Who Is Ultimately Responsible for the U.K. Phone-Hacking Scandal?

    by Mark Glaser
    July 8, 2011
    James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, wrote the message to readers that the 168-year-old tabloid paper was closing down after Sunday's edition

    The revelations coming out by the hour in the U.K. phone-hacking scandal are breathtaking. What began as supposedly a rogue operation by a gossip reporter and a private investigator have now allegedly widened to include many more editors, reporters, investigators, bribes to police and the shutdown of the best-selling newspaper in the English language — the News of the World. (You can get more details from our MediaShift report as well as on today’s podcast.)

    The question is: Who is ultimately responsible for this scandal? The people who did the hacking, which was illegal, or their bosses who had knowledge of their actions? Should top executives at News International be axed? And what about the police and Parliamentary inquiries that may have ignored evidence of wrongdoing? Just how far does this escalate? Share your thoughts in the comments below and vote in our poll.

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