The Official Newscorp/UK end of season finale/Rebekah Brooks did 9/11 thread

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16.14 Rupert Murdoch is meeting the family of Milly Dowler, the murdered schoolgirl whose voicemail was hacked into by the News of the World, BBC News reports.

"No, really, I insist, please take all this money."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah they seem quite happy to support the super soaraway lying cunt

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

16.20 More on that meeting between Rupert Murdoch and the Dowlers. BBC News reporting that the meeting at a central London hotel was arranged hastily this morning, with the Dowlers told: "Rupert wants to meet you".
They were said to be desperate not to be used as an instrument of spin but still agreed to the meeting. Murdoch was wearing a full suit this afternoon as he went into the hotel, a change from the tracksuits and casual wear we've seen him in this week.

Really, really wish he had gone in in the tracksuit.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

And that ad as it will run:

WE ARE SORRY plzleaveusalone

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

they should get Morrissey to release "Suedehead '11" for this

she choots, she pah! (DJP), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

OK, soz, thxbye.

Mark G, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost -- that would make the final lines a little...weird.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

16.29 A little more detail is coming from Downing St about Andy Coulson's stay at Chequers in March. He was invited to dinner and to stay overnight as a "thank you for his work" before his resignation in January.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

i smell a slash fiction genre

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

the most terrifying of smells

Spotify, Spotify me (DJP), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Slash *is* the genre. The term you are looking for is "pairing".

Karen D. Tregaskin, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry K i knew it was badly worded

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

the most terrifying of smells

At the least, rather moist.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

At Dave’s house Andy listened to the message with a smile on his face. Soon enough Dave would know all about the Game. Andy felt himself harden at the thought of what lay ahead for them both, not just tonight but over the weekend to come.

Andy’s hand slipped down inside his pants, grabbing his cock and gently pulling his hand along its engorged length. He moaned at the sensations flooding his body. Preparing for what was to come had made him so sexually charged he could have climaxed right there and then.

Stop that, he told himself, there is still so much to do before Dave gets back, everything must be perfect. Reluctantly Andy released his hand from his cock and went back to work.

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Stop that

otm

Spotify, Spotify me (DJP), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost -- Yeah yeah, docudrama and all, but where's your slash entry?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Chancellor of the SexChequers

Neil S, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

sb'd everyone itt, risk of contagion too great

who shivs a git (darraghmac), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Slowly Darragh inched his hand towards the throbbing SB button.

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

jesus CHRIST

who shivs a git (darraghmac), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

He gasped...

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

lolling like a mf here

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

.. he shouted(xpost), but it was OK, now was not the time..

Mark G, Friday, 15 July 2011 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

amazing

Spotify, Spotify me (DJP), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

was anyone else old/lame enough to be reminded of this

this planit is socked up and dave is a cul ringmaster (DJ Mencap), Friday, 15 July 2011 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

The perfect thing is that Murdoch's referenced two-thirds through!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

17.24 Mark Lewis, Dowler family solicitor:

"It was a private meeting that had been called for by Rupert Murdoch and he was humbled to give a full and sincere apology to the Dowler family.

"We told him, the Dowler family told him, that his papers should lead the way to set the standard of honesty and decency in the field and not what had gone on before.

"At the end of the day actions are going to speak louder than words. Thank you."

He went on to say, when questioned over Rupert Murdoch: "I think he was very humbled, I think he was very shaken and sincere. I think it was something that has hit him on a very personal level that it shouldn't have happened.

"Yes, he did apologise, he apologised many times. I don't think somebody could have held their head in their hands so many times to say they were sorry.

"It was a heartfelt and what seemed to be a very sincere apology."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Share values keep dropping, you have no idea how sorry I am!"

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 16:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

sepukku or he don't mean it imo

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 July 2011 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Probably saving that for Tuesday.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 16:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would be interested to know the size and nature of Brooks' golden parachute.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

i have just reached a point where i'm sick of hearing about this. yes please punish everyone who broke the law but i'm just never going to care about it as much as the ppl writing the newspapers obviously (and understandably) do

tpp, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually thinking about Murdoch being all apologetic to the Dowlers makes me think about the opening of Snow Crash where it's clear the pizza mogul does not like having to go out and apologize for late delivery.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

We've been caught.

The News of the World was in the business of catching other people. It failed when it came to not getting caught itself.

We are sorry we've been caught.

We are deeply sorry for the hurt we as individuals have suffered by getting caught.

We regret not acting faster to prevent ourselves being caught.

We realise that simply apologising won't change the fact we've been caught. But it might start to give the corrupt politicians and policemen we rely upon to look after us an excuse to start looking after us again.

Our business was founded on the idea that if we owned the press we would be immune from being caught. Your vindictive little country didn't live up to this.

In the coming days as we take further concrete steps to try to obscure the issues and limit the damage caused you will hear more bullshit from us.

Sincerely,

Rupert

frankiemachine, Friday, 15 July 2011 17:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am honestly having a difficult time reconciling the amiable hippie I met in passing 15 years ago with modern-day CEO James Murdoch, lightning rod of scorn and hatred.

I mean it's not even like I KNOW know him or anything, just that apologetic rhetoric matches the person I met much more than the allegations swirling among his underlings does.

I kind of wish I'd made an actual connection/friendship there so I could dish more effectively about this

Spotify, Spotify me (DJP), Friday, 15 July 2011 17:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, we're talking two different Murdochs here, plus lawyers/PR people, so...

Meantime, so Jude Law is suing the Sun. Fun bits at the Telegraph:

18.59 The hunt is on for the four articles published in 2005 and 2006 that could be the source of the lawsuit. Do you know what they are?

19.01 The Sun website has quite a good search function. Get sleuthing, internet!

19.05 Hmmmm this is interesting - When you type Jude Law into The Sun's website it gives you a chronological archive going backwards. But get to the last page and the stories jump abruptly from 2007 to 2004 - cutting out the exact period covered in the lawsuit.

Could be that less was archived online back then. Could be something else...

19.11 We're working on a full archive search for the Jude Law stories and will hopefully have some results soon.

19.15 Worth remembering that it was Law's ex, Sienna Miller, who kept the issue of phone hacking in the public eye by suing the News of the World.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fox finally covers the scandal. "You would think martians have landed in New Jersey"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qtC4gT-_Nj0#at=37

prolego, Friday, 15 July 2011 18:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Murdoch better not wear a beige turtleneck: he will look even more like an old man's penis.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also, FOX pundits are reacting and - surprise, surprise - they just don't get it:

On the Fox and Friends show, Fox journalist Steve Doocy wondered just what the fuss was all about: "The company has come forward and said: 'look, this happened a long time ago, at a tabloid, in London, somebody did something really bad,' and the company reacted. They closed that newspaper, all the people got fired, even though 99 percent of them had nothing to do with it."

Doocy's guest, public relations consultant Robert Dilenschneider, was in agreement:
"If I am not mistaken, Murdoch, who owns it, has apologised but for some reason, the public, the media keeps on going over this, again and again. It's a little bit too much."

"The bigger issue is hacking and how we as a public are going to protect outselves," said Dilenschneider, who earlier listed a number of US companies which had recently become the targets of hacking.

Doocy added later: "One of the things about the media, you look at some sites and you would think that martians had landed in New Jersey - again"

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Holy shit, can someone confirm? Supposedly Hinton stepped down at the WSJ.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Guardian's just posted that as a red BREAKING headline.

natalie imbroglio (suzy), Friday, 15 July 2011 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

This via the Times' assistant news editor so presumably on the level.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of the things about the media - is that we're not it, obviously. xps

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 20:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

So if Hinton and Brooks are out...beginning to wonder if this is just some sort of outright coup.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dear Rupert,

I have watched with sorrow from New York as the News of the World story has unfolded. I have seen hundreds of news reports of both actual and alleged misconduct during the time I was executive chairman of News International and responsible for the company. The pain caused to innocent people is unimaginable. That I was ignorant of what apparently happened is irrelevant and in the circumstances I feel it is proper for me to resign from News Corp, and apologize to those hurt by the actions of the News of the World.

When I left News International in December 2007, I believed that the rotten element at the News of the World had been eliminated; that important lessons had been learned; and that journalistic integrity was restored.

My testimonies before the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee were given honestly. When I appeared before the Committee in March 2007, I expressed the belief that Clive Goodman had acted alone, but made clear our investigation was continuing.

In September 2009, I told the Committee there had never been any evidence delivered to me that suggested the conduct had spread beyond one journalist. If others had evidence that wrongdoing went further, I was not told about it.

Finally, I want to express my gratitude to you for a wonderful working life. My admiration and respect for you are unbounded. You have built a magnificent business since I first joined 52 years ago and it has been an honor making my contribution.

With my warmest best wishes,

Les

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

"In sum, so long and thanks for all the fish."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean the wording of that basically boils down to "I didn't know about it, please don't make me testify anywhere, I'm already on the plane so I won't suffer Dominique Strauss-Kahn's fate, send severance check by carrier pigeon to the South Pacific."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Hmm...two down..."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 July 2011 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

TS: criminal negligence vs. actively rolling in the muck

Josef K-Doe (WmC), Friday, 15 July 2011 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Three down surely? xp

that was the last arrow in my quiver of whimsy (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 15 July 2011 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

hope that delia smith exclusive in 2005 was worth going to prison for, whatever the fuck it was.

joe, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

full charge sheet here

joe, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

hope that delia smith exclusive in 2005 was worth going to prison for, whatever the fuck it was.

Maybe it was a recipe for baking a cake with a hacksaw hidden in it

mod night at the oasis (NickB), Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

so for wade this is in addition to perverting the course of justice, but no news yet about a decision on possible corruption charges (i.e. police bribery), right?

caek, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is that a separate investigation? I think they have three on the go at the moment.

Temporarily Famous In The Czech Republic (ShariVari), Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

I expect Cameron, Blair and Brown have been texting her to send their commiserations... uhhhhhhhhhhh

SomeTwat from Tring (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah i think it must be. not keeping up with leveson, so i'm missing a lot of the actual news here.

caek, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah, i think these are from operation weeting (phone hacking); the bribery one is operation elveden and there's also operation tuleta (computer hacking), neither of which the CPS have made a decision on yet.

joe, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol

caek, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

coulson looks a bit like dom.

caek, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

not too be super cynical but i'd like some more info about how her thing is run, & what she'd actually propose NI do - it's obviously a really nice contrast from just hearing james murdoch at all but it's a very sensible move to distance herself from their gross & toxic overly corporate rhetoric. but yeah hearing someone defend the license fee is neat &c.

very sexual album (schlump), Saturday, 25 August 2012 14:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...
2 weeks pass...

His masochistic glee in receiving kicking after kicking while defending the press in every TV studio in the land suggested he had, uh, issues

Step not on a loose unforgiving stone on a pyramid to paradise (Tom D.), Saturday, 23 March 2013 13:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

the picture in the piece looks like it was taken the morning after he received a drunken kicking in a gutter somewhere. he reeks of 'wrong-un' to an almost comedic degree.

still, i bet that piers hernu looks at mcmullan and wistfully thinks, that could have been me.

The @glennbeck have raisin b-lls and rice crispy d-ck (stevie), Saturday, 23 March 2013 13:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

What a nugget, it took me 20 seconds to find that jam jar story debunked on google http://tabloid-watch.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/ec-labels-ban-on-re-using-jam-jars.html

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Saturday, 23 March 2013 14:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Mr McMullan, who is 45, says he was inspired to put himself forward as a UKIP candidate by two events.

The first was the fact that three months ago his 80-year-old mother, who likes making jam, was among those affected by the new law from Europe saying she could not re-use jam jars.

“There has to come a time when enough is enough,” said Mr McMullan, who runs the Castle Inn and backpackers hostel in Russell Street, Dover.

my clearest memory of this guy is when steve coogan destroyed him on newsnight, and yet here he's basically just alan partridge

Esteban Buttiérrez (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 23 March 2013 20:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I was just thinking about this thread this morning. Some great posting up there.

the profane theology of (imago), Monday, 3 June 2013 09:34 (10 months ago) Permalink

Looks like a second season's been commissioned . . .

Random .mdb Memories (NotEnough), Monday, 3 June 2013 10:04 (10 months ago) Permalink

What's your favourite post from this thread? Let's take a trip down memory lane.

the profane theology of (imago), Monday, 3 June 2013 10:06 (10 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I can't even

my eventual wife (stevie), Thursday, 4 July 2013 06:34 (9 months ago) Permalink

heartbreaking stories from these poor journalists whose families have suffered at the hands of an uncaring police force. i wonder if any of them suffered the same agonies on behalf of the people they've smeared and libelled thru their gutter comic over the years?

for many people a really special folder makes a huge difference (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 4 July 2013 06:50 (9 months ago) Permalink

begging for a 'downfall' parody video, isn't it?

my eventual wife (stevie), Thursday, 4 July 2013 06:53 (9 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Error 451 freedom of speech not found

freedom of speech not found

Guru Meditation:

XID: 1949454984

Varnish cache server

aldi young dudes (suzy), Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:39 (8 months ago) Permalink

freedom of speech not found

Good

Tommy McTommy (Tom D.), Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:42 (8 months ago) Permalink

i read that story last night. i find it quite hard to believe tbh.

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets. (stevie), Sunday, 28 July 2013 13:07 (8 months ago) Permalink

3 months pass...
3 months pass...

I know this isn't directly phone-hacking/newscorp related, but

http://www.vanityfair.com/society/2014/03/wendi-deng-note-tony-blair

sktsh, Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:54 (2 months ago) Permalink

I know it couldn't happen to a nicer bloke but vanity fair really is just gutter journalism with a coat of gold paint

badg, Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:09 (2 months ago) Permalink


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