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Gary Gibbon on Politics - How did Murdoch get into The Indy's inner sanctum?

One puzzle about James Murdoch and Rebekah Wade bursting into the Independent editor Simon Kellner's office yesterday to berate him for his campaign saying Rupert Murdoch wasn't going to dictate this election and The Indy is free from proprietorial influence...

How did they get into the Indy inner sanctum without passing their security?

I may have the answer. You can very easily get into the Indy's offices if you are already paying a visit to the Daily Mail offices that share the block. I haven't managed to stand up that there was a meeting between Paul Dacre and the Murdoch delegation yesterday but it would be intriguing and very unusual if there was.

There is a certain theme, it has to be said, to the onslaught on Nick Clegg in the Mail, Sun (and Telegraph). You might even say a certain degree of overkill (link to Mail front page here pls).



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Apr 22nd, 2010 at 08:45:18 AM EST
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Liberal Conspiracy » Did Dacre and Murdoch meet to discuss Clegg?

It's now open knowledge in Fleet Street that this morning James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks, nee Wade, burst into the Independent editor Simon Kellner's office.

Michael White wrote about it here this morning:

What seems to have upset them are ads that the Indy has been running along the lines of "Rupert Murdoch won't decide this election - you will." Brooks apparently rang Simon Kelner, the editor-in-chief and now chief executive of the Indy to complain that dog does not eat dog in Fleet Street.

That means that editors and owners do not attack each other in person - not their politics, their finances or their private lives. Remember the running battle, later patched up, between the Daily Mail and the once-mighty Daily Express over the former's habit of referring (correctly) to Express owner Richard Desmond as a pornographer? That sort of thing.

You'd think it was pretty outrageous that the Murdochs can't even stand being pointed as big influencers in this election.

But here's the question not many seem to be asking: how did they get into the building?

The Independent and the Daily Mail share the same building. Murdoch and Brooks didn't barge in straight to see Kellner at all. In fact they were already in the building.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Apr 22nd, 2010 at 10:29:34 AM EST
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@MichaelWolffNYC I'm hearing details of the threats made by James Murdoch against the Lebedevs--bare knuckle tabloid stuff.

@MichaelWolffNYC Here's what I hear... James Murdoch, in the lingo of Sun newsdesk, called Simon Kelner a "fucking fuckwit"

@MichaelWolffNYC Also... Murdoch, Jr. , snarling at Kelner, said the Independent, recently bought by Alexander Lebedev  was "funded by Putin's money"




Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Apr 23rd, 2010 at 12:21:52 PM EST
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@MichaelWolffNYC James Murdoch making good on his threat again Independent's owner Lebedev...Murdoch's Sunday Times reportedly investigating Lebedev family

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 24th, 2010 at 07:18:35 AM EST
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What?  I'm sorry - I'm not following.  What is Lebedev doing with Putin's money?  I hear he spent a dollar of it to buy the paper.  I think Putin is using the rest of his money to make lurid sex tapes.  What has any of this to do wth Lebedev?  Is he suporting Clegg?  Clegg's a russkie, I hear.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Sat Apr 24th, 2010 at 02:32:35 PM EST
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as background, Lebedev brought the independent a few months ago. And Murdoch was persuaded by Roger Ailes,(The Fox News head) and Rebekkah Wade the editor of The Sun to switch support from behind the Blair/Brown Labour party  to behind Camerons Tory party. By all accounts, Murdoch wasn't keen on changing over, as he felt that Cameron was too oily and superficial to win. But rumour has it that he agreed after Cameron agreed to dismantle part of the BBC if he wins

The Independent (That has been supporting the LibDems) published a wrap around cover that said "Dont let Murdoch chose the election winner, read the Independent", and followed the next day with a similar one  that said "don't let Lebedev chose the election winner". There is  a gentlemen's agreement among Newspaper owners not to attack each other, and Wade and Murdoch's son took these covers as an enormous personal insult and stormed into the editors office at the independent to harangue the papers editor for 15 minutes, the quotes come from people outside who could hear this argument.

They were apparently claimed that that Lebedev is a front for Putin and its his money that is being used to attack the Tory party.

There are also rumours that Murdoch senior has rung Murdoch Junior to ask what he thinks hes playing at, but as with all things they may be rumour and inuendo.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 24th, 2010 at 03:34:29 PM EST
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