News of the World

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Post by Paul McKeown » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:41 pm

Rebekah Brookes has been arrested...

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Post by Paul McKeown » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:42 pm

Who reckons Rupert will take a dive for his boys when Congress, the FBI and the SEC start taking lumps out of News Corp in the States?

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Post by Paul Cooksey » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:50 pm

He is running out of underlings to carry the can in the US.

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Re: News of the World

Post by Nick Thomas » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:35 pm

The NOTW going out of business is one thing, but if Fox News could be exterminated, shutting up Bill O'Reilly and his moron sidekick, the average intelligence of the Western World really would rise significantly.

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Re: News of the World

Post by Paul McKeown » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:38 pm

Amen to that, brother :!:

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Re: News of the World

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:53 pm

Coulson, Brookes, Les Hinton (in the USA), and now (back in the UK), Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has resigned. You wonder where it will stop and where the buck stops.

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Post by Paul Cooksey » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:01 am

Charlie Brooker on Twitter wrote:Even if Cameron survives hackgate itself, the current spike in unemployment stats it's causing might finish him off

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Post by Jon D'Souza-Eva » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:24 pm

Paul McKeown wrote:Who reckons Rupert will take a dive for his boys when Congress, the FBI and the SEC start taking lumps out of News Corp in the States?
If only the dirty digger had never been born.

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Re: News of the World

Post by Arshad Ali » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:29 pm

Thus do Murdoch's foes and betrayers perish:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/ju ... sean-hoare

Poor blighter never heard of the Law of Omerta in Murdoch's fiefdom.

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Post by Paul McKeown » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:36 pm

Arshad Ali wrote:Poor blighter never heard of the Law of Omerta in Murdoch's fiefdom.
There is no suggestion of foul play.

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Re: News of the World

Post by Paul McKeown » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:03 pm

I've just read that Cressida Dick is to be appointed Assistant Commissioner in charge of counter-terrorism, replacing John Yates.

:shock:

Is this the Home Office and/or the Metropolitan Police taking the absolute proverbial? That must be the single worst instance of firing (literally) the innocent and promoting the guilty in the whole history of the British establishment. Awful. I can think of no one less suitable for that role.

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Re: News of the World

Post by Rob Thompson » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:13 pm

I'm not entirely convinced that Yates is completely innocent in all this, though I agree that Cressida Dick wouldn't be my first choice either.
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Re: News of the World

Post by Paul McKeown » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:19 pm

Rob,

I'm afraid I wasn't referring to the firing of John Yates, but that of Jean Charles de Menezes. Under her command, de Menezes, innocent, was (literally) fired to death in a murderous episode of Keystone Cops. It makes her uniquely unsuitable for this role, it seems to me.

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Re: News of the World

Post by Arshad Ali » Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:22 pm

Speaking of Omerta and the mafia style generally, a pertinent article in today's Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... corruption
The fear that those who crossed him would be given the full tabloid treatment over their personal misdemeanours, real or imagined, has proved to be a powerful Mafia-like racket.

It was the warning that News International would target their personal lives that cowed members of the Commons culture and media committee over pressing their investigation into phone hacking too vigorously before the last election. Barely a fortnight ago, Ed Miliband was warned that Murdoch's papers would "make it personal" after he broke with the political-class omerta towards the company. The same vow of silence meant that when Rebekah Brooks told MPs in 2003 her organisation had "paid the police for information", the bribery admission sank like a stone.

The Sopranos style is deeply embedded in the Murdoch dynasty.

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Re: News of the World

Post by Arshad Ali » Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:14 am

I've been a fan of John Pilger for over two decades (ever since I came across his book, Heroes). Here's his perspective on the NOTW scandal:

http://johnpilger.com/articles/amid-the ... s-as-usual

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