Murdoch's News Corp Wanted Editors to Lobby
Emails show execs considered idea amid B-Sky-B deal: ProPublica
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2012 6:30 PM CDT
In this image from video, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch appears at Lord Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry in London Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Pool)

(Newser) – In his testimony before a government panel in Britain today, Rupert Murdoch insisted that his News Corp "never pushed our commercial interests in our newspapers." But as ProPublica reports, the company at least entertained the idea of using the top editors at two leading papers—Wall Street Journal Europe and the Times of London—to lobby lawmakers on behalf of News Corp's proposed takeover of the BSkyB satellite network in 2010.

In one, News Corp's chief lobbyist wrote that a key lawmaker would be "VERY receptive to a message" from Patience Wheatcroft of WSJ Europe. Another suggested having the Times' James Harding meet with the same lawmaker. "It would be a much better setting than a direct lobbying conservation." It's not clear whether News Corp. execs actually asked the editors to do so, only that they considered the idea. The proposed takeover fell apart amid News Corp's hacking scandal. Read ProPublica's full report here.

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Apr 26, 2012 10:33 AM CDT
can we heat up the tar and fluff the feathers please.
Apr 26, 2012 1:06 AM CDT
Oh, Rupert. Austrailia called and they would like you to stop by "down under" when the British Government is through with you. They say they have an indictment for you for TAX EVASION. And please call your Fox "news" network and tell them to be sure to add Newscorp to the list of the "half of Amercians who pay no income tax, since Newscorp netted $10 billion last year, and paid ZERO income tax. And how did you mange to get that $4 BILLION REFUND since you didn't pay any tax? What a country! No wonder you became an American citizen. Austalia wouldn't allow you to get by with this behavior, I guess, as eveidenced by the tax evasion indictment. What if, instead of taking that $4 billion welfare payment, you told the government that you thought it would be better if they used the money for poor kids school lunches, since it would pay for about 6 billion lunches for kids. You still would have paid no tax. Do you think that it might be better FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY if you paid your taxes instead of clamoring for the working poor, families of 4 making $20,000 per year to pay income tax so you can continue to pay none at all? And, of course, most all of the rest of the "50 percent who don't pay income tax" are retirees living on Social Security, which has alredy been taxed through the payroll tax, which is based on income and taxed at 6.2 percent, the one "flat and fair" tax, which Fox and republicans keep demanding. Why don't you pay it, instead of taking the "top cap" of $6620 and no more. Mitt Romney made $23 million last year, and paid a paltry $6620 into Social Security and Medicare, which could be funded FOREVER along with univrsal health care, if only earnings above $106,800 were subject to the Employment tax. Is this not a welfare program for the top 10 percent? This is costing the fund an estimated $500 BILLION EVERY YEAR.. How about "walking the walk", and pay your "FAIR AND BALANCED" SHARE OF TAXES, instead of just "talking the talk" through your Fox propaganda network. If people like you and your friends the Koch Brothers get their way, we are headed for a feudal system in this country with a very few "kings" owning everything, and the rest of us will become the "serfs" who pay all the taxes necessary to fund your regal lifestyle.
Apr 25, 2012 8:47 PM CDT
Is Rupe smiling and crying in that photo?