Apparently Falling on the Sword

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Liquidating ‘News of the World’ seems more and more like a savvy incidence of sacrificing a limb to save the body – or, maybe in a more reptilian vein – sacrificing the tail to grow a new one. Ceasing publication of a 160 year old newspaper cannot simply be an altruistic, penitential gesture. It’ll be back in some new form and we’ll hear later about more abuses

by Dan Kline, guest Blogger. Dan is a Medievalist teaching in Alaska.

 

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Murdoch’s Ms. Brooks Will Investigate Herself

Its hard to say if this is cynism or mere stupidity but the proposition that the internal investigation at New of The World will be conducted by the presumptive culprit seems a direct affront to any sense of public decency and deference to the intelligence of the British public.

The abuse of public trust by those entrusted with vital public assets is the responsibility of the government who carry the power of the citizenries whose interests they represent first and foremost.

Amplify’d from www.guardian.co.uk

The head of the press watchdog has attacked the “extraordinary decision” by Rupert Murdoch to allow Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, to oversee the investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World.

“I think it’s extraordinary that Rupert Murdoch has asked Rebekah Brooks to lead their own internal inquiry into this,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

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Rupert Murdoch: Capo di tutti capi.

As evidence mounts against the surveillance operations of Murdoch’s British organization, the UK government has been forced to call for an investigation. In light of new evidence about the methods and practices within News of the World which could yield criminal convictions even among the top management of the Tabloid one would imagine the UK government ready to stop Murdoch’s take over of BSkyB. It seems unconscionable to increase exponentially the power of dissemination of the organization, expanding the economic holdings of Murdoch not to mention entrusting a public good to a group that is either malicious or criminally incompetent. It should give everyone pause to imagine what happens when a corporation becomes a surveillance system at the service of a political program.

Amplify’d from www.ft.com

In spite of announcing two enquiries into the affair, David Cameron came under fierce cross-party pressure to freeze the News Corp bid for BSkyB. But officials said the deal was expected to be waved through, possibly while MPs are on their summer holidays.

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