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United Kingdom: Murdoch’s close ties to power

The truth is that the media mogul was extremely close to the prime minister while Blair was making some of the most momentous decisions of his career, said Henry Porter at The Guardian.

Henry PorterThe Guardian

Tony Blair is the godfather of one of Rupert Murdoch’s daughters. That explains a lot, said Henry Porter. True, the ceremony—on the banks of the Jordan, no less—took place after Blair stepped down as British prime minister in 2007, but the tie nevertheless “underlines Murdoch’s deep entrenchment in British political life.” Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, says Blair is one of her husband’s closest friends; for his part, Blair portrays Murdoch in his memoir as a “big bad beast who won his grudging respect.”

The truth is that the media mogul was extremely close to the prime minister while Blair was making some of the most momentous decisions of his career—such as the one to join the U.S. in the Iraq war. Did Murdoch have a hand in that? After all, Blair, who coasted to election victory with the endorsement of Murdoch papers, didn’t dare cross him. And Blair has offered not one word of condemnation, even after it emerged that reporters from Murdoch’s News of the World had hacked into the voice mails of his own top ministers. “It is simply unacceptable for a modern democracy to allow a foreign media tycoon” to act “as the national puppeteer.”

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