British tabloids have a reputation for being the best in the business at what they do. They have provided American publications like Star, National Enquirer, and other such gossip rags the inspiration to be what they are today — salacious, gross, and shameless. But no one could have predicted just how far those #@$%ers across the pond would take it.
News of The World, owned by the all powerful Rupert Murdoch, has been caught illegally hacking into the private voicemail boxes of victims of terrorist attacks, abductions, and, worst of all, celebrity. While News of The World is no stranger to controversy, having already sent 2 staffers to prison for hacking Prince William’s royal aides’ phones in 2007, the latest in phone hacking has the country in an uproar. Citizens are calling for British PM David Cameron to do something, anything, in light of the gross misconduct that is going on under News Corp.’s dime.
While I make no claims to being a journalist or having any sort of integrity, whatsoever, I do think, in my humblest of opinions, that this is going too far. There’s a line. You see it? British gossip rags just did ninja flips right over it. Seriously, when a gossip rag hacks into the phone of an abducted teen (while the case is ongoing) and deletes messages giving the parents false hope that she may still be alive, all signs of humanity has been thrown out the window. I get that the tabloids work in an ultra-competitive business where the first scoop is the only one that matters but just what does News of The World hope to uncover from hacking into the phones of victims of senseless crime?
Celebrities, I can understand. They’re far too good looking and have way too much money. Don’t think for a second that TMZ, OK! Magazine, and People haven’t thought about hacking into celebrities’ phones and uncovering the deep, dark, embarrassing secrets of what not to forget when grocery shopping…