So Rupert Murdoch has been caught (and secretly recorded) bitching to his employees about the corruption and phone hacking inquiry which he has been the target of. To recap, News Corp is being investigated because the journalists working there were found to be hacking into people’s phones for story scoops, as well as paying off public officials. But Murdoch is very upset that the cops have been going after his reporters. After all, bribing officials is something that has been “going on a hundred years,” according to him. Ah, News Corp…always holding up the highest standard of ethics. It has gotten so bad, Rupie fumes, that “they’re going to put all newspapers out of business.”
Normally I’m sad about the impending death of newspapers, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Here I thought that the hard copy newspaper was going out of business due to online competition and our shortening attention spans. If Rupert Murdoch is trying to tell us that the newspaper companies are actually going kaput because they’re full of dishonest slimebags who give bribes, hey, good riddance. But I have the feeling that it’s just this particular company, because, well…Rupert Murdoch.
Interesting, by the way, how I never heard the kind of uproar on right wing radio about this phone hacking scandal that I have about the recent NSA one. Wasn’t this just as much of an invasion of privacy? Clearly, this kind of thing is VERY BAD when the government does it, but only meh when a giant corporation does it. Or is it just that Rupert doesn’t have an African last name? For the record, I’m angered by both hacking scandals, but it’s always fascinating to see the talking heads apply their double standards. If only Obama had been involved somehow….