Fictional characters in the news This was totally bizarre, even more so than 9-11. The 9-11 attacks were, to me, clearly news, although I know some people said, ‘It felt like a movie.’ Seeing ‘Batman’, a ﬁctional character, on a newsstand poster, was stranger today: at ﬁrst glance this seemed like an attempt by one of Batman’s foes to brand him public enemy number one, or that someone had killed Batman, before reality hit and you realized this was about the Aurora, Colorado shooting.
Everyone was doing it. Everybody got a bit carried away with this power that they had. No one came close to catching us.
A biographer of Murdoch, Michael Wolff, claimed that the tycoon’s daughter, Elisabeth, had said her brother James had ‘fucked the company’.
This scandal and all its implications could not have happened anywhere else. Only in Murdoch’s orbit. The hacking at News of the World was done on an industrial scale. More than anyone, Murdoch invented and established this culture in the newsroom, where you do whatever it takes to get the story, take no prisoners, destroy the competition, and the end will justify the means.
Completing an awful day for Mr Murdoch, the Government reversed its strong support for the tycoon’s £9bn bid for BSkyB, whose full ownership would have given total control of its fast-rising revenues and the ability to cross-sell his newspapers to its 10 million subscribers …
As the cosy relationship between Scotland Yard and News International collapsed, the police took the extraordinary step of accusing Mr Murdoch’s company of undermining Operation Elveden, its new inquiry into alleged payments by the NOTW to corrupt ofﬁcers.
[Gordon and Sarah Brown] were contacted by Rebekah Brooks, who told them that they had information that Fraser had cystic ﬁbrosis, which was a matter that they, the family, were just getting their heads around at the time and dealing with. They didn’t know how Rebekah came across this information and now, what’s come to light, it was obtained by what appeared to be illegal methods.