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Rupert Murdoch decides the political line of the Sun and News of the World, but not the Times and the Sunday Times, he has told a parliamentary committee.
The News Corporation chairman said he was "a traditional proprietor" as far as the red-top papers were concerned.
Originally posted by Ste2652
I don't know where to begin.
1) What right does someone who was born in Australia and holds US citizenship have to single-handedly decide the political slant of the UK's most-read tabloid newspaper? (A newspaper that, sadly, affects the views of millions of British voters)
2) What kind of back room deals have politicians made to Murdoch in return for his support at election time? How have these affected the democratic process?
4) Can Britain truly be said to have freedom of the press? In this case it isn't the government but corporate interests that are threatening that freedom.
He also wants Sky News to become more like Fox News. Just... eugh...
The implications this has for a free market and an independent press is extremely concerning... why do we allow people like Murdoch and Rothermere (owner of the Daily Mail, Sunday Mail, the Metro etc. and his ancestors supported both the Nazis and the British Union of Fascists) to own great swathes of the media? The Daily Mail wants to run a City Academy, for goodness sake! ("You couldn't make it up!", to nick a catchphrase from Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn )
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
Sadly I don't see any political parties rushing to do anything about it.