Murdoch watch: Son James chucked a wobbly in front of witnesses in the offices of The Independent in London this week. The amazing scene is now in every London newspaper and on the web. All that was missing was the six shooters drawn, cocked and waiting to be fired. Instead of berating and hectoring the likes of the BBC, James has gone off and abused the editor of The Independent over a mildly interesting promotion that took a swipe at Murdoch senior. “Staff at The Independent newspaper have been stunned by an unexpected and angry visit to their offices by the rival newspaper proprietor James Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp Europe and Asia. On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Murdoch walked into The Independent’s newsroom in Kensington, central London, carrying a copy of the newspaper. He was accompanied by Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, which publishes The Times and The Sun among others,” the FT reported..
This story is true: “The newspaper he was carrying was one of 300,000 Independents being distributed for free in the UK that day with a special wraparound front page advertising The Independent’s claim to freedom from proprietorial interference. The advert stated: “Rupert Murdoch won’t decide this election — you will.” The younger Murdoch reached the busy editorial desk where The Independent’s editor-in-chief, Simon Kelner, was planning the following day’s edition with colleagues, and brandished the newspaper in his hand. “What are you f-cking playing at?” Murdoch asked Kelner in a loud voice and in front of dozens of bemused journalists. At that point, Kelner invited Murdoch and Brooks into his office where there was a heated conversation lasting about 15 minutes, one of those present told the Financial Times. The Independent boss later told colleagues Murdoch had complained, with the use of further expletives, that the advertisement besmirched his father’s reputation.” Amazing scenes, as Private Eye would have said.