Posts tagged with ‘news of the world

Letter shows evidence of widespread phone hacking cover up at News of the World

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.

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Rupert Murdoch and Co. get grilled before Parliament, Murdoch gets pied and looks like the devil

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. 

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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.

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News of the World hacking update: Editor Rebekah Brooks arrested, Scotland Yard chief steps down

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.

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Not surprisingly, the most pathetic coverage of the Murdoch hacking scandal is on Fox News

And not just Fox News, but the most pathetic show on Fox News, Fox and Friends. I fully expect Fox to take a softball approach to the Murdoch/News of the World hacking scandal, but Jesus, this is just sad on a level that I didn’t expect. I love how they turn the conversation to “those damn hackers” and “the hacking problem in general” as if Anonymous were the ones that hacked into all those cell phones, not News of the World. You’re just fucking pathetic, Fox. Pathetic.

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Rupert Murdoch now under investigation from the FBI over 9/11 victim phone hacking

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.

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And so today, after 163 years, the News of the World shuts down
I haven’t covered the News of the World scandal, but the closure of the paper comes after the paper was jettisoned from Rupert Murdoch’s News International service after a widespread phone hacking scandal, in which Britain’s best-selling newspaper was caught hacking into the phones of murder victims, relatives of victims of the July 7 subway terrorist attacks and soldiers serving in Iraq. News of the World was well-known for its questionable journalism techniques, but this latest scandal was so far and wide, so appalling to pretty much everyone in Britain that Murdoch decided to shutter the publication.
That of course only gets rid of the paper from newsstands, but it’s just the beginning for the paper’s editors, who are facing inquiries from the British government and PM David Cameron has vowed to revamp media ethics oversight.
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And so today, after 163 years, the News of the World shuts down

I haven’t covered the News of the World scandal, but the closure of the paper comes after the paper was jettisoned from Rupert Murdoch’s News International service after a widespread phone hacking scandal, in which Britain’s best-selling newspaper was caught hacking into the phones of murder victims, relatives of victims of the July 7 subway terrorist attacks and soldiers serving in Iraq. News of the World was well-known for its questionable journalism techniques, but this latest scandal was so far and wide, so appalling to pretty much everyone in Britain that Murdoch decided to shutter the publication.

That of course only gets rid of the paper from newsstands, but it’s just the beginning for the paper’s editors, who are facing inquiries from the British government and PM David Cameron has vowed to revamp media ethics oversight.

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