A new blog with frequent updates, with the latest at the top, much like my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, see my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book.
7:00 James Murdoch gets unanimous backing from Sky board to remain as boss.
2:00 NYT catches up to big story out of UK today 9see below) on mother of dead girl being given hacked phone by Rebekah Brooks. "The tabloid at the center of the scandal, The News of the World, had championed the campaign of the grieving mother, Sara Payne, for a law warning parents if child sex offenders lived nearby, and she had written warmly of the paper in its final edition, calling it ‘an old friend.’ A statement released on behalf of Mrs. Payne by the Phoenix Foundation, a charity she worked with, described her as devastated and disappointed."
12:30 Apparently a false new report circulating that CNN has suspended Piers Morgan for role in hacking years ago.
11:25 Guardian: Good old Rebekah Brooks gave a cell phone to mother of dead child (potentially allowing for easier access to messages?)
10:45: Judge suggests case is expanding—so could drag on for a year or more.
10:30 Piers Morgan continues to deny hacking claims.
9:55 Former NOTW staffers looking for work even in… Siberia.
8:05 British academics accuse Times cartoonist of using “racist caricatures” in what they say was a crude and offensive attempt to deflect attention from the phone hacking row.
12:00 India Today reminds us that the Murdoch Empire extends beyond the US and UK, and that many of its Asian companies remain untouched by the hacking scandal.
From late Wednesday
9/11 families to meet with Atty Gen Holder re Murdoch scandal and hacking.
Times editor James Harding calls News International’s handling of the phone-hacking scandal “catastrophic” and says that it damaged his paper’s sales.
Dennis Potter, noted Brit playwright, before his death called his cancer of the pancreas “Rupert,” and explained: “There is no one person more responsible for the pollution of what was already a fairly polluted press, and the pollution of the British press is an important part of the pollution of British political life…. I call my cancer, the main one, the pancreas one, Rupert.”
No blood money: Military charities in UK turn down large proceeds offered from final day sales of NOTW, saying they are totally repulsed by hacking, especially of dead soldiers’ families.
American fillmmaker Robert Greenwald: “What is the main lesson learned in the Murdoch scandal? That corporate conglomerate power run unregulated causes great public harm and lacks the checks and balances required for there to be any accountability. Given this, what would be the best way to investigate the criminal wrongdoings of such a conglomerate?”