News of the World
Starting this week, the News will run regular fashion features in its Thursday and Sunday editions, mirroring the popular style formula of The New York Times and marking a return to a beat it had abandoned in recent years. The change takes effect just in time for Fashion Week, which kicks off on Sept. 6.(3)
"All, Please join us for a Daily News Town Hall on Tuesday, July 24 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the building cafeteria," said a July 16 email from Myler and News publisher Bill Holliber. "Look forward to seeing you."
Our version of sensationalized, questionable journalism, Nicholas Lemann noted at the Reuter's hosted debate, is perhaps our cable television. Fox News and MSNBC, both highly polemical, have their own ways of forcing the political conversation towards one issue or another. They don’t do it behind closed doors, through bribery and phone-hacking (that we know of), but they do it through exaggeration and on-air hysterics. Molehills become mountains, and politicians often have no choice but to respond.
To many of us, Rupert Murdoch's testimony—much of which has so far involved mumbled, slowly delivered monosyllables, admissions of not knowing important details about the phone-hacking scandals that embroiled his British newspapers division, and at times his apparent difficulty taking seriously or understanding how his answers made him look, were somewhat mystifying. Is this really the guy who, as one writer put it on Twitter, we've been cowering in fear of?
We don't know yet what the future holds for Rupert Murdoch and his media empire. What we do know, though, is that he's acting a lot less worried than the non-Murdoch media world thinks he ought to be.
Yes, he's just absorbed another setback, ducking out of a bid to take over the remaining shares in British satellite broadcaster BSkyB, of which he presently owns a minority stake.
We've seen scandals before at News Corp. properties, and in normal circumstances, the obsession with the fates of these editors would be a matter of forgetfulness. Do we not already know that top editors and executives in Rupert Murdoch's international media empire, like naughty nephews of the Caesar, need only to be assigned to a lush manor in a remote province for a time before their behavior there necessitates their return to Rome, their old sins in the capital long-forgotten?(1)