Who else, Fox News. After admitting they were afraid to talk about the News Corp scandal, they finally do a segment on it on Fox and Friends, bringing in a PR hack who is somehow supposed to be an expert about this. But they make a few small changes to the story. I really suggest you watch this video, because it is astounding:
If you don’t know the details of this scandal and how it might bring down the government in England, here’s a summary.
However, in the Fox News version their parent company News Corp and their newspaper News of the World are the victims. Seriously. Talk about false equivalencies, they equate the hacking scandals at the Pentagon, Citicorp, Bank of America, and others, who were the victims of outside hackers, with News of the World, who were the perpetrators. Murdoch’s newspaper hacked into the phones of politicians, celebrities, families of dead soldiers, and even deleted voicemail messages of a kidnap victim who was later murdered. Pure evil. But according to their PR person:
Why are so many people piling on at this point? We know it’s a hacking scandal. Shouldn’t we get beyond it and really deal with the issue of hacking? Citicorp has been hacked into. Bank of America has been hacked into. American Express has been hacked into. Insurance companies have been hacked into. … So we have to figure out a way to deal with this hacking problem. That’s what we have to do.
They also complain about how the head of the News of the World has been forced to resign. Poor her. But before you feel too sorry for her, know that she is being given a severance package of 3.5 million British pounds (over $5.6 million). Other top execs who are implicated in the scandal are being paid millions, presumably to buy their silence.
Not only that, but there is some evidence that similar phone hacking was done in the US, even to victims of 9/11. Not to mention corruption involving News Corp and the US Government.
The segment ends with them saying that we should put this behind us and get on to the important news of the day … and then they cut to a story about Casey Anthony. Complete and utter hypocrisy.
I think the entire News Corp empire should be broken up before it is too late.
UPDATE: Murdoch testifies before Parliament, but his only defense is that his media empire is so large that he had no idea that one of his newspapers was hacking phones, paying off police, and settling lawsuits to buy silence. Plus his enormous power discouraged the government from investigating or even criticizing Murdoch’s companies (indeed, often government employees were former employees of Murdoch’s companies). Murdoch’s own words are the most powerful argument anyone could make that his vast media holdings should be broken up.