Murdoch: News Of The World To Close This Sunday

Gone, but definitely not forgotten by the phone hacking victims.

He went on to say that if the current allegations of hacking were true, the newspaper had no place within the company.

The paper stands accused of hacking into the mobile phones of murder victims such as schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the families of those killed in the 7/7 terror attacks.

Mr Murdoch said in a statement: “Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper. This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World.

“The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account, but it failed when it came to itself.”

The only reason the NOTW no longer ‘has a place within’ News International is the fact it was caught. Because unethical, immoral fake journalism is not the exception, it’s the rule – it’s what the Murdoch media does.

While the paper will now cease to exist, we must not let the culprits get away with what they did. The people behind these despicable acts must still be held to account.

News International And War Dead Relatives

In the wake of the News of the World’s depraved phone-hacking of dead soldiers’ relatives, I thought it would be a good time to revisit what its daily sister paper considered such a grievous insult to our war dead it led a manipulative and nasty campaign against then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Misspelling a dead soldiers name, poor handwriting, and worst of all, not dotting his Is:

COMMITTED four other spelling mistakes: Greatst for greatest, condolencs for condolences, you instead of your, and colleagus for colleagues.

He also wrote the letter “i” incorrectly 18 times – mostly by leaving the dots off them but once by using two in “security”.

And he ended with a repetition – writing “my sincere condolences” and then signing off “Yours sincerely”

What an evil, evil man. How did he ever sleep at night?

The Sun proceeded to callously exploit the mother’s grief for its own ends, to viciously attack Brown. Which is the hallmark of Rupert Murdoch’s media outlets of course – exploitation, manipulation and hit jobs to try and obtain a certain political outcome.

News International: where spelling mistakes when writing an emotionally difficult letter to a dead soldier’s mother is a hanging offence, but illegally invading and violating the privacy of relatives is A-OK.

NOTW Phone Hacking: Dead Soldiers’ Families Also Targeted

Sweet Jesus. The News of the World scandal hits rock bottom:

Phones owned by relatives of dead UK soldiers were allegedly hacked by the News of the World, a national newspaper reports.

The Daily Telegraph claims the phone numbers of relatives of dead were found in the files of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

The Government can’t resist calls for a full public inquiry for much longer. And who knows what further revelations are coming? However, it will be extremely hard for it to get worse than being discovered to have hacked the phones of bereaved families of the men who fought and died for us. I’m running out of variants of ‘disgusting’ to describe this loathsome rag’s actions.

 

 

The Murdoch Empire Is Undermining Democracy

The last few days have been dark ones for the journalistic profession. A free press is supposed to be the lynchpin of democracy, but when the press engages in behaviour which, if committed by the government, would rightly be described as Orwellian, it fundamentally betrays that principle. Yesterday’s revelation that the News of the World was willing to eavesdrop on grieving families after one of Britain’s grimmest days reveals that there was no depth they were unwilling to sink to. How can people feel secure when the very organisations who are supposed to help protect them from abuses of power intrude on their privacy and grief should they have the misfortune to be involved in a heavily publicised crime or event?

And this is just what’s happening this side of the pond. Over in America, for the last few years Murdoch’s Fox News has effectively played Pravda to the Republican Party’s Soviet Union. Whether it is magically turning scandal-plagued/unpopular Republicans into Democrats, repeatedly lying about and smearing a Democratic President, or actively telling its employees to use words which are likely to have negative connotations in the minds of viewers to describe Democratic policies, Fox is not so much a news network as the media arm of the GOP – and that’s just the allegedly straight news parts. Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Brian Kilmeade, Chris Wallace and the now-departed Glenn Beck are in a league of their own when it comes to right-wing propaganda, as Charlie Brooker hilariously explains. The goal is to spread misinformation, fear and lies in order to manipulate the masses into supporting the same party Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes do…while sowing hate in the minds of their gullible and faithful viewers towards anyone who isn’t white, rich and conservative. During Watergate, John Dean spoke of a ‘cancer on the presidency’. Fox News is a cancer on America.

Meanwhile, while we do not have a Fox News-esque channel acting as cheerleader for a political party over here in the UK, we face something more ominous in the form of the imminent News Corp takeover of BSkyB, which unfortunately is likely to be green-lighted by the Government despite the snowballing hacking scandal. A media run solely by the state is something nobody in their right mind would want, but how is a media run virtually by only one man and his corporate empire any better? Yet that is a scenario we are increasingly faced with. Yes, they’ve pledged to sell Sky News, but there’s absolutely nothing to stop them buying it back once the takeover deal is secured. And given the Murdoch media’s complete disregard for things like ethics, morality and truth, if that takeover were to go through, we would have more to fear from our new media overlords than our government. And that is a truly terrifying thought.

Rebekah Brooks Is Either Incompetent Or A Liar

Rebekah Brooks continues to deny all knowledge of the despicable hacks into Milly Dowler and 7/7 families’ phones, leading to only two possible conclusions: either Brooks was so incompetent an editor that she had no control over and no idea of what was being done by her own newspaper, or she’s a liar, neither of which does her credit.

As the Independent revealed today that she asked the same private detective who dug up the Dowlers’ number to do other searches, I’m leaning towards the latter.

Ms Brooks, while editor of NOTW, used Steve Whittamore, a private detective who specialised in obtaining illegal information, to “convert” a mobile phone number to find its registered owner. Mr Whittamore also provided the paper with the Dowlers’ ex-directory home phone number.

The Information Commissioner’s Office, which successfully prosecuted Whittamore for breaches of the Data Protection Act in 2005, said last night it would have been illegal to obtain the mobile conversion if the details had been “blagged” from a phone company.

Ms Brooks, who said yesterday she was “shocked and appalled” at the latest hacking claims, admitted requesting the information. But she said it could be obtained by “perfectly legitimate means.”

I highly doubt that, but let’s leave the ‘means’ aside for a minute and focus on her actual request – trying to discover the private owner of a private mobile phone for no justifiable reason, on top of gaining access to a phone number that was removed from the directory books precisely to stop unwanted callers from obtaining it. Ethics, schmethics.