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Entries by Margaret Heffernan from 07/2011

Rebekah Brooks: The Queen of Willful Blindness

| Posted 07.06.2011 | UK Politics

After every institutional debacle, the arguments are the same: it was just a few bad apples. Nobody at the top is to blame. Rogue employees just went off piste. That argument was wrong in Abu Ghraib, in Enron, WorldCom, Countrywide, HBOS and it's wrong today at News International.

Another Empty Gesture From Murdoch

| Posted 07.07.2011 | Media

Shutting News of the World looks like such a grand gesture. In fact, it's another attempt to look like something is being done -- while in fact changing nothing fundamental within News International.

The PCC: When Sleeping Dogs Lie

| Posted 07.08.2011 | UK Politics

Newspapers may be in decline but they're still big business. Under pressure, they've all been sucked into a race to the bottom

The Wilful Blindness of Rupert Murdoch

| Posted 07.14.2011 | Politics

Rupert Murdoch has always believed in the business value of political power and the importance of scale. Those beliefs appear to have blinded him to two fundamental mood changes in British political life.

Rebekah Brooks: A Bad Case of Gatecrasher Syndrome?

| Posted 07.15.2011 | UK
Read More: Journalism, UK News

By all accounts, Rebekah Brooks was treated as part of the Murdoch family. But the more assimilated she became, the less able she was to see her industry and her business through any different lens. She amplified the Murdochs, she didn't and couldn't challenge or warn them. She ended up with the worst of both worlds: neither one of them nor her own woman.

The Wrong Idea: How Women's Careers Really Work

| Posted 07.15.2011 | Women

When my first child was two, my older sister said to me, "Your children need you more when they get older." At the time, I thought this was just anoth...

Is There Hope for Business Graduates?

| Posted 07.15.2011 | Business

I'm an optimist. A crisis of this kind forces us to face up to hard problems and one of the things I've learned is that it is often when work is hardest that you are learning the most.

Have MPs Got Their Courage Back?

| Posted 07.18.2011 | UK Politics

Perhaps now they've found the courage to challenge Murdoch, a few MPs might discover that in a democracy you can challenge anything and anyone.

News Corp.'s Risky Governance

| Posted 07.18.2011 | Business

According to Bloomberg, News Corporation is now undervalued because of the scandals blighting its operations. Murdoch isn't an asset anymore; he's a l...

The Willful Blindness of Rupert Murdoch

| Posted 07.19.2011 | UK Politics

Of course Murdoch wasn't the only one who was blind. But for someone who succeeded in the past by being uniquely in touch with popular sentiment, this latest debacle demonstrates yet another source of blindness: success.