Is James Murdoch a Ferengi?… Make up your own mind!

James Murdoch a Ferengi (the Image)James Murdoch said this today (Source ABC News)

“It is essential for the future of independent digital journalism that a fair price can be charged for news to people who value it,”

“In this all-media marketplace, the expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision, which are so important for our democracy.”

“Dumping free, state-sponsored news on the market makes it incredibly difficult for journalism to flourish on the Internet.”

and the clincher

“The only reliable, durable, and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit,”

now compare a few of the gems of Ferengi philosophy… thinking of the history of News Corp.

Ferengi Rules Of Acquisition

1. Once you have their money … never give it back.
3. Never pay more for an acquisition than you have to.
6. Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity.
10. Greed is eternal.
13. Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
16. A deal is a deal … until a better one comes along.
19. Satisfaction is not guaranteed.
33. It never hurts to suck up to the boss.
34. Peace is good for business.
35. War is good for business.
41. Profit is its own reward.
45. Expand, or die.
48. The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
52. Never ask when you can take.
59. Free advice is seldom cheap.
60. Keep your lies consistent.
76. Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.
82. The flimsier the product, the higher the price.
85. Never let the competition know what you’re thinking.
89. Ask not what your profits can do for you, but what you can do for your profits.
97. Enough … is never enough.
99. Trust is the biggest liability of all.
106. There is no honour in poverty.
162. Even in the worst of times someone turns a profit.
189. Let others keep their reputation. You keep their money.
202. The justification for profit is profit.
239. Never be afraid to mislabel a product.
242. More is good … all is better.
285. No good deed ever goes unpunished.

I rest my case.

One Response to “Is James Murdoch a Ferengi?… Make up your own mind!”

  1. Love it chief! There’s also rule 96 (i think): “Treat your friends like family … exploit them”. Could this one be particularly relevant?!

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