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  • Murdoch’s Always Played Fast and Loose: Now We Know How Much

    I’m surprised how surprised everyone is that NewsCorp has played fast and loose with the rules.

    I’m surprised by how surprised everyone is that NewsCorp has played fast and loose with the rules. I guess what really surprises us most, is how long NewsCorp has been doing it and with whom they’ve been brokering these illegal deals.

    It has been Rupert Murdoch’s way: he’s amassed a fortune doing the very thing that has now imperiled his empire, and people think this event is about phone hacking – it’s not: it’s about culture. This event is about the cultural slippage, especially in business and entertainment that “everything is in play,” and now we know that Murdoch’s News of the World, was not only engaging in illegal, abhorrent activities for a very long time, but that they were getting help from the police  and members of government to do it.

    This is the problem: business, as much as it creates and sustains local, regional, national and global economies, and employs the workforce – has to be held accountable just as everyone else. A business has so much riding on its performance, values and ethics – that we should insist that they act within appropriate guidelines, because it won’t be Rupert Murdoch or his son, or any of the executives, those fired or resigned, that will pay the price – it will be the employees – it will be consumers – it will be the rest of us: it always is the rest of us that has to pay the price for someone else’s malfeasance.

    Keach Hagey of Politico, in his article, Rupert Murdoch’s troubles spread to U.S., states, “The catalyst for this seismic shift was the report that News of the World journalists had hacked the voice mail of Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old girl who was missing and later turned up dead, and given her family false hope that she was alive after they deleted voicemail messages to make room for new messages.”

    When you look at the financial and influence-wielding juggernaut that Murdoch has built with Fox News, and how slippery the editorial – how confrontational – how partisan: Murdoch has survived by you and I allowing him to survive and thrive this way. It might not be our fault for creating Rupert Murdoch and his misgivings: but it is our fault for sustaining him and allowing him to prosper. This is not the way to do business.

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

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