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Our volunteers distributing Green Left Weekly last week in Perth. Photo by Alex Bainbridge.

Media moghul Rupert Murdoch described his appearance before the British parliamentary hearing into News Of The World‘s phone hacking as the “most humble day” of his life. His son, James, added: “It’s a matter of great regret … these actions do not live up to the standards that our company aspires to around the round.”

Really? Even as these two billionaires did their sorry act (and blamed all wrongdoing on their underlings), their media empire around the world continued their standard dirty work: telling lies, manipulating fear,prejudice and hatred and intimidating those who challenge the rule of the rich and powerful.

The Murdoch’s apology is an empty and just part of their strategy to minimise their losses from this latest scandal. An army of spin doctors, lawyers and yet undiscovered practitioners of darker arts will also be doing their bit to minimise the damage to their empire.

All who are disgusted at this gross abuse of power should reflect that it is a consequence of the even more gross concentration of power and wealth in the world today. The billionaires who rule this world routinely use and abuse their tremendous power through a thousand golden chains that shackle all the institutions of formal power even under the most democratic capitalist countries.

This is why even as Rupert and James Murdoch refused to own up to any of the gross abuses perpetrated by NOTW, they considered this “humbling” – they are used to exercising tremendous power, usually without hindrance or question.

If we want to see an end ongoing abuse of power to this we need to build up movements and new institutions of people power, including the alternative, people-power media like Green Left Weekly.

Alternative media projects like ours only suggest with the continuing financial support of many ordinary folk. They help us raise money for and/or donate to our Fighting Fund.

Donate online today. Or direct deposits can be made to Greenleft, Commonwealth Bank, BSB 062-006, Account No. 00901992. Otherwise, you can send a cheque or money order to PO Box 515, Broadway NSW 2007 or phone in a donation through on the toll-free line at 1800 634 206 (within Australia).

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