WSJ's Defense Of News Of The World: Hey, It's Not Like They Published Wikileaks Secrets
from the uh-what? dept
Lots of folks are pointing out the ridiculousness of a new editorial in the WSJ defending News Corp. (the owner of the WSJ) in the ongoing hacking debacle. Basically, it defends everything about News Corp. and its actions with a tiny nod to the fact that phone hacking is illegal at the beginning and at the end of the piece, but, even then, it tries to pin the blame on UK law enforcement rather than News Corps.’ own actions:
Phone-hacking is illegal, and it is up to British authorities to enforce their laws. If Scotland Yard failed to do so adequately when the hacking was first uncovered several years ago, then that is more troubling than the hacking itself.
Uh, yeah. What struck me as even more ridiculous was the editorial’s attempt to mock other publications for talking about this by noting that some of those publications (they’re mainly talking about The Guardian, who has been the main force driving the phone hacking story for the past few years) worked with Julian Assange and Wikileaks:
The Schadenfreude is so thick you can’t cut it with a chainsaw. Especially redolent are lectures about journalistic standards from publications that give Julian Assange and WikiLeaks their moral imprimatur.
Let’s see. One involves getting whistleblowers to expose corporate and government malfeasance… and one involved hacking into the phone of a dead girl and erasing messages, throwing off the investigation and giving her family hope. Sure, I can see how there’s a moral equivalence there…
Does the editorial board at the WSJ really believe that the public is so stupid as to think that the two things are even remotely equivalent? And if so, why is it that the WSJ set up its own Wikileaks-competitor, with much weaker security and promises to protect identities?
It’s a sad day when the Wall Street Journal admits it can’t tell the difference between whistleblowing and reporters hacking into personal voicemails and then paying off police and others about it.