Murdoch and Cameron was a marriage that was always going to end in tears | Media | The Guardian
“No, that’s one for Les (Hinton, his righthand man),” he would say. In the Murdoch-networked world, eager underlings are reinforced by well-placed allies, ex-cabinet ministers (David Blunkett), cabinet wives (the journalist Sarah Vine, Mrs Michael Gove) and ex-coppers (John Stevens, Andy Hayman), who may be disinclined to bite the hand that feeds them. Coulson in No 10 while still covertly on the NI payroll was the perfect placeman.James and Rupert now say that they wish politicians did not pester them so much and that the all-powerful media magnate – Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane – is an outdated fiction in the wired world of today. But like Saddam Hussein’s elusive weapons of mass destruction it suited them to have people believe in their power and fear it. Lives were wrecked, dustbins rummaged, photos snatched by freelance goons, while they dined the mighty on clean linen.