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New Internationalist acquired by Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch at the world economic forum by Jean-Frederic
Rupert Murdoch at the world economic forum, used under Creative Commons licence, from Jean-Frédéric

We are excited to announce that Rupert Murdoch has today acquired New Internationalist magazine, as the "radical anti-capitalist" arm of his News International empire . 

 Speaking from his headquarters in a bunker deep under the Swiss Alps, Mister Murdoch said of the acquisition "I realized that what News International really lacked were any genuine independent dissenting voices, so I have acquired some". He went on to add "Actually this was a no-brainer, even the names sound almost the same —  New Int. I can’t believe I didn’t buy it sooner."

 There was some concern within the co-op that being owned by a monopolist billionaire might threaten our editorial independence, however dissent was quickly quelled by Mister Murdoch’s generous financial package under which co-op members stand to make almost double their existing salaries.

 Co-op member Charlie Harvey said "We’re excited to welcome Rupert, the insight that he brings to the table is that non-hierarchical working is essentially futile, something which was always difficult for the co-op to accept. He has also helped us to see that there is not any contradiction between believing in a just, sustainable, low impact world and being extremely well paid."

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  1. #1 Adam 01 Apr 11


    April Fools'?

  2. #2 ciderpunx 01 Apr 11

    Hehehe! Yeh, we'd never sell out that badly in reality!

  3. #3 Christopher Renner 01 Apr 11

    You know, I also had a heart attack when I open the page and read this story...

  4. #4 vgthomas 01 Apr 11

    INT and Rupert Murdoch

    I am glad I realized it is April 1.

  5. #5 JR 01 Apr 11

    Here in San Francisco the alternative media world is buzzing with this news. This Murdoch move for New Internationalist is seen as being the catalyst which will enable the media to really challenge the power of right-wing governments which now have so much control over the Western world. The word Internationalist, for so long a term of right-wing derision, is now expected to become the key expression that will unite those fighting for democratic values in countries throughout the world, from the US to Libya. New Internationalist could become the standard bearer for a whole generation.

  6. #6 PGCan 02 Apr 11

    Murdoch buys NI

    My stomach lurched at the headline, one eyebrow raised at the 1st paragraph, but before the first comma in paragraph two I was laughing out loud. Best joke of the day!

    I admit though, you got me for a moment; with the GOP tearing down murals depicting the history of the labor movement in (horror of horrors!) the Department of Labour because some visitors claimed they were ’anti-business’ you can understand that the present climate in America makes the headline part at least a plausible if horrifying scenario.

  7. #7 ciderpunx 04 Apr 11

    @JR - *hehe*
    @patgibbs - glad you enjoyed ;-)

  8. #8 thatsthatthen 04 Apr 11

    Rupert Murdoch

    Got scores of copies of The magazine in the cupboard. Always found it very informative. RUPERT MURDOCH !!! The words ’sell outs’ come to mind !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. #9 pingu 05 Apr 11

    @thatsitthen: April Fools!!!

  10. #10 romina2109 06 Apr 11


    You nearly gave me a coronary!

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