TODAY'S LETTERS: Readers Write In About Murdoch, Iraq and Bush's Birthplace

By: E&P Staff As the ink dries on Rupert Murdoch's deal with Dow Jones, readers wrote in about it, as well as their thoughts about the union.

Other letters addressed the war in Iraq, Pat Tillman's death, thoughts about Bush insulting a BBC reporter and Steve Outing's latest column about citizen journalism, not to mention Bush's real home state.

Rupert Murdoch Gets WSJ
Watching the machinations of the media over this acquisition reminds me of the Left's unbridled hatrid of President Bush. If Mr. Murdoch is in fact the MSM's worst nightmare, then perhaps one should wait until he has demonstrated some of the untoward influences he is being accused of ahead of time.

Until the man actually singlehandidly brings down the integrity of the "unbiased journalism" of those media outlets he now controls (as if they needed any help in that endeavor), how about with holding all the handwringing and fearmongering?

Pine, Ariz.

The new, "Great American Paradigm" seems to be to take a family treasure that is held as a paragon of excellence world wide. Tarnish it well with pure unabashed greed, sell your children and grandchildrens' birthright so you can line your pockets.

A thank you to the Bancroft Family for reminding us that while life,like the weather, continually changes,greed and avarice remain a constant and ever present companion.

The sale of The Wall Street Journal brings to mind one other thought, "The New Golden Rule, He who has the gold makes the rules".

Cecil S. Foster

If you're old enough, or are a history maven, you'll remember the shot Adolph Hitler smirking triumphantly at the Arch of Triump in Paris.

Today's journalistic equivalent could soon be a photo of Rupert Murdoch striding through the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal. Millions cried when Paris fell to the enemy. The tears are already being shed by the hapless victims at the Journal, its employees and its reader.

Wes Pedersen
Chevy Chase, Md.

Union at Dow Jones Hits Murdoch Victory, Urges Negotiations
Mr. Steve Yount, IAPE President denounces Mr. Murdoch?s victory and than tells him to start off his relationship with the workers in a positive way. What a strange way to start off good working relationships.

Someone should remind Mr.Yount that it was the Bancroft family that took the money and Mr. Murdoch will be the one signing their paychecks.

Kathy Kenny
Cypress, Texas

The IAPE best keep a low profile. They were stupid in their attempt to
stop the sale and I would not be surprised if News Corp didn't make an
example of these fools.

Terry Saulsbury

We, the readers of the WSJ, sincerely hope the union mentality doesn't try to sink the ship. Without the owners, who have the brains to create a business and keep it running, most of these union fools would be flipping burgers or picking lettuce.

The unions ruined the U.S. auto business and are doing their best to shut down Wal-mart and any other successful target in their sights. These Archie Bunkers would do better to thank God they have a job and just shut up.

Tom Walsh

Was Tillman Murdered? AP Gets New Documents
I just read your article about Pat Tillman, which was sent to me by TRUTHOUT. One thing I never see mentioned in the mainstream press is the fact that Pat Tillman was an Atheist, and it is my understanding that he was quite outspoken about it. This would, of course, cause considerable resentment among his Military comrades. For more information, visit the website of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (, and search for "Pat Tillman". There is not much there, but it will show where he stood. Since I keep my issues of "Freethought Today", I will search them for an article about him that I remember seeing some time back.

Robert Steinegger
Portland, Ore.

I would venture that not only was he murdered, he was assassinated. Pat started to go against the War and how big a role could he have played in the anti-war movement? The whole story does not add up.

First it is a combat death, then friendly fire and now possibly murder. Why? What about the Silver Star, there is a big cover up under way.

My thinking is that he was eliminated to save the war.

John Shakour

Were U.S. Deaths Really 'Down' in Iraq Last Month?
U.S. military occupation forces in Iraq suffered at least 165 combat casulties in the week ending July 31, as total casualties reached at least 57,803.The total includes 30,108 killed or wounded by what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 27,695 (this number now a month old) more dead and injured from "non-hostile" causes.

U.S. media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by routinely reporting only the total killed (3,653 as of July 31) and rarely mentioning the 27,104 wounded in combat. To further minimize public perception of the cost, they cover for the Pentagon by ignoring the 27,046 military victims of as accidents and illness serious enough to require medical evacuation (through June 30), although the 3,653 reported deaths include 649 (up two last week) who died from those same causes, including 116 suicides.

Although not defined as "casualties" since they have been discharged from active duty, as of the end of 2006 more than 180,000 U.S. military veterans of Iraq and Afganistan had filed disability claims.

The L.A. Times recently estimated that the number of employes of the US military contractors (182,000--not including all mercenaries) exceeds the number of the US troops in Iraq (160,000). It broke down that number as 118,00 Iraqis and 64,000 foreigners, including 21,000 Americans. Reuters reports that these contractors had suffered 11,502 contractor casualties (933 dead as of June 30; 10,569 wounded as of March 31).About 200 of the dead were Americans.

Michael Munk

Steve Outing's Citizen Journalism Column
As someone who has been involved in the news "profession" in one manner or another, both broadcast and print for about 50 years, I enjoyed reading your latest column about NEWSTRUST.

While I understand the advantages that citizen journalism can bring to the dissemination of information, I liken a good proportion of it to something that has been around for thousands of years: gossip. One might harken back to pre-biblical times when word-of-mouth was the major means of communication and that transfer of information was often colored by the originators' imagination, beliefs and emotions.

We get an abundant version of that on the Internet today, and it is disturbing to see the distorted information that is passed from one person to another, often originating from blogs and biased web sources. It raises the point that there is still great need for the experienced, balanced and objective journalist who skepticism is alive and through whose insight the public gets what constitutes real and honest news. NEWSTRUST has a tough job on its hands

Bob Kimmel

Bush Insults BBC Reporter
Our President should talk to the rest of the bottom feeding press as he did to the moron from the BBC.

Diane Schwartz

You cannot hope to bribe or twist, Thank G-d! the British journalist.
But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to.

And E&P wonders why journalists are not highly thought of? Journalists think it is the narrative that is important because the truth is relative. Otherwise known as fake, but accurate.

Dennis B. Turner
Spring Hill, Fla.

'Dallas Morning News' Calls for Changing Course in Iraq
A slight but very important oversight needs correcting. In the third paragraph that reads that mentions the Belo paper in Bush's native Texas, it should be notes that Bush IS A NATIVE OF CONNECTICUT!

Pat Sharp


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