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Roy Cohn was lawyer-mentor to both Murdoch and Trump, as well as a lawyer for organized crime families.


A major bombshell came during Jay’s questioning of James, during which the lawyer revealed damning emails showing what appeared to be a back-channel relationship between a News Corp. official and Jeremy Hunt — the culture secretary and Conservative member of Parliament who was supposed to be the government’s impartial arbitrator of a possible BSkyB buyout by News Corp.” (“The Big Takeaways From This Week’s Murdoch Testimony“, April 22, 2012: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/the-big-takeaways-from-this-weeks-murdoch-testimony/

REGISTER ENTRY Jeremy Hunt’s US trip in the register of interests…
• Destination of visit: New York, USA.
• Date of visit: 30 August to 4 September 2009
• Purpose of visit: to look into local media ventures. Meetings with representatives of News Corp (including Wall Street Journal), Fox Five and WNET. (Registered 27 November 2009)
“. See: “Jeremy Hunt visited News Corp in US as Murdochs considered BSkyB bid: James Murdoch told David Cameron News Corp would support Tories soon after Hunt’s US trip in 2009, documents reveal” by David Leigh and Vikram Dodd Wed 25 Apr 2012 16.11 BST https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/apr/25/jeremy-hunt-news-corp-bskyb

Click to access Exhibit-KRM-18.pdf

Murdoch and Russia don’t seem to like Boris Johnson in recent times, though it’s not clear that Russia likes Jeremy Hunt.

Leaked email reveals Tory, Murdoch concerns over UK MP Boris Johnson” Jun 30 2016 http://web.archive.org/web/20160703103052/https://www.afr.com/news/world/europe/leaked-email-reveals-tory-murdoch-concerns-over-uk-mp-boris-johnson-20160630-gpv7fy

RT apparently hates Boris Johnson: http://web.archive.org/web/20190614180747/https://www.rt.com/op-ed/461878-boris-johnson-uk-prime-minister/

RT calls Jeremy Hunt Trump’s lapdog. If Trump is Putin’s lapdog, what is the lapdog of a lapdog? https://archive.li/https://www.rt.com/op-ed/462586-jeremy-hunt-uk-support-iran-war/

Excerpts from “Murdoch and the Big Lie” by Anthony Barnett, 4 May 2012″:
The Rubicon
The Murdochs and the Conservatives “shared” [1] the code-name ‘Rubicon’ for the BSkyB bid that would have led to its complete takeover by NewsCorp. In an email of 11 January 2011 [2] that would make a classicist shudder, James Murdoch’s Director of Public Affairs even reports a conversation with Jeremy Hunt’s office about “the Rubicon process”….

Last year, in a long post – After Murdoch [3] – written fast as the Milly Dowler ‘firestorm’ created the Leveson Inquiry and ruined the BSkyB bid, and before Murdoch and Son had been summonsed to appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee, I asked how it was possible for Murdoch to have gained the power he did.

Now, in the wake of the three days of Murdoch testimony, one by James and two by Rupert, the publication of the Rubicon emails (see the pdf [4]) between the office of the Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Hunt, and that of James Murdoch (which must surely lead to Hunt’s resignation before long), and after the new Report of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport [5], three specific issues can be clarified. How they are resolved will shape the future of British politics…

The Grand Understanding

Those who defend it as nothing unusual present the alliance between Cameron/Osborne and the Murdochs as the kind of thing politicians do. Part of the job of political leaders is to persuade proprietors that they are like-minded. Since Margaret Thatcher ensured Murdoch could acquire the Sunday Times and the Times and they sealed their joint approach in the Falklands War, his influence as a forger of opinion and breaker of the left has been unequaled. But the Thatcher/Murdoch relationship, while I abhor it, was originally one of two outsiders taking on an Establishment they both despised. At the start of the 80s they shared a still undefined project to turn the UK into an outpost of market fundamentalism. She then backed his ‘Falklands’, the move of his print works to Wapping, shattering Fleet Street’s craft unions and their Spanish practices. This gave Murdoch his new fortune and showed his genuine strength: an ability to identify and then boldly use ‘disruptive’ technology to change the finances of the game. He did the same with satellite television. In both cases, he claims, greater pluralism resulted. But his aim was and remains domination, thanks to being the market leader, and he used his British cash-flow to storm America, now the heart of his empire….

Murdoch was no longer a hungry outsider as he was with Thatcher, or the forger of domestic opinion through newspapers as he arguably still was in the 1990s. In 2009 the influence of his papers was in decline but his role as a US player was now formidable and the rise of BSkyB was making him a potential monopoly player in British pay-TV. Furthermore, he was planning a pharaoh style handover to his son James, so a further thirty years of expansion of Murdoch’s power was on the agenda. The terms of trade were thus quite different. Whereas in 1979 Thatcher and Murdoch pitched themselves against the vested interests, in 2010 the Murdochs were the great vested interest – seeking to secure complete domination….

It also turns out that Jeremy Hunt made a five day visit to the US in 2009 and, according to the Daily Mail[6], met with “representatives of News Corp including the Wall Street Journal, Fox Five and WNET”. It was then that the Murdochs decided to bid for total control of BSkyB. Six days after that James Murdoch was in London to inform David Cameron that they would switch the Sun to support the Tories. Hunt says it was a fact-finding trip about “local television” and he can’t to the “best of his recollection” remember if BSkyB was discussed. But he was personally close to Cameron. What the Murdochs wanted to be sure about was whether or not there existed a general willingness to ‘work together’.

On 30 September the Sun switched sides [7], timing it to take the wind out of the Labour Conference…
“The Sun believes — and prays — that the Conservative leadership can put the great back into Great Britain.”

They were praying for something altogether more tangible as well: BSkyB.

The day after Cameron entered No 10 Murdoch went to see him, and within a month NewsCorp formally opened its bid for the whole of BSkyB. In the Leveson Inquiry, the questions Robert Jay QC put to the Murdochs about the timing, and their attempt to say ‘well, you know, it was only so many billions, this month or that month is just a detail’, were a delight….”

[1] The Leveson inquiry
Fatal attraction: The Murdochs v the government, Apr 28th 2012 | from the print edition, The Economist http://web.archive.org/web/20120429032155/http://www.economist.com/node/21553508
[2] https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140122184832/http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Exhibit-KRM-18.pdf
[3] http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/anthony-barnett/after-murdoch
[4] https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140122184832/http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Exhibit-KRM-18.pdf
[5] http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/news-international-and-phone-hacking-report-publication/
[6] http://web.archive.org/web/20120427043432/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135100/Jeremy-Hunt-held-meetings-News-Corp-day-trip-U-S-decided-bid-BSkyB.html
[7] https://archive.li/http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2661063/The-Sun-Says-Labours-lost-it.html
CC-BY-NC-4.0: http://www.opendemocracy.net Original in its entirety found here: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/murdoch-and-big-lie/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

It’s worth remarking that former SNP leader, Alex Salmond, had his own connection to Murdoch. More recently, Salmond has gone to work at Russia’s RT news.