The Cost of Declaring War on Murdoch

The U.K.'s Business Secretary has lost power to block Murdoch's BSkyB bid after he told two journalists posing as constituents that he had "declared war" on the media magnate.

The Independent has dubbed UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, "The man who declared war on Murdoch...and lost", in the aftermath of a "sting" operation by the Daily Telegraph. Cable told two undercover reporters posing as constituents that he had "declared war" on the Murdoch empire. News Corp condemned Mr Cable's remarks, saying they raised serious questions about fairness and due process. Cable has kept his job but been stripped of the power to rule on Mr Murdoch's bid for full control of BSkyB. Today The Telegraph newspaper published embarrassing comments by three other Liberal Democrat ministers which were also obtained by undercover journalists.

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