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UK's News of the World bids farewell to readers

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Good riddance. Now let's get back to real journalism.

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Where are all those 3 million-odd grubs in Britain going to get their grubby news now?

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Des, News International will publish The Sun on Sunday within two weeks at most. They have been planning this for a while, so it's just a little earlier than they expected.

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"...for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards,”

Murdock is desperately trying to take the heat off himself. Are we really supposed to believe he had no idea what was going on? This is like the argument Hitler did not know about the death camps! Well, maybe he didn't, but its completely unllikely and he is still responsible as the man who set the tone. And Murdock sets a tone of criminality and low integrity.

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Now let's get back to real journalism

Yep, I agree with you, chuckbello. Let's hope we will be able to get rid of FOX NEWS they own here in US. The Fox News is a political propaganda station, not true journalism. They have been manipulating US politics too long, and I am too sick about it.

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Fox News has nothing to do with this story. The mods need to keep the politically obsessed from taking over articles like this.

Upping the ante, the Church of England threatened to pull nearly 4 million pounds of investments from News Corp. if it “does not hold senior executives to account…for the gross failures of management at the News of the World.”

Well said. It looks like everyone at the newspaper lost their job...except for the editor at the time. Hopefully other sponsors will pull ads from Murdoch's publications until he starts holding his staff accountable.

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Look up Jane Akre and find out why FOX won't be gotten rid of any time soon. The conservatives invaded American journalism and one of the their early acts was to bitterly defend their right to lie bold face. Bizarrely they won. But, perhaps no surprise, their conservative fans watch FOX bitterly defend their right to lie, yet keep watching FOX news. Then they complain when we call it FAUX news and get all bitter and cry libel. You see, for your average conservative, lies are okay UNLESS it somehow harms them or their heroes. Only then are lies bad. If their lies harm you well that is just your own fault for not joining the cheerleading squad and putting money and advantage over honesty and integrity.

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Fox News has nothing to do with this story.

As a surviving tentacle of the octopus named Rupert Murdock, I am afraid it does. Just because one tentacle has been lopped off does not mean the danger has passed. And the tentacles of the beast tend to behave the same as all the others.

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A sordid conservative tabloid is brought to a sordid end. THANK YOU & GOOD RIDDANCE.

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And Murdock sets a tone of criminality and low integrity.

Amen to that.

News of the World could not help but lose its way after being bought by Murdoch.

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Cry me a river. Unfortunately, the Sunday Sun is just around the corner.....

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The News of the World is now gone. Next week the World of News will emerge, in the same building, with the same empolyees doing the same old thing.

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It would be just desserts if some hacker would break into Murdoch's phone and spread the dirt (of which no doubt there's plenty) far and wide.

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The conservatives invaded American journalism and one of the their early acts was to bitterly defend their right to lie bold face. Bizarrely they won. But, perhaps no surprise, their conservative fans watch FOX bitterly defend their right to lie, yet keep watching FOX news.

Heh, one of the staunch libs who prefer to mock Fox News by referring to it as Faux News. The sad thing is, the difference between Fox and its counterparts, is that Fox actually covers the news, while the others, simply ignore stories they don't like. (This is what libs refer to as lying.) Another difference is that the lib networks actively push for Obama, completely undercutting any claims to impartiality or fairness. (A tingle running up their leg.) Fox has been successful by mixing opinion with news. This is not going to change, despite this scandal. Indeed, you have to wonder, how much of this tempest is due to Murdoch's political leanings, and how much is actual outrage over crimes that were committed.

As for the allegation that Murdoch himself knew about this, heh, its completely ludicrous. The idea that Murdoch himself knows of all the actions of his employees, and is regularly consulted on them is idiotic. At best, he looks at financial reports. He has no interest in the specific stories they cover. Indeed, its doubtful he even cares about the slant of the news, just that its profitable.

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Molenir: "Heh, one of the staunch libs who prefer to mock Fox News by referring to it as Faux News. The sad thing is, the difference between Fox and its counterparts, is that Fox actually covers the news, while the others, simply ignore stories they don't like."

Yeah, no kidding! A British empire that chooses not to report a bunch of garbage American news (in the form of video games!). Imagine! Give it a rest, amigo. I don't see anyone lamenting the loss of this news source, and I think it's great people are finally looking into how the news is acquired to begin with. If they ever did it for FOX, your country would collapse due to policies put in place near a decade ago.

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Actually, Molenir, one of Murdoch's best-known traits is his hands-on involvement with his media; he reads all of his papers every day, for example, and is in constant contact with his managers and editors. But even if this wasn't the case, and he confined himself to looking over the accounts, he would have known about what was going on at the News of the World a long time ago. In 2008, for example, James Murdoch (son) approved a payment of 700,000 UKP hush money to one victim of the phone hacking. Rupert might have noticed that, or the massive payments being made to dodgy private agents, or the payments being made (totally illegally) to serving police officers. These outrages have been going on for many years, just reaching a public tipping point in the last week, and it is in your words "ludicrous" and "idiotic" to suggest that the boss wasn't aware of it.

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As a kid i remember the News Of The World as a smutty paper that was never read in decent homes. I suppose its developed from the sleeze to the criminal. Well if one of Rupert Murdochs newspapers is suspect, then what of the rest of his media empire? When you run a business the buck rests with the owner,

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Heh, one of the staunch libs who prefer to mock Fox News by referring to it as Faux News.

It seems you scanned my post for something you could use, but did not actually READ IT. They teach and encourage the opposite in schools, which is why some conservatives complain the school system is as unbalanced and unfair as the media outlets since it does not cater to that particular form of conservative mindset. It discourages it in fact. Don't us liberal types see the value in scanning paragraphs for mud to sling rather than actually understand what the writer has written?

Or golly, did you read it and actually think it was pretty cool of Faux to fire and harrass employees for refusing to lie, then be, as far as I know, the first and only media outlet in history to go to court to demand and defend the right to lie to its viewers???

Either way, I got you pegged as a conservative. Just know, I have conservative friends who definitely are not like that. Its sad they have to endure the company of people who think like that. Its sad anyone does. Oh, I know my side has the UFO conspiracy nuts to endure, but gee whiz, I can put with that a lot easier than willful muckracking for the sake of enjoying the stink.

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Sayonara

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Oh, and far be it for me to accuse media outlets often accused of being liberal of being perfectly balanced and unbiased. They are not. But they are far and away better than Faux. I cant remember any of them hounding their staff to lie, getting drug to court for it, then actually sit there and act like its just all in good fun and somehow win with that argument. Makes a decent man want to go militant.

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All media that use indecent methods of achieving information should follow the example.

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We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards

The front page bears an epitaph, “the world’s greatest newspaper 1843 - 2011”

News of the World - showing class and humility to the end. Throwing a few individuals under the bus to try and cover for the culture inbred in NewsCorp that allowed and encouraged them to take these underhanded measures, behaviours which come from the top of the tree. Thankfully in the new information age it's getting more difficult to get away with these practices. The tabloids will not be missed.

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"I think it's great people are finally looking into how the news is acquired to begin with. If they ever did it for FOX, your country would collapse due to policies put in place near a decade ago."

Oh yes, America would collapse! Verily, it would just implode if "Faux News" were to go off the air. Everyone knows that Faux put certain "policies" in place. Though it is not available in Japan foreigners here also just know this. And half the electorate in faraway America - almost 60 million voters - lack the critical thinking skills to judge for themselves if Fox is on the level. Seriously, I think only someone from Canada - so terrified of Fox they tried to ban it - could type something so hysterical.

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As a young boy I remember the NOTW as being the biggest barstard newspaper in my delivery sack on my paper round. Wasn't a tabloid size rag back then. And popular round where I lived.

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bobobo is right, Murdoch knew what NoTW was up to years ago and approved as long as it made a profit. Now that he's launching the Sun on Sunday NoTW is redundant. Got a scandal - axe the whole paper whilst keeping the rot at the top on. Murdoch is slime, but he's laughing all the way to the bank. Too bad he wasn't arrested as soon as he arrived at Heathrow. Oh, wait. He's got the government in his pocket too.

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As a kid i remember the News Of The World as a smutty paper that was never read in decent homes.

This line brings a smile to me when recalling the lines from the Beatles' song Polythene Pam off of Abbey Road: (John singing...)

"She's a kind of girl who'd make the News of the World, yes you could say she was attractively built."

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