Blair not just Bush’s, also Murdoch’s poodle on Iraq war

This video from the USA is called *THE HORROR THAT IS RUPERT MURDOCH* part1.

Part 2 is here.

From British daily The Independent:

How Murdoch had a hotline to the PM in the run-up to Iraq war

By Andrew Grice, Political Editor

Published: 19 July 2007

Tony Blair had three conversations with the media magnate Rupert Murdoch in the nine days before the start of the Iraq war, the Government has disclosed.

Details of the former prime minister’s contacts with Mr Murdoch have been released under the Freedom of Information Act. After trying to block disclosure for four years, the Government backed down in a surprise change of heart the day after Mr Blair resigned last month.

Requests for information under the Act were submitted by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury and The Independent journalist James Macintyre. An appeal was pending and evidence was about to be served in a case before an Information Tribunal.

Yesterday the Cabinet Office said there were six telephone discussions between Mr Blair and Mr Murdoch in 20 months, all at crucial moments of his premiership. The subject of their calls was not revealed.

In 2003, Mr Blair phoned the owner of The Times and The Sun on 11 and 13 March, and on 19 March, the day before Britain and the United States invaded Iraq. The war was strongly supported by Murdoch-owned newspapers around the world. The day after two of the calls, The Sun launched vitriolic attacks on the French President Jacques Chirac. The Government quoted him as saying he would “never” support military action against Saddam Hussein, a claim hotly disputed by France.

Mr Blair and Mr Murdoch spoke again on 29 January 2004, the day after publication of the Hutton report into the death of Dr David Kelly. Their next conversation was on 25 April 2004, just after Mr Blair bowed to pressure led by The Sun for him to promise a referendum on the proposed EU constitution. They also spoke on 3 October that year, after Mr Blair said he would not fight a fourth general election.

See also here.

And here.

And here.

Blair, no longer Prime Minister, is said to become a Murdoch employee (maybe when his failure as a Middle East peace envoy will become apparent).

Lawrence of Arabia and Iraq, by Robert Fisk: here.

35 thoughts on “Blair not just Bush’s, also Murdoch’s poodle on Iraq war

  1. Youtube video: CAN students meet with Sen Herb Kohl
    Posted by: “Charles Jenks” chaspeace
    Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:49 pm (PST)

    Thursday, 19 July 2007

    Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) activists from UW-Madison met with
    Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl recently,
    several months after their sit-in at his Madison office, at which
    they were repeatedly told that they could meet
    with their duly elected congressperson by doing the following:
    a) fly to Washington, D.C.
    b) on a Wednesday
    c) at 7:00 in the morning

    and that would be how to speak with him.

    Watch and enjoy “Coffee with Herb”
    with intro by Chris Dols, Campus Antiwar Network, University of

    Youtube link:

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    Charles Jenks
    Chair of Advisory Board
    Traprock Peace Center
    103 Keets Road
    Deerfield, MA 01342


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