The truth behind today’s news headlines

William Randolph Hearst once claimed “You can crush a man with journalism.” To the degree this is true, it is incumbent on publishers, editors, and reporters, even today, to live up to the high ethical demands of their profession.

This summer, however, headlines in the United Kingdom brought to light journalistic practices that were shocking to many. “Phone hacking,” police bribery, and the alleged cover-up of these actions led to the demise of a 168-year-old newspaper, the News of the World. Workers lost their jobs, senior police resigned, and executives of the paper’s globally active owners, News Corporation, have appeared before a UK Parliamentary Select Committee to answer questions about the paper’s approach to news gathering. 

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