Time Magazine Pictures Rupert Murdoch As An Arab Dictator

In the December 19 edition of Time magazine, humor columnist Joel Stein pleased the liberals in his "Year of the Meltdown" review of 2011 by comparing Fox News-owning mogul Rupert Murdoch to murderous despots: "Throughout the year, leaders who for decades had ruthlessly wielded absolute power melted down: Zine al Abedine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi, Rupert Murdoch."

Since it wasn't enough to allow one factual collapse per column, Stein also  suggested we're now "full-on feudal" with an "angry 99 percent" after  Occupy Wall Street protests, and "It's too late to cool the rods. Either we're going to abandon the old structure altogether -- nuclear power, the euro, Arab secular rule, unregulated capitalism -- or wait a really long time for things to get better."

Since when has America practiced "unregulated capitalism"? How does the bankruptcy of large government-sponsored housing enterprises match that term? Stein then suggested when choosing between "our modern love of consant drama and our modern laziness," laziness will win. It's the only way a humor column avoids a dead-serious ending.

Stein's personal website has this catchy introduction:

That guy behind me? Totally gay for me. Hell, I’d be too.
In case you stumbled here by accident, I’m the guy who loves porn and hates America.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis