Spitting Image on Rupert Murdoch’s Journalism

Long before the phone hacking scandal, Murdoch’s papers, like the Sun and News of the World, were notorious for the virulence of their invective and running highly dodgy stories about celebrities. In this Spitting Image sketch, Murdoch and two of his journalists, shown as vultures, concoct an ever-more sensational and completely unfounded story about cricketer Ian Botham, in which they accuse the great man of terrorism offences and incest.

Unfortunately, precious little has changed in the over a quarter of a century since the sketch was shown, so that it still remains highly topical.

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4 Responses to “Spitting Image on Rupert Murdoch’s Journalism”

  1. rainbowwarriorlizzie Says:

    Reblogged this on HUMAN RIGHTS & THE SIEGE OF BRITAIN POLITICAL JOURNAL.

  2. Spitting Image (and The Last Leg) on Rupert Murdoch’s Journalism – Beastrabban’s Weblog | Vox Political Says:

    […] Long before the phone hacking scandal, Murdoch’s papers, like the Sun and News of the World, were notorious for the virulence of their invective and running highly dodgy stories about celebrities, writes the Beast. […]

  3. Joy Morby Says:

    Yet Botham now takes the Murdoch dollar.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Oh, absolutely. I think the sketch was pure fiction, but nevertheless Botham in his prime gave the Sun and other rags a lot of copy.

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