Weekly roundup of BU expert quotes: July 18 – July 22

July 22nd, 2011

Below is a sampling of quotes by Boston University experts for July 18 – July 22:

Bailout in Greece

After a deal, only more challenges (New York Times): “This is the Europeanization of the Greek debt. Everyone prefers to have Europe as their counterparty rather than Greece.” Perry Mehrling, visiting professor, School of Law, and a senior fellow at the Center for Finance, Law, & Policy.

Rupert Murdoch & News Corp.

News Corp. announces new code of ethics. Will it make a difference? (Christian Science Monitor): “It will be interesting to see what kind of enforcement measures Murdoch and his staff are talking about, and how exactly they intend to put them into action.” Elizabeth Mehren, Professor of Journalism, College of Communication

Rupert Murdoch testifies before Parliament (WGBH-TV “Greater Boston“): “The culture was get the story at all costs and that seemed to have just permeated to every level. It’s really unfathomable that the top editor wouldn’t have had at some point asked the question of how are you getting this.” Tom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication

News Corp. board should be replaced (Bloomberg Television): “There’s no question the Murdochs are key people because nothing is going to happen without their approval but beyond that I think the independent directors hold the key.” James Post, Professor of Management, School of Management

Murdoch struggles for control as scandal grows (Bloomberg): “The shell of invulnerability that Rupert Murdoch had around him has cracked. His credibility and the company’s credibility are hemorrhaging.” James Post, Professor of Management, School of Management

Murdoch scandal coming to U.S.? (WBZ-TV): “The scandal could potentially place at risk Murdoch’s ownership of TV stations in 18 U.S. cities, including Boston.” Tobe Berkovitz, Associate Professor of Advertising, College of Communication

Japan women win World Cup

Japan’s character seen in women’s World Cup victory (CNN.com): “The women’s performance illustrated some key qualities of Japanese society: hard work and resilience. It wasn’t only skills that got them close…It’s the effort that counts. The women were jubilant that they’d gotten that far. They believe in will, showing when we put our minds to something, we can do it.” Merry White, Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences

Possible MA Senate run by Elizabeth Warren

Senate run not off the table for Warren (Washington Post): “Warren’s name recognition might not carry to her home state. You guys in Washington know her very well. But I’m wondering whether or not the rank-and-file vote…is going to be aware of who she is.” Fred Bayles, Associate Professor of Journalism, College of Communication

Elizabeth Warren may be ‘wild card’ in senate race (Boston Herald): “Politics is about getting even. That would be something to see.” Tom Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Science, College of General Studies

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