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July 18 2011


Jeff Jarvis: what’s next for News Corp. and its worlds?

Buzzmachine :: "There’s no telling how the News Corp. saga will turn out, but I’ll try", writes Jeff Jarvis and continues: "Here’s a scenario that leads to the breakup of News Corp., the Murdochs out of power, the deflation of institutional journalism, a break in the too-cozy media-government complex, an unfortunate rise in regulation of media, and a fortunate opening for newcomers. This story of legality and morality will quickly shift to one driven by business." - What's next?

Continue to read Jeff Jarvis, www.buzzmachine.com


Wall Street Journal: politicians and competitors use the phone-hacking perhaps to injure press freedom

Here is a discussion which started after Wall Street Journal published its editorial yesterday. 

Wall Street Journal | Opinion :: WSJ - When News Corp. and CEO Rupert Murdoch secured enough shares to buy Dow Jones & Co. four years ago, these columns welcomed our new owner and promised to stand by the same standards and principles we always had. That promise is worth repeating now that politicians and our competitors are using the phone-hacking years ago at a British corner of News Corp. to assail the Journal, and perhaps injure press freedom in general. ...

Access the full editorial here: online.wsj.com

Only a moment later the response came in as tweets  ... 

Jay Rosen (via Twitter): "Deluded dishonest whining victimology delivered in the form of a Wall Street Journal editorial on the phone hacking crisis"

Jeff Jarvis (via Twitter): "Journalists at WSJ, those with self-respect left, should rise up in protest vs its Murdoch-mouthpiece editorial."

Sarah Ellison (via Twitter): "Tonite's WSJ Editorial is sad. I've always defended the Edit page, but now It's a PR arm"

Jay Rosen is is a notable media critic, a writer, and a professor of journalism at New York University. Jeff Jarvis is the author of What Would Google Do?, blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program and the new business models for news project at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Sarah Ellison is contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, author of "War at the Wall Street Journal".

What do you think?

July 17 2011


Will the dirty business of journalism survive hackgate?

Spectator :: How long will it take for journalism to recover from what has been done in its name by the News of the World? - Since 2006 reporters have had to find new ways of digging the dirt. Martin Brigth, Spectator, remain optimistic that they will always find a way. As Ryan Giggs has discovered and Rupert Murdoch has always known: great newspaper stories are created where the rat-like cunning of the reporter meets the insatiable public desire for gossip and revelation. Martin Bright: "This base, murky but sometimes magnificent profession will survive this scandal, but it will not be unchanged by it. Perhaps we will be even better at our job when we don’t pay others to do our dirty work for us."

Continue to read Martin Bright, www.spectator.co.uk

July 16 2011


Joe Nocera: it’s official, the Wall Street Journal has been Fox-ified

New York Times :: It took Rupert Murdoch only three and a half years to get there, starting with the moment he acquired the paper from the dysfunctional Bancroft family in December 2007, a purchase that was completed after he vowed to protect The Journal’s editorial integrity and agreed to a (toothless) board that was supposed to make sure he kept that promise. Fat chance of that. Within five months, Murdoch had fired the editor and installed his close friend Robert Thomson. Soon came the changes, swift and sure.

Continue to read Joe Nocera, www.nytimes.com


Fow News: phone-hacking scandal is overblown, ‘we should move on’

Think Progress :: Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., finally addressed their parent company’s hacking scandal head on this morning, with Fox and Friends launching a comically sycophantic and pathetically inaccurate defense of News Corp. Host Steve Doocy and guest Robert Dilenschneider, agreed News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch has done “all the right things” and argued that the scandal is way overblown. “For some reason, the public, the media, keep going over this, again, and again, and again” the guest said. “,” he added, “We should move on.

Fox News Channel (FNC), or Fox News, or "Fox", is a cable and satellite television news channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation. As of April 2009, the channel is available to 102 million households in the United States and further to viewers internationally, broadcasting primarily out of its New York studios.

Continue to read Alex Seitz-Wald, thinkprogress.org

July 15 2011


Les Hinton, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, says he is resigning

New York Times :: Les Hinton, the chairman of Dow Jones, announced his resignation on Friday, joining Rebekah Brooks, the embattled chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper operations, in the exodus of top officials from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Mr. Hinton, a long-time confidant of Mr. Murdoch, ran News International, the British publishing subsidiary of Mr. Murdoch’s News Corporation from 1997 to 2005, during the time when the phone hacking that touched off the scandal took place. 

Continue to read blogs.nytimes.com


Ad campaign in every national newspaper, Rupert Murdoch: "We are sorry."

Guardian :: Rupert Murdoch has continued to attempt to rebuild his newspaper empire's tarnished reputation by placing a full-page advert in every national newspaper bearing his signature and declaring:

"We are sorry. The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account. It failed when it came to itself. ...

Continue to read John Plunkett, www.guardian.co.uk


Mediatwits #13: Smartphone Ownership Booms; This Week in Rupert

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Welcome to the 13th episode of "The Mediatwits," the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift's Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali, the founder of PaidContent. This week's show looks at a recent survey by Pew Internet that found that 35 percent of Americans now have smartphones, and that ownership is even higher among people of color. Guest Aaron Smith from Pew explained one surprise from the survey: 25 percent of smartphone users were using their phone as their main source of accessing the Net.

Then talk once again turned to the United Kingdom, and what is becoming a regular feature on the podcast: "This Week in Rupert." The phone-hacking scandal continues to widen, with News Corp. dropping its bid to take over BSkyB, and a new FBI investigation into possible hacking of the phones of 9/11 victims in the U.S. Special guest Jack Shafer, Pressbox columnist for Slate, says not to jump to conclusions and that the New York Post and Fox News are innocent until proven guilty.

Check it out!


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Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio's Music Alley.

Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

Google+ addictions

0:40: Mark convincing friends to join Google+

3:10: Rafat waiting until it grows out of early adopter phase

3:30: Rundown of topics for the podcast

Pew Internet survey on smartphone use

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05:00: Background on Pew Internet's Aaron Smith

07:15: Smartphones becoming part of daily life

11:15: Theories on popularity of smartphones by blacks, Latinos

This Week in Rupert

14:50: Slate's Jack Shafer now supporting Murdoch (joking!)

16:10: Update on the phone-hacking scandal, spreading to 9/11 victims?

18:20: Everyone's guilty before anything is proven

20:20: Guardian, Nick Davies deserve praise for staying on story

22:30: Fox News impacted? Mark and Jack argue it out

25:45: Twitter keeps Jack updated on story

More Reading

Smartphone Adoption and Usage at Pew Internet

As smartphones proliferate, some users are cutting the computer cord at Washington Post

Smartphones and Mobile Internet Use Grow, Report Says at NY Times' Bits blog

Jack Shafer's Pressbox column on Slate

Rupert Murdoch, Paper Tiger at Slate

Murdoch Pulls the Ultimate Reverse Ferret at Slate

FBI to investigate Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.: Did it hack 9/11 victims? at Christian Science Monitor

Google Plus Users Top 10 Million; 1 Billion Items Shared Each Day at ReadWriteWeb

Weekly Poll

Don't forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about how you access the Internet:

How do you access the Internet?

Check out the results of a previous poll: What do you think about Google+?

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Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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Rebekah Brooks's resignation letter: "Today we are leading the news for the wrong ones"

Rebekah Brook resigned over phone-hacking scandal today. The Guardian published the open letter she wrote to inform staff that she was stepping down. This time Rupert and James Murdoch accepted her resignation.

Guardian Rebekah Brooks's resignation letter. How News International's chief executive informed staff she was stepping down

[Rebekah Brooks:] At News International we pride ourselves on setting the news agenda for the right reasons. Today we are leading the news for the wrong ones. The reputation of the company we love so much, as well as the press freedoms we value so highly, are all at risk.

Continue to read the entire letter here www.guardian.co.uk


Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch calls in PR firm Edelman

News International probably plans to reinvent itself. They company now seeks professional PR and communication assistance after the phone-hacking scandal lead to the closing of News of the World. They will need it. But without a substiantial turnaround communication will fail.

Guardian :: Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has called in PR and lobbying specialists Edelman to help the embattled company handle mounting public anger and political pressure over the phone-hacking scandal in the UK. The PR company will report directly to Will Lewis, general manager of News Corp subsidiary News International, the publisher of Murdoch's British newspapers.

Continue to read Rupert Neate | Mark Sweney, www.guardian.co.uk


A family affair - BSkyB: Rupert Murdoch and Chase Carey overruled James Murdoch

Could be a screenplay for a new Hollywood movie: Scene: Three people in the room. Father, talking unemotionally: "Son, we just wanted to let you know that we've decided upon BSkyB in the meantime" .. silence in the room. - I just wonder HOW that scene might have taken place in reality. 

New York Times The decision to withdraw the bid for BSkyB, as the satellite broadcaster is known, was made as a contentious family drama played out in recent days. James Murdoch, a leading contender to replace his father as chairman and the driving force behind the News Corporation’s bid to take over BSkyB, argued that the company should press for regulatory approval of the deal, but as New York Times reports Rupert Murdoch and the News Corporation’s chief operating officer, Chase Carey, overruled the younger Mr. Murdoch, consulting him only after the decision was all but final.

Continue to read Jeremy W. Peters | John F. Burns, www.nytimes.com

July 14 2011


Wall Street Journal - Rupert Murdoch: News Corp. has handled crisis extremely well

The Wall Street Journal summarizes an interview with Rupert Murdoch defending News Corp. As Bruce Orwall, the author of the article included a little reminder in a new line: "News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal." - that made this article interesting for me

Wall Street Journal :: In his first significant public comments on the tabloid newspaper scandal that has engulfed his media empire, News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch vigorously defended the company's handling of the crisis but said it would establish an independent committee to "investigate every charge of improper conduct."

In an interview, Mr. Murdoch said News Corp. has handled the crisis "extremely well in every way possible," making just "minor mistakes."  (A remarkable statement. I guess media will remember this statement very well.)

Continue to read Bruce Orwall, online.wsj.com


Tom Crone, legal head of News International leaves company

Reuters :: Tom Crone, the legal manager at Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper arm, which is fighting widespread hacking allegations, has left the company, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.

Continue to read Georgina Prodhan | Jodie Ginsberg | Rosalba O'Brien, www.reuters.com


Bancroft family members express regrets at selling Wall Street Journal to Murdoch

Pro Publica ::  A number of key members of the family which controlled The Wall Street Journal say they would not have agreed to sell the prestigious daily to Rupert Murdoch if they had been aware of News International's conduct in the phone-hacking scandal at the time of the deal.

[Christopher Bancroft:] If I had known what I know now, I would have pushed harder against the Murdoch bid.

The comments by family members in interviews with ProPublica came as the crisis engulfing Murdoch's News Corporation threatened to spread to the U.S. with two senators calling for an investigation into whether the company broke U.S. laws over the phone hacking scandal.

Continue to read Richard Tofel, www.propublica.org (This story was co-published with The Guardian.)

July 13 2011


Zero hour - Timothy Garton Ash: a new settlement between politics, media and law must emerge

Guardian :: Britain's drama has penetrated the carapace of American self-preoccupation. Legendary reporter Carl Bernstein compares it to Watergate. On morning television, Hugh Grant appeals to Americans to wake up to Rupert Murdoch's pernicious influence on their own media. Business reporters track the impact on News Corp shares. Senator John Rockefeller calls for an inquiry into whether Americans' phones were hacked. If it turns out that 9/11 victims were targeted, as suggested by the campaigning MP Tom Watson in prime minister's questions, then this will no longer be just a foreign story.

But what does it all mean?

[Timothy Garton Ash, Guardian:] From the putrid quagmire of the hacking scandal must emerge a new settlement between politics, media and the law

Continue to read Timothy Garton Ash, www.guardian.co.uk


David Carr, New York Times: A kind of British Spring is under way

New York Times :: In consequence of the phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation summarily slid the 168-year-old News of the World, U.K., under a double-decker bus on Sunday, closing it down completely. It is a chance for the country.

[David Carr, New York Times:] A kind of British Spring is under way, now that the News Corporation’s tidy system of punishment and reward has crumbled. Members of Parliament, no longer fearful of retribution in Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids, are speaking their minds and giving voice to the anger of their constituents. Meanwhile, social media has roamed wild and free across the story, punching a hole in the tiny clubhouse that had been running the country. Democracy, aided by sunlight, has broken out in Britain.

Continue to read David Carr, www.nytimes.com


Rupert Murdoch has withdrawn his $12 billion BSkyB bid

Huffington Post :: HuffPo reports that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has withdrawn its $12 billion bid for BSkyB. The withdrawal represents a devastating blow to Murdoch, who had desperately sought to take full control of the satellite broadcaster. It comes after the British government dramatically withdrew its support for the bid on Tuesday in consequence of recent phone-hacking scandal in which News of the Worlds was involved.

Continue to read Jack Mirkinson, www.huffingtonpost.com

July 11 2011


News Corp. shareholders in class action over phone-hacking

Forbes :: Jeff Bercovici, Forbes, reports that the plaintiffs who initiated a class action against Murdoch and News Corp. in March over his $675 million acquisition of his daughter Elisabeth’s production company have amended their lawsuit to reflect the events of the past week, which led to the closure of the News of the World.

Continue to read the summary by Jeff Bercovici, blogs.forbes.com

News Corp Shareholder Suit Amended

Continue to read the summary by Jeff Bercovici, blogs.forbes.com


Can Rupert Murdoch's bid to take over BSkyB be stopped? Labour Party vows to fight

New York Times :: The $12 billion bid by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation to take over Britain’s most lucrative satellite broadcast company, British Sky Broadcasting, ran into fresh trouble on Sunday when the opposition Labour Party promised to take the battle against the takeover to a vote in the House of Commons — a step that, if successful, could deal a fatal blow to the bid.

Continue to read John F. Burns, www.nytimes.com


NOTW - 1500 on Thursday: end of an era? Why do all politicians kow-tow to Rupert Murdoch?

BBC News :: The primary function of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper and TV empire and Jonathan Harmsworth's Daily Mail and General Trust, these journalistic centres of power, is to dispense approval or disapproval to politicians. A News International journalist is reported to have said to Labour leader Ed Miliband: "You've made it personal with Rebekah so we're going to make it personal with you.". Paul Mason, BBC News: "That is the kind of power that, until about 1500 on Thursday, journalists in that circle could wield."

The question everybody has been asking journalists and politicians last weekend: why do all politicians kow-tow to Mr Murdoch; what is it that makes them incapable of seeing the moral hazards of the relationship?

Continue to read Paul Mason, www.bbc.co.uk

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