Monday, July 18, 2011

The NYT Role in the On-Going Takedown of Rupert Murdoch

The editor of the U.K.'s The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, explains:
If the majority of Fleet Street was going to turn a blind eye, I thought I’d better try elsewhere to stop the story from dying on its feet, except in the incremental stories that Nick was still remorselessly producing for our own pages. I called Bill Keller at The New York Times. Within a few days, three Times reporters were sitting in a rather charmless Guardian meeting room as Davies did his best to coach them in the basics of the story that had taken him years to tease out of numerous reporters, lawyers, and police officers.
The Times reporters took their time—months of exceptional and painstaking work that established the truth of everything Nick had written—and broke new territory of their own. They coaxed one or two sources to go on the record. The story led to another halfhearted police inquiry that went nowhere. But the fact and solidity of the Times investigation gave courage to others. Broadcasters began dipping their toes in the story.
Lew Rockwell is right. This is a high level intra-power elitist battle:
...this is not unusual wrongdoing suddenly discovered. It is one part of the establishment destroying another.


  1. Too bad they're not likely to destroy each other. Pity.

  2. Personally, I am so glad to see these "journalists" and "investigators" who are no more than criminals taken down for these actions.

    Hacking people's private information is nothing more than emotional and intellectual rape.

    And hackers - and that includes cyber snoopers, packets sniffers, email phishers, phone tappers, VOIP interceptors and every one of these misbegotten jerks - needs to do time like the thugs they are.

    Or better yet. Someone should drill a hole into their bathrooms, install a 24/7 camera and audio and broadcast it to the world.

    Then they'll know how it feels.

    But of course this sort of stuff is rampant in the corporate world (and the government).

    Managers stalk ex-employees, even those who haven't threatened them.

    They buy plausible deniability by hiring out the dirty work to some rogue employee, eccentric flunky, or "investigator" - whom they pay off secretly.

    All kinds of electronic terrorism is possible. You can sniff someone's computer so you know stroke for stroke what they are thinking and you can harass them by posting the identical or related information immediately after.

    If they break down and commit suicide so much the batter. Saves the company the trouble of bumping them off.

    The publishing world is sick, sick, sick.
    Much sicker than the financial world.
    Of course, combine finance and publishing, and you get the sickest bunch.

    This is how the "Bazaar" of finance "Gurus" operates. I know it.

    Does it ring a Bell?