When Scotland Yard's leadership and even Downing Street appear compromised by an evil corporate culture like News Corp's, there are serious implications for society's ability to trust anyone.
For Israel and the Jewish community, however, the fading or possible fading of Murdoch's star should serve as a stark wakeup call and reminder that fair treatment of Israel by significant media outlets is never a matter that can be taken for granted.
Fortune has discovered there might be a tech bubble. No, revise that.
Most journalists know someone who knows someone they could contact if they wanted to hack into phones. I've never hired a hack to hack. But in the British tabloid world, competition for scandalous scoops is much more cutthroat than it is here.
If you're number 117 on the list of the wealthiest people on the planet, it's gotta be somewhat easycakes to pay off the peeps you piss off, right? But yesterday, Rupee didn't know anything about paying off those who had been hacked.
The truth is often stranger than fiction, stranger than plays, stranger, even, than the "nonsense" that the Mayor of London initially said this all was. And it is journalism that uncovered this truth. And that's now, more than ever, under threat.
If their testimonies presented any information at all, it would be how much the Murdochs want to promote the spin of willful ignorance.
Much of the media has fallen down on its responsibilities -- not by tapping the phones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crimes and terrorist attacks -- but by failing to insure the public is truly informed about the most pressing issues of the day.
It's worth noting that the media organization at the center of the phone hacking scandal unfolding in the UK isn't some new media upstart or unsupervised blogger of the sort the traditional media are always wringing their hands over.
Murdoch Scandal. How obscenely pleasurable it is to type those two words back to back. Not since Watergate has a man so satisfyingly been shoved face to face with his self-created destiny.
I don't imagine there's anyplace in the world more interesting to be at this moment, unless of course you are not interested in the press.
I was out of town for the past three weeks, and so a few stories slipped through the cracks. I thought it would be best to catch up with just a quick wrap-up.
The only thing more remarkable than the news of the Rupert Murdoch hacking-bribery scandal itself is the rate of its unraveling -- and Murdoch's unraveling.
The subtext of what was on display this week in Parliament were the fruits of Rupert Murdoch's legacy to the British people.
The controversy surrounding WikiLeaks -- and more recently, the scandal that led Rupert Murdoch to shutter News of the World -- raise interesting questions about what constitutes public knowledge and whether freedom of information can be taken too far.
The Rupert Murdoch story holds a lesson for everyone who longs for justice against other seemingly invincible empires: Even when your opponents seem to hold overwhelming power, a change may be just around the corner.