Saturday, July 9, 2011
James Murdoch in the dock over phone hacks?
Best headline about the sudden shutting of the British tabloid News of the World has got to be this one: Goodbye, Cruel World!
The humor is black and the situation bleak. Now we know exactly why the British journalists call themselves "hacks"!
The fallout is mounting- after two arrests, Prime Minister David Cameron faced down a room of scornful journalists in a press conference about the scandal and his choice of press secretary despite warnings. Police are blamed for collaborating with the sale of information. (Until this century, most people assumed the NOTW made up most of their quotes from 'a source close to the celebrity.) But now Murdoch's son James may face arrest warrants on both sides of the Atlantic for the hacking of up to 4000 people's phones, and journalists at the 168 year old Sunday redtop lost their jobs - over crimes committed five years back- mostly by others. The red-tressed Rebekah Brooks, the erstwhile editor, handpicked by Piers Morgan and Rupert Murdoch, offered to resign, but has escaped the dragnet so far. Rupert Murdoch is jetting to Britain to deal with the Hack Attack scandal, also dubbed War of 'the World' by the Independent on Sunday.
The final edition of the NOTW newspaper was headlined "Thank you & Goodbye."