Murdoch scandal continues

Rupert Murdoch and phone, cartoon

Britain: Former News of the World chiefs told MPs today that James Murdoch knew about widespread phone hacking at the paper three years ago: here. And here.

THE former News International legal manager Tom Crone was yesterday accused by Labour MP Tom Watson of ‘trying to conceal widespread criminality’ at the News of the World: here.

Lawyer tells MPs Murdoch lied, while former NI executives insist chairman was told of incriminating hacking email: here.

A 35-year-old man was bailed today after being arrested by detectives investigating the Murdoch phone hacking scandal: here.

More than 100 journalists and editorial staff at Rupert Murdoch’s News International have been told that they will lose their jobs by next April: here.

Murdoch and British education: here.

USA: Did a Top GOP Staffer for Senator Grassley Cover Up Evidence of News Corp. Hacking in the US? Lee Fang, ThinkProgress: “A top investigator for the Senate Finance Committee, working under Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), may have had smoking gun evidence of News Corp’s hacking activity. While News Corp’s British subsidiaries have received the most media attention for systematically hacking the cell phone and personal records of private citizens, the public still has heard little of allegations relating to similar conduct perpetrated by News Corp against its American competitors. ThinkProgress has learned that not only did a sensitive tip come to Grassley’s office about News Corp’s cyber attacks against other American companies, but authorities may have failed to look into the matter partially because a staffer named Nick Podsiadly allegedly never followed through on his promise to the whistleblower”: here.

Fox News’ Paranoid Alternate Universe: here.

Who You Gonna’ Believe: WikiLeaks or Rupert Murdoch? Here.

7 thoughts on “Murdoch scandal continues

  1. London’s new top cop to be named

    LONDON: Scotland Yard’s new commissioner will be named on Monday, London Mayor Boris Johnson said today as shortlisted applicants were grilled by the Metropolitan Police Authority.

    The selection panel is eager to quickly find a replacement for Sir Paul Stephenson, who resigned following revelations about hospitality he received from former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis.



    Tony Blair didn’t just play godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch’s daughters by his third wife. Blair is the godfather.

    People generally pick close friends to honor by being a godparent, so Murdoch didn’t choose Blair by accident. According to The Guardian UK, “Murdoch’s third wife, Wendi Deng, who let slip the information in an interview with Vogue, described Blair as one of Rupert’s closest friends.”

    Meanwhile, the British Parliament has once again begun hearings on the Murdoch News Corp. hacking and bribery scandal. The incestuous relationships of Murdoch with UK governments of both the Labour and Conservative Parties flow seamlessly from one parliamentary majority to another. The current UK Prime Minister, Conservative David Cameron, has been so tight with Murdoch that Cameron’s former press secretary was one of Murdoch’s infamous tabloid editors.

    As Henry Porter scathingly observes in The Guardian UK: “Real political power always works unseen, and that is how Murdoch has pulled the levers in British society. Prime ministers who accept Murdoch’s support end up doing his bidding.”

    Add British Petroleum to the mix, as it is the first- or second-largest company in the UK, depending upon the criteria used – and you have a triumvirate of government/media propaganda and corruption/big oil corporate rule. There is little doubt that BP, for instance, played an enormous role in influencing Blair to back the invasion of Iraq – and it has always figured prominently in relations with Libya.

    The result of this chronic triumvirate rule (and add a host of other corporations to join BP in the winner’s circle) is that the UK has the semblance of democracy, but the structure of the elite status quo remains basically unchanged under governments of any political party.

    If that sounds a lot like how things are in the United States, that’s because it is.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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