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Long before all this blew up Piers Morgan explained how it worked. At tabloids all reporters are under pressure to come up with stories and scoop the position. A reporter who regularly delivers stories which get star billing will be promoted, one who fails, or has problems with some of the skullduggery involved, is really in the wrong business and won't last.

It's a cut-throat business and only the sewer rats prosper. So, if a technique comes along which can deliver high grade gossip then they're gonna be all over it. In fact, if you're not up for it you might as well pack up and leave. Nobody cares if it's legal, papers have been treading on legal toes to get stories since they broke the news about Adam and Eve. nobody cares about morals or ethics. (morals hang on walls and ethics is a county north east of london - bad jokes). they care about paychecks. Tabloid journalism is a muck raking business and those who prosper in it revel in that.

i imagine that phone hacking was just part of the game. those involved were already too debased, too far from mainstream decency, to care whose sensibilities they trod upon. Until they hacked a dead girl's phone.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 30th, 2013 at 02:03:30 PM EST
Well to quote one Newspaperman I talked to "I joined to change the world, but it just continually got worse and worse, especially after Diana died. it was like they just doubled down on the crap attitude"

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu May 30th, 2013 at 02:24:54 PM EST
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I actually don't have a problem with journalists breaking the law to get news. I even think it's essential that they should be prepared to take that risk. i.e. they must be prepared to face prosecution for it.

I have a problem with the type of "news" they break the law for.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri May 31st, 2013 at 09:55:25 AM EST
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