The event demonstrated the broad disgust at the conduct of News Corporation and its many subsidiaries, particularly Fox News. A wide array of participants aired their complaints, ranging from concerns about the concentration of ownership in the media and the company’s long history of misrepresenting the news. ThinkProgress spoke to several attendees, and put together a short video with regular demonstrators, and organizers from Free Press, Avaaz, and Good Jobs LA.
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Despite attempts by activist shareholders, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and his board were reelected. The New York Times gained access to the event, and reported that a number of proposals to reign in abuses at the company were shot down. According to the Times, one failed proposal came from the assistant director of socially responsible investing for Christian Brothers Investment Services. “This pervasive and value-destroying scandal requires stronger independent leadership on the board,” said Julie Tanner, announcing her effort.