While no one I know has any use for anyone hacking a telephone of anyone, except of course our government hacking IRS and Mafia scofflaws, we all must be careful about overreaching. The WSJ editorial HERE about all this is right on the money.
I watched the British Parliament twice yesterday and the hacking issue was the only topic. David Cameron was outraged and he was firm in his pursuit of those that did the alleged hacking. Of course the Labour Party PM's relentlessly hammered him and to his credit, he is a cool, calm character and I respect him and his intellect very much. What became clear to me though is the total hypocrisy of the Labour Party which was in charge for 13 years up until losing 10 Downing Street this May. They had many chances to root out the hacking but they punted. They punted time and again and that was pointed out by the Conservative PM's. Gordon Brown had a filibuster going on when I turned the second phase of CSPAN's telecast last night.
He was the Prime Minister of the Labour Party until May. This happened on his party's watch and yet I heard him trying to blame the Conservatives! Just like here in America, liberals are always trying to blame the conservatives for their behaviour, the liberals, and a willing press is always there to pounce on the lie. The same thing is happening with News Corp and Rupert Murdoch. Since FOX has come along, the traditional hegemony of the liberal mainstream media became suspect. Now we all know the old media was totally biased against conservatives and in the tank for the left. Murdoch gave American a choice and they have flocked to his FOX News and other publications. This made him a target of the lamestream media and boy are they trying to smear him and his media empire.
One branch of his empire apparently has been accused but the left and their water carrying lamestream media sycophants are doing their best to smear the whole company. Well, that is what they do to any Republican caught being bad. Smear the fellow and then claim it is a "culture of corruption" of the whole party. Well, NEWS Corp buys ink by the barrel and they can defend themselves. Yes, the people that did anything illegal will probably be punished and rightly so if they broke the law. But, we Americans and other consumers of NEWS Corp media will not condemn the whole organization. We are too smart to fall for the leftwing talking points of personal and organizational destruction they have almost perfected. No, we will still watch FOX and we will see them report on anyone arrested and prosecuted for any law breaking. Unlike Dan Rather being given a pass for faking documents and trying to affect a Presidential election here in the USA.