With the hacking-and-so-much-more scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s corrupt News of the World and other aspects of his empire expanding by the day, I’ve decided to launch a live blog with frequent updates on the subject. Items and links will be added below, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog—which, by the way, will somehow continue. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out, as is Barbara Bedway.
UPDATE: The Thursday edition of this blog.
10:00 Christopher Hitchens: It took another dog to eat Murdoch’s dog (h/t Barbara Bedway).
7:10 Brian Stelter at NYT wrap-up on how Brit scandal affecting Murdoch and company in USA now.
6:15 Two more Democratic senators (Boxer and Menendez) call for a probe into News Corp. … and 9/11 families join calls.
6:10 A clip from Gordon Brown’s speech in the Commons today in which he defended his government’s media policy record — recalls Murdoch paper picturing him as Dr. Evil — and accused Cameron of being in bed with News International. The Daily Telegraph leads with "The Revenge of Brown" and the BBC notes that "there’s likely to be widespread reaction in the British media" the speech. "Law-breaking on an industrial scale…linked to underworld."
6:05 Mike Calderone: DOJ reviewing calls for Murdoch company prosecution.
6:00 If you missed Reuters’ major retraction on News Corp. tax issues.
4:25 Pro Publica: Bancroft family says they regret ever selling the Wall Street Journal to Murdoch.
4:20 Full Guardian coverage of the day here plus many extras (and see my earlier items below), including editor Alan Rusbridger doubting PM Cameron’s account.
4:10 The Nation presents the News of the World Murdoch scandal — in pictures! new slide show.