There is a bit of of a furore about a rag called News of The World, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. It is a right tacky paper, consisting of chav populism, sex, celeb gossip and the inevitable mainstream ‘right wing’ political correctness.
It is in short a paper I’ve never read or had any interest in reading, but the interesting thing about this ridiculous episode is to ponder the reason for the concerted attack on The News of The World. It is easy to see the reason why the Guardian, The Independent and other papers are attacking NoW, it will get them more market share, but what about the BBC? It seems that the ideologues at the BBC and in certain parts of government want to stop Murdoch from gaining full control of Sky TV, which is a big money spiner over here and is a bit like Fox in America.
And this makes me think that perhaps, perhaps the powers that be, those whom Murdoch has palled about with for the last forty years or so have decided there is something about him or his empire they don’t like, who knows? It will take a while to figure out the real story behind the public story.
But like the war in Libya or the Strauss Kahn incident, the powers that be play out the story in public view, but with a cover story.
Let’s see how this plays out!