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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 12:26

Hacking starting to cost Murdoch

Written by Nick Farell


Advertisers voting with their feet
The phone hacking scandal is starting to have an impact on News International's bottom line with  Ford pulling adverts from the News of the World due to allegations of hacking by the newspaper.

Reuters reports that Halifax and mobile telephone operator T-Mobile UK are also expected to follow suit. MumsNet, the influential parenting website, has said that it is going to withdraw an advertising campaign from the News of the World, although quite what it was doing there in the first place is anyone's guess. The news follows claims that the tabloid hacked the voicemail of a missing schoolgirl 13-year-old Milly Dowler who was later found murdered. They deleted her voicemail account making the parents of the murdered kid think she was still alive and screwed up the police investigation of the death.

Ironically defending popular causes, like murdered or missing school kids was one of the sorts of things that made the News of the Screws what it is.  That, and mindless gossip about soap and Big Brother stars. Now on Twitter, companies faced a barrage of messages from consumers demanding that they boycott News of the World, said it was reviewing its advertising position with News of the World. What many people do not understand is that during that period of UK history the tabloids were extremely powerful. Adam Price, the former Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East, pointed  on Newsnight that he was warned by a fellow MP that if he pushed too hard to force Rebekah Brooks to attend a Culture, Media and Sport Commons Committee meeting, the tabloids would punish him by making revelations about his personal life.

Even if politicians had nothing to hide, there was a fear that the tabloids could dig up some dirt just by watching you long enough. There was a long running story that the now famous story of Chancellor Norman Lamont's over the limit credit card was found by hacks who were trailing him hoping to catch him with a mistress.

Nick Farell

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+8 #1 Kryojenix 2011-07-06 22:54
Sadly, as long as parochial dumbass peasants keep buying his gossip-rags/watching his propaganda feeds, Murderoch will bounce back. Sad to think that civilised and once steadily advancing society has come to this.
 
 
+4 #2 nECrO 2011-07-07 04:43
Quoting Kryojenix:
Sadly, as long as parochial dumbass peasants keep buying his gossip-rags/watching his propaganda feeds, Murderoch will bounce back. Sad to think that civilised and once steadily advancing society has come to this.





Too true, but remember, by definition, half of the people in the world are of below average intelligence....
 
 
+6 #3 3doog 2011-07-07 05:49
the name Murdoch sound so evil to me, always make me think of Mordor
 
 
0 #4 Kryojenix 2011-07-08 13:09
Quoting nECrO:
remember, by definition, half of the people in the world are of below average intelligence....

Well, yes, and over the course of history, that average intelligence has been increasing ... but it may now have plateaued and be the rollercoaster about to cross the peak ... ... ... is 'plateaued' a word?
 
 
0 #5 Kryojenix 2011-07-08 13:13
So, Murdoch has culled the newspaper title entirely to try to wash his hands of the matter... I wonder if he'd have done that if it was his only paper... folks on the radio are saying that this is evil genius at work - kill the publication, destroy any/all remaining documents/evidence of impropriety, and a great reason to sack a heap of excess workers.

All we can hope for is that some of those workers at the lower end who may not be personally tarnished by the dirty work, may run off with some of the records and then release them to public to get back at the callous bosses.
 

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