Monday, February 2, 2009

Rupert Murdoch Hawks Facebook at WEF

Does Rupert Murdoch ever stop selling? He hawked internet snake oil to the landed gentry at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Murdoch's NewsCorp owns Facebook. WaPo reported:

(Facebook CEO) Zuckerberg arranged for Facebook polls to be conducted during twelve key sessions. In one poll, during a session called Advice to the US President on Competitiveness, Facebook users were asked if the stimulus package is on target. 120,000 responses were recorded in twenty minutes. 59% of respondents said "no," 15% said "yes" and 26% said unsure.

The poll results were displayed prominently above the panelists, including Rupert Murdoch (CEO News Corp.), Ellen Kullman (CEO DuPont), Duncan Niederauer (CEO NYSE Euronext), David Rubenstein (Managing Director, Carlyle Group) and Ronald Williams (CEO Aetna).

While the big money boys demand never ending, billion dollar government handouts, the public is enraged.

When is a poll not a poll? When it's on the internet. What are the demographics of Facebook users? How many senior citizens are in that population? Don't our elders have wisdom as many lived through the Great Depression?

When the rich can no longer control the masses, what does that portend? So many questions, so few true answers. But whatever Rupert Murdoch is selling, I'm not buying.