Murdoch's Watergate?

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    Carl Bernstein: Is Phone-Hacking Scandal Murdoch's Watergate? - Newsweek

    The hacking scandal currently shaking Rupert Murdoch’s empire will surprise only those who have willfully blinded themselves to that empire’s pernicious influence on journalism in the English-speaking world. Too many of us have winked in amusement at the salaciousness without considering the larger corruption of journalism and politics promulgated by Murdoch Culture on both sides of the Atlantic.
    The facts of the case are astonishing in their scope. Thousands of private phone messages hacked, presumably by people affiliated with the Murdoch-owned News of the World newspaper, with the violated parties ranging from Prince William and actor Hugh Grant to murder victims and families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The arrest of Andy Coulson, former press chief to Prime Minister David Cameron, for his role in the scandal during his tenure as the paper’s editor. The arrest (for the second time) of Clive Goodman, the paper’s former royals editor. The shocking July 7 announcement that the paper would cease publication three days later, putting hundreds of employees out of work. Murdoch’s bid to acquire full control of cable-news company BSkyB placed in jeopardy. Allegations of bribery, wiretapping, and other forms of lawbreaking—not to mention the charge that emails were deleted by the millions in order to thwart Scotland Yard’s investigation.
    All of this surrounding a man and a media empire with no serious rivals for political influence in Britain—especially, but not exclusively, among the conservative Tories who currently run the country. Almost every prime minister since the Harold Wilson era of the 1960s and ’70s has paid obeisance to Murdoch and his unmatched power. When Murdoch threw his annual London summer party for the United Kingdom’s political, journalistic, and social elite at the Orangery in Kensington Gardens on June 16, Prime Minister Cameron and his wife, Sam, were there, as were Labour leader Ed Miliband and assorted other cabinet ministers.
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    Think they haven't been hacking American politicians, too? It'll be funny to see the scramble on the board when that finally comes out. :lol:
     
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    I must have missed where anyone elected Rupert Murdoch to political office.
     
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    What does that have to do with anything? :doubt:
     
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    The right will just call it a made up hit job.

    They love rupert.
     
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    Yeah...they REALLY love him.

    They treat him VERY loving and gentle.

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    You can never have too many threads on one topic.
     
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    Why is the number of angles covering this fantastic and bombastic scandal driving you RWers so crazy?

    Aren't you in favor of the law?
     
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    It's not our law, moron. It's Britain's.
     
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    So what dummy, who gives a rat?

    Law is law.

    I love to see the law being carried out in all Western Cultures.

    Don't you?
     

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