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Help give this Melbourne councillor a trip to Fox Studios

Melbourne City councillor, activist investor and founder of Crikey, Stephen Mayne, is the latest person to jump on the crowdsourcing bandwagon, asking people to kick in for a $3,000 trip to Fox Studios in Los Angeles.

However, the trip is not the jolly it might sound like for the man perhaps best known to many for being pushed off the stage by Glenn Milne at the 2006 Walkley Awards.

Mayne is looking to raise cash to fulfil the activist investor part of his Twitter bio by asking some awkward questions of News Corp and 21st Century Fox chairman, Rupert Murdoch, at its upcoming AGMs.

He explains on his Mayne Report blog:

Fortuitously, this year we’ve got the 21st Century Fox AGM at Fox Studios on November 10 in the morning, followed by the News Corp AGM at 2pm in the afternoon. That’s two for the price of one! What will happen in between? Will shareholders be carted back to the non-descript nearby parking lot for a separate frisk and registration before taking the bus back in to the Zanuck Theatre or will they put on a tour of the studios?

“This is too good an opportunity to pass up, especially considering the US elections are two days earlier on November 8 and Rupert’s Fox News has been instrumental in the rise and rise of noxious Donald Trump.

“We’ll be keen to ask questions about Trump, plus how a sexual predator like Roger Ailes was able to run amok for years whilst running Fox News.”

And for good measure Mayne, a self-styled thorn in the side of the Murdoch empire, also wants to ask about the $660m the family has made in salaries from the companies over the past 18 years.

Mayne, of course, has form in confronting Murdoch, once accusing him at an AGM of treating shareholders like “mushrooms” – an allusion to feeding people a bunch of shit and keeping them in the dark – over the phone hacking scandal.

By the looks of it donations from people who’d like to see Mayne take on Murdoch again are coming in:



And if you’d like to support him, follow the link to his blog above.


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