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 with links, as is Barbara Bedway.
UPDATE: Here’s the Friday edition of this blog.
5:15 Forbes with summary of day’s events, including Lachlan’s return. I remember when we did cover story on him at E&P when he (briefly) tried to run the NY Post. Then he got out.
5:00 BTW, brief trailer for my new book just posted.
3:25 The AP reports that the FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that News Corp. hacked the phones of 9/11 victims. AP says it may have been inspired by Rep. Peter King’s call yesterday.
3:20 Listen to Carl Bernstein, NYT‘s Roger Cohen debate Murdoch legacy on "To the Point" radio show. Cohen had written column this week defending Rupe.
2:30 Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) — "a key member of a House oversight committee" — is the latest to call for an investigation of News Corp.
1:25 Don’t miss: Roger Ebert asks, Is It A Wonderful Life? With Hugh Laurie as Murdoch and Stephen Fry as Guardian Angel Clarence. (h/t Barbara Bedway)
1:20 Cory Doctorow op-ed: Murdoch scandal must not be used to create new laws to restrain press.
1:05 In an abrupt about-face, the Murdochs now say they will testify before a Parliamentary panel investigating phone hacking.
12:30 Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger: Scotland Yard admits it hired Coulson’s deputy Neil Wallis -arrested today – to advise top cops, includng Yates http://is.gd/ylLzJZ ."