Friday, July 8, 2011

News Of The World

This is how bad the cell phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's English newspaper, News of the World, must be: he shut the paper down. No, "oh we're sorry and we promise not to do it again" bullshit mea culpa.

He shut the paper down. The biggest selling paper in the UK, gone. Now, the paper itself is 99% crap, like all Murdoch enterprises. So we're not losing anything substantive. But this guy is one of the primo capitalist pigs of our time, wallowing around in any money pit that will have him. And yet he told his kid to pull the plug, just like that.

This must mean that the scandal is so ugly, and so deep, that old Rupe thinks he need extreme damage control right now. Because if it bleeds over into his TV deals, he'll take a real hit financially. Not just in the UK, but in the US, and maybe even China too. And the money and power are all that really matter to Murdoch. Certainly not the journalist's search for the truth. The nightly orgy of lies that is Fox News is all the proof you need of that.

I would like to hope that this is the beginning of the end for this shameless piece of Aussie scum, but I'm not holding my breath. He has billions of dollars, pound, euros--whatever, to buy his way out of most anything. And apparently lots of boot lickers willing to fall on their swords for him. However, it is nice to think that maybe the old pirate is losing a little sleep right now.

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