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From his early beginnings to his current unrivaled media world status (unless scandal now brings him down), he's wielded unchallenged power ruthlessly as a world class predator, using deception, chicanery, arrogance, artfulness, charm, cunning, sheer muscle, will, intimidation, poisonous influence and toadying to get his way by bullying people to prevail.
Bereft of ethics, his media empire includes a bordello of print and broadcast outlets. In his book titled, "The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch," Michael Wolff called him a monarch, gangster and con man, interested only in power, control and profits.
Given his history, clout, connections, manipulativeness, and hardball style, a fitting headline in the wake of the News of the World (NOTW) scandal would be Murdoch comes a cropper.
If only true, bringing down the world's leading media villain, purveyor of sleaze, and power hungry news baron - clawing, exploiting, and hacking his way to notoriety and fortune.
In fact, however this affects him going forward (at age 80), expect his media empire to survive like caught-in-the-act Wall Street bandits - stealing billions, penalized millions, a few insiders at times going down, then back to business grabbing more.
So far, however, a bumpy ride followed London Guardian writers Nick Davies and Amelia Hill breaking the story, headlining on July 4, "Missing Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked by News of the World," saying:
Murdoch's UK tabloid "illegally targeted (her) and her family in March 2002, interfering with police inquiries into her disappearance, an investigation by the Guardian has established."
After that it was all downhill, evidence showing Murdoch's NOTW hacked into phones and electronically spied on prime ministers, other politicians, celebrities, royal aides, Prince William, perhaps the queen, and innocent victims like Milly Dowler.