Jul. 15th, 2011

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/16/world/europe/16hacking.html?ref=global-home

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/15/rebekah-brooks-resigns-phone-hacking-scandal

...as Murdoch's daughter and NI's major shareholder attack her.

Trix's resignation -- reportedly tendered for the third time -- appears to have been accepted after News Corp's biggest shareholder, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Al Saud, told the BBC's "Newsnight" Thursday night she needed to be gone.



On Thursday, the 80-year-old media tycoon had come out all guns blazing, telling his Wall Street Journal he would get over the crisis and insisting his company had handled the phone-hacking scandal "extremely well".

But later that day the corporate death knell was sounded for Brooks after the second largest shareholder in News Corporation, Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud, said that if there was evidence of Brooks's "explicit" involvement in the alleged illegal activity, "for sure she has to go, you bet she has to go".

"Ethics to me are very important. I will not deal with a lady or a man that has any sliver of doubt on her or his integrity."

Worse, the friendship Brooks so carefully nurtured with Murdoch's second eldest daughter, Elisabeth, over the past 10 years appeared to have crumbled.

The Daily Telegraph reported that the 42-year-old TV executive had told friends that Brooks had "fucked the company".

However, a source close to Elisabeth Murdoch said: "The Telegraph story was a gross lie placed by someone with an agenda. Liz in no way holds Rebekah responsible."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/15/rebekah-brooks-news-international

Riiiiiiiight.

The Conservative prime minister, the leadership of Britain's coalition government (Labour's Miliband and Lib Dems' Clegg) have all called for Brooks' resignation one way or another in the past 10 days, blandishments she seems to have weathered. I think Saud's oily threat is the only one these thugs take seriously.

Murdoch apologizes in full page ads, over his signature, purchased in newspapers all over Britain.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2011/jul/15/phone-hacking-live-coverage#block-69
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/14/phone-hacking-apologise-national

In further evidence for NI's bad reputation for nepotism among investors, a syndrome they call "the Murdoch discount", Rupe's daughter Elisabeth, a former TV exec for Murdoch slated for a News International board seat, has made "a furious attack" on the flame-haired editrix, according to the Daily Telegraph. They are the same age and apparently rivals in Daddy's business.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/8639163/Phone-Hacking-Rupert-Murdochs-daughter-in-furious-attack-on-Rebekah-Brooks.html

Meanwhile, it is revealed the prime minister entertained the former News of the World exec he hired as Conservative party spokesmodel months after Coulson, who was arrested last week in the NotW phone hacking investigation, resigned in disgrace.

Haven't gleaned the full deets, the method in the madness, or the theory of the case. I don't believe the spread stateside of the scandal (Jay Rock and others calling for investigation of the 9/11 vics phone hacking, possible prosecution here in the US of News International for crimes committed in Britain) has any substance.

I think what does have substance over here is the story about how the Bancroft family, sellers of the Wall Street Journal, who made a big effort to fire vault the integrity of same, would today not have sold it to Murdoch had they known about the phone hacking. The Bancroft sellers' remorse story was co-published by ProPublica and the Guardian.

This has the seeds of real action, my nose for news tells me. What they are I can't suss out right now. It has everything to do with Roger Ailes' Fox news "brain room", whatever shredding and terabyte deletion Roger Ailes is up to this minute, the curious Murdoch-generated toothlessness of the WSJ integrity committee and the firing of editor Brauchli, and James Murdoch's move to New York.
http://www.thenation.com/blog/162016/has-roger-ailes-hacked-american-phones-fox-news
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With thanks to [personal profile] fj:

“[James and Rupe] won’t say anything [in parliamentary hearings to which they were summonsed Tuesday] but they [the Committee] will be asking questions, which will be almost as good,” [former NotW lawyer Tom] Crone told the Londoner this morning. He said he did not want to say anything “explosive” but admitted he might talk “if they completely screw me over”. Crone, who gave the green light for numerous scoops on the News of the World and The Sun for 26 years, yesterday suggested to the Standard that he did not jump but had been pushed.

http://londonersdiary.standard.co.uk/2011/07/crone-cant-wait-to-see-his-old-bosses-squirm.html
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So here's the fronts:

  • Cameron's Government:
    Prime Minister David Cameron's corruption by Murdoch, News of the World, his appointment of NotW editor Coulson as Conservative Party communications director, and 26 meetings in one year with Murdoch execs.

    World economic and political malfeasance:
    Did Cameron cover up the corruption of Scotland Yard and the British police by Murdoch and the phone hacking scandals? Are there other Murdoch malfeasances, for example, the takeover by Murdoch of the BSkyB satellite TV corp, that Cameron enabled or condoned? Are there electoral dirty tricks, or intimidation by Murdoch of police and/or political enemies, like the hacking into Gordon Brown's bank account and perhaps the medical records of his sick baby, that Cameron ordered, covered up, or condoned?

  • Wholesale corruption of Scotland Yard and British police:
    The corruption of Scotland Yard by the hiring of former NotW exec Wallis during the time Scotland Yard was making a decision not to re-open the phone hacking inquiry. The corruption of Scotland Yard execs and detecs all the way back to the beginning by Murdoch threats their private lives would be exposed; their phones too were hacked.

  • Murdoch coverup from the top down of political/police/economic corruption:
    What did
  • former Cameron spokesmodel/NotW editor Coulson, recently arrested
  • former News International chair Brooks
  • former NotW lawyer Crone
  • former Dow Jones prexy Hinton
  • James Murdoch, who signed off on a £700,000 payoff to one News of the World hacking victim
know and when did they know it?

Strikes me there's open-and-shut evidence of a coverup in the James payoff story here:
http://blog.itv.com/news/keirsimmons/2011/07/phone-hacking…-what-did-news-international-know/

  • Possible corruption by Murdoch of U.S. politics/police/economics:

    Did NotW hack into the 9/11 vics voice mail, and is there enough evidence to prosecute Murdoch in the US for briberies committed in Britain?

  • Has Roger Ailes at Fox committed similar crimes?


Have you got suggestions to add to the list? Big pic, pliss.

I will observe with pleasure the takeover of Murdoch's publishing unit News International by Mockridge, their Sky Italia guy, a veteran of Berlusconi, a hardass New Zealander passed by for the top BskyB job when James Murdoch was given it in 2003. You survive bunga bunga, your hands are entirely clean. Capisce? Capisce?

It will be interesting to see if Mockridge and Rupe's new PR people, who are apparently behind all this -- today's massacre/apologies/Rupe meeting with hacked murder victim family/agreements to show up at the Parliamentary hearing Tuesday -- can get rid of James. Stockholders apparently are agitating for this.

Then, maybe, Wendi nee Deng Wenge, will leave Rupe.


The Murdochs and the Browns, while Rupe was hacking into the Browns' baby's medical records.


Man, this just gets better and better.

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