October 15th, 2011
06:38 PM ET

Murdoch heckled by Occupy protesters

News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers while delivering the keynote address at the National Summit on Education in San Francisco on Friday, CNN affiliate KGO reported.

"Resist corporate domination of public education!" one heckler said, according to KGO.

Video of the event shows others in attendance cheering as the protesters were removed.

KGO reported that the activists are a part of US Uncut, a group against cuts to public services. The group claims Murdoch is trying to make money from public education.

The interruptions came shortly after Murdoch said, “"We need to tear down an education system designed for the 19th century and replace it with one suited for the 21st," KGO reported.

Murdoch has been an object of scorn since revelations surfaced in July that journalists working for the News of the World had hacked into the cell phone of a missing girl, deleting some of her messages to make room for more. The deletion of messages gave 13-year-old Milly Dowler's family hope that she was still alive when she was already dead.

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
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  1. beachrat

    Screw murdoch and all his ilk, they are a major part of our problems

    October 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • levend

      Republicans will block anything that slows down corporate greed, Remember the BP appology the republicans gave and that was because the government asked them them to pay compensation for the damage BP oil spill caused.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      What did Murdoch do that Soros, Buffett, Jobs, Gates, Unions did not do?

      October 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michael

    Why in the world would anyone listen to murdoch - responsible for the criminal hacking of thousands of people's phones , and the non-stop hate mongering on Fox "News" - ona subject like education. Whatever he advoctes can be counted on privelige the few to the detriment of the many.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Uh huh and the US Government NEVER commits a crime??????? WOW

      October 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    Rupert Murdoch/Fox News = Josef Goebbels modern day

    October 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      So I guess Soros is the modern day General Mao then.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      What mass media market giant does Soros run as a propaganda unit.

      October 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pamela Morgan

    Yeah, tear down public education and let the corporations rebuild it 'cause we can trust them with our kids.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      What the heck? And public education has to do with GOVERNMENT RUN, not Corporate run. And given you literally had to comment about public education because you read it in some chanting dumb scream towards Murdoch, you just showed how there is a scathing indictment on the education system.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim in Florida

    What a shocker – Murdoch heckled by shiftless wad wastes in Frisco – say it ain't so.

    Goodness – the "Occupy" movement is nothing more than a protest against a reduction of the welfare state – the violence in Europe speaks volumes – here at home – hard to find a job when you spend all your time sleeping on the grass in a park in NYC. Then again at the end of the day the protesters can always run down to the local 7-11 and use their EFT cards for din din.

    CNN wants you to think this is another Arab "spring" – such utter garbage.

    The "99%"....right....total BS.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Which is why more keep joining every day? Including people who have jobs? Come up with something new.
      So you want to suck rich d
      **k, like most republicans. You're a slowly dying breed, not unlike your creationist brethren.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      you got a little on your chin

      October 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • SlamDance007

      Jim, Jim, Jim, it's best to be silent and feign ignorance than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Your lack of incite is clear, and your bias argument proves you don't know anything about anything.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • OxheadLives

      Jim, there comes a time when you have to decide whether you are going to side with the bullies like Murdoch and his ilk, or with working people who actually care about their families, their communities, and their country. You still have time to think things through and stand with the good guys. FYI, this is just the beginning.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benghazi

      Your rhetoric is flawed because you immediately resort to character assassinations instead of debating the issues. It's a reflection of your own character ... in this case, you are committing suicide.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • djwazu

      Jim God will be right with you! You're next in his waiting room.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky


      Yeah like Nazis, Unions, Communists, Iran, Venezuela, oh yeah you certainly have some awesome support joining the OWs movement. LOL.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky


      Who provides the jobs? Who hands over the paycheck? But if you want to support the unwashed parasitic masses that want something for nothing, go for it. You are a tapeworm just like they are.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perryboy

      Give Jim another HIT of what ever he's smoking. ...

      October 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Why is it that these blogs always bring out the dim witted ultraconservative right wing weirdos? People can't work so long as businesses keep replacing workers with machines that do the work of 10 people. Murdoch is a perfect example of the fat toads that are so greedy that they look for every excuse under heaven to NOT hire workers. No, Jim, it is not acceptable for corporations to stick their nose into education. And if the rich do not provide jobs to fill then they are the problem. Also, believe it or mot, there are many people who cannot work for very legitimate physical or mental reasons and handicaps of many sorts. The 1 per cent are directly responsible for the mess we're in, both environmentally and socially and they are responsible to fix it.

      October 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TER

      Jeff- That is the best description of an average person who is Republican that I have EVER heard!

      Suck R D***! Fantastic!

      The latest is to say "What is their message?, Who is their leader?"

      Typical of Republicans to always follow and never lead.

      October 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Jim....are you also posting as Jj? It sounds like your twin! After reading a few of your silly posts, I think you may just be Sarah in disguise!

      October 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Jim, Jim, Jim....I can't believe you used the "say it ain't so" line!!
      I first thought you were an uncouth redneck for even repeating that trite expression, but then I thought you must really be Sarah!(probably right on both counts!)

      October 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Freddy


    October 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keith

    Ya, Educational Corporations. Every bit as good an idea as Prison Corporations. Somebody want to try explaining how Educational Corporations at the K-12 level would increase profits for shareholders over the long run? Prison Corporations do it by writing legislation at the GOP ALEC meetings designed at increasing the number of people incarcerated so that Prison Corporations can make more money. Once an Educational Corporation has their claws into all the students available to them, how exactly do they then increase their profits to keep their shareholders happy? Start charging more per student? Cut quality to decrease expenses? Run ads to get people to make more children?

    October 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Making more children is part of the equation that has made this overpopulated world the mess it is. There should be a heavy tax penalty on any one with more than 2 children. Families that must depend on social services for help to survive should not recieve additional benefits for more than 2 children per household. And companies need to be forced to hire local workers wherever they det up dhop or be heavily penalized for bringing in out of area work crews. The Unnatural gas industry promised many jobs in PA and then brought in 90 per cent of its workers from the West. OCCUPY has the right message and I encourage them to continue until the greedy get the message.

      October 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gg

    the last nazi

    October 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      You don't even know what a Nazi is.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Pray tell us, then, oh toothy one.....what is a Nazi?

      October 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jj

    Ive never seen such a public display of morons who want more free stuff. you people are being heard but nothing will come of it. so throw away your stupid signs and go get a job and contribute to the economy. its as simple as "you've got more money than me." dont like that then go out and become a millionaire. this is america in case you forgot. hell you can become president even if you are an idiot.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Sixpack

      "go out and become a millionaire" huh? You make it sound so easy. I'll bet you're voting for "if you're not rich, it's your fault" Cain.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      I agree, at first it was about corporate greed, but recently I'm seeing more about the rich 1% being the cause of everyone's problems with debt. People need to take some responsibility for their choices. If you don't want to incur so much debt for education pay towards your tuition during your education, take more time to finish school , find a less expensive school, etc.. I don't understand this demand for more hand outs from the government. People are always looking to place blame on someone else for their problems.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Joe Sixpack–

      Oprah and Cain came from poor backgrounds. Now look at them.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      You should know, Jj..... didn't you run with McCain in 2008?

      October 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rich

    The obvious solution to this problem is massive tax cuts for the super rich.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Why do liberals make stuff up so much?

      October 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg Gilbert

    CNN's CEO is just as high on the list of "tax dodging CEO's" But this isn't really about what the movement says it's about. It's about stopping funding for the opposition and the voice of the opposition. Isn't democracy great with Chavez in power...err I mean Obama.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Susan Booth

    I agree with Freddy...that was awesome. Jim in Florida, you obviously don't understand the movement....

    October 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      LOL Please OWS doesn't understand their own movement.

      October 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Susan.....republicans don't understand much....otherwise they wouldn't vote against their own interests!

      October 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jj

    a slow dying breed you say? oh my how this truely hilarious! who took the house back at an unprecidented level in 2010? who took weiners seat after DEMS held it for 95years? ill tell ya who. THE REPUBLICANS. get ready for another shillacking! the american people are sick and tired of DEMS give everybody something for free. people are finally starting to wake up and its about time!

    October 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Sixpack

      We don't want anything for free. We're willing to work for it and earn it. We've just had enough of "trickle up" economics, and we're tired of being slaves of the rich. Just wait until your job gets outsourced and your home gets foreclosed on and your kids have to go to war to get a chance to go to college and get access to healthcare.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Joe Sixpack–

      "slaves to the rich?" What the heck do you think WORKING actually is? A bloody poor person is not going to provide you with a freaking job and benefits. "Slave to the rich" man the asinine and clueless rhetoric you all espouse. Your job is getting outsourced thanks to the Government. THEY MAKE THE LAWS.

      October 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Jj says "oh my how this truely hilarious!".... see it IS SARAH!!!! Jj speaks incoherantly just like Sarah!!

      October 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Howdy1962

    Rupert is getting what he has deserved for many years. He is is in part responsible for the situation he went through. That SOB should be on the public "windshield" and wiped off by the windshield wipers. He is an Oss.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      What the heck did Murdoch ever do to you??????? He worked, he made money. Man you are jealous. Do you attack Soros? Buffett? Gates? Did you say anything about Steve Jobs? Hollywood? Unions?


      October 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Sharky, you are wildly missing the point. Virtually nobody is mad at Steve Jobs, Hollywood, or, uh, "unions" (who knew transportation workers were so rich?) for making money. Good for them. We're mad at Rupert Murdoch for running a pure propaganda mill for the purposes of (a) making money through deception, and (b) deceiving voters so they support those who will cut his taxes and make him more money.

      It's not that he's rich, it's how he got it. If every billionaire were like Steve Jobs, they'd deserve every cent they got. Murdoch doesn't earn his money; he cheats for it. And he screws the country in the process. That's the sole objection.

      October 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pablo

    Murdoch really needed to step down and let his Son run the show from now on.. This is too much nonsense.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
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