Throughout the phone-tapping controversy in the UK, News Corp’s management have sought to portray this behaviour as isolated and completely out of step with its professed ethics as a news organisation. But there is enough evidence from those who have worked inside the Murdoch empire that this sort of behaviour was a natural expression of the “whatever it takes” ethos that drives its journalism – not just in the UK but around the world.
So just how extensive is the rot in Rupert Murdoch’s Empire? Is there everywhere an abuse of power and wealth, a disregard for people and ethical standards? Or was the UK incident isolated, as Murdoch’s people suggest?