CPBF – Brooks at Leveson: an insight into how the Sun exploited the political endorsement of the Murdoch press

by peterjukes

My first experience of the ease with which the Sun (and also then the Sunday Times) could by-pass the official Whitehall machine and obtain access and information denied to other journalists was during the industrial disputes of the 1980s.

Margaret Thatcher and Rupert Murdoch had the shared mission of defeating the British trade union movement, an objective laid out so clearly at their hitherto secret lunch at Chequers in February 1981.  Time and again, especially during the 1984-5 miners’ strike, the Sun and the Sunday Times exploited their preferential access to ministers to obtain exclusive stories denied to other labour and industrial correspondents.

via CPBF – Brooks at Leveson: an insight into how the Sun exploited the political endorsement of the Murdoch press.

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