Mar 1, 2012

Mayne: James Murdoch’s resignation means nothing

Don’t for a moment believe that James Murdoch has been appropriately sanctioned or punished for his role in the huge cover-up operation deployed to deny massive phone hacking and illegal payments to public officials.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

The text message arrived from ABC News 24 at 6.58am.

“Any chance you could come to the studio to do an interview on James Murdoch’s resignation?”

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14 thoughts on “Mayne: James Murdoch’s resignation means nothing

  1. khtagh

    Any takers on a bet James will try to run back to Australia before they come knocking on his door in N.Y.
    Would our government have the balls to extradite him ?

  2. billie

    Is News Corp bugging the office of the Australian Prime Minister, they have bugged every one else

  3. Whistleblower

    If James Murdoch and a dog turd were on the footpath in front of you, you would make sure that you would step on the dog turd as the lesser of two evils.

  4. zut alors

    As much as I have no time for the slippery James M, the buck stops at the top. For all his money and power the Old Man can’t stop this avalanche – which happened under his rule.

  5. Socratease

    The ‘Rosebud’ moment gets closer and closer.

  6. DF

    Which of the six Murdoch kids have Australian passports or the right to PR? Did the Americans let the old man keep his Aust passport? Does he have a right to PR? Anyone know?

  7. Liz45

    I’d like to think that at least one Murdoch would be arrested and charged. Maybe a faint hope, but?? Wouldn’t it be great?

    All this makes me recall the ‘what goes around comes around’. Many of the documented low life stories are being recognised; the methods by which they ‘gathered’ evidence is now being publicized. I think it’s great!

    Personally, I’d like to see the US Govt arrest RM, and take him to the cleaners? Now that WOULD be a great day! He’d probably squeal and expect the Australian Govt to come to his aid???

  8. kennethrobinson2

    Unfortunately this gutless government would come to his aid, I just wonder what dirt he has on them.
    They certainly wont help Assarge, love or hate him he is still an AUSSIE, I wonder about old Rup?.

  9. michael r james

    In no way am I going to shed a tear for James M. but it is still a bit ironic that he is being made to carry the can for the newspaper disasters in the UK. He is a new media man and not at all a newspaper man like his old man. If it were not for the NotW problem he would have pulled off one of the great Murdoch deals by buying all of BSkyB–just another couple of months would have done it. If James had taken Rupert’s place at the top of News, his inclination would have been to sell the newspapers–of course part of the unspoken deal with his father would have precluded it until dad was dead or ga-ga. He may have been in charge of the newspapers when the sh!t hit the fan but all that bad behaviour was well established by previous and future Rupert’s men & women. J just had the misfortune of bad timing and little interest in what was going on. Certainly everyone knows that the responsibility for the rogue behaviour belongs firmly with one person: Rupert.

  10. Stephen

    After the manner of a certain newspaper, couldn’t James just be reappointed in six months under a different name?

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