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4 Ways the Murdoch Scandal Points To Rot at the Top

Gag money, lies, political warfare and conflicts of interest are all in a day's work at Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

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As noted by Media Matters' Boehlert, it took the Wall Street Journal until today to report that its very own CEO played a role in the Murdoch scandal. In the AlterNet/Investigative Fund investigation of Wall Street Journal editorial board member Stephen Moore, we found that Moore received at least $180,000 in speaking fees from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which is chaired by David Koch, without making full disclosure when he quoted Americans for Prosperity officials in his columns, or when he was asked to discuss the group's political activities in his guise as a pundit. When we asked  Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot for comment, he referred our query to the director of communications for Dow Jones, who reports to Les Hinton.

Time to end the timidity

Until this recent explosion of Murdochgate, Labour Party officials in Britain were  notoriously timid about taking on the Murdoch machine, even as it mowed down allies. Democrats and good-journalism groups (with the exception of Media Matters, which is now the subject of a Fox News assault on its non-profit status) have also been reluctant to confront the malevolent mogul, despite the culture of corruption that encompasses his news properties and the many ways he has contributed to the destruction of American political culture.

This scandal has him weakened. If there was ever a time to fight back, it's now.

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief. Follow her on Twitter: