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News Ltd goes on the defensive « Previous | |Next »
April 12, 2011

News Ltd is definitely on the back foot with the hacking into the phones of cabinet ministers and other high-profile figures in the UK. It has admitted the illegal practice, apologized to eight victims of the phone hacking and is preparing to pay compensation to victims of the phone hacking.

RowsonMNews Ltd.jpg Martin Rowson

News Ltd doesn't have a leg to stand on as there is no public interest defence of its actions. Its recent move is a clear attempt to stop the multiple civil actions in their track before the torrent of discovered documents and emails is exposed to the public eye. The high court has been resolutely demanding that claimants are given access to police files, phone records, notebooks and internal emails.

The episode indicates indicates a failure by the state to control the corporate media sector represented by News Corp and its modern American style conservatism that combines a belief in the possibility of endless economic expansion and that of settled small town values with an imperial foreign policy.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:36 PM | | Comments (4)
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It's all a joke and the biggest joke of all is the lack of reportage of it in this country.
Perhaps if we had Bolt on Murdoch TV we would have had a "without fear or favour" report on it?
Also, thanks for Rowson, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

Paul,
There is the odd report in the Fairfax press by Paola Totaro keeping Australians up to date.

News International is struggling to contain the phone hacking story---it keeps on broadening. It has now shifted to trying to pay everybody off.

Fox News is the crowning glory of Murdoch's political media empire.

Its template is a reliable conveyer belt of conservative opinion, delivering an audience and an electorate, the media dimension of Karl Rove’s “permanent Republican majority”.

Fox News got behind the Tea Party simultaneously organising and reporting on the first national Tea Party. The latter reckon that modern American left-liberalism was fascist because it shared fascism’s interest in ideas such as ‘community’ and the ‘organic’.