Rupert Murdoch should be knighted - not knifed

The left are squealing with delight at the News of the World scandal. They should be ashamed of using this awful incident for political reasons.

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Donal Blaney
On 7 July 2011 12:11

The squeals of delight from partisan leftists who dominate the BBC can be heard from miles away. The Guardian and The Mirror, who are not averse to gutter journalism and cant themselves, are beside themselves with glee. Labour MPs see the chance to get even with the man whose publications boasted "It's the Sun wot won it" and "Labour's lost it" while at the same time breaking from their Blairite, Murdoch-fearing past. 

Today shows the British media in its worst light. Undoubtedly the conduct of those responsible for hacking the phones of others was utterly reprehensible. It has no place in a civilised society. Heads must roll. 

But equally neither does dishonest debate of the kind being stoked up by liberal journalists and their leftist friends in Parliament reflect well on those indulging in partisan attacks on the News of the World and those who are really in the attackers' sights: Rupert Murdoch and David Cameron.

Leftists' faux outrage is being taken at face value. Seeing partisan thugs such as John Prescott, Tom Watson and Chris Bryant weep at what the News of the World has done is almost as nauseating as the investigators' offences themselves. In truth their real goal is to smear David Cameron, by saying that he is somehow implicated in the actions of a former adviser that occurred years before he worked for the Prime Minister.

It might be funny if its effect on political discourse and good government were not so serious. 

Worse is the way that bitter tribalists and those with commercial axes to grind - led by the BBC and Guardian - are improperly trying to destroy Rupert Murdoch's reputation and business empire. The actions of rogue reporters, investigators and perhaps even executives at the News of the World have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the proposed takeover of BSkyB. Nothing. 

If self-righteous hand-wringers on the left really believe that Rupert Murdoch had any idea what went on at the News of the World then their levels of paranoia really have reached remarkable new heights. Of course he did not. 

Rupert Murdoch is one of the heroes of British business of the last 30 years. He smashed the print unions (who have donated millions to fund the Labour Party ever since). He had the vision to pioneer satellite television, daring to take on and beat the monolithic dominance of the BBC. His newspapers are market leaders, read by millions. He is a job creator - employing thousands of people at his companies. He is a generous philanthropist, having donated tens of millions to charities worldwide. He does not deserve to be attacked in this way. If anything he deserves a knighthood. 

Political realities (we are, after all, led by those who practice followership based on focus groups - not principled, courageous leaders) may mean that the BSkyB takeover is delayed. That would be wholly improper and one hopes the courts will disregard the frenzy being whipped by Labour politicians and their trades union paymasters who are out for revenge. 

And those on the left who think they have been brave in courting positive headlines in the Guardian (which continues to lose money hand over fist) or on the BBC (whose dominance of the media really ought to concern those who profess to care about media plurality) will regret their actions this week. The Sun, The Times, The News of the World and The Sunday Times will survive. So will Rupert Murdoch. After all, as was once said: never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. 

Donal Blaney is the Chief Executive of the Young Britons' Foundation (www.ybf.org.uk) and Senior Partner of Griffin Law (www.griffinlaw.co.uk). 

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