Sunday, 10 July 2011

News of the World

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire may be stirred, but is not shaken – yet. Last week’s events in the UK has implications on three continents, where his tentacles have got hold of the media.

Peter Oborne, Chief Political Commentator of The Daily Telegraph, wrote a scathing analysis on Mr. Murdoch’s influence on Britsh politicans Phone hacking: David Cameron is not out of the sewer yet

"For more than three decades the most powerful man in Britain has not been a politician; it has been the brilliant but ruthless US-based media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, who burst on to the scene with the purchase of the News of the World in an audacious takeover bid in 1968. Within barely a decade he had built up a controlling interest in British newspapers.

"But he did not just control our media. He dominated British public life. Politicians – including prime ministers – treated him with deference and fear. Time and again the
Murdoch press – using techniques of which we have only just become aware – destroyed political careers. Murdoch also claims to determine the results of general elections.

"Rupert Murdoch’s empire has been a spider at the heart of an intricate web that has poisoned British public life.

"Murdoch used his power to immense effect, undermining and attacking our greatest public institutions – above all the monarchy and the judiciary. His employees believed they were above the law and could act with impunity".

3 comments:

Nuno Castelo-Branco said...

mr. Murdoch, the global bandit.

Graham Sproule said...

I think Murdoch's company certainly turned a blind eye to a number of unethical practices but I think the whole media in the UK does so as well. I think the real reason for the focus on Murdoch is his influence with British PMs and of course on politics in the US with Fox News.

Graham Sproule said...

Btw, as a monarchist myself I'm not certain that Murdoch's company specifically targeted the Royals for tabloid journalism anymore than they did any other public figures. In otherwords, I don't know that Murdoch is a republican trying to put the Royals into disrepute so much as his company allows employees to write sensationalist stuff on the Royals just to sell papers - as all the tabloids in Britain do!