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More Of The Same [Jul. 6th, 2011|09:52 am]
Tony Grist
The politicians fear Murdoch because they believe his papers can determine the outcome of elections. This belief has never been put to the test.  No politician who defied Murdoch has ever won an election because no politician has ever dared defy him.  Perhaps now, when the tide of public opinion is running so strongly against him, one of them might break ranks. Cameron for instance? He's already in power, so what has he to lose but his chains? 
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2011-07-06 09:13 am (UTC)
Problems like these are fun. If Cameron could just convince enough people to stand against Murdoch and Murdoch happens to be wrong--almost certainly, since ideological positions are like stopped clocks--Murdoch's power would evaporate as a consequence of challenging him. You'd never need to find out if he's powerful, he's just a cat in a box.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-06 09:58 am (UTC)
Now is the time to do it. The News of the World- Murdoch's British Sunday- is involved in a scandal that just spreads and spreads- with new allegations of wrong-doing emerging every day.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-07-06 11:32 am (UTC)
Cameron seems a most unlikely candidate. Why would a man who speaks for the rich, and faithfully serves their interests, question the business practices of one of the richest and most powerful men in the world? It makes no sense.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-06 05:05 pm (UTC)
He's also a populist- and this is becoming a hugely popular movement.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-07-07 11:43 am (UTC)
But his deep and personal involvement with Brooks may well demonstrate his populism to be little more than a vehicle for his ambition.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-07 01:25 pm (UTC)
O yes, sure: Cameron is a PR man- and very good at it too. Heaven only knows what his true values are- if he has any.

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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2011-07-06 11:51 am (UTC)
I have as little time as anyone else for Murdoch, but am I the only one getting increasingly disturbed at the use of the murdered victims' families as hostages by the media in their grudge against him? It's actually getting to the point where I'm finding it distasteful.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-06 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hostages? Most of them are coming forward of their own will, aren't they? They're angry- and with reason.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2011-07-06 11:08 pm (UTC)
For sure they are - but when non Murdoch media run a campaign to unseat an undeniably odious man and use these people's pain as a weapon in their arsenal - I dunno, it just makes me uncomfortable.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-07 07:35 am (UTC)
I see what you mean, but I don't see how their anger can be delicately side-stepped. They're what it's all about.
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[User Picture]From: petercampbell
2011-07-06 06:00 pm (UTC)
The chances are that he was quite unaware of any of the events goings on at the time, but any excuse to bring the old bugger's empire tumbling down...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-07 07:39 am (UTC)
I don't suppose he had a day to day knowledge of what was happening in the News Room, but he must have been aware of its ethos.

I don't think this will destroy the empire- it's an international empire after all- but it may loosen his grip on British public life. I don't think David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks will be going riding together (as they apparently have done) any time soon.


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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-07-07 11:59 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, Murdoch's influence may have already peaked, over here. Year-over-year, viewership is down for Fox News Channel, his far-right-wing propaganda machine.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-07 01:22 pm (UTC)
That's good news.

The trouble at the NOTW wiped over a hundred million off NI's value on the NY stock exchange yesterday.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-07-08 01:22 pm (UTC)
Ouch.
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