We haven’t had any good News of the World news in a while, but this one is a… (puts on Nancy Grace wig)… BOMBSHELL. A former royal correspondent made public memos that seem to show that not only was discussion of phone hacking widespread at the very top of the organization but that editor-in-chief at the time Andy Coulson had to make a rule for people to stop talking about it at meetings because that’s all they were fucking talking about. Awkward.
Today was the day that Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks went before the British Parliament (as opposed to the Indian Parliament) to answer tough questions about the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
News of the World whistleblower Sean Hoare found dead, police say it’s “not suspicious”, because of course it’s not. Move along, citizen.
Sean Hoare, the former News of the World reporter that was the first employee to speak openly about the hacking scandal, and the man that first claimed that former News editor and PM David Cameron communications director Andy Coulson personally directed some of the hacking, was found dead today at his home outside London. Police have said that the cause of death is unknown, but that the death is not suspicious.
In major News of the World hacking scandal news, NotW editor-in-chief Rebekah Brooks was arrested today, bringing the arrests into the Murdoch inner circle for the first time. It also raises the possibility that his old friend Les Hinton, who resigned Friday as publisher of The Wall Street Journal, or Murdoch’s 38-year-old son and heir apparent, James, could be next.
The phone hacking scandal that took down the News of the World isn’t just limited to Britain, and the whole thing is probably the biggest newspaper fuck up in… oh I don’t know, how long have newspapers been around? A long fucking time. Today, the FBI announced that they would be looking into Rupert Murdoch’s role in the News hacking cell phones of the families of 9/11 victims. You dun goofed.