TWO dead Murdoch whistle-blowers!

27 07 2011

 First it was Big George Webley who relayed a fear of the Murdoch machine and wound up dead. Now it’s Sean Hoare. Two British media whistleblowers. Two untimely deaths.

Let’s assume that neither was killed by Rupert Murdoch (toxicology reports haven’t been made available; foul play isn’t suspected by British authorities in either case), but something happened that put the fear of God into both men. Neither was known as a lunatic before their demise, both simply told the truth to British authorities about what they knew of Mr. Murdoch’s enterprises and died afterward at a relatively young age. . . .   (more)

Murdochs were given secret defence briefings

27 07 2011

Murdochs were given secret defence briefings

“In total, Cabinet ministers have had private meetings with Murdoch executives more than 60 times and, if social events such as receptions at party conferences are included, the figure is at least 107.”


US preps subpoenas for News Corp.

22 07 2011

The Justice Department is readying subpoenas as part of a probe into allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. attempted to hack into phones of Sept. 11 victims, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday night.

The paper, citing a government official, said the subpoenas still required approval by senior department leadership. The Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp. . .  . (more) 

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News ran ‘black ops’ department, former executive claims

20 07 2011

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News television channel had a “black ops” department that may have illegally hacked private telephone records, a former executive for the station has alleged.

By Jon Swaine

Dan Cooper, who helped launch Fox News as managing editor in 1996, said that a “brain room” carried out “counter intelligence” on the channel’s enemies from its New York headquarters. 

He was threatened after it found out he spoke to a reporter, he claimed.

Another former senior executive said the channel ran a spying network on staff, reading their emails and making them “feel they were being watched”.

The channel, which has come under pressure amid allegations that outlets owned by Mr Murdoch might have attempted to hack the voicemail messages of September 11 victims, firmly denies all the allegations. . . . (more)


Related –  

CNN talk show host and former News of the World editor Piers Morgan on Tuesday angrily denied claims by a British lawmaker that he had taken part in phone hacking during his years as a journalist in Britain. . .  blah, blah, blah…. 

FAB! Murdoch e-mails HACKED! Release soon … maybe

19 07 2011

LulzSec say they’ll release big Murdoch email archive

Rebekah Brooks apparently not a password genius

The hacktivists behind a hack on The Sun’s website claim to have extracted an email archive which they plan to release later on Tuesday.

News International’s systems were hacked on Monday night. As a result, visitors to The Sun’s website were redirected towards a fake story on the supposed death of Rupert Murdoch by infamous hacktivist collective LulzSec. The group also redirected visitors to the main News International website to the LulzSec Twitter feed. In addition, the hack may have allowed LulzSec to gain access to News International’s email database.

Sabu, a prominent member of LulzSec, said via Twitter that the group was sitting on emails of News International staffers that it planned to release on Tuesday. . .  (more)


UPDATE, July 21

LulzSec has abandoned plans to release a cache of News International emails it claimed to have acquired during a redirection attack on The Sun website earlier this week. Instead the group says it plans to release select batches of the emails via a “partnership” with select media outlets, an approach akin to that applied by WikiLeaks to its controversial US diplomatic cable and war log releases last year.



The promised dump of its emails from News International by hacktivist group LulzSec failed to materialise on Tuesday. However a prominent affiliate of the group told El Reg that the release had only been delayed, rather than postponed.



News Corp stars in own horror film

DEEPWATER Horizon would be better suited as a title for a summer blockbuster coming out of News Corporation’s 20th Century Fox studios, but it is rapidly becoming the defining point for a company lurching towards a crisis.

Just as one-time ambitious global oil giant BP was almost brought to its knees by the Deepwater drilling rig explosion and offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico early last year, News Corp is quickly losing control of a story it should own. . . .

 see also

Archive page of (fake) story of Death of Murdoch by Lulz

— if you missed it – 

Rupert Murdoch gets Grilled – LIVE on TV

18 07 2011

He  appears before British Parliment to answer for his sleezy news gathering.

It will be on BBC, probably BBC America and with luck some other stations too.

It will start    9:30 AM New York & San Juan Time

                           8:30 AM Chicago

                           11       PM  Adelaide, Australia

                            2:30 PM London

                          3:30  PM  Amsterdam & Johannesburg

                            7       PM  Mumbai

If you don’t have TV you can get it online on BBC Radio –


tv snacks

BREAKING:   David Carmeon Peeing in his Pants Right Now!!

Tomorrow we will have some of the most important

select committee hearings in modern times.”

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader

Ladbrokes yesterday slashed the odds on Mr Cameron leaving the Cabinet to 8/1   6/1  from 100/1

MORE FUN! –   

Rupert’s not out of the woods yet 

The Guardian has Transcripts & Live summary HERE

A Noteworthy COMMENT posted to the Guardian:


19 July 2011 8:31AM

The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production – Karl Marx (The German Ideology)

Capitalism is an economic system guarded and maintained by its political power and dominance. Western democracy is only a form of that politics where close cooperation between government, media and police controls public opinion in favour of that democracy which is nothing but democracy for the rich and dictatorship for the rest of society. The recent Murdoch scandal clearly shows the structure of that politics. Nearly all governments in the UK have been facilitating the media empire’s control of the news/cover-up, in return for the support they get from them. Corruption, bribery, political imprisonment and assassination are just the stories of the failure of a daily practice that that democracy implements. People must believe in the system without the need for a dictator such as Mubarak. It is no surprise to see so many people in the UK still strongly believe that they live in a democracy. And this is when the majority do not have slightest involvement in things which affect their lives. Austerity measures, wars and anti-people politics and priorities are in full swing with no trace of people and no control to force the politicians and the managers of society to be accountable. 

It is indeed an excellent opportunity for the ordinary to learn the reality and extend their understanding of how this government and the previous ones have been able to do whatever they wanted for their own benefit and their benefactors in the businesses against the will of the people. Tens of inquiries are arranged by them, none of which will have any effect to clear up the system of crimes; they are only noises to show to the public their ability to get on with their business as usual even though everybody can see that many honest individuals in this country can do better than the bunch of privileged which inherently own the politics.

We are talking about the independent media, but that media cannot flourish in the absence of a serious social movement. This is because as long as the media is financed by the corporation it will served their system of economy, capitalism. So again the struggle to create an independent media is interlinked with the struggle against the cuts and unfair and regressive policies of this government. With or without Murdoch’s empire the media is there to remain and to protect capitalism. People need their own media and a platform based on which the real criminals in this country and at the top of society are targeted with the goal to topple them, strip them from the power they have never deserved.

[emphasis added – F.C. ]

News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead

18 07 2011

Death of Sean Hoare – who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking – not being treated as suspicious

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned.

Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, is said to have been found dead at his Watford home.

Hertfordshire police would not confirm his identity, but the force said in a statement: “At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for the welfare of a man who lives at an address on the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival at a property, the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing.”  . . .   (more)


Hmmm… a few other whistleblowershad ‘not suspicious’ awful deaths —  here are a few –

Hunter Thompson was suicided when he began looking  into 9-11 –

OK City Police Sergeant Terrance Yeake was suicided after he had the misfortune of being the first on the scene of the (alleged) truck bombed Fed. building – 

Gary Webb had a mysterious death when he explored Iran-Contra-Drug-Wars-Drug-Deals that flooded West L.A. with cheap coke –

And Murdered ‘DC Madame’ Deborah Jeane Palfrey had lots to say before her strangled body was found in her garage –

. . .  it goes on and on . . .