- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; 1st edition (19 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846146038
- ISBN-13: 978-1846146039
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 147 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain Hardcover – 19 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Tom Watson is the MP for West Bromwich East. He campaigns against unlawful media practices and led the questioning of Rupert and James Murdoch when they appeared before Parliament in July 2011. He is the deputy chair of the Labour Party.
Martin Hickman has worked for the Independent since 2001, and has driven the paper’s coverage of the phone hacking scandal. He was named Journalist of the Year by the Foreign Press Association in 2009.
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The company acted shockingly guiltily and whilst not much proof can be presented this is largely due to their efforts. In effect this was an industrial cover up. Evidence was destroyed remorselessly by actors from the top to the bottom of the story. These parties are all guilty be they data protection companies or red haired executives. The latter's involvement is confirmed through the debacle regarding her laptop, which was saved from a similar fate by a coincidence.
The undertone of this whole book is the complicity of the media savy generation of politicians that now run the country. In the mainstream narrative it is a common to suggest that these people are not men of conviction, but rather that they are media men. Those who court power for the sake of it. This book offers an example of this behavior. I was quite disgusted to see Jeremy Hunt's involvement, but perhaps more shocked to see David Cameron's complete lack of integrity when it came to this scandal.
There is no such thing as repeated coincidence or luck. If someone is consistently lucky or fortuitous when it comes to what can be proved this points to actions thoughtfully made. News International is surely guilty, but lack of proof and unwilling witnesses will likely protect them. The scale of this scandal is shocking. Indeed I would liken it to a movie. The worst thing is that the people who allowed these things to happen are still strolling around with their red briefcases.
The book is very well written, and at times reads like a pacey novel that you can't put down. If the authors asked their readers to pay at the end, and only if the reader was happy, I suspect few readers would withhold payment. Money well spent, excellent entertainment and serious food for thought about the power of the media.
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