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Britain's phone-hacking scandal is a rebuke for yesterday, warning for tomorrow

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You didn't have to listen in on anyone's conversation to know this just wasn't going to happen.

No one in his right mind would agree to allow a company involved in the world's most notorious phone-hacking scandal to take control of Britain's biggest satellite broadcaster.

Mercifully, international media magnate Rupert Murdoch Wednesday pulled the plug on his intended acquisition of BSkyB -- after an explosion of outrage over his newspapers' apparent high-tech spying on celebrities, politicians and even crime victims.

Murdoch had already shuttered his weekly at the heart of the roiling scandal, News of the World, as of Sunday, turning off the lights at the largest-circulation English-language newspaper in the world.

In short, it's come out that agents for Murdoch's newspapers in Britain had hacked into private cell phones -- perhaps illegally, absolutely unethically -- in a sociopathic hunt for big scoops.

The allegations comprise not only one of the most egregious media scandals in history, but also a cautionary tale for modern man.

It's a long-needed rebuke of bygone British-style tabloid "reporting" that respects neither individual privacy nor professional standards. Nor, at points, has it respected the truth, necessarily.

It's of note that in the United States, where the First Amendment grants the media even broader rights and protections than the tabloids of London enjoy, we've never seen such a wanton contempt for individual privacy.

Yet, this is more than a tale of Media Gone Wild. It's a frightening parable of the pitfalls mankind faces in the dawn of the 21st century. You have to believe nothing is truly private in e-mails and cell phones -- though you should have the right to expect it.

Moreover, it's important to note that today's technologies have made it possible for anyone and everyone to be CIA agents of a sort. In the future, spy scandals may be less common among governments than companies.

We can thank the fine folks at Murdoch's News International for bringing that sad day forward.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/14/11 - 05:40 am
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Doesn't he own FOX Network?

Doesn't he own FOX Network? Does he have the same principles there too?

Brad

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/14/11 - 07:11 am
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There will be a push by the

There will be a push by the Democrats to get Fox News off cable.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/14/11 - 07:39 am
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Its all George Bush's fault.
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Its all George Bush's fault. Don't you know that folks? And RIVER, what do you mean, there "will" be a push by the Democrats to get Fox News off cable? They've been after FN for years.

Beck Tears
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Beck Tears 07/14/11 - 08:41 am
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As deplorable, unethical, and

As deplorable, unethical, and violating these actions are- it's weird that most American's are okay with their government doing it to her citizens. Under the PATRIOT act, these actions are a common thing- however maybe because it's done under the guise of security, that's okay.

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Chillen 07/14/11 - 09:23 am
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What was done in Britain by

What was done in Britain by this group was despicable.

However. The progressive liberal politicians are quick to jump on the bandwagon. They are asking for an investigation into 9-11 hacking (with absolutely no proof at all). They are just trying to throw the idea into people's minds. That is just as despicable and it's a wasteful use of the precious few financial resources that the United States has left.

Soros & his progressive ilk said they were going to go after Fox News and all non-progressive, state-run, non-obama compliant media. They clearly meant it.

Brad Owens. If you are going to throw out an accusation at Fox News, I say bring on the proof. Do you have clear evidence of Fox News doing phone & wire tapping?

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Bruno 07/14/11 - 09:25 am
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Until there is some evidence

Until there is some evidence of the papers or journalists doing the same here in the states it is premature to make those allegations. The phones in the UK are sold with very weak encryption installed and most consumers never change them. The encryption here in the states is more robust and much harder to crack. (Not impossible but simply harder.)
It is premature to say that Murdoch was aware of and condoned the phone hacking. Those that are anti-Fox News will use this to justify crawling through all of Fox's works or simply to attempt to say that since it happened in the UK it must have happened here. This is wrong headed.

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rmwhitley 07/14/11 - 11:37 am
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murdoch is pretty sleazy, but
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murdoch is pretty sleazy, but he's in fine company with jeffrey immelt ( dictator of general electric , nbc and chief economic advisor to obama ). The left has no foundation to shine it's pompous light of righteousness on. dan rather, katie couric, keith olberman, rachel maddow and lawrence o'donnell come to mind as "unbiased beacons of truth and enlightenment". The heads of the democratic party are pathological liars ( obama, reid, rangel, aclu, naacp, jackson, barney frank, howard dean, pelosi and that paragon of virtue, al sharpton). lefties, keep running your pie traps.

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burninater 07/14/11 - 11:54 am
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Soros & his progressive ilk

Soros & his progressive ilk said they were going to go after Fox News and all non-progressive, state-run, non-obama compliant media. They clearly meant it.
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These were Rupert Murdoch's companies, caught red-handed in the finest of Big Brother moments, and you're talking about a Soros/progressive conspiracy?

Do events outside of Glen Beck's talking points actually exist? Or is actual, real, reality some kind of liberal conspiracy now too?

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Chillen 07/14/11 - 12:50 pm
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Did Soros put millions in to

Did Soros put millions in to media matters and other media related organizations for the purpose of going after conservative media?

Simple question. Yes or No.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/14/11 - 02:12 pm
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Read the background of gorgy
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Read the background of gorgy scwhartz (sic), george soros. That wonderful piece of humanity exemplifies the true meaning of the democratic party. The nazi's couldn't have done it without him. he treated and continues to treat Jewish people with vile and contempt. Kind of makes you wonder why Jewish voters overwhelmingly vote for the "moneychangers". aclu, naacp maybe?

burninater
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burninater 07/14/11 - 03:03 pm
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Chillen, Didn't peg you for

Chillen, Didn't peg you for an issue dodger. Murdoch company. DOMESTIC WIRETAPS. Insane.

When profit is your only moral good, you can justify the criminal and unethical.

Stay aware that Big Brother won't necessarily be a public sector creation.

burninater
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burninater 07/14/11 - 03:27 pm
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And personally, I could care

And personally, I could care less who goes after whom. Is Soros limiting Fox's ability to operate in any financial or legal sense? No. Looks like giod old American free speech to me.

If Fox isn't distorting facts, why would media matters provide them with any issues whatsoever? All MM can do is tarnish Fox's rep, if Fox gives them material to work with.

Murdoch has done far more damage to himself and Fox than Soros and his money could ever do. Surveillance of private citizens, combined with possible bribes to officials? Suddenly makes Soros look like he was targeting exactly the right operation.

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HomeinHarlem 07/14/11 - 07:04 pm
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Ah, but Murdoch owns Fox

Ah, but Murdoch owns Fox News, and many a time I have seen the AC editorial staff quote *nearly verbatim* what Fox News reports.
Take for example the "it doesn't take a village" Op.Ed. That came from this report:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/18/top-five-most-brazen-flash-mob-robb...

So, if the editors at the AC are really as outraged as they claim, maybe they need to stop using Fox news as a basis for their articles.
Wishful thinking, I know.

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