Corruption at the Murdoch family's News Corporation has spread beyond phone hacking and now involves paying the police for stories. Four current and former high-level staffers of News Corp.'s The Sun tabloid were arrested today after an internal News Corp. probe into their practices turned up information that the scandal-plagued media conglomerate turned over to authorities
The Guardian reports:
It is the first time since the phone-hacking scandal erupted that the Sun has been targeted in such a major way but sources stress the dawn raid has nothing to do with voicemail interception and solely relates to paying police for stories.
The four Sun employees arrested are understood to be Mike Sullivan, the Sun's crime editor, the former managing editor Graham Dudman, the executive editor Fergus Shanahan and Chris Pharo, a news desk executive.
The arrests came after information was passed to the police by News Corporation's internal investigations unit, the Management and Standards Committee. It was set up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that erupted last July by Rupert Murdoch and operates independently of News International.
If high-level News Corp. executives sanctioned hacking into voice mails and paying the police for stories, it begs the question: what other illegal practices have gone on there? And how could this not be, to borrow one of Michelle Malkin's favorite phrases, a culture of corruption that was at least tolerated - and more likely fostered - at the very top?
We said earlier this year that News Corporation and their talking heads would have a very bad year. So far, our predictions are coming true.
Coming down the pipe:
A popular Fox "News mouthpiece’s dark side becomes public knowledge.
Retirement in the near future for Ruthless Rupy?
Republican Party steers clear from News Corporation.
It begs one other question: when are Newsmax, Newsbusters, The Washington Times, Townhall, and other respected media outlets going to investigate this story??
In other words: We’re innocent of crime A, but you’d better believe we’re guilty of crime B. And don’t even get us started on whatever crime C turns out to be when deals get cut!
Remember when Fox News, RW Radio and apologist bloggers said Newscorp would turn up clean as a whistle after a month? apparently whistles ain’t that clean.