We complain about the media here in the United States – and rightfully so. But those Brits make our media executives look like altar boys.
At London’s mighty News of the World, the UK’s most popular newspaper, reporters were paying police for leads, paying politicians for dirt on their opponents, hacking into cell phones of story subjects – including at least one dead girl – and, maybe even the cell phone of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
All this by employees of News of the World owner Rupert Murdoch – who denied his people were doing anything illegal until they got caught.
Now, it’s hard to believe that Murdoch didn’t know this kind of cheating was going on. After all, he was on a mission to crush the opposition and make News of the World and three other papers he owned king of Britain’s media hill.
It’s also hard to believe that, if Murdoch were violating every code of ethics – and probably even the law – in the UK, he’s not up to the same thing here. At Fox. Or the New York Post. Or the Wall Street Journal.
The only way to find out is a congressional investigation.
Put Rupert Murdoch under oath. Let’s find out what he’s up to in the US of A.
That’s my parting shot for today.