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Partying with the Murdochs like it’s 1999

  • July 18, 2011
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The Mail on Sunday has published the guest list for Elizabeth Murdoch and hubby Matthew Freud’s  summer party, which took place at the Oxfordshire village of Burford on July 2, exactly twenty-four hours before the Milly Dowler phonehacking story went viral.

The Mail describes the ‘Chipping Norton Set’s last hurrah’ at Burford Priory as a ‘ party of decadent opulence and excess’ as though it were reporting on a gathering of the Hellfire Club. But regardless of the moralising, the guestlist does provide an interesting snapshot of the overlap between politics and the media in...

The Mice Turn on the Cat

  • July 16, 2011
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Watching the Murdoch empire unravel has certainly become one of the unexpected pleasures of the summer, but I’m not as inspired by the politicians who are now hunting the old bastard down as some commentators think I should be.

In a Guardian column today Jonathan Freedland described last week’s vote in parliament as a ‘British revolution’...

The News of the World: RIP

  • July 08, 2011
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Having once spent many weekends outside Fortress Wapping in the 1980s, I will make no attempt to disguise the fact that it was  a hugely enjoyable experience to observe the dark heart of   the Murdoch empire  laid bare yesterday – and the disappearance of one its sleaziest and most amoral  publications.

Nor do the NOTW’s...

Your Daily Sleaze

  • July 06, 2011
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The revelations that the News of the World hacked into phones of the victims of the 7/7 bombings, the abducted and murdered Milly Dowler’s cellphone, and those of the families of the murdered Soham children have cast a  dismal spotlight on the  uniquely depraved   and unscrupulous British tabloid press.

Rupert Murdoch’s News International is not...

Hari Goes Down

  • June 28, 2011
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Can’t say I’m sorry – or surprised – that The Independent’s Johann Hari has been caught out inserting quotations from his interviewees’ books or articles in his own interview/profiles and then passing them off as his own quotes.   I’ve always found his writing wheedling, bombastic and manipulative, and his analyses of people and events...

In Memoriam: Syed Saleem Shahzad

  • June 02, 2011
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The murder of the Pakistani journalist  Syed Saleem Shahzad, bureau chief of the Asia Times Online,  is another indication of the rottenness at the heart of the Pakistani state.   Last year 44 journalists were killed in Pakistan, more than any other country in the world.

Shahzad was one of the most courageous, well-informed and reliable...

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