12 June 2012 2:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

So just how did the Tories and the Murdochs get so close – and where will it all end?

Hmm. Well. Ok. So – Peter Oborne's thesis in his Dispatches documentary Murdoch, Cameron & the £8 Billion Deal (Channel 4) about the relationship between the Tories and News International seems to be as follows: David Cameron was a decent chap – look, here's his former press secretary George Eustice promising that Dave hated the way Tony Blair had courted the media and avoided contact with Rupes until well into the run-up to the 2010 election to prove it! – but became gradually enmeshed in and corrupted by the Murdochs' fatal charm.

Or perhaps Murdoch, a man who famously does not so much make the weather as hold up a gnarled but knowing finger to see which way the wind is blowing and then tack expertly to it (which is why he supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Us, »

- Lucy Mangan

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