QUIGGIN, John. Murdochracy: "Murdoch’s corruption of the political process and misuse of press power"

John Quiggin is a Brisbane, Queensland,  Australia writer who provides “commentary on Australian & world events from a social-democratic  perspective” (see: http://johnquiggin.com/2011/07/10/the-revolt-against-murdochracy/ ).

John Quiggin on the UK Murdoch scandal and Murdochracy (2011): “The scandal over hacking and other criminal behavior has now become an all-out revolt of UK politicians against Murdoch’s immense political power , which has had successive Prime Ministers dancing attendance on him, and rushing to confer lucrative favors on his News Corporation. Those, like Labour leader Ed Miliband, who are relative cleanskins, are making the running, while PM David Cameron, very close to the most corrupt elements of News, is scrambling to cover himself. The hacking and bribery scandals appear (as far as we know) to be confined to the UK, but the greater scandal of Murdoch’s corruption of the political process and misuse of press power is even worse in Australia. The Australian and other Murdoch publications filled with lies and politically slanted reporting aimed at furthering both Murdoch’s political agenda and his commercial interests. Whereas there is still lively competition in the British Press, Murdoch has a print monopoly in major cities like Brisbane.” [1]

[1]. John Quiggin, “The revolt against Murdchracy”, 10 July 2011: http://johnquiggin.com/2011/07/10/the-revolt-against-murdochracy/ .