Fine words, if you don't choke on the claim that it was to be "nonpartisan." To claim that representatives from the Democratic and Republican side of politics makes the event "nonpartisan", leaves Clinton living in a world of delusion.
One of the most interesting events was "Managing Major Media Companies in an Era of Globalization". The speakers were certainly the major players of the game:
- William Clinton, Former President of the United States
- Richard Parsons, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner, Inc.
- Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corporation
- Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation of America
This is Murdoch on Tony Blair:
His claims are laughable, of course. Murdoch belongs to the school of "thought" that dictates any criticism of the American administration as automatically anti-American. He's not alone in such simplistic morality.
Such talk-fests are insightful because they prove how insular and removed from reality such power-brokers really are. How would Murdoch have any idea about life under autocratic regimes? He's long courted the Chinese authorities.
A capitalist system dictates a profit-driven agenda. Expecting news organisations to rise above some considerations is both naive and dangerous. Alternatives are needed.