Oh, to be in the U.K. today! To be in London! To be in the newspaper business there right now. Forget that- to be in MEDIA anywhere today. My eyes are fixed on Current TV , awaiting what is sure to be one hell of a showdown. For those who haven’t heard, there’s a whole mess of scandal going on. People’s privacy has been invaded, newspapers shut down, people arrested. Media magnate Rupert Murdoch is at the head of a news story involving phone hacking, bribery and corruption. At least ten people have been arrested in connection to the scandal. For anyone even remotely interested in journalism, this is a very big deal.
I’ve been following this from the very beginning a couple of weeks ago, especially since it was announced that the News of the World was to be shut down due to the scandal. I remembered being very shocked- the paper had been around for more than 150 years, after all- and knew that this was the very beginning. Hearing that a family had false hope about their missing daughter due to phone hacking is offensive. Truly.
Now, I know I’m a typical liberal who wants to see the guy who owns Fox News go down. And you know what? I don’t know every single thing about the guy, yes. I’m not the most well-read, overzealous person. But I know this is a big deal, and I’m very interested in the case. To see someone who excels in corporate takeovers have to answer for his lack of control over the goings-on over his own company is excellent. Listening to this guy right now, apparently he barely knew anything of the phone hacking and bribery. Really? Come on. Is it not knowing or not caring. Who doesn’t love seeing the evil empire gets what it deserves, right?
I will be eagerly watching all of this as it unfolds. Political pundits, media insiders and the like start your engines. This is getting GOOD!