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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


How Rupert Murdoch went bad …

*Pic: From Rupert’s Twitter feed HERE

Rupert Max Stuart: Murdoch did a deal to go soft on the Playford government

According to Evan Whitton, Rupert Murdoch went bad 56 years ago, and stayed bad … Always with an eye on the main chance for number one … The Rupert Max Stuart affair … The role of Sol Chandler … Playing tootsies with Gorton and Whitlam … Hacking and Milly Dowler … Wilful blindness

RUPERT Murdoch was not always evil. Born in 1931, he kept a bust of Lenin in his room at Oxford and supported the English Labour Party in 1951. Perhaps he hoped to make the world a better place, but nine years later he had to choose between that and making the world a better place for himself.

The choice concerned Rupert Max Stuart. He was convicted in 1959 of a murder he did not commit – he had a rock-solid alibi – but the corrupt South Australian Premier, Tom Playford, was determined to hang him; an execution was then a vote-winner.

Rohan Rivett, Murdoch’s editor at the Adelaide News, saved Stuart from the gallows, and Playford was forced to commute the sentence to life in prison on October 5, 1959.

On January 19, 1960, Playford lodged absurd charges of criminal and seditious libel which put Rivett and Murdoch at risk of long prison terms. In March 1960, the jurors returned not guilty verdicts on all except one charge on which they could not agree.

News political reporter Ken May was the go-between for a deal consummated on June 6, 1960. Historian K.S. Inglis wrote:

“Many people believed that Playford dropped the last charge in return for an undertaking from Murdoch that the News would go easy on his government.”

(Stuart was forgotten. Murdoch’s later political chums included such dubious types as John Gorton, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Paul Keating, Tony Blair, and Donald Trump.)

Murdoch sacked Rivett on July 12, 1960. Was that part of the deal with Playford? His treatment of a Fleet Street genius, Stanley (Sol) Chandler, may provide a pointer.

Chandler did something possibly unparalleled since Defoe invented modern journalism on February 10, 1704; he increased the circulation of Murdoch’s Melbourne Truth from 220,000 to 400,000 in eight months to February 1967.

He did it by adhering to his belief that “the oldest rule of journalism … is to tell the customers what is really going on”. Truth was now hugely profitable.

Truth revealed in December 1967 that the new Prime Minister, John Gorton, was a thief: when Gorton’s father died, Gorton and his wife held a board meeting and cut his father’s mistress out of his will.

Murdoch sacked Chandler. Eight months later, Gorton gave Murdoch permission to use the profits of Truth and The News to buy The News of the World (NOW).

Murdoch’s organs supported Gough Whitlam in his successful bid to become Prime Minister in December 1972. With John Menadue as go-between, Murdoch then asked Whitlam to make him High Commissioner in London. The post would have given him political connections which the sleazy News of the World never could. Whitlam declined; Murdoch did not forgive him.

A certain Noela Whitton began the process which led to Rupert Max Stuart being released on parole – after nearly 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit – in October 1973.

Sol Chandler said: “We must not break the law.” NOW employees broke the law by phone-hacking, which is the crime of theft of private information. Another crime is wilful blindness – could have known, should have known – to a crime. Was Murdoch aware of his employees’ phone-hacking crimes? If not, was he wilfully blind?

It begins and ends with Milly Dowler. On 22 March 2002, Milly, 13, was on her way home from her Surrey school when she was abducted and murdered. Murdoch’s NOW employees hacked Milly’s phone during the six months before her body was found on September 18, 2002. Mentions of phone-hacking began in 2004. Thus:

• February 2004. Steve Whattamore revealed to have supplied newspapers, including NOW, with hacked material.

• November 2005. NOW has a story on Prince William’s knee injury. Royal Court officials complain about voicemail messages being intercepted. Police investigate.

• August 2006. Police arrest NOW royal affairs editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for hacking royal household mobile phones.

• January 2007. Goodman/Mulcaire plead guilty to conspiring to hack.

• December 2007. Murdoch’s son James becomes chief executive of News Group Europe and Asia with oversight of News International, publisher of NOW.

• April 2008. James Murdoch is aware that News Group is paying Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, £400,000+ in a confidential settlement relating to NOW phone-hacking.

• April 2011. Three NOW reporters arrested on phone-hacking charges.

• July 4, 2011. The Guardian reports that Milly Dowler’s phone had been hacked by NOW people while she was missing in 2002.

• July 7, 2011. Virgin Holidays, The Co-Operative Group, Ford, General Motors have withdrawn advertising from NOW; others considering their position. James Murdoch said NOW would close.

• July 10, 2011. NOW’s last edition. Sol Chandler would have been amused.

• May 1, 2012, a parliamentary select committee reported that Rupert Murdoch “exhibited wilful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications” and was “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”.

Murdoch was not charged with the crime of wilful blindness.

*Evan Whitton is a reporter/historian. China Fangzheng Press has translated and is to republish his eighth book, Our Corrupt Legal System. In English it can be found here: http://www.justinian.com.au/bloggers/netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp

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  1. Chris

    August 13, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Murdock the merciless,the mind which bends others to his will.
    Will he bend Fifield and Turnguts to his will so we may have less choice and diversity, or will these IPA merchants destroy our ABC.

  2. phill Parsons

    August 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Buy the one that makes him bleed although more often now they are all the print versions. Soon the paper paper will leave the week and only appear at it’s end.

    Will you be able to influence voters with the other media as it diversifies into society with citizen reporters and opinion writers.

    Care not Murdoch would if the rules let him own anything and broadcast everywhere. Indeed why have rules if tat is what they allow.

    However if you allow that you cannot restrict it with licenses to print or braodcast.

    Let the market rule is the delcon cry, Hayek comes back from the dead. “There is no society, only a community of individual interests” M. Thatcher.

    Well der. But certain interests must run uphill for all time whilst others are on a downhill skiing holiday.

  3. Adam

    August 12, 2016 at 12:50 am


    Defame the dead

    The guilty know you can’t escape them, they like war they like their mayhem
    like their crimes, like their capers, western conflicts sell the papers
    write the rules, write the guidelines, use police to hand out their fines
    politicians in their pockets, pay the bribe, keep the dockets
    name what’s good but love despising, pointless columns, moralising
    Saturday morning advertising, any shit their capitalising
    marry smart, by the networks, supermodels and their perks
    let the young girls write about news, if their pretty call it news

    don’t believe the fourth estate forget the news and watergate
    nothing’s changed because it’s read you know you can’t defame the dead
    don’t believe the fourth estate forget the news and watergate
    nothing’s like they ever said, nothing’s good until it’s bled

    they start their wars and show no mercy, like accepted controversy
    anarchists can be a bother, need the bad guy need the other
    us and them and we’re all clean, they smell bad and act real mean
    we’re As in circles and their keen but they’re still part of the machine
    can’t have peace without a war, can’t have nothing to ignore
    just can’t win without a fight, can’t have black without a white
    can’t have drought without some rain, Lockerbie without a plane
    can’t have crazy without sane, can’t have okay without pain

    the biggest crims don’t get convicted, only poor folk get evicted
    rich get rich and own the town, winners win and others drown
    own the system make the rules, say who’s ugly say who’s cool
    say who’s right and who’s the fool. all because they own the pool
    share the blame by selling shares, bomb the baddies no one cares
    say who’s brave and say who dares, make the odds and raise the fares
    bomb a country call it justice, make the readers an accomplice
    in the headlines say it’s fair, sell em cake and underwear

    it’s a dying media, it’s always getting greedier
    it’s always getting seedier, it’s no encyclopaedia
    sell us crap, sell us beer, sell us war and sell us fear
    sell us porn and sell us class, I thank god it’s dying fast
    make em bad and make em good, make em think just as you would
    turn the ratbags into gollums, get the morons writing columns
    praise the country, praise the state, praise the soldier, praise the marcher
    praise the cop who masturbates, it’s just a book my Jeffrey archer


  4. Chris

    August 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    More and more .
    Read wot ewe ah told.

    • May 1, 2012, a parliamentary select committee reported that Rupert Murdoch “exhibited wilful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications” and was “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”.
    Murdoch was not charged with the crime of wilful blindness.
    See more at: http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/weblog/article/how-rupert-murdoch-went-bad-/#sthash.k4cGoHmt.dpuf

    Fifield firm about media IN TODAYS AGE.
    Lets get it done before we are done.

    Matthew Knott
       The Turnbull government has no intention of watering down or delaying its changes to media ownership laws, despite signs the package will struggle to pass the Senate, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield says.

       Senator Fifield called on Labor to make up its mind on cross-media ownership laws, saying jobs will be at risk unless the Opposition supports the government’s changes.

       The government introduced legislation this year to abolish the ‘‘reach rule’’ – which prohibits television networks from broadcasting to more than 75 per cent of the population – and the ‘‘two-out-ofthree rule’’, which bans media proprietors from controlling a newspaper, television and radio station in the same market.

       A deal with Labor is seen as the government’s best hope of achieving reform, given the Senate crossbench is viewed as hostile to deregulation.

       Labor says it supports the removal of the reach rule but is not convinced the two-out-of-three rule needs to be scrapped.

       Labor’s new communications spokeswoman, Michelle Rowland, said there should be a review to examine whether abolishing crossmedia ownership restrictions would weaken media diversity.

       Senator Fifield told Fairfax Media: ‘‘The last thing Australia’s media companies need right now is another review – it is time for action.

       He said the issues involved had been debated for years and a Senate committee had already scrutinised the government’s changes.

  5. Chris

    August 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Ive got this Hacking cough and hope some noble foreigner will fix it for me. Cof cof.
    Just as well the hackers cannot get at my senses as I do not buy the Mockery.

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