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Rupert Murdoch's employees are accused by the UK government of hacking into the phones of murder victims, terrorist victims, family members of dead soldiers, politicians, and celebrities.  (Source: AP Photo)

In response to the scandal Mr. Murdoch's son announced that "News of the World" will close, printing its last issue Sunday. The tabloid is the biggest in the UK in terms of circulation, so the news came as a shock to many.  (Source: Bloomberg)

News Corp. owns multiple U.S. publications, including the tabloid "New York Post" and Fox News
News Corp. employees hacked into a variety of peoples' phones, including murdered children

When you 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 leads.

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.

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You Serious?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/7/2011 6:00:26 PM , Rating: 3
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.

Ok I don't know about England, but in America tabloids are jokes. Rags that nobody takes seriously. In London they actually affect elections!?

RE: You Serious?
By YashBudini on 7/7/2011 6:43:46 PM , Rating: 2
In London they actually affect elections!?

It's an established technique

If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.

You really don't want to know the source. It's not OJ.

RE: You Serious?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: You Serious?
By YashBudini on 7/7/2011 7:07:27 PM , Rating: 2
What's it establish?

Why ask why? The answer was already in front of you.

RE: You Serious?
By BugblatterIII on 7/7/2011 7:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
At least our dimwits read; yours just watch Fox News.

RE: You Serious?
By Bonesdad on 7/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: You Serious?
By Spuke on 7/7/2011 11:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
Since when did we stop saying "zing".

RE: You Serious?
By Bonesdad on 7/8/2011 8:11:48 PM , Rating: 2
since Cars

RE: You Serious?
By yomamafor1 on 7/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: You Serious?
By YashBudini on 7/8/11, Rating: 0
RE: You Serious?
By karielash on 7/8/11, Rating: -1
RE: You Serious?
By YashBudini on 7/9/2011 11:37:37 PM , Rating: 2
At least our dimwits read;

You got downrated twice for this, while R77 gets to generalize that Brits practice bestiality.

I mean how many stories about some hoser getting drunk and screwing a moose can you take before you start to get bored?

Add to that the number of times he objects to ad hominem attacks. </facepalm>

Please realize such antics are in the minority for the most part, regarding the double standards, the petty comments, and the personal pursuit of animals.

Oh course the only way to be desensitized to such issues is with repeated exposure, so do ask yourself who found this funny?

RE: You Serious?
By BugblatterIII on 7/10/2011 8:01:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but to be fair I did insult the dimwits of an entire nation by suggesting that they watch Fox News. Clearly I lost the dimwit vote.

RE: You Serious?
By BugblatterIII on 7/12/2011 6:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
Oh wow; I've gone from 5 down to 2 and those who said I should be a six got rated down to -1! Must've hit a nerve!

RE: You Serious?
By YashBudini on 7/12/2011 11:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the painful truth nerve.

RE: You Serious?
By seamonkey79 on 7/7/2011 6:52:33 PM , Rating: 2
They're not the same as American tabloids... in that almost everyone there reads them and actually thinks they're something more than a gossip paper, as opposed to the relatively small group of Americans that read them, and only the extremes of that group think they're much more than gossip or made up junk.

RE: You Serious?
By dark matter on 7/8/11, Rating: 0
RE: You Serious?
By Dr of crap on 7/8/2011 9:03:47 AM , Rating: 2
So why waste your time and why read them at all?????

Just something there to laugh at when I check out - and that's all.

OH, by the way -
did you hear about the alien baby from J lo??

RE: You Serious?
By karielash on 7/8/2011 5:55:33 PM , Rating: 1

Mostly for the tits!!!

RE: You Serious?
By messyunkempt on 7/9/2011 3:57:19 PM , Rating: 1
Definately, its the only page i ever read. And i worked for them for 3 years, until a couple of months ago.

RE: You Serious?
By messyunkempt on 7/9/2011 4:02:06 PM , Rating: 1
The sun/news of the world that is, i didn't work for the tits. Although they did work for me.

RE: You Serious?
By RealTheXev on 7/8/2011 8:31:38 PM , Rating: 1
Worked in Bush II's favor? :P

RE: You Serious?
By adl on 7/7/2011 10:04:43 PM , Rating: 3
Ok I don't know about England, but in America tabloids are jokes. Rags that nobody takes seriously. In London they actually affect elections!?

just so you know, tabloid (and broadsheet, and berliner) refers to the actual physical size of the paper.

there is an implication that tabloids generally cater to the least common denominator, and are extremely sensationalist, but the degree of sensationalism isn't a well defined property.

of course, not having actually read the news of the world (or any american or english tabloid for that matter), i cannot comment on the impact they have in a social context.

RE: You Serious?
By Fritzr on 7/8/2011 3:13:35 AM , Rating: 3
In addition to being the name of a particular format, tabloid is the common designation for a newspaper that offers sensational and in many cases fake news. The 'tabloid news' label has even been applied to other media such as Fox Network News. This category is not new, an earlier label is "yellow journalism" which was spawned by William Randolph Hearst's newspapers.

They can influence elections as was shown by the recent revelations of US politician's having affairs. The greatest effect is when the story is picked up by mainstream news outlets. In the UK where the Daily Sun and similar rags are the print equivalent of Fox News, they can, with a large readership, swing the vote.

The tabloids can also start wars. By reporting events in the "proper" manner and adding editorials recommending the "proper" response, William Randolph Hearst is in large part responsible for the Spanish-American War. In modern times news outlets still sway public opinion with selective reporting, creative story writing and editorials written to sell a particular agenda.

We aren't talking about the National Enquirer, these papers are more like the New York Post that was named in this article...many people believe it is a legitimate newspaper.

RE: You Serious?
By Samus on 7/8/2011 12:26:09 AM , Rating: 1
Ok I don't know about England, but in America tabloids are jokes.

I guess you don't know the average American very well. There are actually people who view The Daily Show and The Glen Beck Show as legitimate sources of news.

The problem with modern journalism is the same problem with modern politics. Ethically, nobody in either field actually does the job they are hired/elected to do.

RE: You Serious?
By Dr of crap on 7/8/2011 9:07:29 AM , Rating: 3
Thank you!

I'm glad they are others that see what a sham our elected officals are! AND what a sad state our political system is in!

And what a GOOD idea it was to let corporations give money to politicians. Making a bad thing even worse!

Never listen to any political comment.
It not interesting in the least!

RE: You Serious?
By Smilin on 7/8/2011 3:10:48 PM , Rating: 3
The Daily Show rocks and actually does a good job delivering the news that it chooses to make fun of.

If you know their viewership very well though you'll know that none of them consider it to be a news show at all. It's just comedy and the fact they can accidentally do a journalists job better than the journalist is really sad.

Beck on the other hand... I actually know people who consider him a very trustworthy source of factual information.

RE: You Serious?
By mars2k on 7/8/11, Rating: 0
RE: You Serious?
By YashBudini on 7/9/11, Rating: 0
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