Hacked: A look at the News Corp phone tapping scandal


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You often hear people saying that “you can’t ever really trust the media.” Of course each news network has it’s own agenda with every story, stretches the truth to make for juicier news, and often provides very one sided views on important issues. But imagine how much more weight that statement holds when you hear that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. was accused of phone tapping to illegally obtain information used in the news. It appears we all have a very real and scary reason to not trust the media.

Reporters and journalists have been known to employ somewhat shady methods of obtaining information; digging through trash, bribing people for stories, and even stalking persons of interest. The sick thing about this is that it is considered the industry standard and even good journalism. What makes the case of News Corp. very troubling is that the victims of the phone tapping were the families of soldiers killed in combat and even the family of murdered school girl Milly Dowler (which significantly interfered with the police investigation of the murder). I understand that serious investigation plays an important role in journalism, but where do we draw the line?Image

The fact that such a huge and influential corporation took part in this illegal practice is extremely unsettling. This illegal method of obtaining news via phone tapping has probably been going on as common practice for many years across many organizations. Also, if a media business was capable of doing this, imagine what our government could and probably has been doing? I am not much of a conspiracy theorist, but it would be naive of us to think our government does not make use of this type of hacking.

Anything we read in the news should be taken with a grain of salt, but now we also have to wonder how they are obtaining the information in the first place.

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3 thoughts on “Hacked: A look at the News Corp phone tapping scandal

  1. I think it’s a fundamental problem that reporters are encouraged to and even applauded for crossing the line when it comes to news reporting. Everyone involved could definitely benefit from more clear-cut lines with regards to ethical standards. I know that this could have negative implications for news networks, but there’s got to be a better, more legitimate way to get the information needed, right?

  2. I find the sort of journalism that went on a Newscorp deplorable. On the other hand, I think the reporters that secretly taped the Acorn scandal, and more recently, Mitt Romney’s infamous 47% comment did a public service. Although that sort of journalism is underhanded, it’s not directly illegal, and I think it provides the most honest view of organizations/public figures.

  3. I just created a petition: Civil Court of Richmond County Georgia, Dinease Hudson: Conduct a full scale investigation . Prosecute Hudson for Harassment / Alleged Phone Interception , because I care deeply about this very important issue.

    I’m trying to collect 100 signatures, and I could really use your help.

    To read more about what I’m trying to do and to sign my petition, click here:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/civil-court-of-richmond-county-georgia-dinease-hudson-conduct-a-full-scale-investigation-prosecute-hudson-for-harassment?share_id=jWThYoTiUZ&utm_campaign=petition_creator_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

    It’ll just take a minute!

    Once you’re done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!

    Theresa

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