Posts Tagged ‘Rupert Murdoch’

Who governs?

by Owen Jones.

I’ll be honest. A couple of weeks ago, I was in utter despair with Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party. I bet many of you reading this were, too. He was stuck on repeat (literally) attacking public sector workers driven to strike by the government, leaving it to PCS leader Mark Serwotka and the BBC’s […]

No end of a retreat

by Michael Meacher.

Slowly but surely, inch by inch, Murdoch is being forced back. His withdrawal of his promise to hive off Sky News, which he had previously used as a device to avoid referral to the Competition Commission, was motivated solely by the pressing need to allow time for the present crescendo of anger over phone-hacking to […]

The net tightens on News International

by Mark Seddon.

Sales of the doomed News of the World increased by 30% we are reliably informed on the day the newspaper closed, and on the day Rupert Murdoch flew in dressed in an open neck shirt and a panama hat. The ‘Dirty Digger’ as Murdoch used to be known affected not to have a care in […]

Murdoch pays the price – News of the World to close

by Mark Seddon.

It was so ordained that James, rather than Rupert Murdoch, announced the closure of the News of the World, the 168 year old tabloid, after the presses roll this Sunday. He did so from New York, the city to which Rupert spirited him earlier this year, possibly already aware that leaving him in London would […]

Is it OK to hate News International again?

by David Osler.

Back in the late 1980s, it was official Labour policy for MPs to refuse interviews with News International publications. Not that ambitious young politicians, such as home affairs spokesperson Tony Blair, took any notice of the ban whatsoever, you understand. But it’s the thought that counts, right? Now that the full ugly reality of the […]

The day the worm turned against Murdoch

by Michael Meacher.

Yesterday’s debate in the House on phone-hacking was one of the most extraordinary I can remember. The wave of revulsion that swept through the chamber against the gratuitous callouness and cruelty of hacking the phones of the families of victims of murder and terrorism was without precedent in my memory. Both Cameron and Miliband repudiated […]

The myth of the free press

by Owen Jones.

It is a myth that we have a free press in this country. We have a press that is free of direct government control: that is certainly true. But, instead, the mainstream press is almost exclusively dominated by media barons with their own political agendas. The News of the World phone-hacking scandal is becoming grubbier […]

One man, one newspaper!

by Darrell Goodliffe.

Ed Miliband put in a good performance at Prime Ministers Questions today — calling for a halt to News International’s bid for control of BSkyB and for a full, independent public inquiry into the current river of sewage streaming out of the media’s biggest gutter in Wapping. Needless to say, these allegations that News of […]

Murdoch’s power tentacles are gradually exposed

by Michael Meacher.

There’s still a great deal more murkiness to the phone hacking scandal than has yet come out. The latest revelation is that Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, took it upon himself to tell Gordon Brown in autumn 2009 that it would be ‘inappropriate’ to hold a judicial inquiry not long before an election into […]

We need a Murdoch-free press

by Darrell Goodliffe.

It’s been a bad week for Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation. The ‘apology’ for its phone-hacking  antics are set to open the floodgates on other such claims but few readers will worry about that. Indeed, News Corps plight isn’t worth even a note from the world’s smallest violin. The problems that underpin the story, however, are […]

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