Rupert Murdoch’s scandals continue

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Britain: JAMES Murdoch came under further pressure yesterday as two Labour MPs suggested he may have lied to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Tuesday. This came in the wake of a statement issued by two former top executives of News of the World: here.

Two former News of the World executives have challenged the evidence that James Murdoch gave to a House of Commons select committee last week: here.

The Independent published an article Wednesday dismissing any notion that the death of Murdoch whistleblower Sean Hoare was suspicious: here.

News International plunged deeper into disgrace today when it was accused of hacking the phone of murdered eight-year-old Sarah Payne’s mother: here. And here.

Andy Coulson, former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and one-time aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, is under investigation by Strathclyde Police into “allegations that witnesses gave perjured evidence in the trial of Tommy Sheridan and into alleged breaches of data protection and phone hacking,” Chief Constable George Hamilton has confirmed: here.

USA: William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “I did a running diary of the Fox News coverage of the Murdoch hearings in Britain on Tuesday, and thought it would be a fine idea to watch Fox for a few hours on Thursday to see how often they talked about that testimony, as well as the whole phone-hacking scandal. I decided to recreate a ‘Watching Fox’ running diary I did ten years ago. Ugh. What follows is a blow-by-blow breakdown of my Thursday with Fox News. I lasted as long as I could, and I’m not doing it again for another ten years”: here.

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Department of Justice Ready to Subpoena News Corp., and More: here.

Murdoch’s News Corporation scrambles to defend its media interests in Australia: here.

How Murdoch’s Empire Suffocates the Craft of Journalism: here.

Counting Murdoch’s billions: here.

Scandal-hit News International‘s growing crisis was branded a case of chickens coming home to roost today 25 years after Rupert Murdoch went to war on print unions at Wapping: here.

Britain: Business Secretary Vince Cable used a TV interview today to attack the control of the media exercised by Murdoch group News International: here.

How Murdoch’s Times of London and Fox News Coordinate Their Deceitful Reporting on Climate Change: here.

Mubarak and Murdoch: The Arab Spring Gives Way to the Anglo-American Summer. Rich Broderick, Ground Zero: “A pair of aging despots, each in his 80s. One of them has already witnessed the previously unthinkable unraveling of his evil empire. The other is witnessing the first irreversible steps in the previously unthinkable unraveling of his evil empire. Despite the different realms of activity in which these two vile creatures operated, each ruled by identical means and methods: fear, brutality, manipulation, bribery and deceit, the last of which the minions of Honsi and Rupert churned out in a ceaseless flood of propaganda distributed through thoroughly corrupt and intimidated media outlets”: here.

Britain: MPs asked a top law firm for precise information today about its investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World on behalf of the paper’s publishers: here.

Murdoch’s 12 Mortal Sins. Russ Baker, Who What Why: “Rupert Murdoch has had a profound influence on the state of journalism today. It’s a kind of tribute, in some sense, that the general coverage of his current troubles has reflected the detrimental effect of his influence over the years. Right now, the media, by and large, are focusing on tawdry ‘police blotter’ acts of the very sort that have historically informed Murdoch’s own tabloid sensibility, while the bigger picture gets short shrift”: here.

British police: Simon Basketter on a century of bribes, beatings and bungs – the Murdoch scandal is just the tip of the iceberg: here.

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  1. Jul 25, 2:00 PM EDT

    NJ gov sued over communication with Fox News head

    Associated Press

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was sued Monday over his administration’s refusal to release correspondence between the president of Fox News and the governor or his staff after a report that the head of the network tried to persuade the first-term GOP governor to run for president in 2012 last summer.

    Fox News President Roger Ailes has denied urging Christie to run for president. But speculation continues over whether Christie would jump into the race, even though he has repeatedly said he will not.

    The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed suit Monday on behalf of John Cook, a reporter for Gawker Entertainment LLC, who sought the information under state’s Open Public Records Law.

    The governor’s office initially refused to confirm any records existed and said that, if they did, they would be exempt from state’s open records law based on “executive privilege” as a reason to withhold records from the public. Executive privilege is intended to protect the governor and other elected officials from disclosing records that contain advice to them about their official public duties.

    After the lawsuit was filed Monday, the governor’s office denied that there were any other records besides a calendar entry.

    “Please be advised that this office is in possession of no other records responsive to your request,” Raymond Brandes, an attorney for the governor, said in a letter sent to the ACLU and Cook on Monday

    In the letter, Christie’s office confirmed that he and his wife, Mary Pat, attended a private dinner on Sept. 11, 2010, in New York but declined to comment beyond the letter.

    A New York Magazine story in May reported that Ailes, like many others, tried to persuade Christie to run against President Barack Obama in 2012. Following that article, Gawker’s Cook filed the public records request.

    Ailes, who created Fox, the network of choice for many Republican viewers, in 1996, is a former media consultant for Presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

    “The public has a right to know whether the head of America’s most-watched cable news channel is advising a sitting governor on state matters,” Gawker’s Cook said in a statement. “If the emails on the state system between the governor and Ailes don’t relate to Christie’s functions as governor, then they can’t be hidden from the public.”

    In its filings, the ACLU-NJ argues that for executive privilege to be invoked the governor must include an index of potential records and explanation of why executive privilege applies to a judge to privately examine.

    “New Jersey needs a system in place to separate executive privilege from carte blanche,” ACLU president Frank Corrado, who is representing Cook, said in a statement. “Executive privilege exists to help a governor carry out constitutional obligations, not to diminish the constitutional right to a free press.”

    Emails sent to Fox News seeking comment not returned on Monday.

    Christie was due in Iowa on Monday to speak at an education conference and headline a political fundraiser for a congressman. The trip did little to quell the presidential talk.

    © 2011 The Associated Press.


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