truth and context.” We sure wish he’d been clearer about that, because we’ve been wasting a lot of time trying to enforce this stupid Code of Conduct when we could have been hacking into dead soldiers’ cellphones and spying on celebrities.
Anyway, now that we all have that straight, shall we all have some fun with the fact-free smearing of Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev?
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire has become so powerful that regulators should reduce its influence and prevent it from taking over British pay-TV operator BSkyB, Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev said on Tuesday.
“I don’t think it should be that big because then it has too much influence and too much money,” Lebedev, the Russian former spy who now owns British newspapers including the Independent and London’s Evening Standard, which have been critical of Murdoch since the scandal broke.
Since apparently we here on Ricochet have permission from the very top to smear anyone we like with no regard for the facts, I’ll just make this up:
DANGER TO THE FREE WORLD ALERT!!! A former KGB spy who now owns a significant part of the left-wing British press is saying that the government should step in to cut News Corp down to size!!!
Except–wait. That’s true. Verifiably true. Unbelievable, but true, as we right-wing tabloid hacks like to put it. It’s the kind of thing only the right-wing gutter press would ever say, though, so don’t think about it too much.
Anyway, Mr. Murdoch, please send our loyalty bonus to the customary numbered account in Zurich. You can count on us, even in tough times–unless Mr. Soros makes a better bid, of course.
Mr. Soros, please direct your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, everyone has a price, but it had better be the right price. We may be easy, but we’re not cheap.