Shocked, Shocked I Say.

Compare and contrast.

Exhibit 1: Rebekah Brooks letter to the staff of News Of The World.

It is almost too horrific to believe that a professional journalist or even a freelance inquiry agent working on behalf of a member of the News of the World staff could behave in this way. If the allegations are proved to be true then I can promise the strongest possible action will be taken as this company will not tolerate such disgraceful behaviour. I hope that you all realise it is inconceivable that I knew or worse, sanctioned these appalling allegations.

Inconceivable!

Of course, here’s Exhibit 2: A video from 2003 of Rebekah Brooks, speaking to a parliamentary committee, admitting that News Of The World has bribed police officers for information during her tenure as editor.

I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

Update: Wow. Half an hour after I put this up:

News International announced on Thursday that it is closing the News of the World after this Sunday’s edition, with no end in sight to political and commercial fallout from phone-hacking scandal after 72 hours of mounting crisis.

Sunday’s edition of the paper will be the last, News International chairman James Murdoch told News of the World staff on Thursday afternoon.

That was unexpected.

One Comment

  1. Ian Hurst
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Is it too much to hope that the fallout will envelope a certain right wing news station in the US?

    It IS too much to hope?

    Damn.