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News Corp To Shutter News Of The World On Sunday As Phonehacking Scandal Claims First Victim

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More crime and punishment. The recent phonehacking scandal in the UK has just claimed its first victim: Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will close its tabloid News of the World after this Sunday's edition, as a result of an escalating phone hacking scandal, James Murdoch said on Thursday. "The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account," the deputy chief operating officer of News Corporation told staff. "But it failed when it came to itself."
Revenues from final edition of
News of the World this weekend will go to good causes, James Murdoch
says in statement.

Full statement from James Murdoch:

News International today announces that this Sunday, 10 July 2011, will be the last issue of the News of the World.

the announcement to staff, James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating
Officer, News Corporation, and Chairman, News International said:

have important things to say about the News of the World and the steps
we are taking to address the very serious problems that have occurred.

is only right that you as colleagues at News International are first to
hear what I have to say and that you hear it directly from me. So thank
you very much for coming here and listening.

You do not need to
be told that The News of the World is 168 years old. That it is read by
more people than any other English language newspaper. That it has
enjoyed support from Britain’s largest advertisers. And that it has a
proud history of fighting crime, exposing wrong-doing and regularly
setting the news agenda for the nation.

When I tell people why I
am proud to be part of News Corporation, I say that our commitment to
journalism and a free press is one of the things that sets us apart.
Your work is a credit to this.

The good things the News of the
World does, however, have been sullied by behaviour that was wrong.
Indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place
in our Company.

The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself.

2006, the police focused their investigations on two men. Both went to
jail. But the News of the World and News International failed to get to
the bottom of repeated wrongdoing that occurred without conscience or
legitimate purpose.

Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued.

a result, the News of the World and News International wrongly
maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter. We now have
voluntarily given evidence to the police that I believe will prove that
this was untrue and those who acted wrongly will have to face the

This was not the only fault.

The paper made statements to Parliament without being in the full possession of the facts. This was wrong.

The Company paid out-of-court settlements approved by me. I now know that I did not have a complete picture when I did so. This was wrong and is a matter of serious regret.

Currently, there are two major and ongoing police investigations. We are cooperating fully and actively with both. You know that it was News International who voluntarily brought evidence that led to opening Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden. This full cooperation will continue until the Police’s work is done.

We have also admitted liability in civil cases. Already, we have settled a number of prominent cases and set up a Compensation Scheme, with cases to be adjudicated by former High Court judge Sir Charles Gray. Apologising and making amends is the right thing to do.

Inside the Company, we set up a Management and Standards Committee that is working on these issues and that has hired Olswang to examine past failings and recommend systems and practices that over time should become standards for the industry. We have committed to publishing Olswang’s terms of reference and eventual recommendations in a way that is open and transparent.  We have welcomed broad public inquiries into press standards and police practices and will cooperate with them fully.

So, just as I acknowledge we have made mistakes, I hope you and everyone inside and outside the Company will acknowledge that we are doing our utmost to fix them, atone for them, and make sure they never happen again.

Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper.

This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World.

Colin Myler will edit the final edition of the paper.

In addition, I have decided that all of the News of the World’s revenue this weekend will go to good causes.

we may never be able to make up for distress that has been caused, the
right thing to do is for every penny of the circulation revenue we
receive this weekend to go to organisations – many of whom are long-term
friends and partners – that improve life in Britain and are devoted to
treating others with dignity.

We will run no commercial
advertisements this weekend. Any advertising space in this last edition
will be donated to causes and charities that wish to expose their good
works to our millions of readers.

These are strong measures. They are made humbly and out of respect. I am convinced they are the right thing to do.

of you, if not the vast majority of you, are either new to the Company
or have had no connection to the News of the World during the years when
egregious behaviour occurred.

I can understand how unfair these decisions may feel. Particularly, for colleagues who will leave the Company. Of course, we will communicate next steps in detail and begin appropriate consultations.

may see these changes as a price loyal staff at the News of the World
are paying for the transgressions of others. So please hear me when I
say that your good work is a credit to journalism. I do not want the
legitimacy of what you do to be compromised by acts of others. I want
all journalism at News International to be beyond reproach. I insist
that this organisation lives up to the standard of behaviour we expect
of others. And, finally, I want you all to know that it is critical that
the integrity of every journalist who has played fairly is restored.

Thank you for listening.”

There is more in The Guardian which is following this escalating scandal in real time:

  • News International closes paper in wake of scandal
  • Government announcement on BSkyB will take several weeks
  • News of the World paid £100,000 bribes to Met police officers
  • Miliband questions Cameron's 'close relationships with NI
  • Met police going through 11,000 pages containing 4,000 names

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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:54 | 1432759 msnrochny
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Just taking the summer off.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:01 | 1432796 Herd Redirectio...
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So wait a second, police officers were bribed.  Whats next, you are going to tell me the Justice System has been corrupted, and there are two sets of rules, depening on how rich you are?  Oh wait, thats been the case for years now.

Oh the humanity!  What next? Will we discover our financial system is a house of cards, resting on intrinsically worthless paper?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:55 | 1433046 Ahmeexnal
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Now we know why Christopher Shale -David Cameron's friend (with benefits)- "spontaneously combusted" in a portable toiled during Glastonbury music festival:

No, it wasn't the burritos.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:41 | 1433208 Buckaroo Banzai
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The Jam had something to say about this in 1978.


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:18 | 1432877 Transitory Disi...
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They probably have something on these "MP's".  This is from last year!!!!

Friday 10 September 2010


Channel 4 News learns that members of the committee set up to investigate phone hacking shied away from forcing News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks to attend a meeting with them.

...... more at linky

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:21 | 1432891 King_of_simpletons
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Offcourse.... Rupert Murdoch's organization of pit bulls and scum.

What did you expect from the Mother Puckers ? Hack into those MPs phones and let their lives lay bare in a tabloid.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:27 | 1432918 Rodent Freikorps
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Murdoch's son, is to Murdoch as Commodus was to Marcus Aurelius.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:26 | 1433146 Antipodeus
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Sorry, which one is supposed to resemble Marcus Aerelius?


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:11 | 1433324 Ruffcut
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Oh, poor fux news corp and the rupy kingpin(head).

There is nothing wrong hacking the hacks.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:56 | 1432768 redpill
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I'm trying to care....


nope, failed


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:40 | 1432973 Ricky Bobby
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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:58 | 1432779 scratch_and_sniff
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Its not enough! Drop the BskyB deal, and fuck off back to Austraila...this old coddger has too many fingers in too many pies.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:41 | 1432982 equity_momo
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Indeed. And far too much influence.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:47 | 1433010 scratch_and_sniff
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The name "Sunday Sun", was registered as a uk newspaper title on the 5th july, 2 days ago...beyond surreal.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:54 | 1433047 equity_momo
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Oh i have no doubt the scum who run and work on that paper will be reincarnated. And now i know the name of their new paper. Murdoch treats the British public like morons , unfortunately he has time and time again been proven to be correct.

There will be the typical (faux) outrage , campaigns to avoid all Murdoch products and services but given time (a short amount) the plebs will be back to their Sky TV Super Soccer packages and Page 3 boobies.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:04 | 1433083 scratch_and_sniff
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Absolutely, kick it into the long grass and wait until the pond life want to read about Ronaldo McRooney catching crabs...

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:05 | 1433084 Ahmeexnal
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And don't forget the exclusive gossip surrounding the "royals". That's what the sheeple live and die for!

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:44 | 1433458 WakeyWakey
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Oh i dont know. Remember the Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at a football match. Most people crushed lost control of their bladders and pished themselves and people were going through pockets looking for ID to give to get a list of the dead to the Police.


The News Of The World sister paper, the Sun, printed front page lies that Thieving Scousers stole from the dead and pissed on the dead. 22 years later people still dont buy the Sun in Liverpool, at the time they not only boycotted the paper and newsagents that stocked it, they dragged it out of the shops into the street and burnt them. It was dropped from shelves within days.

What this story doesn't touch on is why. The hacking scandal was originally journalists hacking into voicemails of celebrities to try and get a scoop. It now turns out they hacked into the voicemail of a murdered 14 year old girl. At the time she was just missing but they not only hacked into her voicemail to try and get a story, they deleted messages when the mailbox was full so more messages could be left. This gave their parents false hope that she may have still been alive.


Since that story broke on Monday, on Tuesday it was revealed they had hacked into family voicemails of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, two more murdered teenage girls. Yesterday it turned out they had hacked into voicemails of relatives of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London and today there is allegations they have hacked phones of relatives of dead soldiers in Afghanistan.


It's sick and is typical of the Murdoch empire. I hope the revulsion of this story crosses over to the states and the Fox empire collapses too. The world would be a better place without this Ozzie twat peddling his propaganda. 






Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:02 | 1433281 YHC-FTSE
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The UK police and politicians have been admitting that they are shit scared of Murdoch for years, in public! If they are that panicked, they should just call out the SAS to deal with that scum.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:29 | 1433156 Antipodeus
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Sorry Scratch, but he's an American citizen now, and YOU'RE stuck with him for a change.  Took us long enough to get rid of him the first time.


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:59 | 1433273 YHC-FTSE
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"Drop the BskyB deal, and fuck off back to Austraila"

Replace BSkyB with Fox, News of the World, The Sun, The Times, and The Wall St Journal - Been saying the same thing for years. Replace Australia with Israel, and I'd be even happier - Zionists don't belong with civilized people. 

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:00 | 1432785 Contra_Man
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... and yet the Banksters still roam free.

eg. Stanford awaits trial as Judge delays counterparty disclosure

until January 2012 from his original arrest dating back to 2009!


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:00 | 1432787 SheepDog-One
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Im also trying to care....OOo almost had it for a second there! Nope, lost it, just dont care that the crybaby news hackers got their phone email hacked.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:02 | 1432795 Careless Whisper
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I get my news from a legit newspaper.

Oh wait, that is a real story.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:04 | 1432815 Herd Redirectio...
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What is terrorism any way?  Isn't that like, when you would threaten violence against a nation, hoping that the threat alone changes their very way and quality of life?  Wouldn't your goal be to try to keep people living in fear?

So why are we letting the terrorists (the Fed, the gov't, TSA, etc.) win?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:11 | 1432843 Careless Whisper
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TSA: must. stop. dr. goldfoot.



Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:02 | 1432799 carbonmutant
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"News of the World paid £100,000 bribes to Met police officers"

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:41 | 1432977 cougar_w
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May a thousand paper shredders bloom.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:47 | 1433011 carbonmutant
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The real story here is the impact on the British government, paper shredders indeed...

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:02 | 1432801 Robslob
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I had a thought:


Let Bernie Madoff replace Timah Geetner as Secretary of the Treasury?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:03 | 1432807 PulauHantu29
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Probably doesn't matter mcuh since most of the news is someone's propaganda nowadays.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:12 | 1432811 Cognitive Dissonance
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No loss. I gave up on The Weekly Reader a few years ago when they jumped the shark whale and lost all credibility.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:04 | 1432812 scratch_and_sniff
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This is a strategic move, hes trying to butter up the public so the BskyB deal keeps its legs...he will open of a new paper next month with the same hacks, "The World News" or some other shit. He has Cameron and the tories in his pocket, he is probably taking advice from Camerons spin doctors. Cunt.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:18 | 1432880 Turkey
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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:05 | 1432819 FluffyCone
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So what was the actual scandal?  What did the organization do?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:13 | 1432849 Quintus
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Their journalists hired private investigators to hack into the private voicemail messages of (among others) 

- relatives of servicemen killed in Afghanistan

- Senior politicians

- Assorted irrelevant Celebs.

- A murdered teenage girl

The last was particularly upsetting to many people, as the investigator started deleting messages to make room for more.  Since the girl was missing at that point and teh body had not been found, it gave the unfortunate parents false hope that she was still alive and was checking her messages.  

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:48 | 1432962 Marcus_Junius_Brutus
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It's pretty black.

They hacked a lot of voicemail and email. AT first we thought it was just celebs. Yawn who cares. But it turns out to go a LOT deeper than that. Murder victims, terrorist victims, dead soldiers families, politicians, royalty. In one HIGH profile case deleting voicemail from a murdered girl's phone so they could get to the newer messages... which then made everyone think she was still alive... It turns out they interfered in a lot of investigations. Police think about 4000 victims. They paid money to police officers for info. When some of their own investigators were under investigation for murder they did their own investigation of the detectives looking for dirt... Incidentally the investigators were arrested but never prosecuted for the murder although they were subsequently convicted of other crimes...

Somehow the first police investigation into all this failed to find anything. And the guy who was the lead prosecutor just joined the company yesterday...

A politician sued them for hacking his email. The politician was then jailed for perjury when the paper claimed they didn't carry out such activities. In court the journo who authorised the payments to police claimed under oath that there were no such payments... Obviously the politicians conviction is now under question cos the activities he claimed have now been shown to happen... 

Er did I mention that the journo authorising the payment then went to work for the Prime Minister - equivalent position to White House chief of staff. And people who knew what had been happening warned the Prime Minister BEFORE he confirmed the appointment. Or that the Prime Minister's other close friend (they go riding regularly) was the previous editor of the paper in question and claims to know nothing although she was known for her very hands on style... And some of the events in question definitely happened on her watch. Now Murdoch's chief exec in the UK...

So who did NI choose to head up the internal investigation? Yes - she has to investigate herself. Meanwhile the police were about to investigate themselves too... fortunately that has now been refererred to the police complaints authority...

Then there is Murdoch's deal to buy 100% control (he currently has 39%) of the UK's premier satellite broadcaster... UK politicians run scared of him and daren't criticise  because he owns around 40% of the deadwood press too... Even now the government is still trying to allow the deal to go ahead (although they are now delaying it for a couple of months to let public anger cool down). Meanwhile the public are deluging the government with opposition to the deal... It's looking dirty. The minister who previously had responsibility amd was trying to block the deal had responsibility unceremoniously yanked out from underneath him and passed to a politician who was generally sympathetic to Murdoch's empire... 

Then there was the attempt (according to claims in Parliament) to delete emails. And Murdoch's son had admitted approving out of court payments (in Parliament it was claimed to keep victims quiet...)

We don't have fixed term parliaments in the UK and the government is a coalition with the 2nd party looking on very uneasily... You could be watching the death of the British government... Which would put the public in a quandary becasue they're not exactly enthusiastic about the opposition party either... errrr did I mention the main spin doctor for the opposition also come from NI and his email instructing opposition spokesmen on how to handle the satellite deal leaked...

To get a view of how it affects the Government...

And that is a VERY brief summary of the rather complicated mess. The whole thing is looking halfway between Burlesconi and Watergate... 

This story still has a lot of legs. Killing the paper is just an attempt to smother it before more leaks. And an attampt to keep both the deal and the government alive... Maybe it will succeed and people will lose interest... And may be the revelations will just keep flowing.

Incidentally - Murdoch won't mourn this paper. It's sister paper (the Sun - also a tabloid - best known for page 3 topless girls) is ready to produce a Sunday edition. Hmmmm... and over the years a lot of the editors from News of World then went on to the Sun... I wonder if they took their working practices with them...


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:00 | 1433275 bread n circuses
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Thank you for this summary.  This is the first I've heard of this story and following the Telegraph links is like reading the story backward.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:52 | 1433039 Coffin Dodger
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Slightly more serious

- in 2002 an investigation (the fifth, the first four having been failures) into the death of a Private Investigator called Daniel Morgan was launched by the Met Police. Daniel Morgan was found in a car park in London with an axe buried in his head. Mr Morgan had links to the News of the World.

The detective in charge of the new investigation, Chris Cook, quickly found himself to be under surveillance by the News of the World. They were looking for dirt on him to be able to discredit him for some reason.

The then editor of the NotW, Rebekah Brooks, (now in charge of UK ops of News International) was questioned about the surveillance of a Met Police Officer and made up a pack of lies about the reason Detective Cook was being followed.

Rebekah Brooks is a close personal friend of David Cameron, the PM. They live a mile apart and ride horses together regularly. In July of 2007, Mr Cameron took Rebekah's second in command at the NotW at the time, an individual named Andy Coulson, as his Director of Communications for the Conservative Party on a salary of £475,000, after he resigned in disgrace from the NotW over the phone hacking scandal.

The UK's Prime Minister is balls deep in this with a bunch of criminals.

The phone hacking is just the tip of the iceberg here. Much, much more to follow.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:06 | 1433091 cougar_w
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The phone hacking is just the tip of the iceberg here. Much, much more to follow.

Or absolutely nothing what-so-ever to follow, depending on how well the shredding and email purge go. Might even require some more mysterious killings, can't leave those loose ends dangling in times like these.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:15 | 1433120 Coffin Dodger
Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:06 | 1432822 fuu
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Sleaze is as sleaze does.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:43 | 1433440 PulauHantu29
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or should we say, "monkey see, monkey do."


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:10 | 1432836 BruntFCA
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News of the World Closes.

New exiting "gossip" Paper Launches under new

name......public relations 101.



Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:14 | 1432857 Sub Dude
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News Corp now owns the Wall Street Journal, right? Maybe they will bring their "bribing" style of reporting to the WSJ!

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:17 | 1432871 Zer0henge
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Is Murdock himself too big to jail?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:36 | 1432960 scratch_and_sniff
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They probably dont want the prisoners catching anything.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:20 | 1432887 Jim in MN
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Cops have had 11,000 pages of notes containing 4,000 names in connection with illegal phone taps FOR OVER FIVE YEARS and done nothing.

That, the police bribes, the appalling nature of the targets (terrorism victims, murdered childrens families, British war dead's families), and Murdoch's much-bragged-about position of political power in Britain adds up to a smoking crater at the core of the social fabric.

As a Daily Beast analysis put it, "the fallout will be widespread and unpredictable"...

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:22 | 1432893 ZakuKommander
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Shuttered just begets the excuse: "Oh, you want to review our past documents and e-mails?  So sorry, when we shuttered much was lost!"  

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:42 | 1432984 Almost Solvent
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I bet ALL as in EVERYTHING is "lost" and NOTHING can be recovered.


Sorry, no hard drives, no files, no phone logs, no records, no nothing will be available after this Sunday.


Smart lawyers should be serving subpoenas and filing orders to show cause today returnable tomorrow before all the evidence gets disappeared.  

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:36 | 1433193 ZakuKommander
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Almost, you are not thinking like a sleaze.  A sleaze would never delete everything; there would be plenty of innocent/exculpating docs and e-mails around at production time.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:45 | 1433000 cougar_w
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** shread ** shread ** shread ** delete ** delete ** bulk erase ** shread **

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:23 | 1432901 Jim in MN
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Not that anything financial ever happens in London....errrr....can we get the recordings of the Queen and the Rothschilds or whoever is supposed to be in charge?  Those would be fun to listen to.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:28 | 1432924 Fanakapan
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Evidently the crap has hit the fan in Murdochland, and closing the paper down merely puts blood in the water :)

Murdoch was a very clever guy, but its likely his faculties have slightly dimmed with the advance of Times Scythe, and as its likely that his offspring will follow the familiar path of the diminution of Genius, we could see Murdochs Empire falling from its pre eminant position? 

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:30 | 1432935 SilverIsKing
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News Corp will announce the launch of a new newspaper called, "News of the Globe" in 3...2...1...

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:36 | 1432956 williambanzai7
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I know it is hard to get excited if you are not in the UK, but Murdoch is a modern-day media menace and it is our concern how his organization behaves and influences the masses.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:37 | 1432965 JimBobOMG
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"long-term friends and partners"

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:40 | 1432975 richard in norway
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guardian 1 Rupert murdock 666


he's still streets ahead but well done to the guardian for landing a blow

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:43 | 1432991 scratch_and_sniff
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GET A LOT OF THIS FOLKS!! The name "Sunday Sun" has just been registered as a UK newspaper 2 days ago!...GUESS WHO??

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:49 | 1433018 richard in norway
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soon to be dubbed "the Sunday scum" by the public


it took me 3 seconds to think of that, these guys are really gluttons for punishment, the cartoons will be priceless

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:57 | 1433522 WakeyWakey
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The Daily paper The Sun has been branded The Scum for 22 years in Liverpool.

Their reporting on the disaster is further down the page showing the Front Page lies.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:48 | 1433020 cougar_w
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I hope the Sun bring back that bit with the phone pranks and hacked voice mails. Was the only reason I read the NotW.


Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:52 | 1433033 Seasmoke
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so a couple of guys did some bad things and everyone elses loses their jobs at a 168 year institution......I DONT THINK SO !

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:08 | 1433099 cougar_w
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Could it be -- a ruse? A clever ruse?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:55 | 1433045 dwdollar
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Murdoch should have had those 'hackers' stuffing MySpace profiles. Why didn't he pump and dump that thing?

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:55 | 1433050 nowhereman
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Somehow, I find this a little disconcerting.  Is James trying to distance himself from culpability?  After all he did run the show, and it's all too convenient to blame "those few bad apples" in an effort to recuse yourself from the responsibility that is yours and yours alone.

Don't you find it interesting that in all the major scandals, economic or otherwise, that the people at the top manage to escape blame by throwing a token "bad apple" to the wolves.

It's all getting a little tiring don't you think?  Jamie. Lloyd, Hank and Rupert will never be held responsible for their criminal activities as long as they have a plethora of underlings to throw under the bus.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 16:02 | 1433820 spanish inquisition
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It is ass time saving for the boy james and the girlfriend Rebekah Brooks.

It is also damage control for the BskyB merger.  Edit - Of course based on the money they threw the cops way for doing nothing. It is just a speed bump delay as mounds of cash work through the political system and approve of the deal

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:08 | 1433094 virgilcaine
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we need a few less oligarchs... did you see  ol Uncle Warren chiming in from Idaho?  Hopefully mother nature will soon catch up with him and not the Sun Valley kind.

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:21 | 1433131 Eireann go Brach
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This News of the World paper is a sordid disgrace and is just one step above the outright lies and shenanigans of the US govt

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:03 | 1433286 Jonas Parker
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...and just a very small step below the New York Times!

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:34 | 1433405 Sun Tsu
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why, the NY Times publishes all the news that is print to fit!
Thu, 07/07/2011 - 21:26 | 1434720 StychoKiller
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"If ya wanna know about a Bishop and an Actress,

if ya wanna know how to play guitar...

If ya wanna know about the stains on the mattress,

you can read it in the Sunday papers!" -- Joe Jackson

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 15:15 | 1433600 Jack Sheet
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Goodbye for ever, "News of the Screws"

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 15:35 | 1433698 carbonmutant
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