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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 05:04 PM

Ownership is the key to the corruption of the media

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/12/ownership-key-to-media-corruption

But any doubt about the scale of collusion, corruption and cover-up between News International, politicians and police a year after the phone-hacking scandal exploded is now strictly for the pathologically credulous, or those actually on the payroll.

Not only has the backdoor lobbying and elite backscratching been laid bare at the inquiry, while Murdoch executives, journalists and police officers have been arrested and charged. But Murdoch's mythology that he has "never asked a prime minister for anything" and leaves editorial policy to his editors has also been mercifully disposed of.

Today John Major recalled that the media baron demanded he change government policy on Europe or his newspapers wouldn't back the Tories at the 1997 general election, while the former Sunday Times editor Harold Evans has described how Murdoch dictated coverage on everything from the economy to foreign policy.

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go west young man Jun 2012 OP
xtraxritical Jun 2012 #1
OnyxCollie Jun 2012 #2
dipsydoodle Jun 2012 #3
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Response to go west young man (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 11:16 PM

1. Well, it works the same way in the USA too.

 

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Wed Jun 13, 2012, 01:58 AM

2. K&R. nt

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Wed Jun 13, 2012, 04:05 AM

3. Some comedian suggested here yesterday

that Murdoch be forced to sell both the Sun and the Times. The suggestion demonstrated a singular absense of knowledge of the economics of each of those newspapers.

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Response to go west young man (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 12:33 PM

4. And anybody with a lick of sense must know the same dynamics are playing out in the U.S. as well.



In fact, you would have to be a complete chump to believe the opposite. Crying "conspiracy theory" is a surefire way of putting accusers on the defensive. But agreements and understandings don't need to be explicit to be real, whether in business or politics.

When Tony Blair flew to pay homage to Murdoch's court in 1995, he didn't need to spell out that he'd be dropping Labour's plans to limit cross-media ownership for the tycoon to get the message any more than the Scottish National party leader, Alex Salmond, had to sign an undertaking that he'd lobby for the BSkyB bid in exchange for support from the Murdoch press.





Thanks for the thread, go west young man.

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