The plot thickens in the Rupert Murdoch scandal after a former News of the World show business reporter was found dead at his home. Sean Hoare became a whistle blower after losing his job with the now defunct red-top rag and reportedly told the New York Times that Andy Coulson, his former editor and now right hand man to British Prime Minister David Cameron, had actively encouraged staff to indulge in phone hacking.
Police are treating the death as ‘unexplained’ rather than ‘suspicious’ but forums and social network sites are alight with a differing opinion with most people feeling that the sudden death of a former employee is too coincidental to be suicide.
It comes on the back of an interview with The Times in which Hoare said, “The chain of command is one of absolute discipline and that’s why I never bought into it, like with Andy saying he wasn’t aware of it and all that. That’s bollocks.”
“There’s more to come. This is not going to go away…what you’ll find now is a lot of people are going to want to cover their arse.”
Many feel that Murdoch has enough wealth, influence and connections to make Hoare’s death appear to be suicide and Scotland Yard‘s current scrutiny and indictment is fanning the conspiracy flames with many (wrongly) stating that the London based police department could have had a hand in Coulson’s death.
The fact of the matter is that it’s Hertfordshire police who are dealing with the case but the timing of the former reporter’s passing is highly questionable as are the News of the World’s methods for story grabbing.
The highly intrusive phone hacking scandal which targeted celebrities, sports stars and politicians has raged for years but due to immense public pressure Rupert Murdoch’s paper finally closed its doors and shut down the presses on Sunday. Unfortunately the empire will not crumble on the back of this and people will quickly forget what happened because the media has a way of burying the truth under layers and layers of inanity, something the public seems to crave more and more.
Murdoch has already lined up a replacement for his lost paper in the guise of The Sun on Sunday, a weekend version of the popular butt trashy daily, The Sun, one of the first red top newspapers in Britain and the first to use sex to sell (which is still does today with its Page 3 girls). It is most likely that the staff from the News of the World will transfer to the new paper, so only the name will change.
[adsense]Rupert Murdoch has controlled the media for decades with his ownership of Sky and subsequent buyout of British Satellite Broadcasting to augment his stronghold in the world of news, entertainment and sport. Society has reached a point where almost everything it consumes through television is delivered by Murdoch, so to someone so powerful, the death of a former reporter would mean nothing which is why the case is so intriguing.
There is currently a battle for the internet, the one place Murdoch hasn’t managed to gain a strong foothold but with congress still trying to push through the ‘internet blacklist’ bill one wonders how long the freedom of information will last.
If the bill goes through then it will be people like Murdoch who have the final say on what we watch, what information we can gather and what news we receive, leading us to an Orwellian nightmare where the grip of media and governmental control will tighten to a strangle hold.
The Rupert Murdoch scandal is huge and so far only the surface has been scratched. The coming weeks and months will undoubtedly reveal more insights into a case that already has conspiracy theorists champing at the bit.
Please share your thoughts on the Rupert Murdoch scandal or Sean Hoare’s death by leaving a comment.
images: protectyourself.cc, innovationsinnewspapers.com, scrapetv.com, thetypical.co.uk