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Broadway
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Re: Fleet Street Media
Broadway   7/20/2011 9:30:55 PM
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It's simple. People don't care if the journos break the law in dishing out good dirt on celebs. But when it comes to everyday folks--especially family members of terrorism victims and war heroes--then laws will be upheld and sacrificial lambs will be offered.

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Re: Fleet Street Media
Tenacious   7/20/2011 3:24:57 PM
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No, you're not missing anything. Edgy, daring, even sarcastic is one thing. But illegal is something else.

It can be entertaining to read a tab, but not at the expense of ethics and decency.

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Re: Fleet Street Media
Street Smart   7/20/2011 10:34:07 AM
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#Jacob--

You seem to be calling those who read and enjoyed the tabloids hypocritical.  I just don't buy that argument, or rather I don't buy that as a justification for Murdoch's reporters to break the law to provide the news contained in those papers.

There will always be an appetite in our society for illegal products (drugs, prostitution, etc.), but the laws are the laws.  If you break them in pursuit of providing the illegal products for sale, you risk getting caught and punished.

Phone hacking and bribery are illegal.  Am I missing something here?

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Re: Fleet Street Media
Jacob   7/20/2011 3:36:52 AM
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 Marvin, all most all peoples had enjoyed the sensational news through Murdoch. Once they stop publishing everybody starts criticing Murdoch and team.  Everybody knows that these peoples are following the same for atleast last 5-10 years and nobody opens their mouth against such activities too.

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Re: Fleet Street Media
Tenacious   7/20/2011 12:14:14 AM
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Sarcasm acknowledged.

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Re: Fleet Street Media
Scott Raynovich   7/19/2011 11:19:47 PM
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Tenacious,

C'mon, accountability and honor? What are you talking about? Isn't it just much easier to post a bunch of salacious rumors on a Website and call it a day?

--Scott

(note sarcasm)

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Re: Fleet Street Media
Tenacious   7/19/2011 8:31:19 PM
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We would have more media accountability if we had more genuine old-school media left -- remember those old small town newspapers that didn't tell you how to feel but simply gave you the facts? In truth, they had a short life span -- maybe from about the 1970s to the early 1990s. But they demanded sources and not anoymous ones, accountability, abhored tricks.

Then circulation fell, all hell broke loose and standards went out with yesterday's newsprint.

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Re: Fleet Street Media
ProfR   7/19/2011 8:18:40 PM
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You are right, the press on both sides of the pond have continued to press the boundaries of acceptability. I think there needs to be some rules/laws around this. Is hacking into a phone conversation OK? How about hacking into someone's email account? How about tricking someone into thinking you are someone else? 

Are there any boundaries left?

 

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Re: Fleet Street Media
Tenacious   7/19/2011 7:23:26 PM
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I'm curious how long it takes before it spills over to the US. Come'on. You can't tell me Fleet Street is any worse than say MSNBC?

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Fleet Street Media
AskAsa   7/19/2011 6:21:55 PM
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Thanks Marvin.

Always a fantastic read from Mr. Kitman.

Some observers of UK Media say this is business as usual there.

Many of the underhanded information gathering tactics being exposed  are standard operating procedure on fleet street. Reporter training which starts at an early and tender age for the news apprentice includes ongoing courses in dirty tricks.

I'm curious how long it will take for the investigation to spill over onto some of the other UK Media outlets. 

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