Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the News of the World scandal seems to be making some serious waves. I’m already over it. I feel sad for anyone that was caused unnecessary pain through phone hacking, particularly the innocent members of the public that were at the centre of painful court proceedings. However, on a general level, people should really just accept that the Media’s job is to make money.
As is the case with any sizeable corporation, ethics often go out of the window in chase of a bigger pay cheque. When it comes down to tabloid journalists, I believe that statement could never be more true. And at present, conversation around the News of the World’s closure has jammed the Twitter lines, blogs and newspaper headlines worldwide. Don’t be surprised if this turns out to be cleverly crafted PR stunt, with Murdoch and his millions merely stepping down as King of the Hill to avoid the mud slinging, only to creep back up a month later, stronger than ever. Thanks, no less, to the public who fuelled the fire and helped him to leverage this as a personal opportunity.
Mark Borkowski, in an article written for the Huffington Post, thinks along a similar line.