Blair-Murdoch relationship criticized at Labour conference


This video from Britain says about itself:

Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers and TV channels have supported all the wars over the past 30 years, from Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands war in 1982, through George Bush Senior and the first Gulf War in 1990-91, Bill Clinton’s war in Yugoslavia in 1999 and his undeclared war on Iraq in 1998, George W. Bush in Afghanistan and Iraq, with Tony Blair on his coat tails, and up to the present, with Barack Obama continuing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and and now adding Libya to his tally of seven wars.

His big disappointment was the failure to get public opinion to support the illegal Bush-Blair war in Iraq.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Blair criticised for cosy Murdoch relationship

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Unite leader Len McCluskey attacked Labour‘s former leaders today for getting too close to Rupert Murdoch‘s News International papers.

Mr McCluskey told delegates: “There is no-one in this hall or indeed in the country who will not have felt revulsion at the revelations of this summer regarding the activities of News International journalists.

“There should also have been an element of shame because for years we were complicit in propping up Murdoch‘s power.

“We shouldn’t have waited until the revelations that his papers were hacking the phones of murdered schoolgirls to have recognised the poison in our midst.”

Singling out Tony Blair for criticism, Mr McCluskey said: “The Labour Party needs to learn lessons – and they won’t be learned by standing down by the banks of the Jordan blessing Murdoch’s children.

“They will be learned by setting up the two commissions called for in this motion.

“One is for an overdue look at the rules controlling media ownership and the unacceptable concentration of power, of which the Murdoch empire is the worst example.”

News International paid Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of the News of the World, for “crime exclusives” while he was working for the Metropolitan Police: here.

16 thoughts on “Blair-Murdoch relationship criticized at Labour conference

  1. Hacking suspect goes to tribunal

    Media: Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck is taking News International to an employment tribunal claiming he was unfairly dismissed for whistleblowing, it was reported today.

    Mr Thurlbeck was arrested in April on suspicion of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages while working at the now-closed tabloid.

    A preliminary hearing will take place at the East London Tribunal Service centre on Friday. News International said it would “vigorously contest” the case.

    Mr Thurlbeck and fellow hacking suspects Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup have had their bail extended until March next year.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/110068

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