LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Hundreds of protesters swarmed outside Fox Studios on Friday as the company’s shareholders held their first meeting in the wake of a highly-publicized phone hacking scandal.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch faced tough opposition from both inside and outside the studio walls.

The 80-year-old Australian media mogul is under pressure to step down the phone hacking scandal at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid magazine in July.

But many of the protesters outside the studios — some of whom carried anti-Murdoch signs such as “Fire the Murdoch Mafia” — appeared even more opposed to Fox News, which they said is biased and gives too much money to Republican candidates.

One of the protesters’ demands: a pledge from News Corp. to refrain from any additional political spending on the 2012 elections.

“We believe in letting a thousand flowers bloom, so we’re not opposed to Fox News being a conservative outlet,” said Dave Saldana with a group called Free Press. “That really doesn’t matter to us quite so much as Fox News colludes with politicians.”

A variety of other activist groups took part in the rally, including OccupyLA, Media Matters for America, Good Jobs LA, National Lawyers Guild and others to demand that “News Corp. shareholders make company executives and the board accountable to U.S. law and the public interest”.

Comments (5)
  1. The Big Logic says:

    One can tell how libloonish these protesters are if they consider Fox News to be conservative, when it’s actually fair and balanced. Otherwise, why would they have 2 of the most idiotic libloons on the planet, on their network.. Colmes, and Beckle are straight out of a socialist cartoon network handbook.

  2. Queen Mommy says:

    Wow, “The Big Logic”, if you really think Fox is fair and balanced, you have been swayed by the propaganda more than most. Even my very conservative relatives realize FOX has an agenda, and that they have not been forthcoming with facts that don’t “sit well” with that agenda. Fox and Mudoch will do ANYTHING to keep their money and power intact. What happened in England is just the icing on the cake.

    I’d like to say, WAKE UP!, but clearly you’re happier being in the propaganda induced haze Murdoch and the Koch brothers have prepared for you. Sleep well… I hope there is a world worth waking up to when the haze clears.

  3. Joe says:

    The difference between Fox and the other news outlets. Fox tells you where they stand. If the News caster does not like Obama he will let you know. Not like the other News caster that pretend to be fair and neutral. And then they lie about 99% of the story. AS with Obama that endorsed the Wall Street protesters when Obama on 08 got all most of his campaign money from wall street. now he want to bite their nuts off for being Rich. Obama has started a class war when people start hurt the rich Obama will blame others for what he has done.

  4. ginny says:

    As a news junkie I watch Fox, MSNBC, CNN and our local news stations. When it comes to regular news I hear exactlly the same things on each of them. On the other hand, when there are political stories I hear a much more liberal bent from CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC and CBS. If they are talking about the commentators that have their own shows, like O’Riely, Rachel M, etc. then yes, you watch Fox and you are going to hear O’Rielys views and on MSNBC you will hear Rachel M.s views (just as an example). But for regular news I find them all presenting the same level of information.

  5. Karen says:

    If you don’t like FoxNews – Don’t watch it. How dare anyone try to supress free speech. FoxNews has just as much right to say what they want (in accordance with the law) as CNN doesl

    I think CNN is a liberal bastion so I just don’t watch the station.

    I listen to KNX1070 all day for news. They report facts.

    And by the way, Rupert Murdoch is not going anywhere.
    I analyze those facts myself. I don’t need Anderson Cooper or Sean Hannity to explain what those facts mean. I have a brain and use it.

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