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Murdoch, Moloch

LA's quotidian editors and scribes are well known for putting pettifoggery above information. Even so, I still don't know why the local fishwraps and especially local bloggers haven't picked up on Ron Kaye's reminisces of Rupert Murdoch circa 1975.

My impassioned pleas to stand up for the First Amendment as if there was a Bill of Rights in Australia and to defend freedom of the press and the integrity of our work seemed to be falling on largely deaf ears as if my American English was truly a foreign language.

But then a drunken columnist with the tabloid Mirror started jeering and disrupting the meeting, denouncing me in rhyming slang as a "septic tank," meaning dirty Yank and the room began to turn.
It might be that our local media pool have no idea about rhyming Cockney slang, or what print journalism was like in 1975--one of the increasingly distant years when it mattered much in America. But I found Kaye's piece a compelling read.

Meanwhile, Sean Hoare, the early Murdoch scandal whistleblower who said Andy Coulson "encouraged him to hack phones" is found dead. Police say there is no evidence of foul play.