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Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch wished he had closed down the News of the World that has been at the centre of the phone-hacking storm that has gripped his corporation "years ago". Murdoch at the Leveson Inquiry this morning. The News Corp boss made the comment during a fascinating exchange at the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics …

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Devil

Woulda, coulda, shoulda...

And if my aunt had balls she'd be my uncle, Rupert. We know your whole outfit is corrupt and no amount of hand-wringing after the fact should change that.

Sadly, it probably will because what the press and politicians report today will be the benchmark for how much they can be seen to get away with again in future.

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If only...

If only he would shut the Sun down retrospectively as well.

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Maybe...but he has hundreds of millions of reasons ($$) NOT to shut either down.

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Oh, really?

"this whole business of News of the World is a serious blot on my reputation".

That reputation was already so tattered that it would have been hard to find anywhere to put the blot in the first place.

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Liar

He's the one who sanctioned the whole culture of spying and blackmail. SO much so that our Prime Ministers have to pay obeisance to him/his staff and editors evertime there's an election. He appears so smug in the powers he has, holier than thou attitude and arrogance.

Hate his demeanour even more.

And to know that success of election campaigns rest on readers of SUn makes me shiver as to the quality of our electorate, too.

As is said, a country/people gets a government it deserves. How many bankers have I seen going to work and reading................ the SUN!

Shame.

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It's a shame he's lived three decades longer than his welcome.

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I think you will find he is older than 30.

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Dennis Potter

I will always remember the Dennis Potter interview.

"I call my cancer Rupert," he told Bragg. "Because that man Murdoch is the one who, if I had the time (I've got too much writing to do)... I would shoot the bugger if I could."

Lets face it 'Cold Lazarus' was pretty poor, he could have spent his time more wisely.

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what i dont get...

if i commit a crime and break a law,even one i dont know existed, i am still to blame.

yet, he owns several companies with a culture of breaking the law, yet he denies he knows.

i bet fuck all will happen to him. i say stop him trading in this country. close down all his interests and ban him.

isnt he in shit in the USA too?

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Re: what i dont get...

He has a massive stake in Fox News so obviously he's shit in the USA, given that FN are the news equivalent of bowel cancer for deception, lying and attacking America.

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in shit... meaning in trouble. i hear his lot has been hacking in the USA too. hopefully they wont be as pussified as our lot will be. im sure he still has plenty on them.

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>hopefully they wont be as pussified as our lot will be

Wow you have never been to the United State of Corporate Whores have you? Our culture has made a deal with the devil where corporations are the ones with the rights and us people get thrown scraps for advancing their interests. Murdoch is safer here than even in the UK which is why he picked my homeland for his citizenship. I love my country for every reason but our laws and government.

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Old point, new presentation

I admit having seen the NoW once in around 1970 and it was a nasty little rag already back then.

But a lot of this foaming at the mouth is, frankly, stupid. The NoW was the UK's largest circulation Sunday newspaper. There were lots of others which people could have read if they chose to. Millions chose to read the NoW.

CHOSE. Not like Pravda in the Soviet era. Not because they were short of toilet tissue. And not because Grandaddy Rupe forced them to.

It was because they wanted to read the bleeding thing.

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Re: Old point, new presentation

Because unfortunatly most people are brain dead morons who take anything that is spoon fed to them.

If you recommend trying something like al jazeera to them, they will think you are a hoodie wearing, east european peadophile terrorist that agrees with bi-weekly bin collections (the latter being the worst of all crimes)

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Re: Old point, new presentation

Quite a few of them would feel at home on this site, with its innuendo-laden headlines and populist baseless rants about matters such as climate change.

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Re: Old point, new presentation

You can make a lot of money pandering to the lowest common denominator, especially when you feed them a diet of salacious tittle-tattle and carefully spun stories that appeal to their prurient interests.

Truth? That's another matter entirely...

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Re: Old point, new presentation

I've just finished my 3 month boycott of el Reg after frustration at it's downright lewdifying of normal stories and utter lack of sensitivity to anything that was once considered decent. Truly biting the hands that feeds it.

In my absence I found: techcrunch, techradar and politicalbetting among others.

I'm sure I wasn't missed, but I'm back to see if it's worth staying.

Right now I still have to remember to check, the habit of staying away is well formed.

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@handle

"...and populist baseless rants about matters such as climate change."

You mean just like YOU are doing?

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Re: Old point, new presentation

"I've just finished my 3 month boycott of el Reg", Sam Liddicott

I too grow weary of inflammatory, erroneous headlines, biased opinion and advertising masquerading as technical news.

"In my absence I found: techcrunch, techradar and politicalbetting among others", Sam Liddicott

Well, with headlines like this, I don't see much of a difference :)

"Apple security ten years behind Microsoft"

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/apple-security-ten-years-behind-microsoft-says-kapersky-boss-1077840

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Re: Old point, new presentation

yeah, Sam?

B'bye...

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Re: @handle

'Fraid not, ItsNotMe - by accepting rather than rejecting the overwhelming scientific concensus on the uncomfortable theory of man-made climate change I am being by definition exactly the opposite of both baseless and populist. Although I must say I am flattered that you seem to consider my single sentence on the subject to be on a par in the rantiness stakes with the scores of articles on this site to which I am referring.

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why do people buy the sun after what this monster has done???

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Holmes

Um, because Sun readers are morons?

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The guy above me..

Couldn't have put it better, or more simply. People who read The Sun don't actually care about current affairs, which is funny, because they're buying a paper.

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They buy it for the sports section and page 3 girls.

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Same reason why folks watch Fox news here .

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"They buy it for the sports section and page 3 girls."

It's pretty rubbish for sports even but it does have the best tits of any daily newspaper.

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Circulation would go down 50% tomorrow if they ended Page 3 girls.

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the same reason some people buy the Grauniad

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"Same reason why folks watch Fox news here ."

Because they're racist and are annoyed that intelligent society has largely progressed beyond such things so instead cling onto the idea of Political Correctness instead?

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There are many tits in the Graun but sadly none of the bulgarian airbag variety.

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is he really the problem?

We seem to have become a nation of unquestioning idiots who accept what the media have to say. Be it anything from softcore titillation (actress wears bikini - shock!) meets xenophobia style Daily Mail drivel at one extreme, through to the incessant smug BBC PCness meets soft-left indoctrination at the other.

Few facts, lots of superficial opinion and sleaze.

At the end of the day, the punters decide they want this stuff, and half of them are of below average IQ.

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100 Years ago a newspaper owner like Murdoch would have done the decent thing.

He'd have gone into his office with a revolver and a bottle of whiskey.

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Re: 100 Years ago a newspaper owner like Murdoch would have done the decent thing.

You're joking, right? Compared to Hearst, Murdoch is a promising amateur.

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Re: 100 Years ago a newspaper owner like Murdoch would have done the decent thing.

Lets see back then they would of sent thugs after , printed viscous lies about , and have politician and the police change your mind. This was an era when the shot striking works and the papers would white wash it

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Devil

Murdoch "Sorry"...

... he and his got caught.

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Anonymous Coward

Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago

Not half as sorry as the rest of us.

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Mr. Murdoch...

...the seat to the right hand of Satan awaits you, old bean. do the decent thing by the horned one - and humanity - and die. after suffering, of course.

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Paris Hilton

Yeh right!

"Murdoch had said earlier that it was "grossly unfair" to his flagship redtop, The Sun, to be "lumped together" with the NotW."

You mean the Sun is a well respected, independent newspaper with a proud record of in-depth investigative reporting by journalists of impeccable character who gathered the news entirely within the law, and does not suffer from the celebrity led, gossiping, hyped –up, hysterical half truths normally associated with the gutter press……….and they don't have pictures of ladies with their tits out.

Who knew?

(talking of ladies with their tits out..)

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"Murdoch had said earlier that it was "grossly unfair" to his flagship redtop, The Sun, to be "lumped together" with the NotW."

No, it's not grossly unfair. They are newspapers in the same style, owned by the same company. I'm not saying any wrongdoing has happened at the Sun aswell (although I personally think it likely) but I think it would be extremely irresponsible not investigate the Sun for the same type of activity.

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Especially as key NoTW staff were transferred to the Sun after the NoTW was closed down, and went to form the core of the Sun on Sunday (AKA NoTW v2.0) staff.

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NOTW & Sun

I always thought NOTW was the Sunday Sun.

I remember when the term "Sun reader" was an insult.

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Re: NOTW & Sun

it still is to people with more than a handful of braincells.

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Anonymous Coward

Billy Bragg says it best here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1P6KUyOhBc

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I bet...

...Murdoch doesn't read The Sun.

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Murdoch

Crazy Fool!

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Sun paper

Jasper Carrott had it right

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Re: Sun paper

Thirty years before the scandal hit even.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO687AiGIvU

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Bah!

Call me a cynic but I'm not buying so much as a word here.

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Look ...

By all means bash Murdoch - he would be doing the same to anyone else in his situation.

But I respectfully disagree with most of the criticisms of the Sun. No,it's not preferred reading for techies or Oxbridge dons. It's tailored for mass market reading, and is very popular on building sites.

I suspect that some who are criticizing the Sun have not actually read the thing to any extent. I've put in my time on building sites and read it regularly. It's a good product, technically speaking. Well produced, with a clear editorial voice and well-above-average proof-reading.

The point is, many - possibly most - people who read the Sun wouldn't switch to the Times or the Philosophical Review if the red-tops were banned. They'd just stop reading newspapers altogether.

Personally I prefer what readers here probably consider the lumpen proletariat to get SOME world and political information rather than none. If it takes a delivery vehicle like the Sun to do it, I can live with that.

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