I have only a few questions regarding Rupert Murdoch and his newspaper News of the World. Because, let’s speak frankly here (you know how much I like to do it!) from the outside, that’s exactly what it looks like, an intelligence service. Phone hacking, email hacking, etc, that’s what intelligence agencies do for a living. The real question is whether Murdoch was doing it for an official established governmental agency or if it was his own thing. Unless it was somebody else’s? We must never forget that Prince Alwaleed from Saudi Arabia, who is an Islamist linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, is the second largest shareholder. Was Alwaleed running the operation behind Murdoch’s back? That is a possibility. Anyhow, it seems now that the curtain has fallen on Murdoch or the one(s) running that show. After all, if you spy on people, you have to make sure that you don’t get caught, otherwise you’re going down with the plane (so to speak).
And while it is all very interesting to speculate about these possibilities, something really big happened as the scandal was unfolding. The media, as usual, either slept on the switch or avoided to touch it by fear of retaliation, cowardice, lazyness or anything of that sort. I am talking about the mysterious death of the whistleblower, Sean Hoare, who initiated the scandal that led to Murdoch’s demise that we are seeing today. You don’t need a Ph.D. in criminology or political science to see that he was liquidated. By whom? Hard to say with precision, but members of Murdoch’s empire, of the British government, of the Police, of the Secret Service, in other terms anyone who find themselves today in deep shit because of the reporting of this journalist who only did his job. In a previous post, I praised the work of whistleblowers like Sibel Edmonds, Julia Davis and Steve Kohn who have shown the true nature of whistleblowing. It is sad that Sean Hoare had to die because he reported on misdeeds happening in his own country, but you have to realize that it is not a good period for democracy on Earth. Liberal democracy is under attack and everybody seem to behave as totalitarians, even those who sincerely try to maintain democracy.
Now, I formally ask the question: Where were you, the media, when the news came out that this whistleblower, Sean Hoare, was found dead? Even the excellent National Post didn’t cover it. Heeeeelllllooooo!!! Are everybody on vacation in the media at this time of year in the whole world? Apparently not when it is time to report sensationalist news about Rupert Murdoch’s demise and humiliation anyway. With our sweet media, we have the privilege to get the latest crunchy details on how for example the atmosphere was bad at News of the World, on how Murdoch protected Brooks, etc, all of which are NOT that important if you consider that a man was killed and that an intelligence operation was under way…and that it benefitted evidently somebody. Heeellllllooooo!!!! Somebody in the media doing its job? Do you need an expresso or something to wake you up? There is probably a Starbucks coffee shop around the corner. Why don’t you go there and buy something to stimulate your synapses. Because we, the people, need you, the media, to do your job. How can we assess the state of world affairs if you don’t do what you are supposed to do? Unless you are afraid of losing your own lives? In my case, when I started this blog, I made the decision that I would go to the end to defend my ideas, to the death if necessary. If you have not made the same decision, maybe journalism is not cut out for you. Serving coffee, at Starbucks for example, or in any other brand of your choice, might be something more appropriate.