Don't Let Rupert Murdoch Gobble Up More Major U.S. Media
Hartman and Sacks highlight Italy as an example of the dangers of media monopolies to democracy:
You remember Silvio Berlusconi? He started out as a cruise boat lounge singer and small-time hustler. But then he bought a newspaper, then a small television station, then a radio station, then another TV station, then another newspaper, then another radio station, then another TV station, then another newspaper, then a radio network, then a TV network, and suddenly Berlusconi ended up owning about 95 percent of all the media seen, heard, or read in Italy.Although it’s very unlikely Rupert Murdoch will be running for president, there's no doubt that his Fox News Channel operates as a communications outlet for the Republican Party. We also know that he has not hesitated to interfere with American politics. There is every reason to be concerned about what might happen if this man got even more of our precious media resources.
And with control of the information in Italy, Berlusconi decided to run for Prime Minister, and wouldn’t you know it – he won!