Phone Hacking and Its Here, There and Everywhere Influences

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News International’s phone hacking scandal has regenerated all over the web as the scandal continues to unfold, tracing back the hacking and subsequent bribery that’s been happening for years–more and more articles appear detailing the latest happenings in Parliament.

With the shutdown of The News of the World and News Corporation’s imploding BSkyB deal, both Rupert and James Murdoch are deeply implicated and garnering contempt from the public and political spheres. However, this scandal is more than a site-specifically British moment of journalistic, political and corporate corruption—because of Rupert Murdoch’s far-reaching influence. Tiger Beatdown provides this perspective:

“Because you see, News Corp is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the man you can hold accountable for not being able to access an abortion provider. The man you can hold accountable for the increase of intolerance and xenophobia sweeping the entirety of the Western World. Rupert Murdoch, the man who gave us Sarah Palin’s political career, Gert Wilders international fame, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the erosion of civil rights presented as a necessity and the demonization of Islam and the Middle East. Rupert Murdoch, the man who owns your mass media.”


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