Fox News officials professed indignation and surprise last week over the search of reporter James Rosen’s records amid a federal leak investigation

But prosecutors told Fox’s parent company of a subpoena nearly three years ago.

Prosecutors issued a subpoena for Rosen’s phone records and got a judge to sign off on a sealed warrant for his emails back in May 2010.

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Sarah Palin’s announcement that she wouldn’t run for president disappointed her legions of admirers — but it infuriated Roger Ailes. The Fox News chief wasn’t angry  about the decision itself. Rather, he was livid that Palin made the October 5 announcement on Mark Levin’s conservative talk-radio program, robbing Fox News of an exclusive and a possible ratings bonanza. Fox was relegated to getting a follow-up interview with Palin on Greta Van Susteren’s 10 p.m. show, after the news of Palin’s decision had been drowned out by Steve Jobs’s death. Ailes was so mad, he considered pulling her off the air entirely until her $1 million annual contract expires in 2013.

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Rupert Murdoch’s empire, in graphical form: Tumblr’s new multi-photo layout feature seems really freaking cool to us. So we had this idea for seeing how we’d use it to present news. Our subject? Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. — mainly, to emphasize the scope of the dude’s empire. We created this in about an hour using InDesign. Enjoy! (Some sources we used: Mogulite, L.A. Times, The Guardian, The National Post, News Corp.)

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More on Rupert Murdoch possibly stepping down: The CEO of News Corp. may leave his post based on his performance tomorrow in front of the British Parliament. Chase Carey, above (impressive ‘stache, eh?), would be his likely replacement. This would be a slight to Murdoch’s own son James, by the way. It would be a staggering fall for the self-made media mogul, to put it lightly. (EDIT: There are conflicting reports.)

The reports seem pretty foggy right now. But everyone seriously take a look at that mustache.

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More on Rupert Murdoch possibly stepping down: The CEO of News Corp. may leave his post based on his performance tomorrow in front of the British Parliament. Chase Carey, above (impressive ‘stache, eh?), would be his likely replacement. This would be a slight to Murdoch’s own son James, by the way. It would be a staggering fall for the self-made media mogul, to put it lightly. (EDIT: There are conflicting reports.)

The reports seem pretty foggy right now. But everyone seriously take a look at that mustache.

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Among the most deliberate and abhorrent mass violations of privacy committed in recent memory did not come as a result of technology, social services, databases, hackers, thieves, leakers, or governments. It was an act of a news organization, News Corp., which hacked into the phones of a reported 4,000 people, including not just celebrities but dead children and the families of the victims of terrorism and war.

The Murdoch Style, Under Pressure
In the past, Mr. Murdoch has either outlasted his critics or acted swiftly to limit the fallout. And on Wednesday he was in damage-control mode again. The company moved quickly to denounce the hacking and announce its intention to cooperate with the police, but the damage was proving difficult to contain.
There is a growing consensus within the company that Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International and onetime editor who has become the focus of much of the outrage over the hacking, will be forced out of her job, according to people with knowledge of discussions inside News Corporation.
The possibility of firing Ms. Brooks is one that several people close to Mr. Murdoch said he was fiercely resisting because he was loyal to her and viewed the campaign against her as a vendetta by the company’s political enemies.
Continue reading… Hacking Scandal Poses New Threat to News Corporation’s Image - NYTimes

The Murdoch Style, Under Pressure

In the past, Mr. Murdoch has either outlasted his critics or acted swiftly to limit the fallout. And on Wednesday he was in damage-control mode again. The company moved quickly to denounce the hacking and announce its intention to cooperate with the police, but the damage was proving difficult to contain.

There is a growing consensus within the company that Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International and onetime editor who has become the focus of much of the outrage over the hacking, will be forced out of her job, according to people with knowledge of discussions inside News Corporation.

The possibility of firing Ms. Brooks is one that several people close to Mr. Murdoch said he was fiercely resisting because he was loyal to her and viewed the campaign against her as a vendetta by the company’s political enemies.

Continue reading… Hacking Scandal Poses New Threat to News Corporation’s Image - NYTimes

…These connections were not enough to keep al-Waleed out of trouble, however, when he suggested immediately after September 11 that US policies might have contributed to the attack. Then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani refused to accept a $10 million disaster relief contribution from the prince — and Fox News applauded Giuliani for his stance.

Since then, al-Waleed has formed multiple connections with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., the owner of Fox News. In September 2005, he acquired 5.46% of voting shares in News Corp., and just a few months later, when Fox ran coverage of riots in Paris under the banner “Muslim riots,” he allegedly phoned Murdoch and had him change the heading to “civil riots.”

Now the partnership is growing even closer, with News Corp. acquiring a 10% stake in al-Waleed’s media conglomerate,..

Murdoch’s News Corp. cements ties with Saudi prince

continue reading… rawstory

BillO would have a field day with this if it were the higher ups at NBC