In case you needed yet one more reminder, and you do, as any lawyer can tell you, just don't ever put things in email. Yes, we all hate the phone. Yes, it's truly horrible. But do yourself a favor. Save the juicy business for IRL. And also then when you do have a dishy phone conversation—in this case, with Tony Blair—don't then summarize it in… an email. This PSA comes to you from the unlikely source of one James Murdoch. If you're still somehow following the News of the World hacking trials and tribulations, which have been going on for what seems like several lifetimes, you can stop [...]
It's Day Two of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. While the Metropolitan Police have declined to open a criminal inquiry, prosecutors are reviewing files from the previous case against the paper. As celebrities whose privacy was invaded line up to sue, the Labour party is chortling with glee that there's finally a big news event that doesn't center around the government's incompetence. The Guardian, which broke the story, is again all over it, even going so far as to grade the coverage. Meanwhile, the News of the World itself is prominently displaying this promotion. It's for the environment!
Pretty brutal analysis of ludicrous showman hack Piers Morgan, current CNN bot, former News of the World honcho—though to be fair, it sounds like Morgan was genuinely moved by the celebrity voicemails he was forced to listen to! (Poor Paul McCartney, begging Heather Mills to come back.) The point being: "In a series of typically show-off statements, he made [...]
There is a gigantic scandal going on in the British press-specifically, that part of it owned by Rupert Murdoch. The Guardian reports that his "News Group Newspapers has paid out more than Ã‚£1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of his journalists' repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories." Is there more? You bet there is!
The Internet will explode quite soon, as Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks all go before a Parliament committee's inquiry this morning, circa 9:30 a.m. east coast time. It's a hearing almost two years in the making! ("So, yeah, this is gonna be a pretty big story," we wrote in July of 2009!) That being said, the committee is not as toothsome as an American congressional hearing would be, which isn't even all that toothsome anyway. Still, people expect Murdoch to come in hot, throwing anyone to the wolves that he can. Perhaps he might resign as CEO! Meanwhile, while we wait, let's look at some [...]