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Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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This reader was aware of some of the excesses of the news media of Murdoch's empire, both in the US and the UK. However he did appreciate the depth of the depravity that is documented in detail by this book for activities in the UK that ultimately resulted in the closing of News of the World in England, after 168 years of publishing.
* Widespread hacking of telephone voicemail boxes (thousands) to gain tidbits for publishing. The targets ranged from royalty like Prince Charles, close relatives of former prime ministers, MPs, celebrities like Hugh Grant, to more ordinary people: people who had been killed in the 2005 bus and subway bombings, British soldiers killed in Afghanistan or Iraq, and during the police hunt the phone 13 year old girl who had been murdered.
* Scotland Yard kept and ignored extensive documentation of hacking activity.
* Bribing the police to gain confidential information on people's whereabouts or phone numbers to hack.
* Blackmailing a person into giving interviews.
* Following MP members of investigative committees by private investigators who were looking for dirt.
* Tit-for-tat or undue influence with politicians at the highest levels of the UK government.
Unsavory activities in the US had some surprises, but they are not on the scale of what happened in the UK.Read more ›
the heart of this book is the story of the crash landing of many murdoch european media ventures leading to the rapid descent of (USA) newscorp. > against the backdrop of the Foxnews journalistic disgrace called coverage of the 2012 election. all the overstuffed parrot puppets hit the deck hard...dick morris watched from the fair and balanced cafeteria or wherever, clutching his already packed briefcase, while rove ran about the studio, looking for the fratboys who said, sorry, it's all over. bright spot, megyn kelly handled the whole two reeler with dignity and humour. the same kind of mania which had enveloped murdoch's british "family" a wile earlier, as they saw their calculated misdeeds pass before their eyes, on the way to unemployment, the slammer, or both.
there's an hilarious passage about mr. ailes own hysteria, trying to locate a fair and balanced (?) biographer. this dude gets a raise because his station did not deliver Romney-Ryan. go figure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is a good insight to Murdoch's life and how he structured his "empire." For me, it became a little boring trying to follow all the people being mentioned. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Daniel Espinoza
Folkenflik delved so deeply into Murdock that there is little left to discover in this positively indecent media tyrant. All you ever wanted to know and more. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by J. Philip Geddes
Very interesting book on the propaganda mills that Murdoch has created.
On issues of war, climate change, labor, government, race & gender, and much else,
Fox "News" is a... Read more
Parts were very interesting, parts depressing (to see how things really work), parts more detail than I could keep track of.Published on November 28, 2013 by D. Gustavson
A very well-writen book that is much more "fair and balanced" than any of Murdoch's televison shows and newspapers would ever be! I liked it very much.Published on November 22, 2013 by Ronald Lovell
It was not an easy book to read but I felt that the reader was getting an honest appraisal of all the mechanization that goes on under the radar of the Murdock empire. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by JeanieLou