Rupert Murdoch has long had a low opinion of David Cameron, although they had something of a rapprochement before the last election when Cameron dropped in on Murdoch’s yacht Rosehearty in the Mediterranean. So Murdoch’s dinner with Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, on Tuesday was a calculated insult to the Prime Minister.
That is intriguing.
But Farage’s eagerness [...]
Amid the jubilant celebrations enjoyed this morning, as Great Britain’s Olympic rowing team continued to build on their legacy of success, equally poignant and breathtaking albeit for different reasons, was London mayor Boris Johnson’s choice of guest at last nights Olympic swimming finals.
There it was again. The assumption that I have seen from so many politicians and media commentators that almost no-one outside the political world cares about what is happening at the Leveson inquiry. I think that this assumption is wrong. Worse than that, it is staggeringly, appallingly, dangerously wrong.
Those at the super-soaraway Sun are, yet again, making outlandish claims that they’ve changed the world. This time, they’ve turned their sights on social media and ‘Britain’s most popular paper’ is claiming to be its pioneer with a new marketing strapline: “The Original Social Media”.
The madness: it is still distorting reality, only the fever has abated somewhat and so it rumbles barely audibly like a malfunctioning subwoofer.
Blair rage. I never really got to the bottom of the psychological trauma, and much of it has now been redirected towards other targets: the “extreme right-wing policies” of the Coalition Government; the [...]
I don’t know whether Jeremy Hunt will survive. Like most of my colleagues asked for their broadcast opinion today, I said 50-50. But I know that he should survive.
His defence today of his conduct over the News Corporation bid for BSkyB was miserable, nervous and unconvincing. But he has a reasonable case. He “had expressed some [...]
One of many myths underlying coverage of the Murdochs at the Leveson inquiry is that Tony Blair led the way in appeasing the Evil Empire, and that Gordon Brown and David Cameron were merely following his bad example.
This is, as Hopi Sen pointed out in his brilliant analysis of the roots of Cameron’s troubles, a [...]
This summer the reputation of the British media reached a depressing nadir. The debilitating phone hacking scandal, centered on but certainly not confined to the News of the World, has seen our once proud industry of journalism plunged into crisis. The forthcoming revelations of the Leveson Inquiry are likely to compound the feeling of disdain held by much of the public towards our newspapers.
Sometimes the public gets what it deserves; other times it gets things like the Levenson Inquiry into phone-hacking. Many people may see the inquiry as a positive step toward cleaning up the practices of newspapers that they don’t read, but the whole process, although carried out in public and in the name of the public, is re-purposing itself toward a backward scrutiny of journalism.
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