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News Corp. Hacks News Corp. – And Then Reports On It

Reported by Ellen - June 18, 2011 -

In a development that gives new meaning to the term “media synergy” (h/t Media Matters), the latest twist in the News Corp. phone hacking scandal finds an executive of one News Corp. company the likely phone hacking of another News Corp. company (where she formerly worked as editor) – with the news broken by Sky News whose biggest shareholder is – Guess who? With unintentional (I’m sure) humor, Sky News suggested that the hacker may have been working for a rival newspaper.

As Britain’s Independent reported:

Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International and former editor of The Sun (both owned by News Corp.), has been shown evidence suggesting her phone was hacked more than 20 times by a private investigator employed by another Rupert Murdoch title, it emerged last night.

News International confirmed the 43-year-old media executive met detectives last week from Operation Weeting – Scotland Yard's third investigation into phone hacking – to see records showing she was targeted by Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective employed by the News of the World (another News Corp. company) to eavesdrop on the voicemails of numerous public figures.

… The revelation that Ms Brooks was a likely repeated target for Mr Mulcaire was made by Sky News, whose largest shareholder is Mr Murdoch's News Corp. In a blog, the broadcaster's City editor, Mark Kleinman, suggested the hacking could also have been done by the private investigator on behalf of a rival newspaper.

If you believe that last bit, I’ve got a network you can call “fair and balanced.”

Interestingly, the Independent also noted that the phone hacking revelations may be damaging top exec Rupert Murdoch’s popularity as “it appears his annual summer party is no longer the hot ticket it used to be.”



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