Rupert Murdoch promises to spend the next three months in Britain launching his replacement for the disgraced News of the World and supporting the Sun’s beleaguered journalists. The latter is not a very easy balancing act as he has also set up an operation to turn those same journalists over to the police. The whole of News International in Britain has reached that tipping point that anti organized crime fighters in American police departments and the FBI look for. This is when as more senior figures are thrown to the wolves they in turn will implicate those above them. You know Tom Watson wasn’t so wrong in comparing the Murdochs to a mafia family.
What’s interesting is that Rupert was accompanied by his son Lachlan instead of his usual companion on business trips to Britain, his other son James, who is among other things the head of their British operations. Could it be the most recent disclosures of emails that James received have given him the feeling that he could be arrested if he returns to Britain? Is the head of BSkyB on the lam? Will he be a fit and proper person according to Ofcom?