Not before time

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Adrian69702006, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Adrian69702006

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    So Mr Murdoch has decided to protect his empire and decreed that next Sunday's 'News of the World' will be the last. In the light of recent revelations it's not before time either. Hacking the phones of errant politicians who could probably be held to deserve it is one thing. However hacking into the phones of missing children, bereaved parents, and those who've lost loved ones in terrorist attacks or on military service is another matter entirely. Nothing can conceivably excuse such behaviour and it's a matter of amazement to me that even in the dirty trade of journalism there are people capable of stooping so low. With the rapid loss of advertising revenue and the likelihood that bo one of integrity will ever buy it again, closure of the News of the World was inevitable. Also Mr Murdoch no doubt feared rightly that if the News of the World wasn't killed off promptly, it would bring the Sun and the Times down with it, not to mention the value of the shares in his empire.
     
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    Murdoch's probably more concerned about his TV empire and his political influence than he is about his "legacy media" business in the UK.

    I see the closure of the News of the World as a desperate attempt to erect a firewall between that paper and the rest of News International. But it may not work. It won't stop the inquiries into police bribery and corruption, or into the telephone hacking itself seeing as how the people in charge at the time have moved on into the heart of the political establishment, particularly around Prime Minister Cameron.

    Addition: One commentator has just said that once the News of the World is closed there is no obligation to keep paper or electronic records that could be used in judicial or criminal enquiries, barring a court injuction in the next few days before shredding begins.
     
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    Why are they protecting Rebecca Wade/whatever she is called now?

    Is she the last firewall, or does she know some serious dirt on the Murdos?

    I personally know one story she made up, & even had the assistance of the PM of that time.

    All the politicos were in hock to King Rupert, & their lack of attempt to curtail his activities speaks volumes.

    Let's hope that some sense will prevail, & that his takeover of BskyB will fail, though it seems perversley more likely now that he's shut the NoW, & reduced his hold on the media.

    I bet they get away with it, or some tacit bridging deal is granted that delays, or puts into a supportive 3rd party's hands, the takeover only until this all blows over.
     
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    Rebekah Brooks, nee Wade, now Chief Executive of News International in the UK, is the last firewall between the phone (and now also email) hacking scandal and the Murdoch family itself (James and Rupert). It is almost inconceivable that she didn't know the extent of the hacking. By her own admission she knew about payments to Met police officers.

    She is so close to the Murdochs she's described as "family". She's the last person standing between Rupert Murdoch and his being found to be not a "fit and proper person" to own British newspapers.
     
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