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News of the World Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Guilty

Rebekah Brooks is officially off the hook. For those who might not know, or might have lost track of this story in the whirl of the spin cycle, Brooks is the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid in the United Kingdom.

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Parliament Summons Rupert Murdoch for a Spanking

The media tycoon is said to welcome the opportunity to appear once again before the British government and explain his side of the secretly recorded pep talk he gave his alleged phone-hacking reporters.

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Rupert Murdoch Seeks to Add to His Empire

The recent Leveson Report on the British hacking scandal shows the danger of the media baron adding to his already vast American holdings.

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The Leveson Inquiry

Regulatory Outcome of British Press Inquiry Uncertain (Video)

At the end of a yearlong investigation into the conduct of British newspapers, the lead inspector fell short of calling for the establishment of a body to police the media industry. Instead, an “independent” entity should be directed to overhaul the organization by which the press regulates itself, he said.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Maybe British Newspapers Are So Awful They Need to Be Regulated

Will Hutton, writing in The Observer, says the “precious freedom of speech of an individual is different from the freedom of speech of a media corporation with its capacity to manipulate the opinions of millions.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch to Shareholders: Love Me or Leave Me

You don’t get to be a tycoon by going soft, and at this year’s shareholder meeting, Rupert Murdoch was defiant in the face of disgruntled investors.

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Rebekah Brooks Faces Phone Hacking Charges

British authorities have decided to try eight people in the case of gutter journalism gone terribly wrong (or wrong-er). They include the woman who ran Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire in the U.K. and Andy Coulson, who was editor of News of the World from 2003 until 2007 and then Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director until 2011.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Tricks of the Trade

“Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain” offers a clear picture of the sordid relationship that existed between the Murdoch press, the police and senior politicians.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE


Official Murdoch Denouncement Makes Waves on American Shores

The declaration by British MPs on Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch exercised “willfull blindness” about phone hacking at The News of the World and is “not a fit person” to run a major international company has prompted the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to ask the FCC to revoke the 27 Fox broadcast licenses that News Corp. holds in the U.S.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Murdoch Not Fit to Run a Major Firm, British MPs Find

Members of the British Parliament had harsh words for the man at the top of News Corp., stating in a report that a proclivity for keeping himself in the dark about his employees’ activities made him unfit to lead an international company.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Ex-Murdoch Executive and Her Husband Arrested in Hacking Inquiry

Former News International chief Rebekah Brooks and her husband were among six people arrested early Tuesday and questioned regarding possible interference with the investigation into the ongoing News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

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Slapstick, Denial Highlight Murdochs’ Testimony

We seem to be expected to believe that the prime minister, the Murdochs, Mrs. Brooks and two of the most senior policemen in Britain, all were born yesterday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



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The Phone Hacking Scandal by the Numbers

The U.K.’s phone hacking scandal seems to keep getting bigger, with more revelations, resignations and arrests. Here’s a quick breakdown of some important stats in the scandal so far.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE


Rupert Murdoch Dodges a Pie on ‘the Most Humble Day of My Life’

While testifying before the British Parliament on what he called “the most humble day of my life,” Rupert Murdoch nearly took a pie in the face. Luckily for the media tycoon, his wife, Wendi, literally leaped to the rescue with all of her athletic ability.

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Keith Olbermann, John Dean Preview Rupert Murdoch Testimony

Rupert and James Murdoch will face the British Parliament on Tuesday, and John Dean (above) thinks the elder tycoon may not be used to the pressure: “I think that this is the first time that Murdoch has ever been in this kind of atmosphere where people can push him to answer ... questions he might not want to address.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


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News of the World Figure Found Dead

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World correspondent who was the first member of Andy Coulson’s staff to claim the editor knew of phone hacking by his reporters, was found dead in his home Monday. (more)

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London Papers Falling Down

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California Prisoners Do or Die

Prisoners all over California continue a hunger strike despite nearing death; “Sister Wives” reality TV show stars fight the anti-polygamy law; and economists have resorted to capital bribery to resuscitate the American job market. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Murdoch’s Officers Jump the Deck

Les Hinton, chairman of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper operations, both resigned Friday over connections to the now-defunct News of the World’s recent phone hacking scandal… (more)

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE


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