Murdoch’s Empire: Whistleblower Found Dead
Some recent developments in the rapidly-evolving News Corp scandal, now being investigated by the governments of the UK, US and Australia, under pressure from News Corp shareholders.
“AP: Whistleblower in News Corp Hacking Scandal Found Dead”
July 18: One of the first voices to blow the whistle on phone hacking in the UK, former News of the World journalist, Sean Hoare, was found dead northwest of London. Police said the death was being treated as “unexplained.”
“Breaking: News Corp Scandal Grows”
July 15: Rebekah Brooks resigned as Chief Executive of News Corp.’s British newspaper unit on Friday, and CEO Rupert Murdoch apologized for “serious wrongdoing” in an advertisement running in the British press this weekend.
NewsTsar reports that a US Citizen has named CNN presenter, Piers Morgan and the BBC in a phone-hacking complaint. Morgan denies knowledge of any wrong-doing, while he was Editor at News Corp’s The Daily Mirror, despite allegations to the contrary from UK’s Press Complaints Commissioner Tina Weaver.
The Nation today reported that Dan Cooper, who worked under Roger Ailes at News Corp HQ in New York claims that his phone and those of other Americans were hacked while he was there. Cooper described an office called “The Brain Room,” which he personally designed and which housed a black ops counterintelligence unit.
Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush.
“Breaking: James and Rupert Murdoch to Testify”
July 14: After initially claiming they were unavailable, Rupert Murdoch and son, James will testify in British Parliament Tuesday, July 19. US Senator Jay Rockefeller (D) West Virginia told CNN
on-camera, “It is really repugnant that one man can control so many.”
“We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is. For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.” – John Pilger