Jamie York is a producer for On the Media.
The Wall Street Journal Responds to the Murdoch Scandal
Monday, July 18, 2011 - 02:08 PM
The Rupert Murdoch phone hacking scandal that continues to reverberate this week has put all of Murdoch's sundry news outlets in kind of a reporting pickle. How do you cover your own boss? Well, the most direct response yet came this morning from the Wall Street Journal where the editorial board published their official take on the scandal.
The editorial contained such paragraphs as this one: We also trust that readers can see through the commercial and ideological motives of our competitor-critics. The Schadenfreude is so thick you can't cut it with a chainsaw. Especially redolent are lectures about journalistic standards from publications that give Julian Assange and WikiLeaks their moral imprimatur. They want their readers to believe, based on no evidence, that the tabloid excesses of one publication somehow tarnish thousands of other News Corp. journalists across the world.
And it invoked this: The last time the liberal press demanded a media prosecutor, it was to probe the late conservative columnist Robert Novak in pursuit of White House aide Scooter Libby. But the effort soon engulfed a reporter for the New York Times, which had led the posse to hang Novak and his sources. Do our media brethren really want to invite Congress and prosecutors to regulate how journalists gather the news?
We wondered what you thought. Was the WSJ editorial board right to weigh in? Are they right that this is much ado about nothing? Do non-journalists care about this story? Does the position of the editorial board put the WSJ reporters in a strange situation? Please use the comment button below to weigh in. Thanks.