get caught hacking into the phone of a murdered child and
hinder the investigation, you know you're in deep trouble. That's the
position that embattled international news agency News Corp. find itself in.
News Corp. (NWS), the brainchild of
billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has a penchant for controversy; with
properties like U.S. news network Fox News. However, such
controversy pales in comparison to allegations brought against News of the World which is published by News International, one of News Corp.'s British holdings.
According to documents released in an ongoing police investigation, News
Corp.'s British properties hired veteran hackers to gain access to the
voicemail accounts of persons of interest -- including murder victims,
terrorism victims, families of dead soldiers, celebrities, and politicians.
The hackers often altered the voicemail contents in an effort to fish for
Just a few days ago the talk centered on whether News International CEO
and Murdoch-protégé Rebekah Brooks would resign. Now that talk has been
made a moot point, as Mr. Murdoch has decided that he will discontinue the entire News of the World publication.
The news shocked many, as News of the World is currently London's best-selling
tabloid newspaper. Many in England believe that the paper's articles make
or break political candidates.
The news that the paper was dead was delivered by Rupert Murdoch's son, James
Murdoch, a senior News Corp. executive. He comments, "The News of
the World is in the business of holding others to account, but it failed when
it came to itself."
He revealed that the move would lead to 200 staffers losing their jobs, though
they could apply for other News Corp. positions. He also revealed that
the proceeds of this Sunday's final edition would be donated to charity, in an
effort to placate the growing firestorm of criticism.
The closure of the embattled publication may not be enough to silence the
public outcry; particularly when pressing questions remain. Questions include whether News of the World staffers broke British law
during their actions and whether they shared their findings with other sister
publications, such as The Times of London and the tabloid Sun.
If they did, these publications could find themselves subject to similar
boycotts as News of the World.
Another compelling question is whether the questionable tactics were isolated
to News Corp.'s British operations, or whether they could have been employed at
American tabloids such as the New York Post. Thus far there's no
evidence of this, but the topic will certainly be examined as spotlight of
scrutiny is cast onto News Corp.
quote: The news shocked many, as News of the World is currently London's best-selling tabloid newspaper. Many in England believe that the paper's articles make or break political candidates.
quote: In London they actually affect elections!?
quote: If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.
quote: It's an established technique
quote: What's it establish?
quote: Ok I don't know about England,
quote: At least our dimwits read;
quote: I mean how many stories about some hoser getting drunk and screwing a moose can you take before you start to get bored?
quote: Ok I don't know about England, but in America tabloids are jokes. Rags that nobody takes seriously. In London they actually affect elections!?
quote: Ok I don't know about England, but in America tabloids are jokes.
quote: 200 jobs, big deal.
quote: This is simply a pragmatic business decision - NOTW will have no advertising revenue, because no one in their right mind will want to be associated with them. Therefore, cut the losses now, shut it down, and then let the authorities do their worst.
quote: Might bring something fresh and exciting to your Canadian news.
quote: Sorry, fear mongering is not the norm in Canada
quote: Just a few days ago the talk centered on whether News International CEO and Murdoch-protégé Rebekah Brooks would resign. Now that talk has been made a moot point, as Mr. Murdoch has decided that he will discontinue the entire News International publication.
quote: The error has been corrected.
quote: It's not a good reason to shut down an entire company over issues with a few overzealous reporters and/or managers.
quote: Why punish an entire organization, hundreds of people, for the acts of a few?
quote: Not all of the individuals participated in the acts that are up for debate. Why punish an entire organization, hundreds of people, for the acts of a few?
quote: The people have realized this and flock to fox/News of the world etc. Fox has all the top shows for a reason. Not because america is stupid. Rather I believe they're getting a LOT smarter and no longer believe the crap they hear on cnn/msnbc etc.
quote: I'm sure you'd say the owners of CNN, MSNBC, and NBC are penchants for controversy too.
quote: CNN calls people wanting less government in their lives terrorists and you don't blink an eye.
quote: So Murdoch is shutting down the paper for moral reasons?
quote: The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account, but it failed when it came to itself.