How Murdoch’s Empire Suffocates the Craft of Journalism
Thursday Jul 21, 2011 12:17 pm
By Michelle Chen

With guilty pleasure, the mainstream media have beenserving us a virtual buffet of reasons to despise Rupert Murdoch’s evil media empire. Amid this fetid mess, however, it shouldn’t be forgotten that beneath every media mogul, however rotten, is an enterprise of real people—a culture of workers who represent the embattled and tragic state of journalism today.

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Robert Koehler
Syndicated writer
Military-Industrial Journalism
Posted: 7/21/11 05:34 PM ET

Rupert Murdoch’s specialty has been the practice of journalism in cynical mockery of our thirst for knowledge.

Suddenly it’s clear to everyone.

Hacking a missing teenager’s cell phone? Deleting calls, interfering with the desperate search for her whereabouts? Tapping the phones of terrorist victims, dead soldiers? What kind of newsroom culture could possibly value the intimate tidbits of unbearable worry and sorrow thus obtained? What kind of organization would call it “news”?

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