Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Murdoch: Cheap oil the prize: "Rupert Murdoch has given his full backing to war, praising George Bush as acting 'morally' and 'correctly' and describing Tony Blair as 'full of guts' for going out on a limb in his support for an attack on Iraq.... He said the price of oil would be one of the war's main benefits. "The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy, if you could put it that way, would be $20 a barrel for oil. That's bigger than any tax cut in any country.""

The nature of the corporate media as a propaganda instrument is that the boss will say openly as in this pre-war pronouncement what the purpose or benefit of the war is, but his media outlets around the world will not mention it or deny the oil motive as a 'conspiracy theory'. The fact that oil has now reached $40 a barrel (rather than $20) is also a crude measure of the extent of the failure of the war.

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