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Ex-Publisher Accuses News Corp. of Protecting Giuliani

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Posted on Nov 13, 2007
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Judith Regan, the HarperCollins publisher who was fired after her O.J. Simpson book project fell apart, has accused an unnamed executive from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. of telling her to lie to federal investigators in order to protect Rudy Giuliani.

One of Regan’s attorneys claimed that she had evidence to support her accusation, but the lawyer failed to present or describe any.


New York Times:

Ms. Regan had an affair with Mr. Kerik, who is married, beginning in the spring of 2001, when her imprint, Regan Books, began work on his memoir, “The Lost Son.” In December 2004, after the relationship had ended and shortly after Mr. Kerik’s homeland security nomination fell apart, newspapers reported that the two had carried on the affair at an apartment near Ground Zero that had been donated as a respite for rescue and recovery workers.

Mr. Kerik, who in 2004 said he withdrew his nomination because of problems with his hiring of a nanny, was indicted last week on federal tax fraud and other charges.

“Defendants were well aware that Regan had a personal relationship with Kerik,” the complaint says. “In fact, a senior executive in the News Corporation organization told Regan that he believed she had information about Kerik that, if disclosed, would harm Giuliani’s presidential campaign. This executive advised Regan to lie to, and to withhold information from, investigators concerning Kerik.”

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By 1drees, December 3, 2007 at 10:22 am Link to this comment
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FUNNY HOW THIS WOMAN AND THE THEN WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY NEVER TRIED TO SPEAK UP WHEN IT WAS NECESSARY anD RIGHT TO SPEAK UP.

WHY IS IT THAT THE AMERICANS CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE LONG GO PAST AND DO NOTHING TO CORRECT THE PRESENT OR THE VERY RECENT PAST. LIKE DIXIE CHICKS WHO REFUSED TO BACK OFF THEIR STATEMENTS, why arent there more of the dixie chicks?

OH, I GET IT, THEN THESE WHISTLEBLOWERS WERE BUSY TRYING TO PROFIT FROM THE SITUATION AND JUST WHEN IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT THERE IS NO FURTHER BENEFITS TO BE BILKED FrOM THAT CERTAIN POINT THEN THEY GO PUBLIC WITH A STATEMENT & A BOOK.

HOW PROFITABLE & TYPICALLY CAPITALISTIC.

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By 1drees, December 1, 2007 at 7:22 am Link to this comment
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Thomas : she could have done better than the bald gorilla BUT THIS GORILLA IS RICH & POWERFUL, SOMETHINGS THAT SOME WOMEN CRAVE and later pay for ..........
BUT THE REAL STORY IS HIS RPYAL HIGHNESS Mr RUDY GUILIANI teh savior of NY in the 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS in which he was actively involved in Fooling Firefighters and NewYorkers into thinking that he was doing a great job and was always on site doing what is right instead of hiding in the back rooms and arranging for his presidential nomionation in exchange for his LIES in the whole 9/11 affair

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By thomas billis, November 14, 2007 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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I hope these Republican family values people are not copying the Manson family.Judy Judy Judy{my best Cary Grant imitation} do not sell yourself short you could have done better than a bald gorilla.

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By sharon ash, November 14, 2007 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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I do not like to use a broad brush to paint either a group or situation because when you do so, someone gets included who does not deserve to be, however, there is something so profoundly wrong with the Republican Party that a broad brush is in order.  I believe that when they came into full power in 2000, all of the unrestrained greed and lust for power, at any cost, was unleashed within the Republican Party.  The level of arrogance and bullying and trying to impose your will on others is simply rampant within the Republican Party.  And, it is not just at the national level, but at all levels.  They need to be voted out of power and it needs to be a very long time before they are ever given the wheel to drive.  They need to be passengers on the train that drives our government, vocal and involved passengers as we need the two party system, but not the conductor.

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By Bill Blackolive, November 14, 2007 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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Is this a photo of Judith?  She looks young and healthy to me.  Maybe she could concentrate on how to get Bill Blackolive published in this earlier period.

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By kevtao, November 14, 2007 at 10:00 am Link to this comment
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The problem with the early focus in this breaking story is the emphasis on how it affects Giuliani and not the corrupt FOX news corporation. Clearly, there are grounds to pull the plug on this station so they cannot continue to spread their Nazi propaganda. Or at least they should have to do what the World Wrestling Federation had to do when they were forced to be categorized entertainment and not a sport. The FOX entertainment channel would still be dangerous with Bush’s cousin Roger Ailes at the helm. Prison time for him, Murdoch, Hannity, and Bill-O is a good start.

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By G.Anderson, November 14, 2007 at 7:43 am Link to this comment

Judith, I can’t imagine what you we’re thinking….Judith…eeek!

Obviously you have no taste, and even worse judgement…..

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 14, 2007 at 3:37 am Link to this comment

#113402 by waxman on 11/13 at 8:21 pm: “HOPE THIS BRINGS TEETH GIULIANI DOWN…”

At some stage, scandals like this will be the end for Rupert Murdoch as well…...

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By DennisD, November 13, 2007 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment
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It’s nice to know a year ahead of time that the “fix” is in for Rudy.

I just wish Rupert would back a potted plant instead - I could actually vote for it with a clear conscience over Rudy.

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By waxman, November 13, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

HOPE THIS BRINGS TEETH GIULIANI DOWN..HE HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST LYING BASTARDS AROUND TODAY…WILL HANNITY KEEP BRINGING ON TV TO CLEAR HIS NAME NOW ????  THEY ARE BOTH PUNKS…......

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By QuyTran, November 13, 2007 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment

Rudy is so dirty.

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By mythbreaker, November 13, 2007 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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The Media is the accomplice to the greatest criminals that ever disgraced print, radio and film.

When bad is made to look good and the good are choreographed as bad, you’re near the tipping point.

Pull the plug and set yourself free.

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