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I've always thought that a certain kind of publisher -- Murdoch and Zuckerman spring to mind, Phil Graham, earlier generations of Sulzburgers and Chandlers -- was mostly about that invitation to the White House dinner.

I think Cameron's backing, and finally saying he would vote in, the essentially toothless House of Commons censure of the BSkyB takeover is what turned Rupe around: he must have that backdoor invite to 10 Downing Street.

His turnaround after apparently having been rebuffed by British society after publishing Christine Keeler's diaries a decade and a half after Profumo had been working to redeem himself, is detailed here, in very interesting archival footage from the Beeb.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/2011/01/rupert_murdoch_-_a_portrait_of.html

This is a big day. Something big has happened.

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