Outrage Grows Over Murdoch Tabloid Hacking Scandal

Thursday, July 07, 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron says there needs to be a public inquiry into allegations that the NewsCorp.-owned newspaper News of the World hacked mobile phones to listen to voicemails of murder and terrorism victims. The latest allegation against the Murdoch tabloid is that a private investigator employed by the paper hacked into the personal accounts of family members of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Murdoch continues to stand by Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, who was the paper's editor at the time the hacking took place. But will this ultimately affect Murdoch's media empire? Companies continue to withdraw advertising from News of the World, as Murdoch is in a takeover bid for British broadcaster BSkyB, a move that would require government approval.

Rob Cox, the U.S. editor of Reuters BreakingViews, has been following this story from a business perspective.


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Comments [3]

ariel from brooklyn

it's not like they burgled their way into people's offices + homes and placed spy cams and recorded conversations among employees and housemates.

of course i'm referring to cnbc and the hidden cameras they placed inside my brokerage firm b/c they didn't like my rant about Dubbya on the crappy 5PM Show's blog.

If americans only knew what the very rich, privileged and entitled think they can get away with in the US of A.

hacking and surveillance, spy cams as it relates to the secret service (GOV) is something that IS very much alive here in the US and nbc has engaged in it.

Hacking into cellphones is small beans in comparison to recording thru spy cam.

Jul. 07 2011 08:28 PM

The follow-up news on this story of later today compels me to add:

It would be a mistake, for anyone to think that this entire story is merely a figment of the Left's collective imagination. It is not. It is a potentially very serious story. And it is hard to fault anyone for covering it. Since it has now been announced that News of the World is being closed as a result of this scandal, it is a major story. The biggest story in journalism, by far.

And even Murdoch might agree; he has personally condemned the actions that may have been illegal.

But what careful listeners of The Takeaway need to do, is to be on the lookout for the anti-Murdoch, anti-News Corp, anti-Fox agenda of outlets like the New York Times and NPR.

We see it already, on the current front page of thetakeaway.org: a picture of a London protester holding a sign manufactured by the activist group AVAAZ.org, saying "Murdoch's Empire: Caught Red-handed."

And we heard the same message from Celeste Headlee in this morning's broadcast, where she constantly referred to "Rupert Murdoch's News of the World." It is not so much a story of wrongdonig as it is a campaign against a point of view.

We'll see, and will be able to judge, by the guests that The Takeaway selects to discuss this story in the coming days.

Jul. 07 2011 04:47 PM

The Takeaway isn't fooling anybody with coverage of this story. We already know that the left-wing ideologues of public radio HATE Rupert Murdoch and his many media properties. The Takeaway's "partner," The New York Times, and your guest's employer, Reuters, might well see themselves in direct competition with Murdoch's News Corp.
It is a media war on Murdoch and News Corp. It's pretty clearly evident.
The Takeaway can say whatever it wants, of course. Just please don't pretend that you are the voice of objective journalism, scolding some other journalists for ethical failures. I don't recall The Takeaway scolding the New York Times when it was publishing illegally-obtained nationa security secrets.

Jul. 07 2011 08:46 AM

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