The hacking scandal

The actual scandal happened more than 6 years ago, but it is only now that the whole of the scandal has burst upon the scene. There is a well known saying about a “little bit of sunlight”. After the murder trial involving murder victim Milly Dowler, and the manner in which the Dowler family was crucified at the trial, it seems that the news that someone hacked Milly’s phone has caused the mushroom fodder to hit the fan.

Milly Dowler disappeared several years ago, she was kidnapped and murdered by a man who had been convicted of a similar crime. At the time of her kidnapping Milly had discovered a bit of a dark family secret, and that secret had upset her very much. On the afternoon that she disappeared, Milly had gotten off the train one stop early and she had gone to a cafe with friends before starting her walk home. She never arrived at her home. As a result of that dark secret involving the sexual proclivities of her father, the police failed to follow up all of the vital clues, including the fact that this known sex offender lived in a house close to where Milly had disappeared. Instead, her father had become a suspect in the eyes of the police and they stopped looking.

In the months before her body was discovered, the family thought that Milly was still alive, because her voice mailbox had been cleared, allowing extra messages to be left. The family was being given the impression that Milly was listening to the messages. Instead, someone associated with the News of the World had arranged for the hacking of the girl’s telephone. This is the scandal that has now erupted.

Rupert Murdoch has had a very personal meeting with Milly Dowler’s family. This father, mother and sister had gone through hell in the witness box. Murdoch personally apologized for the behaviour of the editors and staff at News of the World. He was very upset over the whole matter. Rebekah Brooks, who was chief editor at the time of the hacking offered her resignation again, and it was accepted. The very next day she was arrested in relation to the scandal. She will have her day in court. I am not sure if she will also give evidence before Parliament relating to the whole scandal.

The whole hacking scandal is centred in the UK. This has not stopped the beginning of a US witch hunt with the FBI doing an investigation (no doubt on the orders of Østupid) over a rumour of possible hacking of the phones of victims of 9/11. Personally, I think that there is not even a puff of smoke with regard to those claims. However, there is evidence that News of the World editors and staffed hacked the phones of the victims of the London bombing.

People, that is, ordinary people have a right to privacy. The hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone was a big breach of that right to privacy. The whole thing was done in order to try and get the big scoop. It is not just News of the World. Other news organizations had done the same thing. I fear I no longer have the links to the story that actually gave the name of the organizations that had also indulged in this very nasty exercise. At least one other paper associated with the Murdoch Press had been involved in a hacking scandal. The actor, Jude Law is about to sue the Sun over the hacking allegations.

What is really disgusting to me is that these “news” people were going to such lengths to get their story. They seem to have taken their eye off the main game by this pursuit of trivia, by this desire and pursuit of the rich and famous, as well as their desire to get the “big scoop”. In the process they trampled upon the rights of the common person, especially the right to privacy. This is why the Milly Dowler case is the culmination of the scandal that is now rocking the media. I expect the scandal to worsen, once it is recognized that News of the World was not the only participant.

There is nothing to be gained from hounding Rupert Murdoch in my view. This is being done by the left wing such as the Communist Ed Milliband in the UK and is supported by the watermelon odour-sniffer Bob Brown in Australia, who really hate his guts. Murdoch has always allowed his editors a degree of freedom in how they ran the individual papers. The Murdoch Press has always been far more balanced than the others, and in Australia that is the Fairfax press. The Murdoch press has often shown no real favourites because when it has been time to oust a stale government, then the editorial has reflected that need. On the other hand the other media outlets have taken a more left-wing bias.

A good Australian example occurred last week when a member of the Press Gallery (the journalist who had already played out a Tony Abbott gotcha) asked the usurper PM Juliar the Marxist Dullard, what he could do to help her. It was a question that was the highlight of the week. In the same Press Gallery luncheon, the Dullard sent a message to Andrew Bolt (who writes for Murdoch Press) to “not write crap” – in other words the message being given is that anyone who is against climate change agenda and who shows up the lies of Al Gore is writing crap. (Again I am not sure if I still have the actual links to the story).


11 responses to “The hacking scandal

  1. Hi Aussie,

    Thank you for the overview. It fills in many pieces of the puzzle. But….
    I can’t contain my good news. My husband received the results of his CAT scan from last Mon. and the doctor said “You hit a home run as far as the cancer is concerned, there are no visible signs of cancer cells.” The only down side is there is a fluid build up on his lungs which could be due to either the drug Herceptin, or malnutrition (which will take care of itself as he gets his taste buds back.) Anyway, he will get an echo cardiogram Thurs. which will pin point the cause.

    I am so happy. I feel like maybe I can relax now. I think I will take a bubble bath. Maybe I will get my nails done and my hair cut. Maybe I have reason to look forward.


  2. Aussie, can you replace my “face”? I look so “sour”. I don’t feel that way anymore. Can you pick me out a face that smiles a bit?


  3. Hi SueQ that is simply excellent news about your husband. I hope that the next test also turns out well 🙂

    The WordPress system generates the little faces 😦


  4. Hi SueQ,
    Just popped in here to see what is new (what special investigative reporting friend Aussie has been doing 🙂 ), and read your great news about your husband! Truly, tears filled my eyes and I uttered, “Thank, God!” I well remember those many months ago when you shared some of the difficulties you were facing and am so happy for you both. Yes, you can relax now and enjoy life a bit more.

    Hi Aussie,
    Thanks for the write-up on the hacking scandal! I just read an article by the Wall Street Journal (owned by Dow Jones, another News Corp. company) which is defending the News Corp. affiliation as having been been much more beneficial than the prior parentage. Of course, WSJ deplores the scandalous activities which have been charged.

    I hope nefarious forces are not successful in bringing down Fox and WSJ, who have probably not been engaged in such illegalities. Obama would be delighted at such charges. That is enough to tell me what side I’m on in this situation.


  5. Cabby, I just hope that News Ltd can survive… and yes the left are trying this kind of rubbish in Australia. I have been following some things very closely. The real bias here in Australia is perpetrated by the Fairfax press and the government owned ABC.


  6. Hi everybody!

    So glad you are all here and watching over the world. I’ve been too busy to participate. But I just had to say two things.

    1. SUEQ – Good for you and God Bless!

    2. Aussie and everybody – Am I the only skeptic? By no means is this an excuse and heads should roll and will roll – but, come on now. Everywhere I look, there is all this surprise and outrage. Did anyone really think this was not happening? I have thought this was common practice for all media, not just tabloids. God knows they have done far worse and continue to do far worse. Failure to ask any hard questions of The One is one example. Their blatant left bias and propaganda shill posture is another. To repeat, this does not make it right. It is just not surprising in the least. It also distracts valuable investigative and legal resources from going after the media over these bigger things.


  7. HI Aussie,
    Stopping by for a second. Been busy canning and freezing food. We have 2 large gardens and the harvest has arrived.Trying very hard to stay up on things.Thank you for all you do.

    Praise God Sue Q! This is wonderful news so happy for your husband and for you. Things are looking up.


  8. Hi Carlyle,

    the hacking incidents are more than 5 years old. This is part of my whole point. It has only surfaced now which to me is surprising. It indicates that there has been a massive cover-up.

    If I did not make the point about the fact that other news outlets were also involved in hacking then that is my bad. I thought that I stated that I read that in the UK several of the outlets were involved in this activity.

    However, the real problem is that there was corruption. There were members of the police who supplied the phone numbers for those who were hacked. Those police were paid for the information.

    It was Rebekah Brooks who took information to the police in April that has helped to stir up a hornets nest. Interesting.

    However, what we have to keep in mind is that it is the lefties making the biggest outcry – why? They see this as a means of shutting down the conservative voice – or so they hope.

    I am keeping an open mind, but from what I have seen on my own TV I am not impressed with the reporting of the lefties, and I have seen quite a bit of misreporting which has been quite deliberate.


  9. Hi Cynkading, good to hear from you. I had been distracted because of the Australian political situation.

    Australia is almost at the point where we are up “dung creek” without a paddle. It is all thanks to a liar… or two.. if you include Al Gore.


  10. Aussie, I simply can’t understand how the greenies have not been totally discredited in the minds of the public at large. This is an old article, I know, but it proved what a total hypocrite/liar Al Gore is.

    When you couple that with the scandal about the massage therapist and his divorce, you have to conclude that he is a pathetic loser. Yet he was able to do so much damage before he crashed.

    I think that Obutthead will crash as well some day, but not before he has wrecked untold havoc on our economy, culture and security.

    One more thing. Thank you Aussie, Cabby, Carlyle and Cyncading for your well wishes and prayers. It has been a long battle, but it is so comforting to know of your concern for me.


  11. @SueQ, the majority of Australians have not been fooled. There is more than 60% against these proposals, however we have Marxists in charge.
    This is what happens when you get a hung Parliament and the Independents had already done a dirty deal prior to the election.