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Media Matters

Regulars | By Stephen Glover


Poor Kelvin, left carrying the can

Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has been defenestrated, following an offensive piece. But was that Murdoch’s real reason for sacking him?

Kelvin MacKenzie has been let go as a columnist by the Sun, the newspaper he edited from 1981 until 1994, after having written an incendiary article. This is a big deal. MacKenzie is no ordinary columnist. He is an old favourite of the paper’s proprietor, Rupert Murdoch, who has backed at least one of his successful business ventures. He is also on good terms with the Sun’s present editor, Tony Gallagher, whom he praised in a recent piece in the Spectator. Nonetheless, MacKenzie has been made to walk the plank. The reason is that Rebekah Brooks, who runs Murdoch’s papers in Britain, wanted him out. Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, – increasingly influential satraps in their father’s global media empire – were also glad to see the back of him. MacKenzie was regarded by all three as a reactionary and uncontrollable throwback to the Sun’s wilder days. He was certainly...


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