Murdoch Resigns from Major Newspaper Posts

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A few weeks back, we examined a day in the tweeting life of NewsCorp Presidente, Rupert Murdoch - the notorious purveyor of conservative commentary and, recently, the subject of a widespread Parliamentary investigation into a phone-hacking scandal that has consumed the entire company. Through his tweets, he upset the Romney campaign, the Scientology community and defended his case against the Levenson Inquiry. However, it looks like he'll have to defend his case against his own company.

The Telegraph is now reporting that the Australian Darth Vader of mainstream media will be resigning from the posts of the British newspapers The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times. According to NewsCorp's filings last week, Murdoch stepped down as chief of the media organizations NI Group, the Times Newspapers Holdings and News Corp Investments in the UK. He also stepped down from a few posts back here in the U.S. but the SEC has yet to disclose exactly which ones.

All of this is a result of the increasingly awkward position Parliament has left Murdoch in. As more cracks in NewsCorp were revealed, it was becoming evident that the CEO had some sort of knowledge of the illegal activities going on at News of the World, the subisidiary tabloid where the troubles all started. The dominoes soon began to fall into place: Murdoch's son, James, resigned from News International and BSkyB while Board members were cut left and right. 

Now, it's daddy's turn to pay.

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Bye Bye, "Bye Bye, Bunga Bunga" Headlines

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As we reported yesterday, Silvio Berlusconi resigned as Italy's prime minister. News outlets around the world clamored to give their own unique, measured perspective on his exit. More specifically, they all got to finally use that "Bye Bye, Bunga Bunga" headline they had been sitting on for years. After the jump, a collection of outlets that used that headline, or a variant thereof.

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Press Clips: Do Not Let Robert Thomson Behead Anyone This Week, Please

VICTORY! for a New York City newspaper, while the rest are going down, down, in an earlier round. A new, familiar byline at New York's Vulture, and a new, familiar byline at AgencySpy. The iPad is still just The iPad, but Twitter is definitely still Twitter. Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast is still Howard Kurtz. Let's all hack the New Yorker! Press Clips, Day 15, Late and Mostly Scandal-Free Edition, right here.
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WSJ Weekend Launches With Eye on the Times

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal released its first issue of the revamped weekend paper, WSJ Weekend, with the hope of competing directly with the New York Times. One difference is that if you Google "WSJ Weekend" the first result reads "The Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition" and if you click on it, it asks you for your payment information. That doesn't happen at the Times yet. But if you have the money to purchase the Journal, chances are you will like what you see!

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NEWSPAPER WARS, The Movie: NYT and WSJ Battle It Out in Simulated Taiwanese Melodrama

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Some things you see on the Internet, and you look at them, and you stare at them, thinking that maybe at some point along the lines of all this staring, it will begin to resemble something that will make sense. Try as you might, this is absolutely not one of those things.

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Press Clips, Day 8, Evening Edition: NYT Flack Fires Shots in WSJ Biz News Attack

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Two Press Clips in one day? Don't call it a comeback. To cap off the day, the New York Times is firing shots at the Wall Street Journal; Newsweek is bleeding staffers everywhere, still; and...I mean, does anything else matter today besides the latest shots in the NYT/WSJ Newspaper Wars? Wgat do you even say to this?

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New York Times Emerges Victorious in Newspaper War ... of Getting Stolen

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The Great War of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal rages on as absurdly over-compensatory advertisements continue to be placed around New York, and, uh, that's it. Except for this, with which the New York Times gets to declare victory over the Wall Street Journal!

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Newspaper Wars: Pissing Contest Between New York Times and Wall Street Journal Continues in Subways, On Facebook

It's been a while since we last reported on the utter insanity that the warring ad campaigns between the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have unleashed on New York. Which is - somehow, mystifyingly, though satisfyingly - still going strong. And now they're getting aggro.

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Poll Results: Do You Care about the New York Times/Wall Street Journal Newspaper War?

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It's been a week since the Wall Street Journal launched its much-ballyhooed and long-awaited Greater New York metropolitan section. How is it? Who cares! You always knew it was going to start out as The New York Post for People Too Rich To Be Caught With A Copy Of The New York Post, and wow, did they deliver. How to swipe a MetroCard! Rats, the Upper East Side, and Mafia-Related Puns! Funny Poor City Heroes Snubbed by Mean Mayor. Etc., etc. More important, though, is the war the Journal's having with the New York Times. And whether or not anybody gives a shit.

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10 Ways the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Newspaper War Could Get Uglier

The fight between the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times has started! And while we wait to find out if anyone actually gives a shit, we couldn't help but already notice just how ugly it's been so far. And now, the potential for dirty competition beyond this thing's current condition! Just how ugly? You think you know, but you have no idea.

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