FOTHOM XL: Murdoch Father and Son's 'Squalid' Deals with Prime Ministers: New Eric Lewis Cartoon

by: Peter Jukes

Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 13:34:37 PM EDT



Private papers were released last night from the Thatcher Foundation which show the secret meeting Rupert Murdoch had with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to make sure his bid the The Times and Sunday Times would not be referred to the Monopolies and Merger's commission in return for more political support, and an introduction to Ronald Reagan's political circle. The eminent and brilliant editor Harold Evans of the Sunday Times, who was against all assurances ousted by Rupert Murdoch, said on a BBC Radio Interview this morning (starts around 1:49).

"The whole thing is so squalid I don't know whether to laugh or cry at being vindicated after all this time"

Peter Jukes :: FOTHOM XL: Murdoch Father and Son's 'Squalid' Deals with Prime Ministers: New Eric Lewis Cartoon
Well, like father like son, and a certain correspondent has more about this on the Daily Beast. I can't quote him fully, even though that correspondent is me, for copyright reasons. But here's the key update from my research:

Flash forward 30 years and Rupert's son James, hoping to seal his role as heir apparent, planned to take over the whole of BSkyB, Britain's monopoly pay-TV satellite service. The move would breach competition law and the stringent "pluralism'" test of the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. But in 2008, in his first major speech as News Corp senior executive, James called for Ofcom's powers to be removed. In July 2009, the Conservative Party leader David Cameron made a similar speech. A month later, at the Edinburgh Television Festival, James called for the BBC to be downsized. Two months later the Sun, now under the direct control of James, reversed twelve years of Labor support. At the general election in 2010, all News International papers told their readership to vote Conservative.

With David Cameron finally in 10 Downing Street, and with his father Rupert one of the first visitors James launched his $15-billion bid for the remaining share of BSkyB in May 2010. Again there was uproar in the press, and questions were raised in Parliament.

SNIP

But then the story broke of the phone-hacking of murdered teenager Milly Dowler. The bid was withdrawn

We now know the details of the meetings between Murdoch and Thatcher at her country residence in Chequers in 1981. When will we discover what was really discussed between Cameron and James when they met at Chequers in November 2010? Or in July that summer? Or at Christmas a month later? Will it take another 30 years for the truth to come out?

And in other news, as you can see above, Eric Lewis has a brilliant new cartoon outlining Murdoch's tentacular grasp of newspapers in the English Speaking word. No doubt we'll need another to explore his multiple TV, satellite and cable holdings throughout the world.

And in celebration of James' resignation from News International, and the rearrest of Rebekah Brooks earlier this week, the book I'm doing with Eric has been renamed simple The Fall of the House of Murdoch  

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It's like a peat fire. (2.00 / 4)
Damned if they can think of a way to put it out.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

When this story first broke, (2.00 / 4)
I expected it to fizzle and die fairly quickly. I thought Murdoch had enough money and influence to make it go away. I live in the US. Scandals like this may take down a politician, but never a corporation. I'm very surprised this keeps growing. The rearrest of Rebekah Brooks and the resignation of James takes it right to the foot of the throne. What comes next?

BTW, you've done great work on this scandal.

This is not a recession. It's a robbery.


Oh ye of little faith. :~) (2.00 / 3)
I thought Murdoch had enough money and influence to make it go away. I live in the US.

I have to note that when someone says this sort of thing my first impression is that they have given up hope. [sic]"I live in the US, so corruption is what I expect."

"Power is justice, mankind it flawed, freedom and liberty are the crack dreams of fools."

Don't give up just because you have seen imperfections in your life, Elder Boomer. Either there is something worth fighting for in all this "freedom and individual dignity" thing or there is not. If nothing is possible then all that is left is impotent whining and the solace of the doomed.

Good guys win, Gandlaf, and your team is not a bunch of losers.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Good guys win (2.00 / 2)
You ought to know that my real attack on Murdoch is not a leftie liberal one about his political affiliations: nor is it an attack on his character or his family. I truly believe he is  nice person in company. And my attack on Newscorp is based on Adam Smith: no one should corner a monopoly. In competition law a monopoly is anything over 30 percent of the market. He has 40 percent of the UK press, and 70 percent in Australia.

And though most Kossacks think the Brits are good on this case, and the DOJ supine, I ought to share with you this recent report

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

FBI threaten to step in on Met's investigation into Rupert Murdoch's empire in case Scotland Yard 'drops the ball'
U.S. Bureau already has access to all the evidence handed over by News Corp to Scotland Yard
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 12:15, 18 March 2012 | UPDATED: 16:04, 18 March 2012
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The FBI has vowed to step in if the Met Police 'drop the ball' in its investigation into illegal activity within the Murdoch empire, it has been revealed.
The U.S. Bureau already has access to all the evidence handed over by News Corporation to Scotland Yard and the company apparently has a legal team of 'big guns' ready to handle inquiries from detectives.
The original Met phone hacking investigation, launched in December 2005, resulted in the News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire being jailed for intercepting voicemail messages.

The original Met phone hacking investigation, launched in December 2005, failed to identify hundreds of victims.
But no action was taken against any other reporters and the inquiry failed to identify hundreds of victims.
One source close to the U.S. investigation told the Independent on Sunday: 'The FBI made it perfectly clear that if the British police drop the ball on this they will pick it up and run with it.'



The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'

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I understand. (2.00 / 4)
Moose graze a broad valley, but I would not place you on the westernmost ridge.

I love the way you have attacked this issue. As you say, it is anything but anticapitalist. The perpetrator of crimes against Conservative values is the king of Conservative media, while the defender of freedoms is a liberal Brit.

I love when life works out like that. :~)
 

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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