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“Industrial Scale” Phone Hacking at News of the World

“Industrial Scale” Phone Hacking at News of the World
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Phone hacking at the now-shuttered tabloid News of the World was not at all the work of one “rogue” reporter as the paper’s editors and News Corporation executives have insisted. London’s Metropolitan police have revealed that, after reviewing some 11,000 pages of notes seized from NoW private investigator Glenn Mulcaire’s house, some 5,795 people could be possible victims of phone hacking. That is, it is likely that phone hacking occurred on an “industrial scale” at the NoW, also in contradiction to Assistant Commissioner John Yates’s initial statement that “hundreds, not thousands” were potential victims.

Indeed, in June 2008, a company lawyer for News International, the UK-based News Corp. subsidiary, warned senior executives that “at least three” of its journalists were engaged in a †”culture of illegal information access.” Executives were also informed that it would be†”extremely damaging” to the NoW if such information were revealed to the court as part of a legal action brought against the company by†Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, whose lawyers had found evidence of phone hacking. The†NoW‘s legal counsel, Tom Crone, received this information on June 3, 2008;††James Murdoch,†third in command at his father Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.,†had approved a†payment of £425,000 plus costs to Taylor in order to, in effect, buy his silence, in June of 2008.

On Tuesday, News International said that Murdoch had not seen the lawyer’s statements.†But the new revelations raise further doubts about James Murdoch’s claims about what he knew, and what he did not know, about the practice of phone hacking at NoW.††The lawyer’s opinion is likely to be referred to next week, when Murdoch will appear before a parliamentary culture, media and sport committee for a second time.

Murdoch Family Therapy

As revelations about the extent of the phone hacking scandal have emerged, so has mention of the friction within the Murdoch clan, especially in regard to the question to which of Rupert Murdoch’s four adult children might take the helm of the company.

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10:52PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

this is in the news today: "If Fox News viewers want to be informed about current events, they might as well turn off the TV.

A poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University on Monday found that people who get their news from Fox News know significantly less about news both in the U.S. and the world than people who watch no news at all."

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4:10AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

murdoch, fox, limbaugh, beck, o'reilly, hannitty, colter, and every tbagger-republikkklan.
They WILL pay a price!

10:56PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

JM claims he didn't know, but Mrs. M warned him. She wouldn't have bothered if threats weren't on the close horizon.
Why isn't FOX bothered? Because people love to play sheeple. Look for FOX caught in the snare soon enough.

10:33PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Thanks for the info

3:27AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

This story is small potatoes compared to the way the Murdoch empire hijacked US politics through Fox News--and continues to do so unquestioned by the right.

10:21PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Thank you for the article.

4:17PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011


3:08PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Let's hope this is Murdoch's slippery slope downward.

12:10PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

I have seen that Murdocks company wants to pay a multi-million dallor settlement to cover all the victims involved. I would hesitate them him up on the offer. Seems to me this is just the beggining, not the end. Remember the United States Justice Department is at the beggining of their investigation.

11:34AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Very interesting to watch the steadily rising degree of "What goes around comes around" take shape on this shameful fiasco..

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