News International In Deep Shit - Page 2
Monday night's Daily Show had an excellent summarization of the scandal via John Oliver, who seemed like he had been preparing his whole life for that bit. "I'm about to give you a Schadenfreude-Gasm" had me in tears.
When it's all laid out like that, it is beyond stomach-churning.
Robin Day was indeed awesome.
Looks like Parliment are planning to summon Brooks in for questioning. According to the BBC if she refuses she could be held in contempt of Parliment, a little used law that means she could be thrown in Jail. This is one time that not removing an old obscure law could actually be useful.
Racism and eugenics aside....
It's nice that you can always be counted upon to ride to the defence of the poor, downtrodden rich and powerful.
So Murdoch should be attacked for being rich and running a successful business? What about all the other CEOs out there? I only pointed out that he has done some good things. Keeping Rebecca Brookes on staff is not one of them. She was the boss, even if she was not aware of the hacking.
Anyway, if you ask me the government- both Labour AND Tory- are also to blame for being terrified of the right-wing press.
No, Murdoch should be attacked for running a poisonous, all-consuming media empire which trades on others' misery for profit, is happy to destroy lives for a quick buck and is shamelessly power-hungry and politically motivated. Keeping Rebekah Brooks on staff is the tip of the iceberg. How anyone can look at the past two weeks, both with what we've learnt about how NI does business and how Murdoch himself has conducted himself as though it's not a big deal and he's above it all, can talk about the "good that he's done" is beyond me.
The "racism and eugenics aside..." is an old CHUD meme dating back to when someone tried to defend Hitler's record as the German head of state, by the way.
Decent enough segment I guess, but given the stuff about hacking of 9/11 victim voicemails I'm surprised the Daily Show isn't making a bigger deal out of this (yet?). Using the phone hacking stuff to connect to the bigger picture of this huge global media empire built on bullshit sensationalism and scaremongering and manipulation and ridiculously low standards. This is real juicy raison d'etre stuff for Jon Stewart and pals. Just focusing on particular personalities within Fox News is getting old.
He needs to channel Stallone:
Speaking of the 9/11 angle, now the FBI is getting involved:
There is also a rumour flying around that he is going to off load all his newspapers - I can't see it happening though. The FBI thing is interesting and good beacause it adds more pressure on Brooks - who really should have gone by now.
Oh, come on! The has to be some legislation that prevents news organizations from so brazenly lying to the people. This is not spin. This is outright falsification. It has to fall under some legal definition of fraud.
An arrest by appointment, that allows the "Sorry, can't talk. Ongoing investigation!" card to be played. I love thinking about the amazing new sensation known as humiliation that must have come with things like the withdrawn BskyB bid, and the full page I'M SORRY ads, and the in person apology to the Dowler family... But at the end of the day this is still all just a chess game to the evil old bast.
Thank God then that the story has such epic legs. And from seeing the coverage over the last week it seems like the US is refusing to let go of it, so we got that going for us which is nice
Funny shit. It's also been quite amusing to watch CNN dance around the whole ixnay on the ierspay organmay thing. I predict Larry King coming back from retirement by the end of the year!
(love that chummy, scummy pic in the telegraph link)
Top Gear tonight,
JAMES MAY: so what you are saying is they should build a car for the Chipping Norton set?
MAY: wont that be a bit redundant with them all being in jail by next week.
A pissed off Clarkson responds: "thank you for sticking up for my friends James.
See, when you are freinds with Brooks and Cameron you sort of loose my sympathy mate.
Do you suspect him of being implicated in the hacking scandal in some way?
Looks like Cameron is coming under more scrutiny, odds on a Kong Foo battle between Cameron and Black Dynamite outside Number 10?
To me, the biggest scandal in all of this is the Met Police's involvement in the story. There seems to be corruption in the face of NI at every level, leading to yesterday's resignation of the UK's most senior Police Officer,Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson. Sir Paul's resignation speech must have been uncomfortable reading at Number 10, that's for sure.
Oh that bit is pure brilliance. Hugh Grant isn't big enough to play himself, but his comeback status gives him a lesser, but still key/juicy role.
They joke with Geoffrey Rush, but for the inevitable "Rise and Fall of Murdoch" movie that's probably not far off the mark. Either him or someone of similar caliber who can do Machiavellian without being ridiculed on accent grounds e.g. a McKellen or a Wilkinson. Scandal is truly the gift that keeps on giving though, so it might be a while before they can write the end.
My first thought when reading of the death was that scene from Michael Clayton when Tom Wilkinson is murdered....
From today's Parliamentary hearing: John Yates: "My integrity is intact, my conscious is clear"....but I had to resign anyway
He must have hired Gatehouse.