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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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By FITCamaro on 7/7/2011 7:51:30 PM , Rating: 0
I'm sure you'd say the owners of CNN, MSNBC, and NBC are penchants for controversy too.

I'm not defending Murdoch. I'm showing your blatant bias. CNN calls people wanting less government in their lives terrorists and you don't blink an eye.

RE: So
By TheJian on 7/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: So
By MechanicalTechie on 7/8/2011 1:39:35 AM , Rating: 2
Wow and people like you get to vote... that scares me!!

RE: So
By cactusdog on 7/8/2011 2:05:26 AM , Rating: 1
Haha, That was a joke right?......about people tuning into fox news for facts?

RE: So
By FITCamaro on 7/8/11, Rating: -1
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By DaveSylvia on 7/8/2011 1:12:30 PM , Rating: 1
From what I've seen, Fox News is very biased, frequently pointing to moderates and labeling them as liberals.

However, I would also say that CNN, MSNBC, and NBC are just as biased if not more so in the opposite direction, labeling anyone who is moderate or even mildly conservative as an extremely right-wing lunatic.

I prefer to view all the sources I have time for, including Fox News and other media outlets, and then along with my own research, form my own opinion and analysis.

RE: So
By Fritzr on 7/8/2011 3:45:16 AM , Rating: 2
Just in case you are actually serious...

The most effective lies are the ones that contain nothing but truth. Carefully selected snippets properly presented allow you to lie without saying anything 'untrue'.

The classic example is the question: "Have you stopped beating your wife?"

Another common example is "Without any warning John shot him dead" ... omitted information ... victim had just finished killing 15 people and was reloading when he was shot.
Without the extra info John is just a cold blooded killer :)

Also note the statement in the article about "investigators" altering voice mails. Was this erasure of items that the "investigator" preferred no one hear or possibly editing to make sure that the voice mail supported the story? Inquiring minds want to know :D

RE: So
By Smilin on 7/8/2011 3:22:10 PM , Rating: 2
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.

Kids will flock to McDonalds before vegetables. You're basically the intellectual equivalent of a 300lb 6 year old.

The sad part is that you're so awash in propaganda that you can no longer make the tiniest leap of logic to understand that popularity is not the same as quality (and did you think your readers were so stupid not to call you on it?).

Nor are you able to make the other tiny leap to understand that people hacking phones of terror victims might actually be immoral rather than champions of truth and facts.

You need a Foxnews diet, fatty.

RE: So
By YashBudini on 7/8/2011 3:26:45 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sure you'd say the owners of CNN, MSNBC, and NBC are penchants for controversy too.

Here we go again, the immature 2 wrongs justifies another argument.

CNN calls people wanting less government in their lives terrorists and you don't blink an eye.

Because when you have yet another temper tantrum about CNN or MSBNC nobody disagrees with you. You're arguing and nobody's disagreeing, it's ridiculous.

And they never claimed to be fair & balanced. That's what makes them a target for ridicule, the sheer magnitude of the hypocrisy.

Muslim countries as of late aren't up in arms about government that much, it has more to do with plain old hunger. Other equally oppressive be well fed countries aren't having problems. As long as thery were fed they didn't give a rat's ass what their country's government did. I could offer examples, but your kind only sees what they told by the RNC, CPAC, and Flock News.

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