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Murdoch’s Phone-Hacking Tale: I Was Victim of Coverup
he conveniently laid some of the blame at the feet of Colin Myler, a former News of the World editor who now edits The New York Daily News.
My hunch is that Rupert Murdoch is finished.
Once these people who have had their privacy invaded by his organization are finished with their lawsuits there won't be anything left. He's done.
Koo Stark sues Murdoch in US courts over phone hacking
Rupert Murdoch's woes are far from over
How much damage will this do to Cameron?
If the US Democrats were wise they would go after the entire Murdoch empire in the USA including Fox News.
The best time to kick right-wingers is when they are on the floor withering in pain. Obama should puts the boots to Murdoch as soon as possible.
After Murdoch, what of the new digital titans?
Even as the Sun king's reign is over, we should be concerned about the future of internet regulation
Quite the devastating comments.
Cameron might want want to consider cutting Hunt loose before the entire Conservative Party gets caught up in this Murdoch scandal
Former BBC chief attacks Jeremy Hunt over ties to Murdochs
Sir Michael Lyons says culture secretary was 'far too close' to News Corporation
Sir Michael Lyons, a former chairman of the BBC Trust, has launched a devastating personal attack on Jeremy Hunt over his relationship with the Murdoch empire, putting fresh pressure on the prime minister to launch an inquiry into the actions of his culture secretary.
In an outspoken intervention, Lyons, who as head of the BBC Trust worked with Hunt until last year, revealed he had long harboured concerns that the cabinet minister was "far too close" to News Corporation. He poured scorn on the minister's claim that his special adviser, Adam Smith, who resigned last week, had acted in any way without the knowledge of the minister during the proposed BSkyBtakeover by News Corp.
In comments likely to raise fresh concerns that Hunt has lost the trust of the wider media industry, Lyons said he did not doubt that there were texts and email messages that connected the culture secretary to his special adviser's alleged collusion with News Corp, at a time when Hunt was supposed to be acting as an impartial judge on the deal.
It just doesn't look good Cammie, it doesn't look good!
Murdoch aide bypassed Lib Dem minister
OH, it's coming all right. This is just the lull before the storm.
If this was tough, Rupert Murdoch, wait till the US inquisition starts
After his appearance in London – a mixture of apologies and throwing another few editorial shrimps on the barbi – the mogul should now prepare for an extensive probe at the very heart of his empire
At least the Brits believe Cameron is lying as his party has not polled so low since 2004.
What a surprise!
An all too familiar pattern it seems. I suppose the damage they create before everything blows up in their faces is worth it to the whingers.
Go Mark Lewis Go!
The man who took on the Murdochs
Amazin' what one committed person can do.
Why Cameron daren't cast Murdoch adrift
Possible revelations at the Leveson inquiry are striking fear into the Tories
A web of privilege supports this so-called meritocracy
On both sides of the Atlantic, the social ties that bind our political, legal and corporate forces lie exposed
ssues of alleged criminality will eventually be determined in the courts. But while illegality would be more damning, much of what we now know that is legal is no less corrosive. The evidence has laid bare the intimate, extensive and insidious web of social, familial and personal ties between the political, corporate and legal forces that govern a country: a patchwork of individual and institutional associations so tightly interwoven that to pick at one part is to watch the whole thing unravel. The "sit downs", pay-offs and class camaraderie on display owe more to a cross between Downton Abbey and the Sopranos than the functioning of a 21st-century democracy.
The details of the main narrative bear repeating. We now know thatJames Murdoch met with David Cameron 12 times between January 2006 and January 2010 – eight times for dinner, twice for breakfast, once for lunch and once for drinks. Between May 2010 and July 2011 there were also more than 60 meetings between ministers and either Rupert Murdoch, his son James, the then News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks or James Harding, the editor of the Times. That averages around one a week. We know there were more, but not all were logged as such by Downing Street.
The subplots are stunning. And the forthcoming attractions could yet overshadow the lot. Now that Brooks has agreed to hand over her text messages to Cameron, we are about to learn whether rumours that they exchanged as many as 12 texts a day are true.
Brooks was arrested both on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption last year. She was arrested again this year with her husband, Charlie Brooks, on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Charlie went to Eton with Cameron – as did the Tory mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Such is the incestuous nature of the British ruling class and the gene puddle from which it draws its stock. Such is their brazen venality, complicity, contempt and mendacity. Eton, Oxford, Bullingdon, Westminster – if you're looking for a tiny minority who are struggling to integrate, look no further than the cabinet.
Two things make this a matter of import as well as intrigue. The first is the lie it gives to the insistence on meritocracy at a time of acute economic crisis when benefits are slashed, the poor hammered. Cameron and his cabinet insist others pull themselves up by their bootstraps even as they themselves swan around in their parents' expensive pairs of loafers. Today almost 40% of MPs went to private school. In 1997 it was just 30%. In terms of social mobility, we are going backwards. The issue here is not class envy but class entrenchment. The fact that they were born rich is irrelevant. They had no choice in the matter. But the fact that they appear to want to give even more to those who already have a great deal while denying much to those who have little is unforgiveable.
The one job Cameron landed in the private sector was arranged by his wife's mother, Lady Astor, who was friends with Michael Green, then executive chairman of Carlton. Green gave Cameron a starting salary of £90,000. He has no more had to stand on his merits than James Murdoch had to interview for a job at News Corp.
Rocked in the cradle of power from birth so that its rhythms become second nature, these people imbibe their sense of entitlement with their mother's milk. But the personal tutors, private schools, the most expensive universities do not, somehow, suffice. As though the benefits of wealth were not enough, they apparently feel the need to game the very system they already control.
Which brings us to the manner in which these interactions mock the very notion of democracy on which the nation's illusions are based. For the meetings, lunches and visits showcase a parallel, unaccountable universe where actual decisions are made and deals are done. All these informal gatherings took place at a time when the government was supposed to be adjudicating News Corporation's bid to take over BSkyB. With the culture secretary described by Murdoch's lobbyist as a "cheerleader" for News International, it seems as if the takeover was to all intents and purposes a done deal, prevented only by the fallout from the hacking scandal. All the kinks ironed out on horseback and settled in time for the main course. Parliament would have been a mere rubber stamp. Oversight reduced to an afterthought in a House of Commons that may soon more closely resemble a house of cards.
Of Course Rupert Murdoch Isn't Fit to Run a Company
Two unsettling thoughts on U.K. lawmakers' condemnation of the media mogul
The second point is a little creepier.
Mr. Murdoch's papers have been a malign influence on Great Britain for at least a generation. They have ended careers, marriages, and even lives. They have gleefully exposed individuals to public ridicule. They have outed closeted gay politicians and entertainers, exposed adulterers, revealed details about unruly sex lives and drug abuse. If one reads Piers Morgan's memoirs, which are as disconcertingly entertaining as they are shameful, it's clear that this was always the point of the exercise, this was Mr. Murdoch's notion of what journalism is. All unpleasant enough, one would think, to make the man responsible something of a pariah in respectable circles.
But in addition, Mr. Murdoch's minions have also committed actual crimes. They engaged in something akin to blackmail—threatening vendettas against politicians who opposed them, for example, and frequently making good on those threats—along with bribery and rampant invasions of privacy. (In their testimony before the Parliamentary committee and the Leveson Commission, they undoubtedly added perjury to the list, even if it will never be proved in a court of law.) Although these practices may not have been publicly acknowledged, they could not have been entirely unknown in Fleet Street circles, or in Whitehall, let alone in Scotland Yard. And yet, through a combination of fear and avarice, no one sought to curtail these activities, let alone make them public.
No, what finally brought the whole corrupt system to a grinding halt was this: The News of the Worldhacked into the cell phone of a murdered teenage girl, Milly Dowler. And they compounded the heinousness of the act by erasing some of the messages in her voice mail in order to make room for more messages, misleading her parents into thinking she might still be alive.
I don't mean to minimize the awfulness of such a thing—is there a parent alive who didn't shudder inwardly when learning about it?—but it would appear, finally, to be merely an especially egregious example of things Murdoch's papers had been doing for years. It probably says something about how invulnerable his employees regarded their position that they dared to do something so grotesque. But why had no one blown the whistle on them prior to this? Why was this the thing that brought the whole edifice crashing down on Murdoch's head? It might have been the most poignant example of his journalistic offenses, but it was hardly unique. And there had been other tragic outcomes.
The repercussions of all this remain to work themselves out, but Rupert Murdoch's days of invincibility are clearly behind him, and the stunning power he enjoyed much diminished. But regardless of how it ends, is there any question whether he's a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company? He's barely fit to be considered a person.
Is Cameron going to lose his job over this? And will he be replaced by the re-elected Mayor of London?
Let's get this right-wing circus going soon, eh!
IoS exclusive: Revealed - Cameron's secret summit with News Corp
Murdoch lobbyist dismissed as a 'fantasist' set up talks between the PM and the News Corp board
It's Not Just About Murdoch - The Whole System Needs Fixing
Don't believe it for a second because if Murdoch's US empire was not being threatened it wouldn't even be talked about.
The USA has to do the right thing here and kick the scumbag out.
Murdoch's Fox TV licenses seen surviving UK scandal
Do you remember the days before Fox News? Wouldn't it be great to go back there again? That may well happen, although I'm sure more scum will rise to take its place.
Murdoch’s Pride Is America’s Poison
Steering Murdoch in Scandal, Klein Put School Goals Aside
I suppose media like the NYT and the Guardian have been looking forward to this day for some time now
David Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks before she quit NI, claims biography
Prime minister texted Brooks in the week she quit over the phone-hacking scandal to tell her to keep her head up
Private eye convicted of phone hacking asks U.K. Supreme Court to let him keep his silence
Oh, oh. Trouble in paradise?
Rupert Murdoch's big backer sounds News Corp warning
News Corporation's second-biggest shareholder says phone-hacking scandal is damaging company's name
Quite sad actually.
UK police lawyer: Officer suspected that tabloid had hacked missing girl’s phone back in 2002
What slimeballs - they don't even know how to spell the word "ethics"
Rupert Murdoch's payout to Dowlers 'not related to voicemail deletions'
Family's solicitor says discussions related to phone hacking, not allegations News of the World had erased schoolgirl's messages
I suppose this is the polite way of being called a liar
Maybe heading for North America sooner than we expected:
Just a slight oversight forgetting to mention he held News Corp shares while working for Cameron
Just a slight oversight forgetting to mention he held News Corp shares while working for Cameron
Conflict of interest anyone - it is obviously not relevant to right-wingers
And as if anything coming out of his mouth is believable.
David Cameron's former spin doctor denied any "grand conspiracy" between the Government and Murdoch empire today as he gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry.
But Andy Coulson admitted that he failed to declare a £40,000 shareholding in News Corporation while he was in Downing Street.
He also disclosed that Mr Cameron did not directly challenge him about his knowledge of phone hacking at the News of the World after July 2009, despite a stream of revelations indicating the problem went deeper.
The details emerged as Mr Coulson spoke publicly for the first time since being arrested on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption last year. He has been released on police bail while the investigation continues.
Welcome to Fox News, eh!
Welcome to Murdoch's Fox News, eh!
Former News of the World reporter claims journalists 'made up' stories
Sunday tabloid was driven by culture of fear and unethical practices were rife, BBC told
A former News of the World reporter has claimed that journalists at the now defunct newspaper regularly made up stories and unethical practices were rife because of a "culture of fear" at the tabloid.
Graham Johnson, who worked at the newspaper between 1995 and 1997, said many employees carried out illegal operations and fabricated articles due to pressures from the top.
He told the BBC: "You can't get through the day on a tabloid newspaper if you don't lie, if you don't deceive, if you're not prepared to use forms of blackmail or extortion or lean on people, you know, make people's lives a misery. You just have to deliver the story on time and on budget, and if you didn't then you'd get told off.
"The News of the World culture was driven by fear, because it's a hierarchy, it's a military operation, it's a seamless operation."
In the wake of the phone hacking scandal, News International insisted illegal activities at the Sunday tabloid were only carried out by a few rogue reporters.
However, Johnson claims that many employees regularly obtained information for stories through the use of unethical practices and journalists would make up stories.
"Almost all stories that you worked on involved the use of private detectives and accessing various records, which were either illegal or confidential," said Johnson. "So for instance, medical records, bank accounts, telephone records – this kind of data. It was all a phone call away. Within a few days of working at the News of the World I was given several numbers for private detectives.
"I fabricated stories about drug dealers, neo-Nazis, people who were selling guns, people who were selling fake documents."
Now we're talking but where is North America's msp in all of this:
Cameron is playing a very dangerous game here by trying to hold on to Media Minister Hunt, who should have been cut loose some time ago. Oh well, as long as the polls are showing that Labour will probably win the next election - I'm ok with it.
BSkyB links put U.K. minister at risk: Media minister may have to step down
Just another day of exposing lies, in the ongoing daily saga of right-wing sleaze.
Probably Rob Ford and Stephen Harper's party buddies.
Phone-hacking trial told of Brooks and Coulson's 'six-year affair'
Prosecution says it is revealing relationship to show extent of secrecy and trust
How is TP anyways as I have always enjoyed his posts.
Murdoch has quite the crew working for him. And this guy controls a lot of what passes for the news these days. How sick can this be!
Andy Coulson was warned that buying palace phone book was illegal, jury told
Phone-hacking trial hears that News of the World reporter told editor 'criminal charges' could result from payment to police