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Ex-Murdoch executive arrested over hacking

Police have arrested a former news editor of the defunct News of the World on suspicion of phone hacking, the latest executive from the paper to face questioning over the scandal. Greg Miskiw, 61, was arrested at a London police station yesterday, a police source said, the 12th person detained…

News Corp. board backs Murdoch after hacking scandal

Rupert Murdoch claimed boardroom backing to remain at the helm of News Corp. as he worked to shift attention from the phone-hacking scandal to his media behemoth’s healthy bottom line. “The job won’t be open in the near future,” the 80-year-old media mogul quipped when asked during an earnings conference…

News Corp. profit up thanks to television business

SAN FRANCISCO — Scandal-battered media behemoth News Corp. on Wednesday reported a bumper end to the fiscal year with profits and revenue buoyed by its cable television business. News Corp. said net income for the recently-ended fourth fiscal quarter tallied $683 million and that it finished the year with profit…

GOP Rep. falsely claims ‘revenues’ had ‘nothing’ to do with U.S. downgrade

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a favorite among tea party Republicans, insisted Monday during an appearance on the conservative Fox News Channel that a refusal to increase government revenues through taxes had “nothing” to do with Standard & Poor’s dropping America’s credit rating last week. Unfortunately for West, that’s patently false,…

Michele Bachmann: Flying the ‘Barbie jet’ to 2012

Though Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) won her first congressional race in 2006, it wasn’t until the past year that she burst into the collective national consciousness. Now, the tea party darling and contender for the 2012 GOP nomination can’t be avoided. This week, The New Yorker and Newsweek published features…

Report: Rebekah Brooks still on Murdoch payroll

Weeks after Rebekah Brooks resigned as CEO of News International, it appears that she may still be on Rupert Murdoch’s payroll. A report published in The Telegraph Saturday indicated that Brooks would continue to get a paycheck from the media mogul for at least the next year. “My understanding is…

Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei back on Twitter after release

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to Twitter following a long silence after his release from detention in June when he was barred from giving media interviews as part of his bail conditions. Ai tweeted on Saturday for the first time since he was taken into custody at Beijing’s…

Reporters say they were attacked by security guards at right-wing conference

Two reporters for ThinkProgress allege that they were “attacked by security guards for no apparent reason” on Thursday at a conference of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The guards told Scott Keyes and Lee Fang that they had to stop filming and leave the lobby area, but when…

Afghan TV series ‘The Ministry’ pokes fun at government

KABUL (Reuters) – Britain and the United States poke fun at incompetent, arrogant middle managers in the television comedy “The Office,” but in Afghanistan the target is a fictional minister of garbage in a new series called “The Ministry.” Instead of a series mocking drab office life in impoverished Afghanistan,…

Paul McCartney says press hacked his phone

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney said Thursday he will contact authorities about the “horrendous violation of privacy” over the British press’s alleged hacking of his phone, the Los Angeles Times reported. The British singer and musician made a video statement to the Television Critics Association while he was in Ohio for a…

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