13 July 2011 — The News Dissector

The Murdoch Crime Syndicate: The Latest

Murdoch, savaged in parliament, pulls BSkyB bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch withdrew his bid for British broadcaster BSkyB on Wednesday in the face of cross-party hostility in parliament following allegations of widespread criminality at one of his tabloid newspapers.

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The end of Murdoch media?

12 July 2011 — Avaaz

Yesterday Murdoch pulled a last minute manoeuvre to exclude his company’s outrageous hacking practices from the BSKyB deal review. Let’s call on the government to immediately rule that the Murdochs aren’t fit and proper to own half our commercial media. Tomorrow this will be debated in Parliament. Let’s beat the Murdoch mafia – sign the urgent petition now

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The Fourth Estate is bankrupt By William Bowles

12 July 2011

From the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth imperialism was the dominant national ideology, transcending class and party divisions. Britain was saturated in the ethos and attitudes of empire. They infused plays and books and, later, films. They informed school textbooks. They inspired paintings, prints and engravings. They filled newspapers and magazines. They figured in advertisements and packaging. The impact was arguably greater than that of any previous dominant ideology because its pre-eminence coincided with the rise of the mass market and the mass media. — ‘Imperialism and juvenile literature’ edited By Jeffrey Richards. Manchester University Press, 1989

So what’s changed? Not much really. Today of course, the ideology of imperial expansion now masks itself as ‘humanitarian intervention’ or ‘democracy-building’.

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Sky Decision Imminent

3 May 2011 — Return of the Public

Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce this week whether News International is free to buy the rest of BSkyB.

If he permits the takeover of the company he will join the long line of British politicians who have decided that giving Rupert Murdoch what he wants is somehow in the public interest.

The rest of us should ask ourselves this:

Has Murdoch has built his empire in this country in spite of the criminal surveillance of MPs by his journalists, or because of it?

What the Sky Decision Tells Us About Media Reform By Dan Hind

7 March 2011 — Return of the Public

To form itself the public has to break existing political forms. — John Dewey

The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt last week decided to allow News Corporation’s takeover of BSkyB. Once Murdoch agreed not seek outright ownership of Sky News Hunt was happy for him to buy out the other shareholders. The company is now Murdoch’s for the buying.

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