Posts Tagged ‘The Sun’

‘Skewed Crude Fuels Pump Slump’

20 June 2008

Despite his vast, wide and well-earned notoriety, Rupert Murdoch continues to maintain—unlike any Indian newspaper publisher, may we add—that he wants to make The Wall Street Journal “the best newspaper in the world.”

Yet, the thought of the owner of ultra-sleazy tabloids The Sun, News of the World, and The New York Post being at the helm of WSJ leaves many wondering if he will turn the business broadsheet into a business tabloid.

David Friend in Vanity Fair thinks up some headlines that a tabloid WSJ might come up with (in the spirit of “Headless Body in Topless Bar”):

LOCAL MOGUL OGLES GOOGLE

HOW NOW DOW COWED?

SKEWED CRUDE FUELS PUMP SLUMP

PHILANTHRO- PISSED!

CITI-CITI GANG BANG
Pix Inside: CitiGroup-Grope

Exclusive: FED HEAD IN BED WITH REDHEAD

TEXAN VIXEN PUTS NYNEX HEX ON EX-EXXON EXEC

Photograph: courtesy Vanity Fair

Obscenity ain’t in the eyes of the publisher

30 April 2008

This promotional advertisement—showing the top half of a woman with a ten-pence coin covering each of her breasts—released by Rupert Murdoch‘s Sun newspaper has been ruled as not offensive or pornographic by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in Britain.

Objections related to women being portrayed as sexual objects, the ads appearing on buses where children could view them, and also that the image was pornographic.

But the ASA ruled that the Ten Pence Bikinis ad, “whilst distasteful to some, was not overtly sexual in nature and the amount of flesh revealed was no different to that in a bikini ad and could not reasonably be argued to be pornographic or likely to cause serious or widespread offence.”

Photograph: courtesy The Independent, London

Also view: The most offensive ads of 2007

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