In case you don’t know, Rebekah Brooks was the editor of the News of the World newspaper and at the helm during the phone hacking scandal. That paper is, of course, one of the many holdings of News Corp. headed by chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch.
Brooks and Murdoch are tight like this, yo.
So yeah, you may have heard that as a result of the scandal, Brooks was forced to resign. That’s true. She resigned as the chief executive of News International on July 15, 2011.
She was arrested on by London police on July 17, 2011, for suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption. She was in custody for 12 hours then released on bail.
Although coverage of the News Corp. hacking scandal has died down a bit it is far from over.
Did you know that despite widespread coverage of Brooks’ “resignation” she was still on the board of directors for 22 News Corp. holdings?
Here’s the list of Brooks’ directorships:
TIMES NEWSPAPERS HOLDINGS LIMITED
NEWS INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS LIMITED
NEWS 2026 LIMITED
NI SYNDICATION LIMITED
NI FREE NEWSPAPERS LIMITED
NEWS INTERNATIONAL TRADING IRELAND LIMITED
NEWS PRINTERS GROUP LIMITED
NEWSPRINTERS (EUROCENTRAL) LIMITED
NEWSPRINTERS (KNOWSLEY) LIMITED
NEWSPRINTERS (BROXBOURNE) LIMITED
NEWS PRINTERS ASSETS LIMITED
NEWS INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISEMENTS (IRELAND) LIMITED
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT LIMITED (THE)
NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LIMITED
NI GROUP LIMITED
NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS LIMITED
TIMES NEWSPAPERS LIMITED
NEWS INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION LIMITED
NEWS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATED SERVICES LIMITED
NEWS INTERNATIONAL (ADVERTISEMENTS) LIMITED
NEWS INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY COMPANY LIMITED
Source: Political Scrapbook
Wow. It must be nice to have someone rich and powerful like you. A lot.
In a statement, Brooks said back on July 15th, “… my resignation has been accepted.”
You keep using that word “resignation.” I do not think it means what you think it means.
The Daily Telegraph reported that despite resigning from her position, Brooks remained on the company payroll and continued to receive her salary from News International, having been told by Rupert Murdoch to “to travel the world on him for a year.” (Source: Wikipedia.)
Keep an eye on this one even if the story occasionally drops from the main street spotlight. News of the World has been accused of doing some really slimy things and she was in charge. With Murdoch as her friend and mentor, I’m sure that apple didn’t fall from the tree.
This week I happened, totally by chance, to see some opinion pages from The Wall Street Journal. I don’t subscribe to WSJ nor do I seek out their opinion very often. But my boss loves money – he loves to eat it – so he’s a subscriber. You know the type. He has investments and actually gives a shit about what happens in the stock market. He spends his free time reading about tax laws, learning how to live life and structure things so he can pay as little as possible, etc.
I happened to glace at the opinion page on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, and there was Barack Obama front and center. Above him, a headline asked, “Who’s the Extremist Now?” I remember thinking, “Nice. Now that is subtle.”
Then, a mere two days later, on Thursday, April 14, 2011, I noticed Obama was featured on the opinion page. Again! There was another picture of Obama and the headline above asked, “Who Do You Trust?”
Holy fuck shit, Batman. It looks like we’ve discovered a trend!
Yes, I’m aware I’m about to discuss the opinion pages of a major newspaper. The op-ed pieces I mentioned above were apparently produced by WSJ staff writers who both had WSJ email addresses. It is fitting and proper for a newspaper to let it all hang on their opinion pages. But I’ll expound on this further in just a bit.
For those of us not too quick on the uptake, here’s how drive-by journalism works. Grab a picture of someone you don’t like, perhaps even the President of the United States. If possible, select a picture that is unflattering, but not overly so. Perhaps your victim is in mid-sneer or has a slightly ominous look on his face. Perfect!
Next comes the fun part. Write your headline. Since this is the “opinion” page feel free to phrase it as a question. This simple but effective method allows you the freedom to implant almost any message into your reader’s brains.
Lastly, try to find a writer, journalist and/or pundit to write an article to go with your creation. This might seem superfluous and a little bit overboard, but it’s actually quite important for your opinion page to appear, at least to the naked eye, to have some small measure of legitimacy.
There! Stand back and marvel at what you’ve done. An honest day’s work you can be proud of. And, best of all, it’s subtle.
So, I couldn’t help but wonder. This little tactic is so effective and fun, could this possibly work on anyone else?
First, let’s connect some quick dots.
- The Wall Street Journal is owned by Dow Jones & Company Inc.
- Dow Jones & Company Inc. is owned by News Corporation.
- The Founder, Chairman, and CEO of News Corporation is Rupert Murdoch.
Ah. Rupert Murdoch. The man who brought us FOX News. Suddenly I think we’re on to something here. He’s not exactly known for his desire to be unbiased. Murdoch’s penchant is for “advocacy journalism” or “agenda journalism.” Both labels fit his style quite well, I think.
Murdoch has been married three times. Notably, after divorcing from his second wife, he married for the third time only 17 days after his divorce was final. Only 68 years young at the time, Murdoch married Wendi Deng, age 30, presumably among those who find personal wealth on the order of $6.3 billion to be reason enough to find Murdoch’s face highly lickable. (An assumption on my part.)
All hail true love! As always, when it is really true that is a very magical and special thing, indeed.
I guess it might be a good thing for conservatives in the United States that Murdoch doesn’t inject too much of his own morals and sensibilities into his endeavors like FOX News and the WSJ.
Back on August 1, 2007, the merger between News Corp and Dow Jones was a done deal. The WSJ responded with an editorial on that same date claiming that Murdoch intended to “maintain the values and integrity of the Journal.” The WSJ was long considered to be liberal in news reporting and conservative on the opinion pages.
Now, back on topic, I’m wondering if we can take a page from the WSJ and try it ourselves. All we need is a picture and a headline. Let’s try it out!
Fooled Around While Still Married to Wife #2?
Whoa! I take it all back. This shit is fun after all! 🙂
So, what do you think? Are the tactics above featuring Obama on the WSJ opinion pages fair tactics? Or do they go too far?
And, more importantly, can you think of great headlines for other photos? Give it a try!