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.

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  1. ti-grr

    A M E R I C A N A U T U M N

    Take heart, those of Occupywallst. You are on a noble course. Your voices have been heard and joined by countless others. Like the first Americans who could no longer endure the tyranny of a British rule, you are making your concerns heard. Your worthy actions have spread like a wildfire, bringing a light and direction for real Change, for no more will Americans accept the empty rhetoric of bought and owned politicians.

    There are some who call your actions 'unorganized'. They do this in an attempt to minimize your efforts; but their devices are known and their days, as they well know, are near an end. Let their words not affect your spirit nor cloud your thinking. This event is like a melding of many elements which will come together and be forged into one mighty sword. For, as in this country's origins, those Colonists were deemed 'disorganized'. But from among those struggling Patriots arose those who became our Founding Fathers, the originators of the Declaration of Independence; and by their brave actions this Great America of the People was born.

    Your actions are a new wind that finally brings Hope to the People. But take caution. Some of those who oppose you are desperate and without conscience. The many crimes of government officials, bankers, Wall Street, Federal Reserve (not a government agency), and other corporate thievery – they may try to hide their actions by wiping clean all computer records. Protect yourselves. Keep current paper statements of your bank accounts and deposits, and proof of mortgages and other ownership of property. Trust nothing to electronic files. This will reduce any chaos of their actions, as well as effects of solar activities, now increasing.

    Be encouraged by the numbers joining your ranks. Soon, perhaps those of the Police and other agencies, who will find their invested retirement funds and pensions reduced or vanished, will join your ranks. The military too, for their lives have been spent in two wars founded on lies, and their valiant labors have been barely rewarded.

    To the students and young people: Know many of you are the children of those who resisted the Draft of the Vietnam years. They are the generation of those men and women who died in the horrors of WW2 and came back immediately to claim: No More War Ever! Through their genetics, you have inherited their bravery and other ennobling qualities. When you see parents and older ones among you, know you are in great and bold company.

    As in the days when this Country was forged – Trust in God. There is a Source (a Force, if you will), of which you are part, and which connects all living beings. When needed, ask for help to strengthen your efforts, or the inspiration to move your plans forward. And know your thoughts radiate out to others, equally strengthening and inspiring them. The Founding Fathers knew this. Follow their example and make this land a shining place once again. So be this.

    Reprints, in any media, are allowed if not edited or altered: Copyright S/T – NYC, 2011

    October 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dynan3

      What a fine and noble statement.

      As it is said in Gita and other sources,"Untruth has NO EXISTANCE,abd TRUTH WILL NEVER CEASE TO EXIST." The people causing oppression through greed do not know that their actions will inevitably be brought back to the source. If it were so, the greed would stop with their repentence in the street asking the 'occupiers' for forgiveness. I am glad my efforts back in the "Nam Days' did not disappear in vain. Stay compassionate and non-violent, please.

      Love to you and all who only what the Truth, compassion, fairness, transparency and equality.

      Ti-grr, you sir or madame, are a fine soul with an eye on the eternal.

      October 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • PokPok

      yo ... u putting Leo Tolstoy to shame and ur putting me to sleep with ur novel.
      relax dude

      October 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bet R N you

      CrAp, ideological crAp. You and moonbeam governor of Calif took too many drugs.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Yer bringing a tear to the eye, bud. Nice statement.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dynan3

      Ummmm....Mine was from New Orleans...tho I must admit I did experience the Cali madness in the past few years.

      I see the "if you can't top it, troll it" mentality here also. You will be extinct soon, so maybe YOU should relax. =^)

      October 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      My complements on an excellent piece. I have nothing to add.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dynan3

      Sheesh!...I need to proofread better since there are no edit options on Ted's network...sorry. ExistEnce...aNd...only WANT....

      October 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Bravo!!! Excellent statement / post!! Occupy really IS the citizens of our country taking back our country and restoring it to its true and full luster. It's in the hands of a greedy, corrupt few, and we are finally saying, "WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!" Everyone, left – right – center, needs to get behind the Occupy movement for the betterment of our America!

      October 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron in California

      Lay-off the Ganja..

      October 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    No one is glorifying Obama. We just know that Republicans suck, Capialism sucks, Murdock sucks, Fox News sucks, Religion sucks, and we are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore... ENOUGH!

    October 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • woo

      Who thinks you're glorifying Obama? If anything, you people are assuring that he will NOT be re-elected.

      October 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • stiletto81

      Well looks like the new civil war is in sight....gonna be nice to meet you

      October 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Awesome! Excellent post!!

      October 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dynan3

      Jon...Jon... I suggest that you stay in whatever hate pit you Occupy. I happen to be in my son's basement while we (re)build his house from the bottom up. "Vile Filth"? Truth hurts, doesn't it. You don't happen to be a Wal Street Derivative trader, now, do you? Your hate goes deep and you will be the one who pays for it unless you get some compassion and understanding of the commercialization of everything from education to health care. Your money won't get you into even YOUR heaven.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    Canuk ,go choke on the ice comming from your hot shower up there, eh?

    October 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      You're ignorant. Never breed.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©


    Now, someone will tell you to pull yourself by your bootstraps, and run out to the job tree and pull the next job leaf off, and you'll magically get it.
    What they don't get is that you are the perfect example of the greed that the OWS is protesting about.
    Thank you for sharing your story; I doubt it will change the minds of those so indoctrinated with the bs-spewing Fox, et al, that they have zero empathy for a man such as yourself.
    Until it happens to them.

    I'm sorry for your troubles, sir.

    October 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Well, I can't speak for everyone else's job predicament. I know that otherwise responsible people have tragedy's happen that eat up the savings they spent years responsibly setting back after decades of hard work. Sometimes on two, or three jobs. Sh$t happens in life. I get that, but someone please explain this to me:

      The hubby and I have five acres of land. Now we don't have a money tree in our yard for folks to just come up and take, but we do often TRY to get folks to come out and work for us. We aren't wealthy at all, but because we have properly managed our money, and have been intelligent about our finances, along with plain old common sense and brains concerning the other aspects of our lives, we are in a position to hire workers. We even ask them to name their salaries (within reason). We have advertised locally and over the internet, right along with other ads. We pay better considerably then minimum wage. Yet we have almost NO takers. In an economy like this one, with folks whining about being so broke, we SHOULD be having a line outside our house, yet NO ONE seems to want to work. WHY IS THAT?!?

      If this were the 1930's, we would have workers coming out of the wood work. We wouldn't get any peace from so many folks BEGGING us for a job. What's changed? Times aren't hard. We are a spoiled rotten, vile, and morally bankrupt society. Our society doesn't know what truly hard times are.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les


      What you are experiencing is sad. The demise of the family farm and mom and pop stores is the single largest factor that put us on this road of consumerism. A return to that system, the dismantling of super corporations and mega-agriculture and the installation of reverse meter solar and wind energy with emphasis on sustainable agriculture is the way back out of the pit. Keep up the good work.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      Some pretty good stuff being written here. A pleasure to read. I am amazed at the intelligence of the writers. Good luck guys (gals).

      October 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snap

      @anon, a thousand curses on you sir! The fact that you don't have people willing to work for you has nothing to do with the issues the people have with the US government, and the corporations that own it. No one wants to support lazy people, so stop trying to divert the issue to something unrelated. If you refuse to open your eyes to the plight of good Americans all around you, then you are a poor excuse for a human.

      October 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©


    Thank you.

    October 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gwats

    Murdoch is looking to make money on privatizing education is America. Nice to see the protesters stand up and be counted.

    October 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    What time does your school bus arrive?

    October 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Les

    CNN has just hit the censorship button big time. Be aware.

    October 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    "O used to stand for OBEDIENT....not any more."

    October 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alamosq

    Hey fellow conservates, BO's class warfare is working.

    October 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Class warfare started with the Bush tax cuts.....we are just responding to a 'pearl harbor' attack!!!

      October 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saboth

      Nah, people have woken up and realize when companies keep saying "hey, we are in a recession. We can't afford to hire people and we can't afford to pay you more", but report record breaking profits every quarter, that it's time to start asking why.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Nope. The current class war started with the advent of "supply-side economics" and its companion fairy tale the "trickle-down theory" back in the GOP glory days of Reagan. Since precisely then American workers' pay has flatlined while the rest of the value in the economy has gravitated unrelentingly toward the very-few at the top. The seeds of this revolution were sown 30 years ago!

      October 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike C

      Obama just doubled-down on Bush's policies. It really makes no difference whether a (R) or (D) follows the name.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      Class warfare in teapublicanspeak is pointing out class warfare.

      October 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snap

      Totally agree with the protesters, corporations have stolen everything from the American people, especially their dignity. The people at the top making the obscene amounts of money no more deserve it then the thousands of devoted Americans who make it happen. It's okay to reward hard work, but the rewards have become outrageous and the people have had enough.

      October 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. marco

    hmmm. how come i dont see these protesters get arrested for interrupting a speech jus like the Irvine 11. Kind of a double standerd dont you think?

    October 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saboth

      Good question. I guess free speech only applies to certain people.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Freedom of speak does not carry the opposite freedom to not hear speech. This was merely one criminal phone hacking free speaker and many non-criminal free speakers speaking all at once. Is that clear?

      October 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jamison

    COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED TO A NICER GUY. This man and his cohorts like the Koch Bros. are all about what is BAD in our country. I predict that not only Obama, but the Democratic Party will have a big resurgence this coming November.

    October 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Professor

    Well said, American Autumn. Very well said indeed.

    October 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dgkdgk

    I love how much the Republicans hate and fear the Occupy movement. It speaks volumes.

    October 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nik green

    Murdoch etc are the scourge that's destroying this nation. Thankyou all you fine American patriots who are taking your valuable time off work to tell our corrupt leaders unless you listen to we the people, YOUR BOSS, your asses will be fired.

    October 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Bravo! Applauding your post right now! 🙂

      October 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      Sam Walton is the patron saint of the Destroy America movement and Walmart is his church.

      October 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
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