The existence of an email of “enormous significance” written by a News International executive that refers to the phone hacking of a “well-known individual” has emerged in the high court, in a hearing to discuss the progress of civil claims against the publisher of the News of the World.
Mr Justice Vos, presiding, said that the email was “sent by an executive whose identity you know” – but the name of the author, the precise content of the message, and who it was discussing remain confidential for legal reasons. But that did not stop lawyers representing hacking victims from asserting the importance of the communication.
David Sherbone, representing hacking victims in the high court on Wednesday, said that Vos should “understand the enormous significance of that email” which referred to a “well-known individual victim” and that the message contained “an instruction relating to an individual’s phone”.
Of course, this couldn’t possibly be related to this story:
Rupert Murdoch has resigned from the boards of several News Corp subsidiaries in the U.S. and UK. News Corp officials dismiss the resignations as mere “corporate housecleaning” in advance of the split of News Corp’s newspaper and books division from its film and television division.
Yeah. As soon as I read he was retiring I started making bets with myself on what the scandal was going to be.
Rupert Murdoch Declares War On Occupy Wall Street
By Jason Easley | sodahead.com
In what amounts to a declaration of war against Occupy Wall Street, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has launched a misinformation assault on the 99% across multiple parts of his media empire.
News Corp owned Fox News used the quotes from the also News Corp owned Post to substantiate their claims that the people attending Occupy Wall Street are criminals, druggies, and hippies who are only there for the free food. The point of writing such stories and essentially reading them on Fox News is not only to smear Occupy Wall Street, but also to scare News Corp readers and viewers who might be having sympathetic feelings or even considering standing with the 99%.
Those poll numbers must have them reeling …
The real transgressions of the Murdoch empire are not its outré partisanship, its tabloid sleaze, its Washington lobbying, or even what liberals most love to hate, the bogus “fair and balanced” propaganda masquerading as journalism at Fox News. In fact, these misdemeanors are red herrings—distractions from the real News Corp. corruption that now threatens to bring down its management and radically reconfigure and reduce its international corporate footprint. The bigger story is this: An otherwise archetypal media colossus, with apolitical TV shows (American Idol), movies (Avatar), and cable channels (FX) like any other, is controlled by a family (and its tight coterie of made men and women, exemplified by the recently departed Rebekah Brooks) that countenances the intimidation and silencing of politicians, regulators, competitors, journalists, and even ordinary citizens to maximize its profits and power and to punish perceived corporate, political, and personal enemies. And, as we now know conclusively, some of this behavior has broken the law.
If conservative firebrand and talking-head-on-just-about-anything-9/11-related Peter King (R - New York) is calling for News Corp. to be investigated over phone hacking, then you know Rupert Murdoch is truly in a world of shit.