The phone hacking scandal was a huge story in the UK, but barely made a blip over here in the US. The biggest things I remember about it were that they were hacking the voicemails of members of the royal family, which is basically how they got caught, and they also were found to have hacked the voicemails of a missing girl, including deleting entries to make more room in the box, leading the family to believe that she was still alive. There are differing opinions as to whether this interfered in the investigation, but you look differently if you think someone is alive. It led to the closure of the News of the World, which was Murdoch’s paper most linked to the scandal and a lot of legal action.Whenever someone in the UK talks about media ethics these days it invariably comes up.
I am sure that many in the American media know of the scandal because it has cast a chill on journalism in the UK which is already far more limited due to the UK libel laws. All the same, tabloid journalism continues.
Sargon of Akkad agrees with Nick’s mainstream media vs new media approach on the situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1ulkykn7jc
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