Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Wealthy Like a Fox

It's a great week to be Rupert Murdoch. On Friday, the Montgomery Burns-like media tycoon sold the Los Angeles Dodgers to a Boston real estate developer at a reported profit of $140 million. The next day the bloodsport at Fenway unfolded, guaranteeing a spike in Fox Sports' ratings for coverage of the American League Championship Series. Tonight or tomorrow the Cubs should clinch the National League pennant, setting up a Chicago/New York or Chicago/Boston World Series; either option will send ratings soaring.

In fact, the only bad news for Uncle Rupert is that Fox News's Bill O'Reilly apparently was too big of a puss to withstand a full hour of questioning from that hyperaggressive NPR pit bull Terry Gross. I guess "fair and balanced" counts only if Fox technicians are the ones pushing the buttons.


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