With the Mets pulling out of the Alex Rodriguez sweepstakes, News Corps mighty mogul Rupert Murdoch has accelerated his plan to rule over baseball, dusting Yankee owner George Steinbrenner in the process, and possibly anointing the free agent shortstop, arguably baseballs best as the highest paid player in baseball history.
One Fox TV insider said, "Murdoch regards baseball no differently than every industry that he has raided to get the top." Murdochs got the goods to make "a monopoly over baseball." The other networks "surrendered to Murdochs network and cable dominance over the broadcast of baseball nationwide. Hes got his hand in virtually every game thats on the air.
He owns the Dodgers in a major media market, and pretty soon hes going to pay big bucks to lure A Rod to L.A. (somewhere in excess of $20-25 million per year, plus) to put the Dodgers over the top."
According to our source, Murdoch views his
assault on baseball "as a piece of cake
Ask some City Council members to describe themselves and youll probably hear a variety of terms in response. "Im a politician, a community activist, a civil servant," he or she might say, but few would likely use the word poet...except of course if youre asking South Queens Councilman Al Stabile.
QConfidential recently procured a copy of the sanitation worker-turned-elected officials work entitled "Old Glory."
Writing in the first person from the perspective of our nations flag, the ultra-patriotic Stabile, a Vietnam veteran, gushes out 400 plus words in free verse.
"I am worshiped, I am loved, I am feared," he writes. "I have fought in every battle of every war for more than 200 years."
Memo to Al: dont quit your day job.
QConfiddy: Skin & Scandal?
Sorry, but leggy models in low cut dresses and hunk actors seem to frequent the west side of the East River, not Flushing.
If readers really want skin and scandal from Manhattan, email: Qconf@Queenstribune.com or write QConf, 174-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows 11365.
But every once in awhile, we'll still tease you with one. Here you go, Chris. -- Qconf
After being persona non-gratis for all of the campaign, James Baker, the former Secretary of State during George Bushs Administration, ended his political hiatus at the behest of the "tight as a drum" senior Bush.
Our source says that George W. was "down right ballistic behind the scenes when his dad had once again taken control."
According to a source down in Austin, "George W. is not Bakers biggest fan. In fact, he blames Baker for costing his father the election in 1992." That year Baker was brought in to rejuvenate a lethargic campaign that left the then sitting president trailing Bill Clinton.
"George W. never forgot that, and iced out Baker throughout the campaign until now." Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense under Bush Sr., is now poised to become the next V.P. Jim Baker, Secretary of State under Bush Sr., is back on the scene leading the Bush team in Florida. Our source says that "George W. is so laid back that hes about to vanish. Hell never be out of his fathers shadow now."
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