Harold Evans for The Guardian: 'Rupert Murdoch is the stiletto, a man of method, a cold-eyed manipulator

September 17th, 2011

Harold Evans: ‘Rupert Murdoch is the stiletto, a man of method, a cold-eyed manipulator

 

By Harold Evans
The Guardian
Saturday 17 September 2011

    Rupert Murdoch in 1981, flanked by Harold Evans and William Rees Mogg

    Rupert Murdoch, the new owner of Times Newspapers in 1981, flanked by Harold Evans and William Rees Mogg. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty

    There is a clear connecting thread between the events I describe in Good Times, Bad Times and the dramas that led so many years later to Rupert Murdoch‘s “most humble day of my life”. I was seated within a few feet of him in London on 19 July 2011, during his testimony to a select committee of MPs with his son James at his side. Not many more than a score of observers were allowed into the small room at parliament’s Portcullis House, across the road from the House of Commons and Big Ben. A portcullis is a defensive latticed iron grating hung over the entrance to a fortified castle, the perfect metaphor for News International, which perpetually sees itself as beset by enemies.

    Murdoch, as chairman and only begetter of the giant multimedia enterprise News International (NI), was called on to defend his castle and himself as best he could for the outrages of hacking and police bribery inflicted on the British public by his News of the World and the coverup that he and his company conducted over nearly five years. The paper Murdoch most affects to despise, the Guardian, was the instrument of his undoing.  Read More…