Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Sets Up Conservative Website Heat Street

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Sets Up
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Website is led by Louise Mensch, left, who is married to Metallica manager Peter Mensch, right

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is planning to launch Heat Street, a libertarian website that will serve a right-of-center audience in the U.S. and the U.K. It will be led by Louise Mensch, a former Conservative Party Member of Parliament in the U.K, and Noah Kotch, a former TV producer for NBC and ABC.

Mensch, who now lives in New York, said in a tweet that the site will be somewhere where “disagreement is encouraged.” Investigative journalist Miles Goslett, whose scoops have included reports on the Jimmy Savile sex-abuse scandal and the controversy surrounding children’s charity Kids Company, has been appointed Heat Street’s U.K. editor.

News Corp. spokesman Jim Kennedy said in a statement, “The field is wide open for diverse, provocative Internet-native content, so we’ll let it be judged by its uniqueness when it launches.”

Kennedy added that Heat Street will “in a spirit of free speech and no ‘safe spaces,’ cover a variety of topics from a diversity of viewpoints.”

No launch date has been announced, although Dow Jones Media Group, which is overseeing the project, confirmed it was hiring staff.

Mensch was one of the star performers during the U.K. Parliament’s investigation into the phone-hacking controversy. As a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, she quizzed Rupert Murdoch and his son James about the role of their newspapers in the scandal.

As well as being a former politician, Mensch is also an established novelist, publishing under her maiden name, Louise Bagshawe. She has described herself as “socially liberal and economically conservative,” and “a feminist.” In 2012, she set up social-media site Menshn, which sought to rival Twitter, but it closed in 2013 after she fell out with co-founder Luke Bozier. She is married to Peter Mensch, the manager of rock band Metallica.

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  1. This is blatant controlled opposition stuff which will be DOA for anyone who cares…Fox, as usual, is late to the party and thinking hiring hacks to spin its neocon talking points will work…sorry, people, it’s the current year (2016)

  2. Kathleen says:

    Talk about a disappointing sell out to the “big bucks” culture in New York. As much as I like Murdoch how much did he prove Money Talks when he offered Mensch a job when she was supposed to be investigating him on behalf of the British voter. What a disappointing choice of MP

  3. IT--two--IT says:

    INTEL RUN, franchise slums mass MEDEA – – —-movin’ things along – – –to NOWHERE.

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