Rupert Murdoch has always believed in the business value of political power and the importance of scale. Those beliefs appear to have blinded him to two fundamental mood changes in British political life.
The pooling of power and control has caused our political and journalistic institutions to lose integrity and to move away from the service they should provide to society. The cases of News Corp. and Koch Industries show this clearly.
It seems clear now that Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp. colleagues believed that their tremendous media power placed them above the law. But fortunes are turning, and Rupert Murdoch must now answer for all that has happened under his watch.
There are many reasons the scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch has riveted public attention. It features twists of fate, betrayal, deception, abuse of power, and, even murder. But beneath this lies a bigger problem, and it's not confined to the United Kingdom.
The problem is that newspapers are run as private enterprises and yet they provide a public service. The fact that the current structure has maintained the UK's brilliantly high circulation rates is to be applauded but not taken for granted.