Thursday, 21 July 2011

This Murdoch Business

Matt Taibbi has an excellent blog post up about this Murdoch/tabloid phone hacking fiasco. It includes the best sentence of political writing I've read so far this year:

Given the monstrous political influence of Murdoch and his companies – this idiotic game of chicken our government is now playing with America’s credit rating is one of countless policy disasters that I believe can be traced directly or indirectly to the insane propaganda that is a consistent by-product of Murdoch's nihilistic quest for profits – [the hypothetical indictment of Murdoch] would be a world-shaking development.

I couldn't agree more. We have a free press (much, much freer than Britain's), and I believe in absolute freedom in that regard. However, the court of public opinion can and should hold purveyors of dangerous, toxic crap like Murdoch responsible - and in this case, if the law was broken (as it increasingly looks as though it was), then Murdoch should be held fully accountable.

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