No stranger to controversy, Rupert Murdoch and News Corp have seen numerous scandals unravel beginning around 2009, then erupt in 2011, after a series of investigations revealed one of their publications News of the World to be central players in a phone hacking scandal that proved to be a small piece of a much larger pattern of wrongdoing. News of the World was shuttered as a result. 90 people were arrested, and 16 charged with crimes, including accusations of police bribery, and invasion of privacy by hacking into the Royal Families phone lines. It was further revealed they hacked the phones of Government ministers; a Member of Parliament; military chiefs; a leading media figure; Premiership footballers; and celebrities.
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“Corporations, which have hijacked the state, are delighted with the demise of journalism. And the mass communications systems they control pump out endless streams of gossip, trivia and filth in lieu of news.
Money flows to advertising rather than to art or journalism because manipulation is more highly valued than truth or beauty.
The faux objectivity and neutrality of the traditional news industry hastened the cultural irrelevance of traditional news gathering. The narrowing of debates within the press to the minor differences among the power elite had a debilitating effect on news.
The lie told by newspapers and traditional news is the lie of omission, which is not as bad as the outright lies told on Fox News, but in the end it is still a lie. Our power elite are bankrupt, and the press, tethered to the elite, is as bankrupt as those it covers.
Once we lose a system of information based on verifiable fact, will become disconnected from reality. All totalitarian societies impart their propaganda through manipulated images and spectacles. And the death of traditional news is one more stage in the terminal illness that is ravaging American democracy.” Chris Hedges, 2010
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