PAYING THE PRICE: NEWS OF THE WORLD TO CLOSE
It was so ordained that James, rather than Rupert Murdoch, announced the closure of the News of the World, the 168 year old tabloid, after the presses roll this Sunday. He did so from New York, the city to which Rupert spirited him earlier this year, possibly already aware that leaving him in London would open him to the flack now being directed at his successor, Rebekah Brooks.
This is a truly momentous decision, and one that rather conveniently shifts attention from whatever role James Murdoch may have had in agreeing payments to those by his own admittance he should not have been making them to. It also will bring to an end the jobs of very many on the newspaper that never had anything to do with the phone hacking scandal that has brought this hardy perennial to an early demise. I bet the current editor, Colin Myler, will have something to say about the arbitrary nature of the decision, that is unless he hasn’t already been covered in Murdoch gold in order to keep quiet.
The decision to shut the newspaper down for good will also shift attention away from the Chief Executive of Murdoch’s operations, and the woman who was editor at the time when the phone hacking was at its height, Rebekah Brooks. Hopefully the police and the Crown Prosecution Service will continue with their investigations.
Meanwhile, Rebekah Brooks’ predecessor as Editor of the News of the World, Andy Coulson has been left the most exposed by the ongoing scandal. He admitted to Parliament back in 2003 that the News of the World had “paid” policemen – although within the law. Now that the Metropolitan Police are investigating their own ranks after claims that corrupt policemen were taking bribes from News of the World journalists, there is every possibility that Mr Coulson may be called in for questioning.
Thankfully for the British, we have been saved from the closest this country has ever come to a corporate mafia operation.
But now that the News of the World has been forced to bite the dust, what of some of the other newspapers who were also engaged in the illegal hacking of phones, and possible illegal payments to bent coppers?
Understanding thinking talents in yourself and others can build strong teams and help avoid burnout.
- Learn to collaborate within a team and identify "thinking talent" surpluses – and shortages.
- Angie McArthur teaches intelligent collaboration for Big Think Edge.
- Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Archeologists had been doubtful since no such ship had ever been found.
- In 450 BCE, Greek historian Herodotus described a barge that's never been found.
- When the ancient port of Thonis-Heracleion was discovered, some 70 sunken ships were found resting in its waters.
- One boat, Ship 17, uncannily matches the Herodotus' description.
The blood of horseshoe crabs is harvested on a massive scale in order to retrieve a cell critical to medical research. However, recent innovations might make this practice obsolete.
- Horseshoe crabs' blue blood is so valuable that a quart of it can be sold for $15,000.
- This is because it contains a molecule that is crucial to the medical research community.
- Today, however, new innovations have resulted in a synthetic substitute that may end the practice of farming horseshoe crabs for their blood.
The Canadian professor has been on the Joe Rogan Experience six times. There's a lot of material to discuss.
- Jordan Peterson has constantly been in the headlines for his ideas on gender over the last three years.
- While on Joe Rogan's podcast, he explains his thoughts on the gender differences in society.
- On another episode, Peterson discusses the development of character through competition.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.