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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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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.

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