There is certainly some pleasure in watching these weasels squirm. This editorial, while a fine exhibit of boot licking for the boss, shows how out of touch Murdoch’s camp really is. They could get away with this before it was discovered that they were hacking into the phones of young murdered girls but those days are long gone. The Guardian:
In an angry unsigned editorial, the paper accuses the Guardian and the BBC of driving the phone hacking story for “commercial and ideological motives”. It implies that the Guardian did not have the right to make “lectures about journalistic standards” because of this newspaper’s involvement in publishing the WikiLeaks embassy cables.
At the end of a weekend in which Murdoch and top News Corporation executives have made a round of apologies for the illegal behaviour of News of the World, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial takes a strikingly opposing posture. It adopts a peevish tone, noting “the irony of so much moral outrage devoted to a single media company, when British tabloids have been known for decades for buying scoops and digging up dirt on the famous.”
The investigative website ProPublica’s disclosure in the Guardian that some members of the Bancroft family now harboured regrets about selling the Journal to Murdoch is also attacked. The editorial writer ridicules ProPublica’s reporting of the former owners’ opinions an act of “righteous hindsight”.