Thanks to Alexander Cockburn on CounterPunch for this link to the British newspaper, The Guardian that explains why the Murdoch phone hacking scandal is so incredibly evil that even the Brits don’t think it’s funny…
Scotland Yard is now investigating evidence that the paper hacked directly into the voicemail of the missing girl’s own phone. As her friends and parents called and left messages imploring Milly to get in touch with them, the News of the World was listening and recording their every private word.
But the journalists at the News of the World then encountered a problem. Milly’s voicemail box filled up and would accept no more messages. Apparently thirsty for more information from more voicemails, the paper intervened – and deleted the messages that had been left in the first few days after her disappearance. According to one source, this had a devastating effect: when her friends and family called again and discovered that her voicemail had been cleared, they concluded that this must have been done by Milly herself and, therefore, that she must still be alive. But she was not. The interference created false hope and extra agony for those who were misled by it.
The Dowler family then granted an exclusive interview to the News of the World in which they talked about their hope, quite unaware that it had been falsely kindled by the newspaper’s own intervention. Sally Dowler told the paper: “If Milly walked through the door, I don’t think we’d be able to speak. We’d just weep tears of joy and give her a great big hug.”
The deletion of the messages also caused difficulties for the police by confusing the picture when they had few leads to pursue. It also potentially destroyed valuable evidence.
According to one senior source familiar with the Surrey police investigation: “It can happen with abduction murders that the perpetrator will leave messages, asking the missing person to get in touch, as part of their efforts at concealment. We need those messages as evidence. Anybody who destroys that evidence is seriously interfering with the course of a police investigation.”
Kind of like cannibalism– or maybe like a cold-blooded type who ransacks your house and then sells you back some of your stuff they ‘found in the woods’. No, it’s like cannibalism. Playing with the emotions of desperate parents and then getting them on film. Someone might go to jail. Not Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corporation, the international media empire whose holdings include Fox News. He’s blaming a few bad apples, firing scores of people who had nothing to do with the scandal and mobilizing his Plan B for global media dominance.
If you think you might miss sensational news coverage without the tabs, Salon has a video interpretation, from Taiwan, with subtitles and animated superhero action.