So Long, ‘News Of The World’

NewsFinal In the wake of an ever-growing phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch's News of the World officially closed its doors today.

Inside the final edition, the paper's 8,674th issue, the editorial board admitted the 168-year old paper had "lost its way."

We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards. Quite simply, we lost our way. Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry.

There is no justification for this appalling wrong-doing. No justification for the pain caused to victims, nor for the deep stain it has left on a great history. Yet when this outrage has been atoned, we hope history will eventually judge us on all our years.

If you haven't been paying attention, the weekly paper has been embroiled in controversy after it was revealed that a private investigator on their payroll had hacked into the voicemails of murder and terror attack victims, all in the name of a "scoop."

An estimated 200 staffers are now unemployed, and at least three of the paper's former bigwigs have been arrested for their roles in the scandal.

High-ranking News Corp executive and former News editor Rebekah Brooks, however, remains free, and many are wondering whether Murdoch is protecting the woman he sees as a protégée.

Comments

  1. Pete n SFO says

    The problem with Murdoch’s large media holdings is that pols/media/celebs believe that if they don’t give ‘him’ what he wants, they will pay the price with bad-press, limited access, etc.

    You wonder why Bachman doesn’t get called on her shiz on major networks? Recall Palin appearing ONLY on Fox. Media knows if they exert pressure, they’ll never see her again, which means a loss of ratings, ad revenue, stock value.

    He holds too much power. It’s already too late.

  2. mstrozfckslv says

    PS supposedly head of WSJ who was transfered by Murdoch from the NoW to oversee WSJ when Murdoch bought it might also be arrested soon. At least 2 bribed Uk cops squealing like stuck pigs that he was in on bribing them

  3. Bobby says

    And not one single advertiser in the final issue. That says a lot right there when even slimeball advertisers won’t pay to appear in your smut rag.

  4. mstrozfckslv says

    bobby it also says a ton when u toss overboard a profitable 160+ yr old paper that sold 2.5+ million copies a week

    It screams “trying to cover something up” If there wasn’t more then the murdoch empire would weather the storm for said profitable newspaper

  5. Tyler says

    well, since “protegée” is derived from the French word meaning “to protect”, the statement that he is protecting a protegée is tautologous

  6. Tangina The Psychic says

    When Americans want to make fun of British people they reference bad teeth and men with very high voices (none of which are actually true). But I do accept that about half of our British press is the worst in the world. It’s like Fox News but 20 times worse. Good Riddance NOTW.

  7. brenda says

    “We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards.”

    OH, HONEY, PUHLEEZ!

    These cretans, these savages were ALWAYS liars and bottom feeders who did everything disreputable to literally falsify their salacious, ignorant stories. Most of Murdoch’s empire is unrepentant TRASH: the kind of asinine communication that comes when journalism becomes both corporate and anti-intellectual at the same goddamn time.

    I hope ALL OF THESE go to prison and endure the wrath of the very same people who they love to condemn.

  8. Steve says

    I think its interesting that there was talk even before they announced the closure that one of Murdoch’s other papers would do a Sunday edition. It seems that closing the NOTW wont really impact that greatly, and in fact it may actually benefit Murdoch financially. Certainly, not least in that it seems to be a distinct effort to avoid any further consequences of their criminal activity. Close the paper, walk away, no real financial pain, one of our other newspapers can pick up the slack [and lets face it print media arent doing that well anyway]. Yeah, I can see that being a calculation that Murdoch would happily make. I think that around the world there ought to be stronger laws for journalistic integrity and balance. Of course Murdoch would fight that cos if they had to be fair, honest and unbiased Fox News might as well close its doors now!

  9. Houndentenor says

    Even by the low standards of Rupert Murdoch, News of the World was trash. Goodbye and good riddance. One does wonder if those practices were also in use at Fox News and the NY Post.

  10. says

    The American press I’ve seen has treated this story as ‘something happening over there’ – despite Murdoch owning Fox TV, 20th C Fox movie studio, Wall St Journal, et al.

    But, if the allegations of bribing British police are true (and they almost certainly are), then NewsCorp will become subject to investigation by the Feds under the Corrupt Foreign Practices Act.

    Then factor in the fact that The Mirror newspaper is running with a front page alleging that an American police officer was contacted by the NotW to try and get confidential phone records of September 11th victims – hopefully the US authorities will go for the jugular.

    Phone hacking: 9/11 victims ‘may have had mobiles tapped by News of the World reporters’

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/2011/07/11/phone-hacking-9-11-victims-may-have-had-mobiles-tapped-by-news-of-the-world-reporters-115875-23262694

  11. walter says

    please let faux news be next. i think they should be investigated to see if any murdoch ‘s media does the same thing in this country. aren’t there rules now many news outlet one company can owm in any market? is murdoch still an aussie maybe we can send back as undesirable alien

  12. anon says

    Ah, this practice was an open secret for years. No one cared because they generally only tapped into the phones of celebrities. The mistake was to do the same to a non-celebrity. It’s like gambling in Casablanca.

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