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The NOTW- Gone But Not Forgotten [Jul. 8th, 2011|12:29 pm]
Tony Grist
The News of the World was a disgusting rag- but I'm not rejoicing; Murdoch will regroup and rebrand and The Sun on Sunday will be equally disgusting. Do tabloid newspapers have to be hypocritical and pandering? Is "decent tabloid" a contradiction in terms?

Actually the  Mirror used to be decent.  At least that's how I remember it- back in the days of Cassandra and Marje Proops. Perhaps it still it is. I haven't looked recently. 

I feel sorry for the NOTW journalists. There was a funny little terrier-like man with a glass eye on TV last night who used to be their political editor (the NOTW had a political editor? That must have been an easy job). I found myself warming to him. No-one should be thrown out on the street like that .

Closing the NOTW was a bold brash action- Very Murdochian.- but it doesn't do away with the scandal. And what about all the unemployed journalists who know where the bodies are buried and now bear a grudge?

The media are saying Brooks has been retained to act as a firewall between the raging inferno and James Murdoch. I think she'll be burned up pretty quick. He's already in the frame for handing over hush money to potential litigants. He says he didn't know the facts- which is the same argument which has failed Andy Coulson. James was on TV last night;  I wasn't impressed. He seemed scared. He has a whiny voice. 

The PM is also in the frame. He's acting angry now and leading the charge, but nothing is going to wipe all the pictures of him schmoozing with Brooks or the fact that he employed Coulson in Downing Street.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2011-07-08 12:29 pm (UTC)
Keeping Brooks on is obviously insane - and yet, Murdoch isn't insane (or not in that way). The only inference I can draw is that she has some very toxic dirt on the Murdochs themselves. What secrets lie beneath those Medusa curls?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-08 03:20 pm (UTC)
That seems likely. By all accounts she's been very close to the family.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-07-08 01:51 pm (UTC)
I can't help but think that Telegraph commentator was correct: Cameron is politically dead and it's just a matter of how long before he falls over.

What of Clegg? Can he possibly escape the sewer with some shred of moral authority intact?

Also, the Murdoch heirs have so far been content to wait and let nature take its course, when it comes to daddy's billions. I wonder whether events might soon force that issue as well? There were rumors of discontent even before this scandal got legs.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-08 03:27 pm (UTC)
Cameron's clever and plausible. I wouldn't write him off yet. And, as the article also says, wounded prime ministers can limp on for years- as John Major did.

Clegg has been keeping very quiet. Not just about this, but about everything else.

Murdoch is some sort of entrepreneurial genius. That kind of thing is rarely inherited. My guess is the Empire will fall apart once he's gone- if there's anything left of it.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-07-09 11:50 am (UTC)
Unlike John Major, Cameron does not enjoy a majority in parliament and his unpopular reforms can only delay or even suppress economic recovery. If Labor could magically rediscover the values that used to inform their party, the Tories could be driven into the wilderness for another generation, at least.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-09 02:07 pm (UTC)
That's a good point.

Miliband has impressed with his handling of the scandal- though, of course, he has a history with NI too.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-07-10 10:48 am (UTC)
Agreed on Miliband. Also, interesting that the "Miliband loop" seems remarkably insignificant just a few days on.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2011-07-08 05:47 pm (UTC)
We have the same thing with the Boston Herald(American)-- it used to be the Boston American and the Boston Record when we had both a morning and an evening paper. Then it merged and became the Boston Record-American, morphed into the Herald-American (when it picked up the old Boston Herald's options) and finally, today it is simply the Herald with no more semblance of the old Herald than anyone can imagine. It is now a disgusting rag/scandal sheet with (of all things) a right wing philosophy! Horrid and disgusting. To top it all off, they are trying to drive the Boston Globe out of existence -- although leaning slightly to the left, the Globe is a whole lot more impartial in reporting the news, and a lot less likely to feed on lascivious gossip or tales of public figures' indiscretions.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-08 07:53 pm (UTC)
Manchester used have a morning and evening paper too- but our morning paper- the very splendid and liberal Manchester Guardian- decided it wanted to be a national paper- and so moved itself to London and became The Guardian pure and simple. This left us with the Manchester Evening News- a fairly respectable- but not very exciting tabloid- which I rarely bother to read.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2011-07-08 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed that she hasn't been arrested yet.
I'd like Murdoch to be kicked out of the country, tail between legs but I'll settle for him not getting Sky.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-09 10:40 am (UTC)
I'm sure the police will want to interview her eventually.

I don't think he'll get Sky. His power over the British establishment has vanished overnight.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2011-07-09 05:33 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be so quick to assert that!
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