Rupert Murdoch’s Google dilemma

The thing with satire is that no one actually takes it that seriously.
Generally people know you’re taking the p!ss and laugh it off.
After all (especially in the UK) satire has a long and proud history.
The only exception to this is the whole second world war nazi thing.
You can pretty much get away with anything until you introduce a storm trooper uniform or compare someone to Hitler.
Today Tom Harris, Glasgow South MP, uploaded a YouTube clip based on a scene from the 2004 movie Downfall, poking fun at the First Minister’s secrecy over the Scottish independence referendum. Read more here.
…he then had to resign.
In fairness he should have know better… especially in  holocaust week, but still…
Anyway in other news apparently Rupert Murdoch isn’t very happy at Google.
He called them a ‘piracy leader’ while his news organisations are still in court explaining why it’s ok to hack into the voice mail of dead teenagers…glass houses and stones spring to mind.
But I think it maybe runs a little deeper, after all Google’s corporate motto is “Don’t be evil” – maybe Murdoch feels threatened?

James Murdoch tries the Helen Keller defence

In his second appearance before the Commons culture committee, James Murdoch broke down and finally admitted the true reason for not knowing anything about what went on at the News of the World.

It transpired that he was in fact both blind and deaf.

This is why he was oblivious to the level and scale of phone hacking
This is why he knew nothing of the out of court settlements in relation to phone hacking
This is why he was staggered by the widespread use of private investigators to trail 14 year old school girls…

In an emotional tear-filled confession James admitted keeping his disability secret for years using elaborate deceptions to maintain his image of a media tycoon. It had started when James was a lad with his mother worried that Murdoch Senior would dis-inherit her precious boy. So after consulting some of the best doctors who had worked with Helen Keller they began their ruse.