According to Brendan O’Neill, (“Elite few spearhead the anti-Murdoch campaign over phone-hacking scandal”, The Australian, 17/7 ) there is no hacking scandal and no media monopoly problem; the whole brouhaha is the invention of “cosmopolitan…city centre elites” whose “cliquish crusade” to crush press freedom is motivated by a distaste for page-three girls.
Aside from Hugh Grant, who exactly are these elites who have managed to fool the whole British parliament and Rupert Murdoch himself? More importantly, how does opposition to media monopolies and illegal invasions of privacy threaten freedom of the press?
Real elites have money and power; for example, they own newspapers. O’Neill’s “cultural” elites are straw men and his “crusade” is a fantasy.