Tag Archives: News of the World

If Trump is a media whore, is Rupert Murdoch his media pimp?

Trump has been described as a “media whore”.[1] He seeks publicity, good or bad, to retain his status as a public celebrity. He wants publicity to be a celebrity. He knows the public defer to celebrity status more than moral … Continue reading

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Murdoch’s Moral Malaise?

Rupert Murdoch has a problem. His organisations seem to lack a moral centre. Perhaps it is the nature of the businesses he runs. Perhaps it is the nature of the people he hires. Perhaps it is something deeper, an organisational … Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch’s Last Hurrah

Recently, Rupert Murdoch held a Christmas party to celebrate his return to the UK political scene.[1] Commentators noted that half of the UK Cabinet was present. For many observers the event marked a triumph for Murdoch. After the bad publicity … Continue reading

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Murdoch as the Prime Minister’s media bodyguard

For I know that some human beings are like horses—the more they get what they want, the more unruly they are apt to become. [3] The way to manage men like that is to put the fear of the bodyguard … Continue reading

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Rebekah Brooks’s return: a poisoned chalice or a burning throne?

Some commentators view Rebekah Brooks’ return as CEO of News UK as a success.[1] She has returned from New York, where she had moved after her acquittal of phone hacking charges. In New York, she worked on digital opportunities as … Continue reading

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Phone hacking: the political blackmail that corrupts British Politics

The report by Media Standards Trust “Who was hacked?” paints a bleak picture of British politics.[1] Even though the average citizen was unaffected by the phone hacking, most victims were public figures or related to public events usually a tragedy … Continue reading

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Unasked questions about national security and phone hacking

Since the Leveson Inquiry and the Phone Hacking trial, a number of unasked and unanswered questions have emerged. These questions are around phone hacking and national security. Peter Clarke became involved because the phone hacking had compromised the Royal Family … Continue reading

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Who needs the Stasi when you have the Fake Sheik?

In Peter Jukes’s book, Beyond Contempt, he explains that during the Milly Dowler investigation, NOTW reporters made enquiries on behalf of the police. On the surface, the police and press can work in the public interest. The police need to … Continue reading

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The Murdoch Game of Thrones begins. Rebekah Brooks negotiates a return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks appears to be negotiating a return to News Corp.[1]  She survived the phone hacking trial and displayed an unwavering loyalty to Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. We can see why Rupert Murdoch said that she was his number … Continue reading

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The painful shoe on the other foot: RIPA, Plebgate, and Press Freedom

For the police, the Plebgate affair has been resolved with Operation Alice. The police have disciplined a number of officers, dismissed four, and one has been sent to prison. The investigation continues to generate headlines. These focus on the police … Continue reading

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