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Media Watch: Murdoch is ‘Dead Money,’ Brooks Arrested, News Corps Paid $655 Million to Dispel Charge

Media Watch: Murdoch is 'Dead Money,' Brooks Arrested, News Corps Paid $655 Million to Dispel Charge

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The Murdoch hacking scandal keeps spreading. In the NYT, David Carr reports that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has paid $655 million “to make embarrassing charges of corporate espionage and anticompetitive behavior go way.” Compare Carr’s piece to the WSJ’s positive spin.

Rebekah Brooks, the recently departed head of News International, was arrested on Sunday, just days before she was due to testify before Parliament. Ken Auletta blogs on Murdoch’s minions at The New Yorker.

Sunday’s NYT featured a shocking page one expose on Scotland Yard, which is also under fire, losing beleaguered police commissioner, Paul Stephenson, UPDATE: followed by deputy police commissioner John Yates. In the wake of these arrests and resignations, a peer of Murdoch told The Wrap that the mogul was “dead money. He’s not going to rise again.”

Here’s the morning hack at MCN and a weekend Murdoch wrap at The Nation.

To the NYT, the lawyer for the family of the murdered girl whose hacked phone started this scandal summarized the situation well: “This is not just about one individual but about the culture of an organization.”

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