Sunday 21 January 2018

Dissection of Murdoch should really be saluted

He said it was the "most humble day" and few would dispute it. Rupert Murdoch, the all-powerful press baron, cut a lonely, isolated and confused-looking figure at yesterday's House of Commons hearings into phone hacking and alleged police corruption.

The tycoon, who once turned politicians into jelly, yesterday became their quarry and they weren't prepared to let him go and Murdoch emerged from yesterday's hearings a much diminished figure.

It would have been unthinkable in the 1980s or 1990s for MPs to queue up to attack not only Murdoch himself, but also his all powerful newspapers. Only a few years ago the same newspapers were described as being so influential they could swing British general elections on their own.

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