News Corp buys into education

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News Corp buys into education

What’s the inverse of News? Why, History!

Once you own the news media, and have successfully corrupted this format to procreate your own views for today and the future, the next logical step is to extend your reach from the past into history. And what better way to capture the manufacture of history than at it’s source – education. In a chilling announcement, Murdoch’s Media Corp has purchased education company Wireless Generation for $360 mm, a company that “makes software to help teachers evaluate students and tailor individualized instruction. Wireless Generation's technology already is being used by more than 200,000 teachers across the country”

I’m sure this is nothing more than an astute businessman noticing one of the plethora of wealth generating oppotunities in our burgeoning economy, but through the receding waves of fog, if you squint ever so tightly, you can just make out an outline………


The investment comes on the heels of News Corp.'s high-profile hire earlier this month of Joel Klein, the former New York City school-system chancellor, to advise News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Murdoch on the emerging educational marketplace. In a statement, Murdoch outlined what he saw as the business opportunity in elementary and secondary education.

"When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs that extend the reach of great teaching," Murdoch said in a statement.


Note Fox News, the cable network with the largest national viewer audience is the flagship of Murdoch’s media empire. This group, under the banner of “fair and balanced” reporting, has four potential Republican 2012 presidential candidates on it’s payroll. Headed up by Roger Ailes, no stranger to controversy himself, was quoted last week on the Juan Williams NPR debacle:


"A guy who gets fired and humiliated in the press can lose a lot of confidence," Ailes says. Calling [former NPR analyst Juan] Williams "a pure liberal," Ailes says he wanted to compensate the pundit for his losses because he was "mad" and "I didn't want him to have to call his wife and say we lost money."  

Then he turned his sights on NPR executives.   

"They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don't want any other point of view. They don't even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive."  

Dovetailing ever so nicely in the background are calls from extremists in the Right to dismantle the Department of Education and of course, to privatize everything. It would seem Mr. Murdoch is on board with this intiative in a big way, positioning himself to not only profit from a conservative sponsored call for privatization, but to influence the content as well.

I’m sure the kids curriculum will be “fair and balanced” . As a humble suggestion, instead of letter grades for scholastic achivevement, perhaps they can be graded “Pinhead or Patriot”.

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