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   Remember how gleeful the Beeb was when the News of the World phone hacking scandal came out? Now it's Rupert Murdoch enjoying the sweet, sweet taste of schadenfreude

13 Nov 2012 11:20 AM   |   7995 clicks   |   AP
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Slaxl    [TotalFark]  
The article talks of the reputation of the media sinking to an all time low but the profession has been in the gutter for at least a decade if not more. I don't know anyone shocked or surprised by what Rupert Murdoch and his cronies did with the phone hacking. "Hacked into a dead/missing girls phone to try and get a scoop...? Yep, sounds about right for a journalist". Similarly not wanting to expose someone as a paedophile because it would open a can of worms on the whole organisation where he worked doesn't surprise me at all. People have less honour and more interest in money than doing the right thing.

Can anyone here honestly tell me they can possibly think worse of a profession that has WND, Fox News, American Thinker, etc? It's hardly even journalism anymore. No one has any respect for them. Interestingly the closest thing you get to a "journalist" getting credit on here is Shephard Smith at Fox, because he's not as bad as all the others. That's a pretty low bar for anyone to live up to.

If anyone can fix the profession then let them try. I suggest crippling fines for reporter and organisation that reports a falsehood and cannot prove that they tried to validate it properly.
"I googled it and some blog said...",
"£1,000,000 fine!"

13 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
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JJR     
Farktards have this subject on IGNORE for obvious reasons.

13 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
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Feed_The_Walrus     
I'm confused, the first paragraph speaks of the BBC being caught up in its own Phone-hacking scandal but does not mention the scandal anywhere and I was not aware of them being caught up in one.

Child molestation and poor journalism perhaps but no mentions of a phone scandal ... perhaps they meant it metaphorically. all I know is that I just read about 15 paragraphs of shiate that I already knew.

13 Nov 2012 11:37 AM
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HotWingConspiracy    [TotalFark]  

Feed_The_Walrus: I'm confused, the first paragraph speaks of the BBC being caught up in its own Phone-hacking scandal but does not mention the scandal anywhere and I was not aware of them being caught up in one.

Child molestation and poor journalism perhaps but no mentions of a phone scandal ... perhaps they meant it metaphorically. all I know is that I just read about 15 paragraphs of shiate that I already knew.


They're using scandal=scandal math. Details are stupid.

13 Nov 2012 11:44 AM
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Grapple     
I figured the Beeb was Justin Bieber.

13 Nov 2012 11:49 AM
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colinspooky    [TotalFark]  
I firmly believe both the BBC and NI pay AP quite a lot of money for feeds - wonder how the execs at both organisations are taking this sort of criticism which is being kinda paid for by themselves.

13 Nov 2012 12:00 PM
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Pista    [TotalFark]  
Murdoch really is an oxygen thief.
Yep, the Beeb horsed up. But the DG had the decency to do the right thing & take the responsibility.
Not sure Rupe can say the same thing really. He just shut down a newspaper & left everyone reasonably farked.
Don't even get me started on that slime ball Cameron.

13 Nov 2012 12:07 PM
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j__z     
Slaxl

The article talks of the reputation of the media sinking to an all time low but the profession has been in the gutter for at least a decade if not more


I may be a bit jaded, but it's been in the gutter from the beginning. These scandals and the attempt manipulate public opinion is nothing new, it's just more apparent these days with the dearth of information out there.

13 Nov 2012 12:09 PM
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Slaxl    [TotalFark]  

Pista: Murdoch really is an oxygen thief.
Yep, the Beeb horsed up. But the DG had the decency to do the right thing & take the responsibility.
Not sure Rupe can say the same thing really. He just shut down a newspaper & left everyone reasonably farked.
Don't even get me started on that slime ball Cameron.


See if you can start a campaign getting people to recognise that the DG had the decency to quit while Murdoch just went to live in America. That would shift the focus back to him, so i'm sure the BBC would support the campaign ^_^.

13 Nov 2012 12:10 PM
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Big Ramifications     
All this recent UNCOVERIN' kinda reveals a style of management similar to the Bishops of the Catholic Church. Cushy high-paying jobs with lots of lurks and perks, maybe even a Knighthood. So just chill out and play Soggy SAO with each other while you give it the good ol' Three Wise Monkeys treatment. Until the day you get completely blindsided by trouble in the ranks. So double laughs for being so like the Micks.

Erm. Minus the buggery.

Although this George Entwistle bailed pretty bloody quickly. He didn't even have a stab at it, so I can't tell if he was blindsided.

It looks more a case of "fark THAT shiat, man!" And good bloody luck to yellow-backed spiv, I say! Huge laughs all 'round.

// Eddie Murphy

13 Nov 2012 12:10 PM
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lordjupiter     
Hmmm, not really, subby.

13 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
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Slaxl    [TotalFark]  

j__z: Slaxl

The article talks of the reputation of the media sinking to an all time low but the profession has been in the gutter for at least a decade if not more

I may be a bit jaded, but it's been in the gutter from the beginning. These scandals and the attempt manipulate public opinion is nothing new, it's just more apparent these days with the dearth of information out there.


Yeah you're probably right, most journals, gazettes and pamphlets were all about propaganda and smearing opponents right from the start. I'm sure there's a Sumerian tablet that announces someones rival had sex with a donkey or something.

13 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
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89 Stick-Up Kid     
I'm waiting for a snarky report by Clarkson on this.

13 Nov 2012 12:50 PM
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farkeruk     

Slaxl: Can anyone here honestly tell me they can possibly think worse of a profession that has WND, Fox News, American Thinker, etc? It's hardly even journalism anymore. No one has any respect for them. Interestingly the closest thing you get to a "journalist" getting credit on here is Shephard Smith at Fox, because he's not as bad as all the others. That's a pretty low bar for anyone to live up to.


The thing with the BBC child abuse case is that the guy that they used for their source was basically a fantastist. They could have Googled his name and found an article by someone who had written about the North Wales child abuse scandal and reported on the inquiry and what it said about him. And not just some crank, but a serious, old school investigative reporter.

13 Nov 2012 01:02 PM
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Sudlow     
Interesting how the article doesn't mention Jimmy Saville once.

Link

13 Nov 2012 04:10 PM
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Zenith     
so nothing to do with the celeb culture this old tosser has helped foster on the world. one of the reasons saville got away with it was because no one wants to believe the rich and famous could be that bad.
sorry but they can.

14 Nov 2012 08:32 AM
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Big Ramifications     

Zenith: so nothing to do with the celeb culture this old tosser has helped foster on the world. one of the reasons saville got away with it was because no one wants to believe the rich and famous could be that bad.
sorry but they can.

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Get your hand off it. That was classist claptrap. In this paparazzi-saturated era of TMZ instant video scandals, what normal person thinks that or wants to think that?

I reckon it was tireless charity worker that kept him from being taken down. No one wanted to be "that guy" and expose the wacky charity dude with the Knighthood, loved by an army of PR spoonfed nuff-nuffs out on Struggle Street. Then there's the risk of being wrong to consider, and the huge ramifications [heh] for you personally.

Same reason Princess Diana never got called out for being nothing more than a vapid Sloane Ranger. She CARED about land mines. She cared, Godammit!

14 Nov 2012 01:24 PM
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