If this was tough, Rupert Murdoch, wait till the US inquisition starts – UK Politics – UK – The Independent

by peterjukes

Brian Cathcart, professor of journalism at Kingston University, said the email evidence between Murdoch lobbyist Frédéric Michel and the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s office revealed “in cold detail, the nuts and bolts of a mighty machine of corrupting political influence. This was much more than lobbying; it was manipulation, even puppetry, and it was done in Rupert Murdoch’s name. Even if (wink, wink) when the mogul met the Prime Minister nothing substantive was ever talked about, we now have chapter and verse about the abuse of power going on beneath the surface.” Murdoch senior’s testimony amounted to a “farewell performance”, he argued.

If this was Rupert Murdoch’s valediction, then some believe it resembled the chaotic scramble for the last helicopter departing from the US embassy roof in Saigon in 1975. His performance at Leveson witnessed the jettisoning of the last of the cumbersome and unwanted luggage which he, his family and News Corporation, the parent company of his UK-media empire, were finding so burdensome. All sentiment was gone. The fate of his newspapers, which many believed Rupert cherished beyond a point where it made economic sense, is more uncertain than ever.

via If this was tough, Rupert Murdoch, wait till the US inquisition starts – UK Politics – UK – The Independent.

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