But maybe, just maybe, the actions of Murdoch’s minions have finally gone too far.
In 2002 a teenage English girl Milly Dowler disappeared — News of the World Reporters tapped into her telephone messages during the police investigation. Bad enough, but that is not all:
News of the World journalists intercepted – and deleted – the voicemail messages of Milly Dowler.
The messages were deleted by journalists in the first few days after Milly’s disappearance in order to free up space for more messages. As a result friends and relatives of Milly concluded wrongly that she might still be alive. Police feared evidence may have been destroyed.
If there’s a low-class act of faux journalism to be performed in this world it has Murdoch’s fingers all over it.
Yet, magically, the malfeasance never gets reported here.