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Murdoch’s World by David Folkenflik

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“GOODBYE, CRUEL WORLD”

IN THE EARLY DAYS OF the summer of 2011 the Murdochs and News Corp’s British executives were moving confidently to take ownership of BSkyB, the lawsuits seemed no more than an irritation and embarrassment, and the bombshell involving the Dowlers had yet to detonate. Prime Minister Cameron attended the News Corp annual garden party at which the Murdochs held court. (Labour leader Ed Miliband attended too.) “David [Cameron] was in great form,” News Corp’s top lobbyist for the UK and Europe, Frederic Michel, texted to Craig Oliver, the prime minister’s communications director. Cameron saw Rupert Murdoch twice more that month: ...

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