Media furore this week regarding womanising sports presenter Andy Gray briefly touched on the one story that joins up all the dots.
Take a quick look at the timeline:
- Monday 24 Jan - Embarrassing, sexist off-air conversation from December leaked by his own production team - Gray and colleague banned for one game. Official warning.
- Monday - another tape leaked where linesman Sian Massey is slated on account of her sex. Media interest is very high.
- Tuesday 25 Jan - contract terminated for unnacceptable behaviour. A second tape is leaked with more verbal abuse of the female linesman.
Official line - he was obnoxious to his production team, so they kept hold of the damaging tapes and stuck the knife in.
Let's pause there...
|Demolition Job - Murdoch's|
News International at Wapping
Gray was pursuing the News of the World in the on-going phone-hacking scandal, which saw the demise of Andy Coulson, chief government media spinner and churner. Gray, a presenter at (Murdoch-owned) Sky Sports... and the phone-hacking scandal at (Murdoch's) News of the World... get the connection? The crossed interests?
The same week when the Government are crucifying News of the World editor-turned Government press chief Andy Coulson. So we're left with our boring, plasticine celebrities given a strong message never to rock the boat... but more importantly a very public display of Murdoch's power to back one of his minions as he takes a slap from Bullingdon Dave. The Coulson story slipped down the headings across the board.
Who's the Daddy, Dave? Who's the faXXin' Daddy? I've got ALL the tools, Dave - and don't you forget it, you posh bastard - I've got all the fackin' tools. You listenin'? (estuary English, adapted from Scum).
One final fact glossed over in simplistic copy - Murdoch is currently trying to buy a controlling stake in B-Sky-B - but the Government has the last word. He needs to show the Government that he is whiter than white and can control rogue elements such as editors happy with phone-hacking. So to do that, he slaughters a few scape-goats. That's the carrot. Here's the stick - a bucket of shit a day.*
(* A reported threatening telephone call (link to John Pilger) to a senior Australian politician straying from the Murdoch-line. Now you know why he was allowed to steam-roller through the anti-monopoly laws; the craven trough-swillers are frightened to death of catching his flak.).