The hacking scandal by NewsCorp reminds me of Watergate, not because of what it is, but because of what it is not. While the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone was unforgivable, the attacks by other media on Murdoch, particularly in this country, are so over-the-top as to minimize the seriousness of the incidents – much like Watergate. Watergate became a tempest in a teapot driven by huge egos and political fiends. I didn’t support Nixon, but as a kid I watched the hearings gleefully, waiting for the horrors to be exposed, only to discover it was an overblown fiasco.
The fact is most newspapers are hacking and hiring private investigators, so why is only NewsCorp on the target range? And why now, when the hacking of Milly Dowler took place in 2002? There is a War on Fox – could they be related? Newspapers shouldn’t be hacking period, but do you think that NewsCorp is the only one guilty? And why is the NY Times spending more time on this than any other calamity, including our allegedly disastrous debt ceiling issue or the failing Arab Spring? I’m just asking.
Hugh Grant recently won a lawsuit over being hacked and has been a critic of News of the World, but, he says, other newspapers do the same thing.
From MoreAboutAdvertising.com: – The Sunday Times, which lodges at a much posher end of the spectrum than the now defunct News of the World, is accused by former UK PM Gordon Brown of illegally accessing his private information in pursuit of a story that he bought a flat in Westminster on the cheap. He accuses the paper of using ‘known criminals,’ for this purpose, presumably convicted felon Jonathan Rees.
Rees’ Southern Investigations was also used by the Daily Mirror during the reign of Piers Morgan as well as numerous other papers.
And all these other newspapers will surely come under the spotlight as the coalition government is being pressed (including by its own members Nick Clegg and Vince Cable) to widen the judge-led inquiry into hacking to other papers too.
Given that Rees and his cohorts (and there may well other ‘private investigators’ involved who we don’t know about yet) were using illegal methods on behalf of News International, it seems a no-brainer that they were exercising the same illegal (and lucrative) expertise for their other customers in journalism.
These, as far as we can see, include every other paper on what used to be Fleet Street except the sainted Guardian and the Financial Times.
Fox and NewsCorp is currently being singled out in this country as part of the War on Fox.
George Soros is using his many organizations to launch an attack against Fox News using the UK scandal.
For example, Podesta (Center for American Progress CEO & President) this week told reporters his group wants the U.S. division of News Corp. probed for other possible offenses, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prosecutes for bribery of foreign officials.
“We’ve called attention to the fact that – News Corp. is a U.S.-based corporation; that could implicate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” he said.
Think Progress, has been leading Twitter and Facebook campaigns calling for investigations into Rupert Murdoch’s U.S. media empire.
Think Progress even alleged News Corp. could have been involved in the November 2009 e-mail hacking of a climate research institute that shows climate scientists conspiring to rig data in the direction of so-called global warming. “But we still don’t know who hacked the emails!” contended Think Progress in an article entitled, “News Corp and the Hacked Climategate Emails: Time for an Independent Investigation.”
Podesta’s Center is also going after the Wall Street Journal.
ClimateProgress.org, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, this week published an article, “Connecting the Dots from News Corp Scandal to the Lies of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.” Think Progress also published the piece. “There is a cancer on the U.S. media,” began the article. “That cancer is the disinformation machine aimed at spreading and endlessly repeating the most absurd falsehoods on a host of vital issues to the health and well being of Americans.” Read here: Klein online