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Our Hands Are Clean: Rupert Murdoch and the Betrayal of the Public Trust


Murdoch, doubtless, thought the phone hacking scandal was safely behind him, with the two bad apples–a reporter atNews of the World and a private investigator–having long ago been arrested for accessing the voice mail of the royals, convicted, sentenced to jail, and released. And, then when he abruptly closed News of the World, he doubtless thought that would be the end of it. Sure, it was the best-selling weekly in Britain and generated revenue that helped to support the more respectable end of his UK media portfolio: The Times and The Sunday Times. But, as Murdoch stressed in his testimony, it only represented 1% of his holdings: it was a bad apple that had to be tossed out to save the rest of the barrel.

Unfortunately for Murdoch, while the story of government sanctioned torture just never had legs (to discuss the Geneva Convention and human rights is branded “unpatriotic” and to insist on justice rather than vengeance is to coddle the terrorists), there’s nothing the news industry likes more than reporting on itself. And this is a story that just keeps on giving, with the press, Scotland Yard, the government, and one of the globe’s wealthiest men taking turns in the stocks.


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