Hacking the news

The first sign of the Rupert Murdoch/News of the World scandal meant something to the lives of people across the pond came when Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating claims that the tabloid hacked into voice-mail accounts of Sept. 11 victims.

The once untouchable Murdoch became “wounded” and “suddenly appears mortal, and his enemies are emboldened” writes Politico.

In an otherwise defiant editorial, Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal ended on a note of contrition.

Phone-hacking is deplorable, and we assume the guilty will be prosecuted. More fundamentally, the News of the World’s offense–fatal, as it turned out–was to violate the trust of its readers by not coming about its news honestly. We realize how precious that reader trust is, and our obligation is to re-earn it every day. (Wall Street Journal)

Has the phone hacking scandal changed your view of news media?