The Implosion of Rupert Murdoch

The phone-hacking scandal is the latest black eye on the noble profession of journalism.

Protesters in London on July 19 shout
anti-Murdoch slogans. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

This used to be a noble profession.

Still is, to tell you the truth. To hear an editor debate whether a story is fair to some deplorable individual most would consider unworthy of the effort or watch a reporter rush toward danger to tell a story that needs telling is to be unalterably convinced of the honor in this work ...

Now comes the implosion of media baron Rupert Murdoch's empire in the wake of revelations that reporters at his British tabloid, News of the World, paid police sources for information and hacked into people's voice mails, including those of a missing 13-year-old girl. The 168-year-old paper ceased publication a few days back, but that has hardly been the end of it.

Read Leonard Pitts Jr.'s entire column at the Miami Herald.

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