Phone hacking: US authorities preparing to subpoena News Corp
Investigation launced into whether News Corp broke anti-bribery and hacking laws in US
Now I am VERY skeptical that the US has the political will to stick anything to Fox News, but ...
Having trouble keeping everyone straight?
Via: delux_vivens Key players in the News Corp phone-hacking case
While we are looking at the phone hacking link
from The Guardian, here's a couple more:The 'For Neville' email: two words that could bring down an empire: James Murdoch now stands accused of complicity in an attempted coverup of crimes within his companyIn His Own Defense: Cameron Zigs, but the Opposition FollowsAndy Coulson investigated for perjury while working at No 10Phone hacking also rife under Piers Morgan at [Daily] Mirror, claims ex-reporter
Somehow I don't think The Daily Mail was exempt, do you?Phone hacking visualized: What happened when?
For those of us who are still fucking confused as to the timeline of events Phone hacking: Three weeks that made a revolution
In which the English now expect to actually regulate the press. Huh. Such a novel
idea!Guardian Live Blog
which is a constant source of grins as this whole damn thing unfolds:
Consider this roundup:
Peter Walker writes: And finally... a few items from the Guardian:
• You might well have seen this on the website yesterday, but if not Ed Pilkington has an intriguing tale of News Corporation's decidedly bullish business tactics in the US.
• Our main editorial outlines the implications of James Murdoch's allegedly misleading testimony, and what it says about "wilful blindness" – term first associated with the Enron scandal – at the top of News International.
• Martin Kettle argues that the Tory MPs exultant at David Cameron's combative Commons performance on Wednesday might have been celebrating too soon.
• News International's slightly cosy exclusive media deal with UK London 2012 Olympic athletes has been torn up.
Paul Owen writes: Here are a few interesting links.
• Writer Michael Rosen discusses the use of language by James Murdoch, David Cameron and Boris Johnson over the last week.
Like Margaret Thatcher with her famous use of the dialect word "frit", Cameron likes to do the common man bit. His favourite resource is the mass media as with the Michael Winner "calm down" quote. In this debate it was the use of the Sun's offensive headline "Gotcha", though in this context, you might have expected him to have avoided anything that might imply an overly familiar relationship with any News International product.
• Paul MacInnes asks who should be cast in Phone-Hacking: The Movie. He eye-catchingly suggests Hilary Swank ought to play James Murdoch.
• And it's worth revisiting Andy Beckett's profile of James Murdoch, which is here.
Peter Walker writes: It's not been a good couple of weeks for Rupert Murdoch. Today, Australia's competition regulator, the ACCC, has indicated it is likely to block a £1.2bn takeover bid by pay TV operator Foxtel, 25% owned by News Corp, for its rival Austar.
The ACCC's preliminary finding is that the takeover could have competition issues, sending News Corp shares down 1.8%. The regulator insisted its decision had nothing to do with phone hacking.
Paul Owen writes: Labour MP Tom Watson has said that he plans to refer to the police a claim that James Murdoch gave inaccurate evidence to the Commons culture committee this week. More as we get it.
Peter Walker writes: Following on from that: Sky News is reporting that another Labour MP who has been central to pursuing News International over this story, Chris Bryant, has written to News Corporation's non-executive directors requesting that they suspend Rupert and James Murdoch from their roles.
Last but not least raise a middle fingers at that bloody asshole Robin Givhan and her sexism; and both middle fingers and a lot of expletives at the fuckers who decided to run an editorial cartoon stating that instead of paying attention to that hacking bit, we should pay attention to famine in Somalia. Because we can't do both at the same time. And because NOW you fuckers are interested in Somalian famine. I thought Somalis were all pirates??? Media Analysis, the Butterfly Effect and how Rebekah Brooks hair is forced to eat humble pie
As an antidote to Ms. Givhan's idiocy:Rebekah Brooks's cardinal sin:It isn't her hair, charm or connections that have defined her. Brooks is the archetypal tabloid editor
ETA: via rydra_wong Phone hacking: Met police to investigate mobile tracking claims
Scotland Yard has been asked to inspect thousands of files that could reveal whether its officers unlawfully procured mobile phone-tracking data for News of the World reporters.
There were half a million requests by public authorities for communications data in the UK last year – of which almost 144,000 were demands for "traffic" data, which includes location.
A Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) member has asked the force to investigate allegations that News of the World reporters were able to purchase this data from police for £300 per request.
The claims were made by Sean Hoare, the News of the World whistleblower, days before he was found dead at his home on Monday. His disclosure about the purchase of illicit location data was first made to the New York Times, which said the practice was confirmed by a second source at the tabloid. Police have said Hoare's death was not suspicious.
Mobile phone location data, which is highly regulated, would give tabloid reporters access to a method of almost total surveillance, arguably even more intrusive than hacking into phone messages.
I wonder how many more will be forced to resign?
The crisis triggered upheaval in the upper ranks of Britain's police, with Monday's resignation of Assistant Commissioner John Yates — Scotland Yard's top anti-terrorist officer — following that of police chief Paul Stephenson, over their links to an arrested former executive from Murdoch's shuttered News of the World tabloid.MORE
AND THEN of course, there's the, um... unexpectedly dead reporter
. Dude they don't need a movie for this shit. They need a fucking TV SERIES to encompass this thing!