Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tabloid* Media Rot

 Rupert Murdoch Shutting Down News of the World Amid Growing Scandal


Rupert Murdoch, who owns worldwide media conglomerate, NewsCorp (which includes Fox Broadcasting and Fox Television), will close down his flagship paper, News of the World, this coming Sunday.   The paper, which began publishing 168 years ago, has been the subject of a screaming scandal in the United Kingdom in which journalists and at least one private investigator working for the company hacked into the phone messages of subjects they were covering, including celebrities, politicians and family members of murder victims.   Allegations also are flying that reporters bribed police officers for information. 

* A tabloid is a newspaper with a style dominated by large headlines, photos and sensationalistic stories and writing.

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