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May 6, 2012

The conservatives in Britain appear to be locked into defending and supporting Murdoch and News International. Apparently Tory MPs are still fighting to stop Labour and the Liberal Democrats saying that Rupert Murdoch is "unfit to run a public company".


All the evidence points to the senior Conservatives being complicit in promising sweetheart deals to News Corporation to the point of fawning over Murdoch.They appeared to be like the courtiers of the Sun King. Do they fear that Murdoch will destroy them, even though his power is broken?

An editorial in The Australian ways into the debate identifying Murdoch's critics as the Left-liberal clique.

What is the argument? The Australian states that it is right and proper that Rupert Murdoch be made accountability or his conduct scrutinized. However:

for decades his commercial rivals, and politicians who prefer the dominance of government-funded media, have choked on his success. For complex reasons, an anti-Murdoch stance has become as entrenched in the boutique concerns of the trendy leftists in our universities and public broadcasters as anti-US and climate change alarmism. Yet the News Corp ethos demonstrably is one of the open mind. We have extensively covered the British controversy and, in London, Shawcross notes that the reportage in The Times has been "relentlessy fair". So much of the condemnation, here and abroad, has contained more schadenfreude than common sense.

It's not much of an argument. It's more demonizing the critics---much coverage of the UK phone hacking scandal is based on “prejudice, innuendo and vindictiveness’’ against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. It doesn't address the criticisms of way that Murdoch does business with politicians to further his commercial interests.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:46 PM | | Comments (1)


have Murdoch’s prurient legion of hackers, corrupt police, and fixers have been turned back?