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Let Freedom Ring! (Except in the Laogai)

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An interesting two-part story New York Times on Rupert Murdoch, which digs into the Australian media mogul's history of shady political dealings in both Washington and China. It's bad enough that News Corp signs Sean Hannity's paycheck, but can be true that Fox News isn't letting freedom ring in the Hunan Province? Is Murdoch the second son of Angela Lansbury? The Times investigates:

Mr. Murdoch has flattered [China's] Communist Party leaders and done business with their children. His Fox News network helped China's leading state broadcaster develop a news Web site. He joined hands with the Communist Youth League, a power base in the ruling party, in a risky television venture, his China managers and advisers say.

Parts one and two.

Meanwhile, Murdoch's money-losing New York Post serves up its typically prolix Paris Hilton coverage today :

"Sources said the celebrity skank was a jailhouse pig during her time in the pokey—racking up a $145 commissary bill for assorted snacks and beauty aides."

Jesse Walker on the "sacrificial heiress." reason on Rupert .