Ostensibly it would appear to be quite good news that the News of the World, something which can only really be called a newspaper in the loosest sense of the word, is closing down. Even before all of this phone hacking scandal broke it would’ve been nice to see it consigned to the chip shops of history (unlike the Daily Mail which, quite frankly, I don’t want coming anywhere near my chips, thank you very much).
Unfortunately, I don’t think the closing is quite as good as most people will make out.
This is because the expediency with which News International has acted to shut the paper – less than a week after the serious shit began to hit the fan regarding the hacking of the phones of murder victims and their families – makes me think that they are essentially making the News of the World take the fall to keep the heat off of the rest of News Corp and whatever the hell it may be up to with its numerous fingers in various pies.
The key basis for The Whimpering Pen – if I ever get it off the ground, that is – is the bias inherent in media outlets that are part of a larger organisation. The News of the World is part of one of the biggest multimedia conglomerates around, comprising of, amongst others, The Sun, The Times, BSkyB (currently a bit of it but if they have their way all of it), 20th Century Fox, and news and book publishers around the world.
Now, I don’t know how well the various elements of Rupert Murdoch’s empire liaise with each other. It would be foolish of me to make allegations to that effect. But it does very often seem that the behaviour of the various News Corp elements do seem to be to benefit the good of the mother company.
It makes me wonder what else Rupert Murdoch and his corporation are getting up to.