Hacking is the New Terrorism

Here’s Doocy and some Fox tool demanding that we deal with the real issue behind the News of the World scandal: hacking. It’s rampant. There are hackers everywhere, and somebody ought to do something. (via James Fallows, who’s getting a little ABL about the whole Fox issue.)

Meanwhile, back in the real world, London’s Metropolitan Police was infiltrated with Murdoch operatives who tried to shut down the Guardian’s phone hacking investigation, and the head of the Met shared drinks and took comps from Murdoch associates. Heads will probably also roll at the Scotland Yard, where the same kind of collusion took place, and the Yard just ignored garbage bags full of evidence for four years:

Inside was a treasure-trove of evidence: 11,000 pages of handwritten notes listing nearly 4,000 celebrities, politicians, sports stars, police officials and crime victims whose phones may have been hacked by The News of the World, a now defunct British tabloid newspaper.

That last bit is from the Times, who are racing to catch up with the Guardian. And, if you wonder how the Guardian pronounces “fuck you”, this letter from the Guardian’s editor to the Met will give you a pretty good clue.

Update: Rebekah Brooks was just arrested. I thought I’d capture this moment in time at Fox News (click to embiggen). The only story on the entire front page is Rupert’s second round of apologies:

59 replies
  1. 1
    WereBear says:


    And Murdoch is still alive to experience what he has wrought; only not in the way he had planned, I am sure!

  2. 2

    Apparently, Brooks will get a 3-something million pound goodbye gift in exchange for her silence outside official investigations. I think she sold out too low. But then again, I’m also suspecting she’ll end up somewhere else in Murdoch’s House of Horrors before long.

  3. 3
    Guster says:

    That’s a beautiful fuck you.

  4. 4
    beltane says:

    It sounds strange to call a newspaper a hero, but The Guardian is my her right now. Then again, Nick Davies is doing what journalists are traditionally supposed to do; acting the courtier to totalitarian warlords like Murdoch is not what they are supposed to do, but is all most of them know how to do these days.

  5. 5
    bkny says:

    rebekah brooks has been arrested. … his children are fighting for control …. bwahahahaha…
    rupert must be shitting his depends.. via the guardian:

    Breaking news:

    LATEST: Police investigating the phone-hacking scandal have arrested a 43-year-old woman. It is understood to be Rebekah Brooks. More details soon …

  6. 6
    ChrisNYC says:

    Guardian and Sky News say Brooks was arrested today.

  7. 7
    Valdivia says:

    just wow. I really really hope she turns state’s evidence and brings down the whole Murdoch empire. A girl can dream right?

  8. 8
    Wazmo says:

    Now if only Ruppert got arrested, then we’d have a real Trifecta.

  9. 9
    ChrisNYC says:

    I mean, really, could NI and News Corp have handled this any worse? It’s like they are intentionally making it as slow and painful and damaging as possible.

  10. 10
    beltane says:


    It is because they are arrogant. They have gotten away with blackmail and bribery for so long that it is all they know. The question is: will Murdoch take David Cameron down the pipes with him?

  11. 11
    Valdivia says:

    @ChrisNYC I think it’s because they did have it under control for so long with the bribes and the threats that now when it’s crumbling it’s going faaaast. Like a cascade of justice ;)

    I wonder like beltane @9 is Cameron will pay for this.

    ETA I wonder if now that they look like the actual evil doers they are if the rest of the american media will begin talking about them in the way that reflects what they are–agitprop agents and not a sister media organization in the words of Tapper. Could there not be a better time to have these people go down than before the 2012 election? I pray to the FSM that it happens.

  12. 12
    bkny says:

    i’m taking extraordinary delight that this is happening just as rupert was thinking he’d had everyone installed to carry on as he rode off into a comfy retirement….

    and now — infighting among his children; forced to pull out of a major business transaction re bskyb and close a 168yo newspaper; stock price falling; his favored accolyte arrested; his u.s. operation in jeopardy..


  13. 13

    Wow, Brooks arrested. Things really are gathering steam. I don’t see how Murdoch pulls out of this without giving up his UK newspaper holdings. Ahh, the schadenfreude.

  14. 14
    geg6 says:

    I am cackling with glee over this Murdoch shit. Fucking awesome. Bravo to the Brits.

    As for Fallows, he has also been doing a masterful job of smacking Eric Cantor around like the weasly little punk he is. Also awesome.

  15. 15
    bkny says:

    now it’s breaking on the nyt … hahaha. that’s another morsel — the hated nyt (and the nydailynews) are playing this big… (as it should be)

  16. 16
    beltane says:

    The Guardian’s commentariat seems to think Cameron’s days are numbered, but that could just be wishful thinking.

    The knowledge that Sully’s head must be exploding is the cherry on the top of this delightful karmic sundae.

  17. 17
    ChrisNYC says:

    @ beltrane

    Yeah, I hear you and totally agree. It seems the heat is off Cameron now, with all the pressure on the police. Gives him time to find his footing, which he clearly did not have a few days ago.

    On the arrogance, it’s just astonishing. I read in the Guardian that when the Dowler thing took off, NI hired a former head of the Crown Prosecution Service to review the evidence. He said he saw evidence of extensive hacking and other “serious crime.” He told NI to go to the police pronto. That was two weeks ago! And, knowing that, Murdoch says to the WSJ, “We are fantastic — we are handling this like pros” and Brooks does her “I’ve been betrayed” speech at the NotW closing. Shareholders should be *pissed.*

  18. 18

    If wanting to do the Schadenfreude Shuffle because of this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    Meanwhile at Stately Murdoch Manor:

    “Well why the bloody hell can’t we just buy all of the media outlets? All right. All right. Fine. We’ll just flog any peasant who dares to mention …”

  19. 19
    becca says:

    I wonder if Brooks got pro tips from Nixon administration alumnus Roger Ailes?

  20. 20


    RE: Rebekah Brooks:

    I really really hope she turns state’s evidence and brings down the whole Murdoch empire.

    Oh my. What a thought! I wonder if Miss Becky could be instrumental in freeing this country from Murdoch’s propaganda machine?

  21. 21

    Well, the arrest certainly explains her abrupt resignation on Friday. Since it was an arrest by appointment, she surely knew it was coming, and it wouldn’t do to have the *current* NI chief walking into the police station to get arrested.

  22. 22
  23. 23
    General Stuck says:

    David Ignatious serves up his periodic Obama concern troll porridge .

    And manages to hit every firebagger talking point, and tops it off with the coded, Obama follows and doesn’t lead bullshit.

    While dutifully fluffing all the right wingnut tough guys leading weine Obama around by the nose.

    These people make me sick. Pandering to whatever group they can seduce to get page clicks. That shit should be for blogs, not the WAPO

    But the president needs to start acting like a fighter and a leader, rather than a punching bag.

    Gets Bin Laden, risking failure and disaster. Passes universal healthcare where all the great white dem hopes failed. The list goes on. Some people have different styles to engage with a combination of sticks and carrots and smarts, but fuckers like Ignarious can only weigh the quality of presidenting to George Bush in a flight suit, or pounding the lectern with “Me Decider” neanderthalism.

    Blah blah blah, sounds like some of the BJ tough guy trolls.

  24. 24
  25. 25
    Brian R. says:

    I love the end of that video clip. Steve Douchy and his guest try to outdo one another in insisting that the News of the World scandal is a tired old story and there’s nothing to see here, and then say “we need to focus on the important issues” as a way of seguing into a piece on the Casey Anthony trial.

    They’re scared. And they should be.

  26. 26
    MikeJ says:


    Shareholders should be pissed.

    Shareholders are getting a very, very small bit of what they deserve for making Rupert rich. I hope they’re all wiped out.

    Corporations exist so people can escape legal responsibility for their action, but the legal fiction of corporation can’t erase the moral culpability of helping Murdoch.

  27. 27
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @General Stuck #23:

    What do you suppose it is about pundits named David? David Brooks, David Gregory, David Broder, that old bald guy named David whose last name I can’t remember, and of course David Ignatius. Yuch.

    Having trouble doing copy-and-paste this morning so this is a bit of paraphrase, but the line in that Ignatius piece of excrescence that really pissed me off was to the effect of “Of course Teabaggers love them some Chris Christie, that’s only to be expected, but I David Ignatius personally know at least half a dozen anonymous Democrats who told me anonymously that they would vote for him too.”

    So I guess we’re fucked then, huh?

  28. 28
    General Stuck says:


    Wish I hadn’t read that swill this morning, to start the day pissed off. It had every element of what is wrong with the MSM, and especially when it comes to evaluating and writing on Obama and his presidency. All wrapped in uber smarmy concern. There is a way for liberals, or so called liberals to criticize, but the comparison with supposed studly, white tough guys like Cristie and fucking Cantor, is not one of those ways. It makes me see red, wherever I come across that kind of chickenshit reporting, or blogging for that matter.

  29. 29
    kth says:

    Steve Doocy: proof that “blonde bimbo” is, or can be, a gender-neutral term.

  30. 30
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    I actually agree with Doocy, hacks are the real problem. News Corp. Is full of bribing, immoral ha-

    What? HackING? What the fuck are you talking about Douchy?

  31. 31
    Donut says:

    Doocy and some Fox tool


  32. 32
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    General, I agree with every word you say. Go hang out with Charlie or take beautiful pictures of hummingbirds or something. Ignatius and his ilk aren’t worth the HBP.

    And a mini-bleg: Next time an open thread comes along, would love to see some Charlie pix. Thx!

  33. 33
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Apropos of not much, but it’s cool that this post is bracketed by posts about two unrelated, but both scummy, people named Brooks.

  34. 34
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    FYWP. If I don’t have permission to edit my own comment, whose comment do I have permission to edit?

  35. 35
    Kathy in St. Louis says:

    But, but, but the Murdoch Empire is trying to save us from the wicked and evil governments of the world who seek to destroy our freedoms and privacy. Isn’t that why their robots at Fox News and the Post attack the President? He’s really just out to take away freedom? What slime.

    I wonder what they wanted to get on the families of the 9/11 victims? Find out and report that the survivors weren’t spending the money correctly?

    When will folks finally get wise to Murdoch’s real goals, which seem to be to silence any progressives, worldwide, and turn the entire world over to his rich friends?

  36. 36
    300baud says:

    I had to go look at Fox News as well. They now have Rebekah Brooks on the front page — without ever mentioning that she works for Rupes. The main article does reveal that, but never mentions that she’s part of the same company as Fox.

  37. 37
    RalfW says:

    It’s abhorrently fascinating to see how an organ of the state operates. And I’m glad that sane folks like Fallows are going ABL and using large font bolded and !!!ened. A press that is not just supine, but that is actively sheltering a global-level criminal with tentacles inside both Labour and Tory gov’t, Scotland Yard and the Met Police, are an organ of if not the state then the people who seek to be the state.

    It is inconceivable that what happened over there stopped at water’s edge. Yeah, yeah, the British press is more cut-throat, more competitive, more tabloid, blah, blah.

    I thin the hacking was immoral but is only a fraction of the story. The payoffs to police, the incestuous relationship between Murdoch and top pols, the squashing of evidence and attempts to shut out the Guardian, etc, are far more damning.

    Let’s go back to that Think Progress writer who was tailed and harassed by Bill-o. Fits into a pattern, now, don’t it?

    How much more shit is just below the surface at Fox? No wonder they’re trying to hype a boring, last-week story about Casey. It’s all they got. Smoke and mirrors.

  38. 38
    RalfW says:

    Argh, moderation! Not even gonna try and figure out the offending word in my post (which may magically appear at some point above…)

  39. 39
    JGabriel says:

    mistermix @ Top:

    … the Times, who are racing to catch up with the Guardian.

    That’s probably overstating the case. The Times is 100% owned by News Corp and Murdoch.

    They are most likely doing either a) the minimum reporting possible so as to not look like they’re ignoring the story, or b) trying to spin the story in News Corps. favor.


  40. 40

    […] Brooks didn’t realize she was going to be arrested when she showed up for her appointment. Strange world. Some people don’t expect media types to tap into their phones either. Share this: This […]

  41. 41
    kd bart says:

    You know what this means? A week of stories involving ACORN, Media Matters and/or George Soros on Fox News.

  42. 42
    PeakVT says:

    Murdoch’s effects on British politics are enough to earn him thorough condemnation, but the fact that his organization seems to have corrupted the police is even more outrageous. I hope the guy does time somewhere.

    However, I’m don’t expect that there will be much effect on FauxNooze. It has become deeply entwined with the neo-Confederacy that Dennis G. is always writing about, and that’s not going away anytime soon. So neither is Faux.

  43. 43
    Dennis SGMM says:

    Fox News is where the true believers go for their daily dose of affirmation. Fox will distract, deflect, and “prove” that soclalist liberals constantly do things that are ten times worse than anything done by the Murdoch empire. In the end, Fox News won’t lose a single viewer or a nickel of revenue.

  44. 44
    HeartlandLiberal says:

    FWIW, I just checked the fauxnoise.com main page, and the arrest of Brooks is now in the center of the three features articles just below the Casey Anthony screamer section.

  45. 45
    Citizen_X says:


    The Times is 100% owned by News Corp and Murdoch.

    The British Times is indeed owned by Darth Murdoch. mistermix was quoting the New York Times.

  46. 46
    jheartney says:


    Here’s a diary at GOS outlining how this scandal could end up taking out Faux. Nut graph:

    Now the coup de grace is that Bloomberg takes over Fox News and merges it into Bloomberg News, gaining more distribution nationally and globally. But much more importantly for Time Warner it gets Fox News out of the way of CNN, allowing CNN to gain some viewers and further raise its advertising rates. The Fox Business News channel is replaced by what had been the business-oriented Bloomberg News channel.

    Basically it’s saying that Rupert’s empire could end up being carved to pieces by competitors, who would shut down Fox. No idea how plausible this is.

  47. 47
    PeakVT says:

    Dunno. If shareholders can boot Murdoch, I don’t see why they’d get rid of anything other than the UK newspapers, which may be fatally tainted. Murdoch might do that himself if it would cordon of any legal liabilities.

  48. 48
    JGabriel says:

    @Citizen_X: Oops. Thanks for the correction, Citizen X. I assumed it was the London Times. Should have checked the link first.

    Mea culpa and my apologies for the error, mistermix!


  49. 49
    JGabriel says:


    Steve Doocy: proof that “blonde bimbo” is, or can be, a gender-neutral term.

    I love it when his voice squeaks. It’s so butch.


  50. 50
    Pangloss says:

    You mean the actual Murdoch scandal isn’t getting as much coverage on Fox News as Soros conspiracy theories? Hmmmmfff. *scratches head*

  51. 51

    You mean the actual Murdoch scandal isn’t getting as much coverage on Fox News as Soros conspiracy theories? Hmmmmfff. scratches head

    That is a puzzler, isn’t it?

    One of the many fun bits – VoldeMurdoch would look a lot cleaner if his remaining lackies DID leap all over it. I suspect they’re waiting to see what Brooks does. Will she be the faithful servant martyr victim and keep mum or will she try to cut a deal and be a filthy liberalislamodyke traitor b1tch?

  52. 52
    Balloon juice with a shite sammich says:

    Blah blah blah, sounds like some of the BJ tough guy trolls.

    It is comical that you would say that.

    The little tantrums that you periodically post certainly place you in the ranks of those who appear to be just like any other number of assholes on the Internet.

  53. 53
    Ruckus says:

    There is so much money and arrogance here I think the question has to be asked… is there more here than phone hacking? Are we looking at the leaves and not the forest? Is Rupert cutting down trees hoping that we won’t notice the house fire 5 miles away?

    I have no idea that there is anything else going on, but with this much power and money it sure seems like the possibilities are endless. And Rupert is slashing and burning pretty fast unless his fingerprints are in the mix in which case he may be leaving a trail of destruction in his retreat. To cover up/distract for anything else?

  54. 54
    ABL says:

    via James Fallows, who’s getting a little ABL about the whole Fox issue

    it’s the shouty all caps, innit? :)

  55. 55
    Yutsano says:

    @ABL: You make it sound like getting in touch with his inner ABL is a bad thing. :)

  56. 56
    Nutella says:

    Twitter says first police scalp taken: Scotland Yard commissioner Paul Stephenson resigning.

  57. 57
    Nutella says:


    And his statement says “Hey, terrorism! Look over there!” desperately trying to distract attention from the Murdoch mess.

    Stephenson accepted a long stay at a very expensive rehabilitation clinic “from a friend” to recover from an injury. I wonder who the very generous friend was?

  58. 58
    Jeffery Dahmer says:

    Someone do something about this rampant cannibalism and stop talking about it ’cause it happens all the time.

  59. 59
    No one of Importance says:

    Does anyone know if the Brits have laws comparable to our RICO statutes?

    Apparently not:


    But encouraging or assisting others to commit a crime is an offence:


Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. […] Brooks didn’t realize she was going to be arrested when she showed up for her appointment. Strange world. Some people don’t expect media types to tap into their phones either. Share this: This […]

Comments are closed.