Rupert Murdoch’s global empire

July 7, 2011

A scandal rocking Rupert Murdoch’s media empire deepened on Thursday with claims his best-selling News of the World paper hacked the phones of relatives of British soldiers killed in action. The latest allegations prompted News Corp to shut down the 168-year-old tabloid. Here’s a look at the rest of the empire.


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The Kingmaker!

Posted by razaq | Report as abusive

Empire of scandals.

Posted by OmarMinyawi | Report as abusive

The most powerful man in the world because the human brain works just like the computer rule GIGO – garbage in, garbage out. Throw in enough sensationalism, repeat the lies often enough, and many viewers become your robots. They will spread your propaganda like a virus. Even vote against their own financial self interest, in favor of his.

Posted by Discovery451 | Report as abusive

No single person or entity should be in control of that much media. That’s just begging for trouble.

Posted by GLK | Report as abusive

Zeitgeist New World Order revisited? It seems somehow conspiracy theorists understate the case! Great graphics!

Posted by bobbydigits | Report as abusive

The NOTW saga is a microcosm. The galvanisation of public anger about the issue has been remarkable but not completely surprising. So many issues encapsulated in one incident : Boundary violation; Disrespect of the dead; Interfering in a police investigation; Sensationalism to sell papers; Power plays; Favouritism; The Jewish control angle; Concentration of media ownership and political intrigue. When the zeitgeist of a nation reaches a certain point it doesn’t take much of a spark to set off a wildfire. To be fair to the Murdochs the closure of the paper was decided pretty quickly. A mortal wound had been inflicted. There was no point trying to flog a dead horse anymore. The world needs good media outlets not one’s like NOTW. Regarding journalism…

“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumours and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.”

– William Tecumseh Sherman (1862)

Posted by AdamNeira | Report as abusive

Insurance Policies

9/11 cover-story
7/7 cover-story

Posted by NadPauKucGraMcK | Report as abusive

What you see in Britain is what is going on in the US. This is the 21st Century Joseph Goebbels in what he calls “news, and truth.”

Posted by ajwidget | Report as abusive

Democracy Inaction.
Free Pressed.


Posted by TiredOfRepubs | Report as abusive

This chart makes Murdoch look like a modern day Citizen Kane.

Whatever happens, today is a sad day for investigative journalism. Not all journalists at the NOTW were bad apples, just like not all MPs were not expense fiddlers and not all bankers were fat cats.

Check out my view at 07/news-is-screwed.html

You might also be interested in my view on the disgrace that is the PCC: 07/fall-of-another-flop.html

Posted by mjs2781 | Report as abusive

This half the picture of his empire …!!! It doesn’t show the 175 newspapers magazines he owns

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