Friday, July 15, 2011

There Goes Another One

This Murdoch thing is big enough it’s going to need another scapegoat.

Les Hinton, one of Rupert Murdoch's closest business associates and head of News International at the height of the News of the World's phone hacking, resigned on Friday as chief executive of Dow Jones in New York in an attempt to prevent Murdoch's American interests being contaminated by the British scandal.


The Wall Street Journal, which Hinton, as chief executive of Dow Jones, had published, was seen as the pinnacle of Murdoch's lifetime career of media acquisitions.

It is also significant because Hinton, a former journalist on the Sun who has worked for Murdoch for 50 years beginning as a teenage reporter in Australia, was one of the small, tight inner circle of Murdoch loyalists that for decades have been the driving force behind News Corporation's expansion.

The departure of Rebekah Brooks as chief executive of News International earlier on Friday appeared to expose Hinton who was chairman of the UK newspaper arm of Murdoch's empire for 12 years until 2007 when he moved to Dow Jones which is owned by the parent company, News Corporation.

  UK Guardian

Hinton had this to say about Murdoch:

"Finally, I want to express my gratitude to Rupert for a wonderful working life. My admiration and respect for him are unbounded. He has built a magnificent business since I first joined 52 years ago and it has been an honor making my contribution."

  UK Guardian

Almost as good as the lawyer Dick Cheney shot in the face apologizing publicly for the pain he caused the Dick.

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