From last night’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann.
Michael Wolff, who has made a secondary career out of his obsession with Rupert Murdoch — in 2008 he penned the definitive “The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch” and once told me the most surprising thing he’d learned about Murdoch was that he took an enema before long-haul flights — thinks this phone hacking scandal will be Murdoch’s Nixon moment.
“The longer [the scandal] goes on, the closer it gets to you, the more vulnerable you become. This is drip, drip, drip….They have now hacked the phone of a girl who was murdered. This is the kind of thing you don’t get away with….I’m forced to say it, think of Nixon. It is a set of dominoes.”
Wolff thinks that the next person to go down will be Rebekah Brooks. After that the buck stops with Rupert’s son James. According to Wolff what James knows Rupert knows.
There are reports that Murdoch intends to meet with the victims of the hacking, including those who survived the 7/7 terrorist attacks. But will it be enough?
This story, so long on the backburner of hot topics in the media world, suddenly feels like it is about to shift into high gear and with whiplash intensity (most familiar to politicians) Murdoch could be facing down calls for his resignation in very short order.
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