Murdoch's Reporters Allegedly Listened To The Voicemails Of Hundreds

from the the-sort-of-journalism-that-needs-protectionism? dept

While there had been earlier reports of how some reporters for Rupert Murdoch's News of the World had spied on members of the royal family by listening to their voicemails, new reports suggest this activity was endemic, impacted hundreds -- and that Scotland Yard failed to let many who were victims of such spying know about it (and even focused their investigation on just one reporter, rather than looking into whether or not it was a widespread practice, as it apparently was).
Although Coulson has long insisted he knew nothing about the illegal activity, sources who worked at the tabloid told the Times Coulson not only knew about it, he actively encouraged it. A dozen former reporters said the hacking was so pervasive at News of the World that everyone knew about it. "The office cat knew," one longtime reporter said.
This is the kind of "reporting" that needs to be protected?

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  • identicon
    out_of_the_blue, 3 Sep 2010 @ 2:18pm

    This *is* the kind of reporting that needs to be protected.

    People who call themselves "royal" and believe that they're inherently superior deserve to be treated with the contempt that *they* have for "commoners", as serfs without rights. So too The Rich in general, or those who advocate torture, or to burn heretics at the stake, deserve to be the only ones treated as they advocate, in a simple application of the Golden Rule. The principle is that they've *voluntarily* removed themselves from the common law. -- But in practice, they're the first to claim to have rights.

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      Dark Helmet (profile), 3 Sep 2010 @ 2:21pm

      Re: This *is* the kind of reporting that needs to be protected.

      Er, no, my friend. You never defeat evil by being evil, else you've simply imbibed of evil yourself. Try again....

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Sep 2010 @ 2:52pm

      Re: This *is* the kind of reporting that needs to be protected.

      Uh, part of the point of the story is that Scotland Yard apparently investigated quite extensively in the cases of voicemail hacking of the princes, but failed to really follow up on leads with regard to all the other reporters hacking into the voicemail of the assorted "lesser" public figures.

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      Eugene (profile), 3 Sep 2010 @ 2:55pm

      Re: This *is* the kind of reporting that needs to be protected.

      Just trying to keep up here...you're talking about "the royal family", yeah? The group with zero political power or influence whatsoever, who serve no purpose in England except to keep tabloids running?

      Why the hell should they be treated with anything other than complete and utter indifference?

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Sep 2010 @ 2:56pm

      Re: This *is* the kind of reporting that needs to be protected.

      Right, just to get back at the rich and powerful a little bit, you sacrifice the general population. Good job.

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      abc gum, 3 Sep 2010 @ 5:41pm

      Re: This *is* the kind of reporting that needs to be protected.

      I guess you missed the part of the story where there were hundreds of people (not royalty) affected by this.

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    PaulT (profile), 3 Sep 2010 @ 4:00pm

    Of course, none of this is surprising in any way. It's one of the reasons why I tend to automatically reject any higher moral ground claims by right-wing rags like The Times, The Sun, Daily Mail, etc. on the assumption that they are hypocrites and have no moral values whatsoever.

    So far, that assumption has always been proven correct, and I'd hope that the rest of the world tries to do the same - especially with anything associated with Murdoch. Sadly, judging by certain political factions in the US, some people are falling for their tricks.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Sep 2010 @ 4:16pm

    "new reports suggest "

    and were these new reports a result of people illegally spying on Murdoch's staff as well?

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Sep 2010 @ 6:50pm

    @13

    ++++++YOU
    +------+
    +------+
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    ++++++

    facing north
    you turn left
    then you turn left again
    then left again where are you?
    NOT as the one poster said "3 lefts are a right"
    but behind your original self those you could
    say "3 lefts leave you behind yourself"

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Sep 2010 @ 1:38am

    So...

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Sep 2010 @ 2:58am

    Hope Murdoch gets a really hard slap.

    However with all the power he has, judges seem unwilling to actually harm him. Sued skype for looking like "sky" and he won. He was sued later for giving away music illegally with a newspaper and he paid a few pence every CD, nothing when individuals are charged hundreds of thousands per CD.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Sep 2010 @ 7:21am

    Anybody out there want to buy a newspaper now?

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