The Scandal Spreads…
As the News International scandal unfolds, let those of us with longer memories remember a few salient points about the News Of The World:
Over the years it virtually created chequebook journalism. It has consistently manufactured stories, falsified ‘sources’, paid informers, set up fake scandals, encouraged non-existent panics, hired bottom-feeding hacks and destroyed the lives of ordinary people through illegal means of entrapment.
On a personal level it wrecked the life of a good friend of mine by ‘baiting’ a false story, and hurt thousands of others like him. When my company worked with Michael Jackson a few years ago, the NoW tried to prove he was a pedophile by going through our dustbins for artwork from his films and harassing our employees at home by calling and pretending to be work colleagues.
Two days after David Cameron was elected, Murdoch went into No. 10 Downing Street via the back door, and says he doesn’t know why he did that. Rebekah Brooks (aka The Ginger Pig) is more than just a friend of David Cameron. She and her old Etonian second husband live very close to the Camerons in Oxfordshire, met for dinner at least once over Christmas, and frequently see each other at weekends along with Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth and Jeremy Clarkson. Her colleagues are buried deep in the social network of the Conservative party.
When the Telegraph exposed the expenses scandal everyone was horrified. This scandal is bigger, and is now lapping at the door of the government – and the Daily Mail, who it appears may have used the same practices.
Time for a game then (click to enlarge).