"All, Please join us for a Daily News Town Hall on Tuesday, July 24 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the building cafeteria," said a July 16 email from Myler and News publisher Bill Holliber. "Look forward to seeing you."
"I flatly reject the report's notion that Rupert is unfit to run a major media company," said Carey, speaking during a quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts and the press.(1)
There is some excitement about today's committee report because, after all, if the Parliamentary committee to which Ofcom reports to calls Rupert Murdoch unfit, how can Ofcom say otherwise? The problem is it's never quite been explained what "fit and proper" actually means. And of course, Ofcom was created as an independent body for a reason.
Our version of sensationalized, questionable journalism, Nicholas Lemann noted at the Reuter's hosted debate, is perhaps our cable television. Fox News and MSNBC, both highly polemical, have their own ways of forcing the political conversation towards one issue or another. They don’t do it behind closed doors, through bribery and phone-hacking (that we know of), but they do it through exaggeration and on-air hysterics. Molehills become mountains, and politicians often have no choice but to respond.
What if that last Murdoch scandal turns out to have been the little one, in business terms?
You've read, or heard, about the phone-hacking scandal in Great Britain involving newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. That was the one in which reporters at those papers broke into people's voicemail and listened to their messages. It was illegal, but it got The News of the World, Murdoch's now-shuttered British tabloid, scoops about celebrities, royals, and other people in the news.
Andrew Breitbart 'collapses' near Brentwood home, suddenly dies; plus, more Whitney mag covers, more on phone-hacking scandal
So far, The Associated Press appears to be the first with a full-length obit. According to the A.P., Breitbart was walking down the street near his house in Brentwood a little after midnight Pacific time when he suddenly collapsed; a witness called an ambulance, and he died in the early morning hours at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
"Mostly, we will look at anti-hacking laws, anti-corruption laws on the federal and state level. We’re trying to match the facts with regard to his clients in London to the legal statutes in New York," said Siegel. "We know that people in London from News of the World hacked into his clients' phones. The question becomes, did News Corp. people in New York know? Were they aware of it? Did they participate? Did they sanction it?"