Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Yes, she's the kind of a girl who makes the News of the World"

In one sense, yes, I'm having a lot of fun following the expanding circle of scandals surrounding Rupert Murdoch's journalism empire in Great Britain, where, among other things, his minions hacked into and tampered with the voicemail of a young girl who'd been murdered, obtained private medical information about Gordon Brown's then-infant son, and bribed Queen Elizabeth's bodyguards to obtain phone numbers and travel information.

In another...well, keep in mind that the News Corporation owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. Not that you could trust them, but the recent revelations should give you even more pause.


john_burke100 said...

It occurred to me over the weekend that somewhere in London a senior civil servant is offering prayers of thanksgiving for not having submitted Murdoch's name to the Queen's Honors List.

Lisa Hirsch said...


Lisa Hirsch said...

I am going to quote that here and there, you know.

john_burke100 said...

Be my guest.

Henry Holland said...

It was bad enough to find out that they were hacking actors and C-list celebrities.

It was astonishing that they hacked the cell phone of a 13-year old girl who had disappeared so that they could clear her voicemail out, which lead to her parents thinking she was alive > being found dead in a ditch a few days later

But hacking in to people's phones after 9/11?

Drawing and quartering the lot of 'em would be too nice.

john_burke100 said...

This is an oldie, worth reviving:

You cannot hope to bribe or twist,
Thank God, the British journalist;
But seeing what the man will do
Unbribed, there's no occasion to.

Lisa Hirsch said...