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22 февраля, 22:52

Pie-gate leaves nasty smell – and it’s football’s links with betting industry | Paul MacInnes

This season 11 of Premier League’s 20 teams have shirts sponsored by betting companies – is it healthy the gambling industry is so deeply embedded in our national sport?Wayne Shaw has made a fool out of himself. In fulfilling the terms of Sun Bet’s promotional punt – roly-poly goalie to eat pie during FA Cup tie – the Sutton United reserve made it seem like he was either breaking rules on gambling or moonlighting in marketing for a bookmaker. Neither is a good look. He damaged by association the club he loves and they were well within their rights to ask him to resign.The furore over “Pie-gate” has as much of a whiff about it as the stunt that went before, and the smell is not the glorious one of beef, gravy and undercooked pastry. It is of companies promoting their own commercial interest, most obviously Rupert Murdoch’s Sun, which has lent its brand to Sun Bets, a joint venture with an Australian gambling firm that was the brainchild of one Rebekah Brooks. It is of confected outrage at perceived po-faced sense-of-humour losses (the usual suspects are involved here and they rhyme with Fierce Organ). It’s the sound of the Twitterati showing their solidarity with the ordinary 24-stone blokes in the stand. Continue reading...

21 февраля, 14:23

Справедливость к Трампу. Как The Wall Street Journal пошла против либеральных СМИ

Владелец WSJ Руперт Мердок не вмешивался в дела редакции. Но во время выборов что-то изменилось

19 февраля, 09:28

Reimagining The 'New York Times' In Today's Media Climate

The ‘New York Times’ is clearly energized. Its journalists, alongside those of the Washington Post, have responded to the election with fearless, essential, and influential coverage that has at times seem to rise above the level of public service to that of public defense. The newspaper also has a newfound confidence in its transition away from an advertising, and print-driven business model to one defined by subscription, digital coverage. Last year, digital subscriptions surged 514 thousand to 1.6 million. At the same time, it has completed a closely watched internal report that, at its core, seeks to define the future of journalism. The company aims to grow digital revenue by 60% to $800 million by 2020 to finance the “original, time-consuming, boots-on-the-ground, expert reporting the world needs.” There’s just one problem: the series of initiatives highlighted in the 2020 report - more “visual” journalism, new writing formats, greater openness to freelancers, and crossword puzzles and lifestyle apps -- won’t get them there. Four provocative ideas can: Buy the ‘Los Angeles Times’. Yes, one of the best ways to strengthen the newspaper is to double down on newspapers. Advertisers are fleeing newspapers faster than readers and there is every reason to believe that there is a core, valuable reading audience that will long endure - but only at the proper scale. The ‘LA Times’ is a neglected jewel in awkwardly-named tronc’s portfolio. Together with the ‘New York Times’, it can achieve three ends: first, with 690-955 thousand weekday-Sunday circulation of the LAT’s subscribers, it provides a sustainable, national subscriber base that enhances its value to advertisers. Second, it will allow the Times to dominate sophisticated coverage of entertainment and technology as well as the business and politics of the country’s largest economy and Greater West. Third, are the inevitable cost synergies. Tronc would be highly unlikely to sell outright, but its hand is weak. Some form of Nissan-Renault-style partnership is possible, with the ‘New York Times’ taking control of the LA paper in exchange for shares or some form of long-term revenue sharing agreement that can fund tronc’s other initiatives. Do video the right way. The Times has invested significantly to expand its video production and is leading in the experimentation of virtual-reality storytelling. As Rupert Murdoch has long demonstrated, the media industry works best when vertically integrated with low-margin papers doing the groundwork for higher-margin television. The Times can respond to the demand for more video journalism in a way that won’t require it to fundamentally transform itself: instead of slowly building its own operation, the Times should buy the best of what’s around. Chief among these is the PBS Newshour - the nightly, hour-long news report aired on public television. Averaging 880 thousand viewers per night in 2015, it has lost a significant amount of viewers but with the backing of the New York Times would be poised for a comeback. The program should remain free to air on public television, but its valuable archive would go behind the Times’ subscription wall. Similarly, the Times should consider partnering with the BBC, former home of its president Mark Thompson, to bundle the 24-hour BBC News service into its subscription. Couple that with acquiring one essential commentary program - think John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight - and the Times has built a video operation that attracts and retains subscribers without compromising its core focus on print journalism. Refocus international attention. In recent months, the Times has streamlined its international edition while talking up the potential of growing its international readership. The company has invested in a Chinese language website (which is technically blocked in China) and from time to time translates other prominent stories into Spanish and Arabic. The Times’ international attention could be better directed. The company should be investing resources to attract readers in regions that meet two fundamental conditions: a high-level of native English and local journalism that leaves room for a sophisticated outsider. Consider India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Nigeria. They collectively have 400 million in English speakers and Reporters Without Borders rankings between 116th-133rd place. These are the places where the Times could build an influential business while also enhancing its core American readers in understanding these important regions. Indeed, if readers in these countries subscribed at even half the rate of digital subscriptions in America, the company could stand to gain more than 1 million subscriptions, nearly double its current state. Bring back classifieds. Craigslist helped kill classified advertising. Now, Craigslist itself is overdue for its own undoing for its failure to innovate. Like a potential ‘New York Times’ - tronc partnership, media companies nationwide should work together, perhaps with a technology partner such as Facebook, to develop a national web and mobile platform that also allows for incremental revenue opportunities for newspapers. An agreement in which a regionally customized page was guaranteed sold at a discounted rate of $100,000 per day would generate a meaningful 2% lift in revenue and even higher boost to operating profit. The Times should go forward with the confidence that recent events are demonstrating to a new generation the importance of quality journalism. As the Times’ 2020 report acknowledges, continued investment in journalists themselves, with greater diversity of voices and skills, must be at the heart of any change. The New York Times has made two major transitions in its recent history, one from a regional to national paper and from paper to digital print journalism. Now, it faces two more transitions: from a national to truly international paper and from a print to all-media journalism operation. One is an opportunity, the other an imperative. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

14 февраля, 02:49

Reporters turn on each other over Trump

After president calls on two questioners who fail to ask about Flynn, reporters from other outlets cry foul.

13 февраля, 21:20

Gerry Baker to staff: Criticism of Wall Street Journal's Trump coverage is 'fake news'

He said there's been 'a lot of nonsense appearing in the media about how unreliable our reporting is.'

13 февраля, 20:49

Wall Street Journal Editor Defends Paper's Trump Coverage At Staff Meeting

NEW YORK ― Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker defended his paper’s coverage of President Donald Trump during a Monday staff town hall and said it would be “fake news” to claim the publication hasn’t been tough enough, according to Journal sources.  “Don’t let anybody get away with saying our reporting of Donald Trump has been soft,” Baker told attendees.  Journal staffers have sought an audience with Baker amid internal concerns the paper hasn’t been as aggressive in covering Trump as competitors or as direct in calling out falsehoods, such as the president’s bogus claim about widespread voter fraud. Baker recently came under scrutiny after urging editors to avoid using the term “majority-Muslim” to describe the countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.  During the Monday meeting, Baker argued that the Journal’s role is not to be “oppositional,” as some news organizations appear to be, but to provide objective coverage. He said the paper shouldn’t be “dragged into the political fight.” Baker suggested staffers unhappy with the Journal’s coverage should go elsewhere, according to sources. David Enrich, a Wall Street Journal editor, tweeted after the meeting that Baker was broadly speaking about “staffers unhappy with our approach - i.e. objective rather than oppositional.” Some staffers viewed Baker’s remarks on going elsewhere as less an ultimatum and more his reiterating the paper’s long-held standards for fairness.  In his remarks, Baker expressed irritation with criticism of the paper’s Trump coverage. He read through a long list of Journal stories spanning from his campaign to his presidency as evidence the paper hasn’t given Trump a free ride.   The Monday town hall was announced to address a range of issues, including the paper’s reorganization plans, which have recently led to layoffs. It also came just a week after the abrupt departure of Deputy Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Blumenstein to The New York Times and following reports about Journal owner Rupert Murdoch’s close ties to Trump.  Baker’s comments Monday echoed an argument he’s made in recent months about how, in his view, the Journal has provided more fair coverage of Trump than some competitors.  “While many other news organizations seem to have largely abandoned any last effort to be fair in their coverage, ours has been conspicuously objective, penetrating, intelligent, and, yes, fair,” he said a day before the election. He made a similar claim in a TV advertisement a month later. And last month, Baker urged caution in calling even Trump’s repeated falsehoods “lies,” a word the Times has done with regard to the conspiracy theory about voter fraud.  Baker suggested Monday that all White Houses shade the truth to some degree, but acknowledged the Trump administration has stood out for its “extraordinary disregard for facts” and frequent falsehoods.  Still, Baker reiterated his hesitancy to use the word “lie,” which he has said requires knowing the speaker’s intent and noted that the Times has only twice categorized false Trump claims as “lies.” Baker said the Journal should present facts, such as in the case of Trump’s inauguration crowd size claims, and let readers decide for themselves if the president is lying. He also addressed the request that editors not use the term “majority-Muslim” to describe the seven countries on Trump’s ban, an email he said was sent in haste one night. Baker said it was “testable” whether the countries selected were chosen specifically because of their Muslim populations or for another reason. Trump, who ran for president on a policy of temporarily barring all Muslims from entering the United States, has claimed his recent executive order, which has been twice ruled against in the courts, is not a Muslim ban. This post has been updated with more details from the meeting and reaction to it. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

12 февраля, 10:00

The power of the press can’t hold populism down

Those who fear the media’s malign influence should recall how few of our current political upheavals were predicted, let alone endorsed, by newspapersEvery so often the old power-of-the-press refrain gets another airing. It might be because the great gods of Murdoch have visited Downing Street 10 times in a year. It might be because David Cameron made crass advances to the latest Viscount Rothermere, or because Steve Bannon (in loco Trump) calls the media his “opposition party”. In any case, there’s an assumed clash of titans and rival estates. But step back and watch the contest shrivel.Consider just a few of the upheavals of the past few months, plus upheavals pending. Where was press “power” in the election of Trump? Nowhere. He only contrived a handful of newspaper endorsements, even from long-standing Republican editorial pages. Faithful proponents of Bush and Reagan deserted him. Maybe Fox News rallied around once Rupert Murdoch ditched Ben Carson and settled for the inevitable. But cable news as a whole – and CNN as a vital part of that whole – tried to stand straight. Continue reading...

11 февраля, 00:25

Conflict Over Trump Forces Out an Opinion Editor at The Wall Street Journal

The departure follows weeks of reports of tension on the paper's news side about how to cover Trump.

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10 февраля, 21:29

Rupert Murdoch’s invisible presence shows his dark magic is back | Marina Hyde

So Michael Gove’s interview with Donald Trump was overseen by the News Corp boss. Some thought him vanquished after the phone hacking scandal: no waySome people are surprised that Rupert Murdoch sat in secretly on Michael Gove’s interview with/colonoscopy of Donald Trump. But if you look closely at the photo at the end of The Shining, you’ll see Murdoch was sitting in at the Overlook Hotel’s July 4th Ball in 1921. Related: Michael Gove gorges on cheesy puff of a Donald Trump interview | John Crace Continue reading...

10 февраля, 18:17

If Jeremy Corbyn takes a day off in lieu after the Marr show, why can't I? | John Crace

According to Private Eye, the Labour leader gives himself an extra day off after having to spend a Sunday morning being on tellyI’m struggling to be shocked by David Beckham’s leaked emails, as it had never occurred to me that celebrities could be entirely motivated by altruism when they worked for charities. What I find more surprising is that so many celebs seem to be obsessed with who is getting what honour. Imagine being in a world where somebody getting an OBE or a knighthood before you was a cause of serious angst. If someone was idiotic enough to nominate me for an award, I’d feel duty bound to refuse. Partly because the honours system is outdated, but mainly because who wants to be confused with someone who might have donated large amounts of cash to a political party? Or has just been on TV a lot? Not that I can’t be bought. It’s just that I have a different price. I’ve always longed for a university to award me an honorary doctorate. Remarkably, no offers have so far been forthcoming. Continue reading...

10 февраля, 16:32

News Corp (NWSA) Q2 Earnings Top; Soft Ad Market Hurt Sales

Rupert Murdoch-controlled, News Corporation (NWSA) reported profit in second-quarter fiscal 2017 after posting loss in the previous quarter.

10 февраля, 04:40

Time to Put Rupert Murdoch on Notice

When Rupert Murdoch bid on the Wall Street Journal in 2007, his critics unleashed their stores of rhetorical ammo. Murdoch, they hollered, was an apologist for the Chinese regime. He was a political opportunist who had traded newspaper support to governments in return for regulatory favors. He had repeatedly broken promises about the direction he would take newspapers once he assumed control. Journalistic calamity was assured for the Journal if he took ownership!Few made as much anti-Rupert noise as I did. But last fall, I amended those thoughts in a piece about the future of the Murdoch media empire when the Good Lord finally musters the courage to gather him in. As I wrote, Murdoch had retooled the Journal into a more general interest publication during his nine years of ownership. But he had not, as I had forcefully predicted, sullied the paper—as he has almost every journalistic property he has ever purchased. The Journal has increased circulation, expanded its scope and has recently broken big stories on Theranos, Bridgegate, Medicare fraud, cyber-privacy and the Malaysia scandal.Alas, my reconsideration may have premature, based on the reporting of the Financial Times’ Matthew Garrahan, Politico’s Joe Pompeo and other recent media rumblings. Circumstantial evidence is collecting like soap scum in a bathtub that Murdoch may be working behind the scenes at the Journal and elsewhere to insinuate himself with Donald Trump, depriving his readers of the aggressive coverage they deserve.The standard wrap against Murdoch has always been that he’s a right-wing monster. That’s just not the case. He’s no more a conservative than Trump is. Like Trump, he takes no principled positions that might impede the making of money or the expansion of his empire. Short of scruples, Murdoch persistently jostles his way to where power resides to make deals. If that means dumping the Tories and supporting the candidacy of Labour Party candidate Tony Blair, so be it. If that means giving his New York Post’s primary endorsement to President Jimmy Carter three days after applying for a $900 million Export-Import Bank loan, so be it, too. If that means throwing a fundraiser in 2006 for Sen. Hillary Clinton’s reelection effort, hell yes.The Trump tilt is obvious at Murdoch’s Fox News Channel, where primetime hosts Bill O’Reilly, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity each give him a loofah massage every night. The signs are more subtle at the Journal, where Murdoch’s aura if not presence, can be gleaned. Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerald Baker now faces a minor newsroom rebellion over his newspaper’s coverage of the Trump administration, which some think is diluted.Pompeo writes: “Baker has been hesitant to allow Journal reporters to characterize Trump’s false assertions as lies and has suggested that media ‘elites’ are out to get Trump. During the campaign, reporters say, some of his editorial decisions tended to downplay Trump’s transgressions while he urged his staff to be tougher on Hillary Clinton.”Baker’s leadership may have caused his respected deputy editor-in-chief, Rebecca Blumenstein, to bail from the paper for a job at the New York Times. Baker’s memo about Blumenstein’s departure caused audible gasps in both the Manhattan headquarters of the Journal and the Washington bureau, Pompeo reports.“[Baker] doesn’t have the support of newsroom,” an anonymous Journal editor told Pompeo. “I’ve never worked at a place where the editor in chief didn’t have that.” While that may be an overstatement—Baker would hardly be the first newsroom general to be scorned by his troops—it sometimes takes an overstatement to make a point.Did Murdoch whisper into Baker’s ear that he wanted Trump to get an easy ride? It’s easy to imagine after Murdoch swung his support to Trump last spring. But that’s not how Murdoch works. He promotes to positions of power the journalists who, like Baker, have a history of bending to his will in lesser jobs. As Village Voice writer Jack Newfield once said of Murdoch, “He doesn’t have to come into the newsroom and personally slant stories. Reporters anticipate his needs—like Russia under Stalin.”Elsewhere on the creeping Murdoch influence front, the FT’s Garrahan broke a story on Thursday about Murdoch sitting in on an interview last month between Trump and former British cabinet minister Michael Gove. The interview appeared in Murdoch’s Times of London, and while there’s nothing automatically untoward about the owner of a newspaper sitting in on an interview, those details are usually public. What’s unsettling about the Gove-Trump-Murdoch meeting is that the Times piece made no mention that Murdoch was in the room, nor did the photo accompanying the story include a view of Murdoch, according to Garrahan.Garrahan writes, “Mr. Murdoch’s presence is a sign of the mogul’s interest in Mr. Trump and his close relationship with the new president and his family.” How wide is that interest? In an earlier FT piece, Garrahan reported that Ivanka Trump served until recently as a trustee for shares of 21st Century Fox and News Corp that belong to Murdoch youngest daughters, Grace and Chloe. Murdoch, it’s worth mentioning, has supported Gove’s political ambitions. Gove earns £150,000 a year from the Times for his contributions, Garrahan reports.Murdoch’s political maneuverings deserve our attention. First I thought I was right about him being an unfit owner of the Journal. Then, nine years of low-interference by him indicated that I was wrong. This week, I’m thinking that I was right about him in the first place. Rupert, you’re on notice.******No, I’m not going to call Murdoch a genocidal tyrant. Here’s some of my earlier work on the man. Send generic insults to [email protected] Send specific insults to [email protected] My email alerts has never watched Sky News, my Twitter feed has never gotten a Harper Collins book contract and my RSS feed refuses to appear on Fox.

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09 февраля, 21:33

Ed Miliband asks Ofcom for inquiry into Rupert Murdoch Sky bid

Former Labour leader joins cross-party group of politicians seeking ‘fit and proper person test’ for dealThe former Labour leader Ed Miliband is leading a campaign for the media regulator Ofcom to launch a full inquiry into Rupert Murdoch’s bid for ownership of the satellite broadcaster Sky.In a letter to Sharon White, the chief executive of Ofcom, Miliband is one of several senior cross-party politicians to demand that the regulator carry out a “fit and proper person” test following 21st Century Fox’s bid for the 61% of Sky it does not already own. Continue reading...

09 февраля, 18:23

Rupert Murdoch was in room for Michael Gove's Donald Trump interview

It is unclear whether media mogul sat through interview or just introduced new president to former minister and Times columnistRolling coverage of the day’s political developments – liveRupert Murdoch was in the room when Donald Trump gave his first post-election foreign newspaper interview in the UK to the Times and former government minister Michael Gove.It is unclear whether the media mogul was present throughout the interview, held in Trump Tower in New York, or simply introduced the Times columnist to the president, although the Financial Times said Murdoch sat through the whole interview. Continue reading...

09 февраля, 15:43

Frontrunning: February 9

Airlines, Airports to Meet President Amid Travel-Ban Uncertainty (WSJ) Legal battle pits Trump's powers against his words (Reuters) Trump’s Oval Office Tweets Force CEOs to Choose Fight or Flight (BBG) Companies Plow Ahead With Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump’s Pressure (WSJ) Trump’s Labor Pick Loves Burgers, Bikinis, and Free Markets (BBG) NATO allies lock in U.S. support for stand-off with Russia (Reuters) Sessions Takes Reins at Justice Ready to Walk the Line for Trump (BBG) Washington Turns Attention to Yemen, Pleasing Gulf States (WSJ) Tesla pausing factory for Model 3 preparation this month (Reuters) Twitter reports slowest quarterly revenue growth, shares slide (Reuters) Goldman hedge fund folding London operations, shifting staff to U.S.: sources (Reuters) Big Meat Braces for a Refugee Shortage (BBG) Islamic State-linked group claims rocket attack on Israeli resort (Reuters) Manhattan landlords can't stop setting new records for giveaways  (BBG) Zurich Insurance Falls as Greco Fails to Convince on Growth (BBG) China's changing debt risks drive up bond futures volumes (Reuters) Northeast U.S. Bracing for Powerful, Fast-Moving Snowstorm (BBG) Singapore Airlines places $13.8 billion wide-body Boeing order (Reuters) Puma Predicts Profit Jump as Bolt, Rihanna Assist Resurgence (BBG) Overnight Media Wrap WSJ - The Senate confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general largely along party lines Wednesday evening, ushering in a dramatic shift in the Justice Department's approach to issues ranging from relations with local police to immigration enforcement to voter fraud. http://on.wsj.com/2kQN3Ls - A federal judge, in a Wednesday evening decision, blocked health insurer Anthem Inc from acquiring rival Cigna Corp, the second court ruling in recent weeks to deal a decisive rebuke to efforts to reshape the industry through megamergers. http://on.wsj.com/2kR1TkZ - U.S. companies refinanced $100 billion of loans in January, the largest monthly total in at least a decade, as expectations for interest-rate increases fuel the biggest corporate-refinancing boom in years. http://on.wsj.com/2kR213X - A public shaming by Donald Trump last year hasn't deterred Rexnord from moving jobs to Mexico. And it isn't alone in making such a shift. http://on.wsj.com/2kQKDg0 - Viacom, long the poster child of the supersize cable TV bundle, is planning to narrow its strategic focus to six key channel brands as it seeks to reset its frayed relationships with distribution partners. http://on.wsj.com/2kQVEOc - Whole Foods said it would close nine of its stores and lowered its financial projections for the year, moves made as the natural-foods company struggles with increased competition and slowing sales growth. http://on.wsj.com/2kQUClc - Hollywood will soon have its first chance in five years to change the terms of doing business in China, a politically fraught opportunity for studios to reap billions more from their most important foreign market. http://on.wsj.com/2kQNp4S - President Donald Trump and Intel Corp Chief Executive Brian Krzanich announced plans for a $7 billion investment in a major manufacturing facility in Arizona. http://on.wsj.com/2kQMj9e - Theranos's lab in Arizona failed to ensure some patients who got potentially inaccurate diabetes test results were notified, according to a federal inspection report. http://on.wsj.com/2kQVQgs - Wells Fargo's board is likely to eliminate annual bonuses for 2016 for some top executives following the bank's sales-practices scandal. http://on.wsj.com/2kR4YBB   FT Volkswagen said it was weighing steps against ex-Chairman Ferdinand Piech after media reports said he had informed key supervisory board members about potential diesel cheating six months before the scandal became public. Intel Corp chose the White House Oval Office as its backdrop to announce a $7 billion investment in a previously shelved Arizona factory, which it said would create 3,000 jobs when it is up and running. French cosmetics giant L'Oreal is exploring the sale of its retail unit The Body Shop for 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion). L'Oreal is working with Lazard bankers on a review of its options for the British cosmetics and skincare business.   NYT - Ivanka Trump served for several years as a trustee for a fortune set aside for the daughters of Rupert Murdoch, but she stepped down in from the role December. The trust for the Murdoch daughters holds some $300 million in stock in News Corp and 21st Century Fox, companies that Murdoch leads, and in which he and his family hold controlling interests. http://nyti.ms/2k5tJKY - President Trump lashed out on Wednesday at the Nordstrom department store chain for dropping his daughter Ivanka's accessories and clothing line, once again raising ethical questions about the relationship between his presidency and his family's sprawling business interests. http://nyti.ms/2k5uIL0 - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a proposed $48 billion merger of Anthem and Cigna, derailing another effort by top health insurers to reshape the industry by combining. The ruling, by Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, came two weeks after another federal judge blocked a proposed $37 billion merger between Aetna and Humana on antitrust grounds. http://nyti.ms/2k5LGc7   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL ** Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has warned the Trump administration that Ottawa is ready to retaliate if the he imposes tariffs at the border, potentially sparking a trade war between Canada and its largest trading partner. https://tgam.ca/2k68Zm2 ** Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is "very concerned" about a recent influx of refugee claimants in a small southern Manitoba border town, emphasizing the need to protect both the incoming asylum seekers and Canada's border. https://tgam.ca/2lu7dse ** London Stock Exchange Group Plc has added three new issuers with ties to Canada so far in 2017, bringing its total to 22 such companies. https://tgam.ca/2k6aT6s NATIONAL POST ** TransCanada Corp is back in negotiations with natural gas producers to ship more Western Canadian gas to Ontario and thwart plans for a competing pipeline from Pennsylvania approved by the U.S. government last week. http://bit.ly/2kW9O0b ** Canada will provide long-range sniper rifles and anti-tank weapons to the Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (ISIL) in northern Iraq, the Department of National Defence said Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2k4TNB4 ** Bombardier Inc's ability to win a major CSeries order last year, and not the federal government's latest cash infusion, was the real impetus for Brazil's complaint against Canada at the World Trade Organization, according to a senior Brazilian official. http://bit.ly/2k6eLV1   Britain The Times Energy suppliers to face tough new finance tests New energy suppliers could face strict financial checks and existing companies could be subjected to stress tests, under a regulatory shake-up being considered by Ofgem. http://bit.ly/2llPSVs McLaren races into Sheffield McLaren Automotive, the Surrey-based supercar maker and sister company to the Formula One team, is opening a factory in the industrial north. http://bit.ly/2lm6bBF The Guardian Trump envoy says Greece is now more likely to leave the euro Donald Trump's administration has put itself on a fresh collision course with the European Union after the president's candidate to be ambassador in Brussels said Greece should leave the euro and predicted the single currency would not survive more than 18 months in its present form. http://bit.ly/2llQ9aW Hundreds of Waitrose jobs may go as retailer plans six store closures Waitrose is planning to close six stores and remove a level of management in its supermarkets, putting 600 jobs at risk. http://bit.ly/2lm5w3i The Telegraph Property developer brothers accused of threatening business partner with selling debt to Russian gangsters Property developers Nick and Christian Candy have been accused of threatening the pregnant wife of a former university friend and warning they would sell his debt to Russian gangsters, a court in London heard on Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2lm7eBH Mervyn King: MPs' attitude made Brexit inevitable British politicians have "lost touch" with voters and elitist bids to suppress the EU debate made the referendum on membership that led to the Brexit vote "inevitable", Mervyn King said. http://bit.ly/2lm4dkC Sky News Walmart to help Asda mount market share fightback A top executive at Asda's parent company has pledged greater support to the chain's recovery efforts after admitting it was slow to respond to the challenge posed by discounters in the UK. http://bit.ly/2lmb1P8 GSK boss seeks 'sensible' Brexit deal on migrant workers The chief executive of the UK's biggest pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, has told Sky News that Britain needs to be "open minded and sensible" about allowing skilled workers to come from abroad. The Independent Government accused of trying to kill off UK solar industry before it can become cheapest form of electricity The Government has been accused of trying to kill off Britain's solar energy industry just as it is about to become one of the cheapest suppliers of electricity - with no need for any kind of state subsidy. http://ind.pn/2lm570u  

09 февраля, 13:53

May accused of lying about impact of EU migrants on UK by Czech Europe minister - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenRupert Murdoch was in room for Donald Trump interviewLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.07pm GMT We believe now that legislation is the only way in which [reform of the FA] can be delivered. That was the recommendation of the last three chairmen of the FA to the select committee - to say that the FA cannot reform itself, the turkeys won’t vote for Christmas, there has to be external pressure and external action through legislation to achieve it. What I’m asking in this debate today is that if the government is unsuccessful in getting reform from the FA, that a bill is prepared to be introduced into the next session of parliament after the Queen’s speech, to deliver the reform the FA so badly needs. 4.51pm GMT Theresa May has been accused of lying about the impact of immigration on Britain by an EU minister. It was Tomas Prouza, the Czech minister for Europe, who made the claim in a speech at Charles University in Prague at a conference on Brexit. He also delivered a harsh assessment of May’s Brexit strategy. Here is the full text, and here are the key points.Czechoslovakia managed to get divorced without much fuss. I believe we should strive for the similar effect here. Our legacy for future generations cannot be a world where the clock turned back a century and everybody is an enemy. However, we cannot achieve this if we continue to make unfounded claims about each other. I am speaking about the continuing and growing aggression towards other nationals, especially citizens from central Europe, in the UK. As I mentioned at the beginning, time and time again, numbers have shown that EU citizens contribute more to Britain’s economy than they take out. Even so, this alternative fact, or let’s call it what it is – a lie, once again re-surfaced in Theresa May’s speech. Let’s move beyond such tactics and build our new relationship on facts and respect, not populism and lies.In the last decade or so, we have seen record levels of net migration in Britain, and that sheer volume has put pressure on public services, like schools, stretched our infrastructure, especially housing, and put a downward pressure on wages for working class people. To sum it up „Theresa May’s speech means Theresa May’s speech“. We are a bit confused – the main idea of a fairer, more open, and more Global Britain seems nice on paper, but how do you want to be open when one of the key elements of the plan is to stop the inflow of bright and hardworking people from all over the world that invested so much of their energy into making Britain great? How do you want to “reach beyond Europe” when your plan is to close yourself up and when you are best friends with a man who is basing his new administration on cutting his international ties? Hard Brexit itself is not what we would have wanted, but there is a good and bad way of doing it. The rhetoric that “no deal is better than a bad deal” is certainly the latter. The UK sometimes seems to be forgetting that it needs us too. Yes, UK is a big business partner for the EU, but so is the EU for the UK. This splendid isolation game regardless of the real consequences is dangerous.The UK’s ambitions to have trade relations as close as possible without being a part of the single market and the customs union are frankly speaking unrealistic. The EU cannot undermine the very principles on which the internal market was established and has to ensure a level playing field.The possibility of cherry-picking is the biggest danger that would devalue the existing efforts of all Member States. We cannot allow unhindered access to the single market in areas that suit the UK and limit access to the UK market for European companies. There must be some “Give” for all the UK’s “Take”. Neither the Czech Republic nor the EU has the intent to punish the UK for the legitimate decision of its citizens. We have tight historic ties; have been long-standing allies and I sincerely believe this will not change. We should leave this process as partners as well. Let me remind you that during World War II, the Czech government in exile had its base in London; similarly, Czech pilots played a role in the success of the Royal Air Force. We must not forget these key historic moments, we must remember the heroism of our ancestors and continue to work together. All the same time, the Czech Republic is a Member of the European Union and will continue to defend its principles and unity of the integration. We still believe moving forward together is the best available and most efficient option for us. As was once said, no man is an island… except for Britain, of course.My speech at #brexit conference @UniKarlova @FSV_UK → https://t.co/AadhOSdC29 pic.twitter.com/3xy3EFkQWi Continue reading...

09 февраля, 03:50

Wall Street Journal Staffers Grumbling About The Paper's Trump Coverage Will Get To Tell Their Boss

Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker announced Wednesday that he plans to hold a town hall meeting next week to discuss “a range of topics.” He specifically mentioned one topic that’s been on the minds of Journal staffers: the paper’s reorganization plan known as WSJ 2020. But he didn’t mention another one that’s been the talk of the Journal’s newsroom: coverage of President Donald Trump. It likely will come up anyway. Newsroom concerns over whether the paper has been too soft on Trump stretch back to the campaign, according to current and former employees. Some Journal staffers were frustrated during the 2016 election as reporter Monica Langley, who recently left the paper, gained unmatched access to Trump and wrote glowing pieces on the candidate, his family and his inner circle. Others found the paper’s overall touch far too credulous. As rival publications, like the New York Times and Washington Post, pounced on Trump’s untruths and unclear policy positions, one Journal staffer described the paper’s approach as “neutral to the point of being absurd.” Since Trump’s election, the concern in the newsroom is that the coverage has remained deferential. In late November, the Journal splashed Trump’s bogus “voter fraud” claim across the front page. Last month, the Journal ran a print headline that again failed to characterize Trump’s conspiracy theory about voter fraud as completely false ― or as the New York Times has recently been saying ― a “lie.” Baker has spoken against describing Trump’s repeated falsehoods as “lies” and has argued the Journal has been more objective covering the election than its competitors. This posture, to some, is indicative of the Journal’s traditionally more sober coverage and resistance to taking a crusading tone in its news pages (as opposed to the Journal’s unabashedly conservative editorial pages). And staffers point to the Journal’s prescient “Great Unraveling” series during the election and recent investigative stories on Trump as evidence that the paper’s coverage isn’t monolithic or reflexively sympathetic to the president. But in terms of framing Trump’s dubious claims and policies, some worry that the Rupert Murdoch-owned Journal is pulling punches because a Republican president is now in the White House. Increasingly, they’ve begun questioning if Baker’s own conservative views ― which he expressed as columnist and TV commentator before joining the paper ― have played a role in the paper’s approach. A veteran British journalist, Baker joined as deputy editor-in-chief after the 2008 election and just over a year after Murdoch’s purchase of it. A Fox News segment featuring Baker mocking the just-elected President Barack Obama made the rounds amid concerns over whether the paper’s news coverage would become more conservative under Baker and then-editor-in-chief Robert Thomson, a close Murdoch confidant and current chief executive of Journal parent News Corp. Soon after, the late New York Times columnist David Carr wrote that the paper was “tilting right,” a description the Journal’s top brass rejected. “I understand the difference between reporting and opinion,” Baker told this reporter in March 2009. Baker rose to the top newsroom job in 2013 and now oversees a legacy newspaper, which, like others, is reorganizing around a digital future and making difficult decisions in the process. There were layoffs last week in some of the paper’s overseas bureaus, and more cuts are likely to come. On Tuesday came the bombshell departure of deputy editor-in-chief Rebecca Blumenstein, a widely respected newsroom figure over the past two decades who will assume a senior role at the Times. Beyond financial pressures, the question in the Journal’s newsroom is whether Baker will meet the expectations of staff in tackling a moment of great upheaval in American politics and effectively hold accountable a president who is not only waging war on the press but repeatedly uttering falsehoods and promoting misinformation. Baker has never inspired the kind of widespread reverence in the newsroom that, say, Marty Baron has at the Washington Post. And he’s now facing what some say is especially low morale and concerns whether the paper is blowing the biggest story in recent memory.   The desire to have a dialogue with Baker about Trump coverage stretches beyond reporters in Washington, with concerns apparent in the New York headquarters and domestic and foreign bureaus as well. Journal staffers have been discussing coverage on an internal listserv, according to sources, and some recently requested that Baker hold a town hall-style meeting. Baker did not respond to multiple requests from The Huffington Post over the past week about whether he intended to meet staff over Trump-related concerns. Karen Pensiero, the Journal’s editor of newsroom standards, acknowledged in an email to HuffPost that Trump coverage is one of the topics she’s discussed with staffers. “I have an open door and open lines of communication with staffers across the Journal, and I frequently engage in conversations and email about how we and other media companies cover politics and the Trump administration,” she wrote. “It’s one of the things that I love most about my job here, and I imagine similar conversations are happening across many newsrooms. I’m really proud of our journalists and the excellent work they’re doing, as well as the newsroom’s longstanding commitment to thoroughness, fairness and accuracy.” Some frustrations with Baker’s stewardship recently spilled outside the newsroom when an email he wrote to editors urging them to stop using the term “Muslim-majority” with regard to Trump’s immigration executive order was leaked to a BuzzFeed reporter (who only weeks earlier worked at the Journal). The term, Baker wrote, was “very loaded” and he suggested the reason the seven countries in the order were chosen wasn’t because of their Muslim populations but because the Obama administration had identified them as countries of concern. Baker seemed to be echoing the administration’s justification rather than giving that claim appropriate scrutiny. Hours after the BuzzFeed story ran, Baker wrote in a staff memo that there is “no ban” on the phrase “Muslim-majority country.” Still, the paper, he wrote, “should always be careful that this term is not offered as the only description of the countries covered under the ban.” Some staffers worry the Journal has become excessively cautious in challenging the administration’s spin and misinformation, to the point of even giving legitimacy to blatant Trump falsehoods. The Journal is hardly alone in finding Trump a difficult story to handle. The president has the ability to both question the legitimacy of the press instantly to 20-plus million Twitter followers and inject falsehoods into the public discourse, making it hard for the media to perform its job. For instance, several major news outlets initially amplified Trump’s baseless claim in a November tweet that “millions” of undocumented immigrants voted in the election and tilted the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. But while others pulled back within hours, the Journal ran Trump’s bogus claim across the top of the next morning’s front page under the headline: “Trump Takes Aim At ‘Millions’ Of Votes.” One liberal columnist described it as propaganda. Legacy news organizations are also especially hesitant to characterize a claim as a “lie,” an issue that’s already been hotly debated in the Trump era. The Times, which has gotten a lot of attention for using the L-word in response to Trump’s statements, has only done so twice: to label Trump’s claims about Obama’s birthplace and Trump’s case for widespread voter fraud. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Last month, Baker urged caution when it comes to using the word “lie,” telling “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that doing so “implies a deliberate intent to mislead.” Noting the time Trump insisted that “thousands” of people in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheered the World Trade Center falling ― an event that never happened ― Baker said he thinks “it’s right to investigate that claim, to report what we found, which is that nobody found any evidence of that whatsoever, and to say that.” “He says things that are challengeable, to put it mildly, that are questionable,” Baker said of Trump. “And I think a lot of reporters feel that ― somehow feel very much that they are part of the ― they’re in the contest really and that it is their job to take him on.” Inside the Journal, the concern is that the paper is now presenting facts its journalists have gathered alongside a falsehood uttered by Trump and telling the reader to discern for himself. That such an approach comes at a time when competitors adopt a sharper tone in calling out Trump’s untruths, especially those that could have dangerous repercussions for immigrants and Muslims, is all the more demoralizing.  Outside the paper, the criticism of Baker has begun piling up. New York Times columnist David Leonhardt took issue with Baker’s argument on “Meet the Press” that saying a politician “lied” risks appearing no longer objective. “News organizations have to decide whether they place a higher priority on seeming subjective to some readers or on stating the facts,” Leonhardt wrote. And the Journal, he added, “is one of the world’s great newspapers, and I dearly hope that Baker will choose honesty over timidity when the two conflict.” So far, Baker hasn’t appeared swayed by such responses and he seems to share Murdoch’s running critique of the news media as leaning left. So while the Journal approach to Trump may appear timid to some, Baker would likely argue it’s more balanced. Just before the election, Baker wrote to staff that “while many other news organizations seem to have largely abandoned any last effort to be fair in their coverage, ours has been conspicuously objective, penetrating, intelligent, and, yes, fair.” In late December, Baker said in a TV ad that the “Journal covered this election the way we’ve been covering elections for the past 127 years: objectively, and across the whole nation.” And last week, Baker wrote in a staff memo that the Journal has “covered and will cover the Trump administration aggressively.” He’ll probably say something similar at Monday’s town hall. But staff will now have the opportunity to talk back. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

08 февраля, 20:53

Wall Street Journal editor to face critics

Amid discontent over Trump coverage, Gerard Baker will hold a newsroom-wide meeting to address concerns.

08 февраля, 18:21

FT: дочь Трампа помогала дочерям Руперта Мердока в управлении трастом

Дочь президента США Дональда Трампа Иванка была доверенным лицом при распоряжении ценными бумагами, принадлежавшими двум дочерям медиамагната Руперта Мердока, в его корпорации News Corp и холдинге 21st Century Fox. Об этом пишет Financial ...

27 ноября 2014, 09:05

ЕС vs США: Google предлагают разбить на куски

Европейский парламент готовится к обсуждению странного вопроса: "стоит ли разделить компанию Google на несколько отдельных сервисов?" У американских коллег сама идея вызывает все возможные негативные эмоции - от недоумения до негодования.  Показать "Кузькину мать" Европарламент не способен разрушить Google. В конце концов, штаб-квартира компании находится в США, и кроме американских властей структуру ее бизнеса никто не может изменить. Но в Европе продолжается антимонопольное расследование деятельности Google, в рамках которого политики и чиновники придумывают новые способы ограничения экспансии американцев на своей территории. На таком фоне действия Европарламента являются скорее намеком на продолжение преследования зарубежного интернет-гиганта. Законотворцы могут поддержать идею отделения поисковика Google от других фирменных сервисов. Если это произойдет, американцы должны получить четкий сигнал, отражающий позицию властей Евросоюза. До сих пор центральное место в расследовании занимали именно антимонопольщики из Еврокомиссии. В Америке на выпад со стороны европейцев уже отреагировали сразу два правительственных комитета. Их представители, сенаторы Рон Уайден и Оррин Хэтч заявили: "Это предложение и другие подобные ему идеи способствуют строительству стен, а не мостов. При этом не учитываются в полной мере те негативные эффекты, которые могут навредить торговым отношениям США и ЕС". В США считают, что Европа нарушает принцип открытых рынков. Говорится также о "политизации" процесса. Действующие лица Интересно, что против разделения Google выступает Гюнтер Эттингер. Да, тот самый Гюнтер Эттингер, который раньше отвечал за энергетику и присутствовал на переговорах между Украиной и Россией по газу. Теперь он еврокомиссар по вопросам цифровых технологий. Эттингер уверен, что бить Google на части никто не будет. Кто же тогда решил голосовать? Это Андреас Шваб, представитель консервативного крыла Европарламента и испанец Рамон Тремоза, представляющий интересы Каталонии. Эти политики утверждают, что усилия Еврокомиссии пока не оправдали себя, а поведение Google на рынке Старого Света напоминает монополизм. "До сих пор Google отказывалась придумать какие-либо идеи, способные изменить ситуацию и снять претензии со стороны Еврокомиссии. Вместо этого компания продолжала вести дела как ей заблагорассудится. Таким образом она давит на конкурентную среду, что вредит европейским потребителям и бизнесу", - считают Шваб и Тремоза.  Ссылки по теме Мердок: "Google – шайка пиратов" Европа забывает, Google хочет вспомнить все Google наконец договорилась с европейскими властями В самой Еврокомиссии произошли перестановки. Хоакин Альмуния отправился в отставку, и его место заняла Маргрете Вестегер. Интересно, какую позицию займет она и как далеко готова будет пойти ради обеспечения свободной конкуренции на интернет-рынке в том виде, в каком эту конкуренцию видят консерваторы из Европарламента. Битва за правду или зависть? В данный момент 90% поисковых запросов в Европе приходится на Google. В 2010г. конкуренты подали жалобу на американского игрока, объявив, что он мешает им развиваться. Речь идет в частности о рекламе и выгодном положении партнеров в поисковых результатах. Напомним, что ранее медиа-магнат Руперт Мердок сделал громкое заявление по поводу Google. С помощью исполнительного директора News Corp Роберта Томсона он попытался донести до антимонопольных органов мысль о том, что Google отдает предпочтение своим сайтам-партнерам. Если пользователь вбивает запрос в поисковик, то якобы получает именно те результаты, которые принесут Google максимальное количество денег. Подобные претензии озвучивались и раньше, но News Corp сформулировала их, пожалуй, максимально жестко. Отметим, что Google все-таки пытается найти мирное решение. Так в начале этого года компания согласилась выводить в результатах поиска рекламные объявления, предоставляемые конкурентами.

08 сентября 2014, 17:03

20 миллиардеров, которые управляют политикой США

Они добились успеха в бизнесе и инвестициях, и теперь пытаются протолкнуть свои и чужие политические идеи в политической системе США. В нашем списке самые влиятельные миллиардеры-политики Америки.  20.Элис Уолтон Элис Уолтон - наследница богатства крупнейшей в мире розничной сети Wal-Mart, пусть и не единственная. Уолтон вполне открыто поддерживает Хиллари Клинтон и вложилась в так называемый "PAC" (Комитет политических действий) под названием "Ready for Hillary".  19.Дональд Трамп Владелец конгломерата The Trump Organization и король американского сектора недвижимости Дональд Трамп, как и многие представители большого бизнеса, придерживается республиканских взглядов. Напомним, что Республиканская партия поддерживает наиболее мягкую налоговую политику в отношении богачей.  18.Марк Андрессен Инвестор-миллиардер Марк Андрессен уверен, что будущее за Республиканской партией США. Он поддерживал кандидата от республиканцев Митта Ромни на президентских выборах 2012г. В данный момент Андрессен инвестриует в широкий спектр активов, многие из которых будут влиять и на политический фон. Стоит вспомнить хотя бы о криптовалюте bitcoin.  17.Питер Дж. Питерсон Питерсон был министром торговли при Ричарде Никсоне, а теперь управляет мощным фондом. Миллиардер ратует за уменьшение государственного долга, и с помощью Peter G. Peterson Foundation основал такие организации, направленные на борьбу с долгами США как Fix the Debt и Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.  16.Поль Зингер Поль Зингер - бизнесмен с партийным билетом. Он консервативный республиканец, но выступает за однополые браки. Именно эта идея стала для него центральной в политической деятельности. С помощью организации American Unity он вложил $2 млн в поддержку республиканцев, которые также выступают за однополые браки. Главный актив Зингера - Elliott Management Corporation.  15.Арт Поуп Бывший председатель бюджетного комитета Северной Каролины и преуспевающий бизнесмен Арт Поуп вложил миллионы долларов в продвижение своих политических идей. В первую очередь, речь идет о свободном рынке, который Поуп считает основной составляющей успешной экономики. Арт Поуп также республиканец.  14.Пьер и Памела Омидьяр Семья иранского происхождения, которая добилась успеха в США, вкладывает существенные средства в продвижение идеи прозрачности и открытости. Пьер и Памела интересуются также вопросами прав на собственность и экономического развития.  13.Джефф и Макинзи Безос Кто бы мог подумать, что руководство Amazon.com может интересоваться политикой. Однако Джефф Безос недавно приобрел издание Washington Post и вложил $2,5 млн в поддержку однополых браков. Напомним, что этот вопрос в США остается одним из наиболее острых в области внутренней политики.  12.Марк Цукерберг И снова миллиардер из высокотехнологического сектора, который интересуется политикой. Марк Цукерберг совместно с организацией FWD.us работает над иммиграционной реформой, а в Нью-Джерси проталкивает реформу начального образования. Напомним, что самому владельцу Facebook в настоящий момент всего 30 лет.  11.Питер Тиль Питерь Тиль, известный инвестор, владелец хэдж-фондов и сооснователь PayPal, вложил $2,6 млн в предвыборную кампанию в 2012г., деньги получил Рон Пол, который вылетел из гонки во время праймериз. В последнее время Тиль активно выступает в пользу увеличения минимального размера оплаты труда.  10.Уоррен Баффет Миллиардер Баффет, владелец знаменитого Berkshire Hathaway, сыграл важную роль в политике США после избрания Барака Обамы на пост президента. Уоррен Баффет выступает за ограничение власти богачей, увеличение налогов для них, и собирается расстаться с большей частью своего богатства в рамках The Giving Pledge ("Клятва дарения").  9.Пенни Прицкер Пенни Прицкер была министром торговли и одним из главных лоббистов идей Барака Обамы. Кроме того, Прицкер является сооснователем PSP Capital Partners, Pritzker Realty Group и еще ряда крупных фирм, что придает ее голосу значимость, когда речь заходит о внутренней политике.  8.Джон и Лора Арнольд Джон Арнольд управлял крупным хэдж-фондом, и фокусировался на инвестициях в газовые активы а потом стал филантропом. Правда, не каждый найдет желание помочь людям в его стремлении добиться сокращения пенсий и добиться роста финансовой нагрузки для работников предприятий.  7.Билл и Мелинда Гейтс The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - один из самых авторитетных благотворительных фондов, инвестирующих в борьбу с болезнями и бедностью в развивающихся странах, в частности, в Африканских. Также основатель Microsoft и его супруга сражаются за реформирование американской системы образования и легализацию однополых браков.  6.Руперт Мердок Руперт Мердок контролирует Wall Street Journal и Fox News - это важнейшие поставщики политических и экономических новостей. Таким образом, Мердок сосредоточил в своих руках активы, способные задавать новостной тон и влиять на настроения в обществе. Кроме того, Руперт Мердок сотрудничает с Bloomberg по вопросу иммиграционной реформы.  5.Джордж Сорос Джордж Сорос открыто лоббирует идеи демократов. Он потратил $1 млн в 2012г. на поддержку Барака Обамы на выборах. Кроме того, Сорос в данный момент является сопредседателем комитета политических действий "Ready for Hillary".  4.Шелдон Эделсон Наша жизнь - игра, и один из королей игорного бизнеса Шелдон Эделсон активно вкладывает средства в политику. Он потратил $93 млн, чтобы "победить Барака Обаму". Речь, конечно, не о том, что бизнесмен надеялся участвовать в выборах, а о поддержке республиканцев, которые "выполняют свои обещания". На следующих выборах Эделсон инвестирует в кампанию вдвое больше.  3.Том Стейер Стейер - сооснователь и один из руководителей фонда Farallon Capital Management. Он также основал несколько банков. Помимо бизнеса Тома Стейера интересуют вопросы охраны окружающей среды, и он активно лоббирует соответствующие идеи в политической среде.  2.Майкл Блумберг Бывший мэр Нью-Йорка и основатель агентства Bloomberg Майкл Блумберг активно борется с бесконтрольным распространением оружия. Он инвестировал $50 млн в противодействие организации NRA, которая как раз пытается добиться свободной торговли оружием на всей территории США, делая отсылку ко Второй поправке к Конституции.  1.Чарльз и Дэвид Кох Братья Кох инвестировали $30 млн в программу, которая выявляет слабые стороны демократов. Это специальная рекламная кампания, навредившая тем политикам, которым есть что скрывать. К следующим выборам общий объем инвестиций в эту программу семья Кох собирается довести до $290 млн. Еще одной жертвой стала программа здравоохранения "Obamacare".