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Where’s the criminal investigation of the Murdoch Empire? Shareholders to the rescue

By Michael Collins

There was something tawdry and disgusting about the phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World. The News Corporation owned tabloid hacked the phone mails of several thousand citizens of Great Britain. Victims included celebrities, politicians, and even a murdered eleven year old kidnap victim.

But that wasn’t enough to generate type of criminal investigation of News Corporation that would topple Rupert Murdoch and his clan from the throne of the $30 billion News Corporation.

The current revelations of cable television hacking, laid out in detail by Australia’s Financial Review and the BBC, provide a more concrete connection between outright criminality and the Murdoch run media giant. This alleged criminal behavior involves hackers on the payroll of a former Murdoch controlled Israel based company, NDS, and the demise of cable television competitors in Great Britain, the United States, and Australia due to that activity.

These allegations are reinvigorating the institutional shareholders revolt that may be the end of the Murdoch clan’s control of News Corporation. Continue reading

Ray Adams is the man in the latest Murdoch scandal

By Michael Collins

Ray Adams is a name you will hear more frequently as the latest and perhaps most fatal Murdoch – News Corp. scandal emerges. Continue reading

Amid the Murdoch Scandal, There’s an Acrid Smell of Business as Usual

By John Pilger
Information Clearing House

In Scoop, Evelyn Waugh’s brilliant satire on the press, there is the moment when Lord Copper, owner of the Daily Beast, meets his new special war correspondent, William Boot, in truth an authority on wild flowers and birdsong. A confused Boot is ushered into his lordship’s presence by Mr Salter, the Beast‘s foreign editor.

“Is Mr Boot all set for his trip?”

“Up to a point, Lord Copper.”

Copper briefs Boot as follows: “A few sharp victories, some conspicuous acts of personal bravery on the Patriot side and a colourful entry into the capital. That is the Beast policy for the war . . . We shall expect the first victory about the middle of July.”

Rupert Murdoch is a 21st-century Lord Copper. The amusing gentility is missing; the absur­dity of his power is the same.

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Guess which politician is the top recipient of Murdoch’s News Corp. cash?

Report: Obama top recipient of News Corp. donations


By Gautham Nagesh
The Hill

Political donations by News Corp., its employees and their families were evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with President Obama the all-time leading recipient, according to a report from the Sunlight Foundation.

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Military-Industrial Journalism

Andy Coulson, one of those arrested in the Murdoch scandal, moved from Editor of News of the World to Aide to UK PM David Cameron

By Robert C. Koehler

Rupert Murdoch’s specialty has been the practice of journalism in cynical mockery of our desire for knowledge.

Suddenly it’s clear to everyone.

Hacking a missing teenager’s cell phone? Deleting calls, interfering with the desperate search for her whereabouts? Tapping the phones of terrorist victims, dead soldiers? What kind of newsroom culture could possibly value the intimate tidbits of unbearable worry and sorrow thus obtained? What kind of organization would call it “news”?

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Murdoch Hearings – See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Michael Collins

The Murdoch’s and their former chief executive of News International testified before a House of Commons committee yesterday. Their hours of explanations can be summarized in a phrase: we knew nothing. (Image)

Rupert Murdoch was too busy flying around the world milking his cash cow media properties to be at all involved.

Number two son James was the executive in direct command and he heard nothing.

Rebekah Brooks, editor of the News at the time of the Milly Dowler hacking, completed the trifecta of ignorance. Since she knew nothing, her very frequent contact with the Murdoch father-son team had to be, as the Fugs said, “a whole lot of nothing.”
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Running Rupert to Ground – Vox Populi, Vox Dei

By Michael Collins

How will they get rid of Rupert Murdoch and his toxic enterprises?

July 4, 2011 may turn into the people’s Independence Day. On that day, stellar journalist Nick Davies of the Guardian released his story; Missing Milly Dowler’s voicemail was hacked by News of the World. Twelve year old Milly Dowler had been kidnapped with foul play feared. The Murdoch tabloid couldn’t resist. News of the World (the News) hired a private detective to hack Milly’s voicemail. Finding the mail box full, the News or its hired dick deleted existing messages to make room for new ones, all to fuel their ongoing coverage. The deleted messages raised hopes by Milly’s parents that she was still alive and using her voicemail. (Image)
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