It is quite possible to wander around our sceptered isle, listen to the news, read the papers, chat with your mates at the coffee shop or the pub and know nothing about the Murdoch press empires involvement with hacking the phones of politicians, the Royal family, people in the media industry, actual famous people and even celebrities.
Sure, the story gets the odd mention, it has been widely covered in the Guardian, but only wet liberal hypocrites like me read that. The BBC has hinted at it but run away scared, no other newspapers have dared mention it. Is it because they’re terrified of the pugnacious Mr Murdoch and his many years of bullying, manipulation and skillful lowering of journalistic standards the world over? Surely not.
Even I’m a little hesitant to say anything because I’ve met Rupe’s daughter, had a lovely supper at her house last year and she’s really nice. I don’t want to upset her. Best say nothing, hope it’ll all go away. I think that may be the feeling among newspaper and TV editors, don’t want to upset Rupe, it could get nasty.
And anyway, wasn’t this all sorted out years ago? I remember when a scummy journalist went to prison along with a stink fingered private dick for hacking the Princes’ phone. Cheeky or what, but it’s all done, end of story.
The man who used to be Prime Minister Cameron’s press secretary, Andy Coulson, lovely fella, he was, surprisingly, the editor at the News of the World when all this nasty business was taking place. He knew nothing about it of course, editors never know what their reporters are doing, they certainly don’t keep an eye on the budget as loads of money gets paid to private detectives. Mr Coulson would have had his eye on big, important news events the News of the World is proudly renown for, like if Jordan had got pants on when she got out of a limo.
Yep, the police investigation into the biggest media scandal since the war just, well, it just stopped. Not that Mr Coulson would have influenced anything, although it was suddenly closed down after the last election.
But now it’s all bubbled up again. Andy Coulson had to resign as Mr Cameron’s press secretary. We wonder why, surely it can’t be that he is implicated after all?
Now dozens of people we’ve all heard of are bringing private prosecutions agains the News of the World, they all know their phones were hacked, their privacy invaded.
And all this has come at a very bad time for poor old Rupe, and it’s not a bag of laughs for his boy in Downing Street. Really bloody awkward. You see Rupe’s trying to buy the whole of Sky television, I thought he already owned it, Sky News looks more and more like Fox news every day. But he doesn’t own all of it, and he wants to own ALL of it.
“All, I must have all of it, mwaa hhaaa hhaaa!”
So what’s wrong with him owning all of Sky, what possible difference can it make. Other than Rupert will make even more money, and control even more of the worlds media than he does now, and influence even more ‘news’ outlets, and spread his very aggressive neo-conservative agenda even further afield.
Oh yes, old Rupe and now his son Jimmy boy are some of the most powerful people on the planet, and like I’ve said before we didn’t vote for them. They are here whether we like it or not, although they tell us very successfully who we should vote for. Through their newspapers they supported Tone in ’97, they supported Dave last year.
They know they can make or break someone in the public eye and people are scared of them, but it’s just possible, they may just have blown it this time. I think this story is anything but over. I think it’s just beginning. And if you detected a certain amount of Glee in that last sentence, and I don’t mean the excellent TV series, I mean deep joy at the potential prat fall for the most powerful media empire the world has ever known, I plead guilty.