A Great Victory, for?

LONDON (Reuters) – In a breathtaking response to a scandal engulfing his media empire, Rupert Murdoch moved on Thursday to close down the News of the World, Britain’s biggest selling Sunday newspaper.

As allegations mounted this week that its journalists had hacked the voicemails of thousands of people, from child murder victims to the families of Britain’s war dead, the tabloid had hemorrhaged advertising and alienated millions of readers.

Yet no one, least of all the 168-year-old paper’s staff, was prepared for the drama of a single sentence that will surely go down as one of the most startling turns in the 80-year-old Australian-born press baron’s long and controversial career.

“News International today announces that this Sunday, 10 July 2011, will be the last issue of the News of the World,” read the preamble to a statement from Murdoch’s son James, who heads the British newspaper arm of News Corp.


Three Cheers?

Rather than cleaning house and hiring reputable people to bring us news and truth, this is his answer?

To silence the voice completely, and forever?

Not to hold to account, but to divest, and evade through total destruction?

How much is bet, that the usual suspects will be at the helm when the takeover of BSkyB is forced through in the wee hours?

All the way up to the day it’s wings are rent with similar horror, public spectacle and humiliation.

How many of the Fourth Estate does this man get to murder, and heap filth upon?

He would make liars of us all.


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