TONY BLAIR TOOK "OVER-CRUDE" CALL FROM NEWS CORP OWNER
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2012 5:19 PM CDT
(NEWSER) – The owner of Fox News personally lobbied then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair to invade Iraq sooner rather than later, according to a journalist's diary. Rupert Murdoch reportedly made the 2003 call to Blair's cell phone, "pressing on timings" and promising News International would support the war, writes Alastair Campbell in diaries serialized by the Guardian. "Both TB and I felt it was prompted by Washington, and another example of their over-crude diplomacy."