A quick News Corp roundup, plus some random pedant
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A quick News Corp roundup, plus some random pedant

Paul Holmes

• Newsweek—who knew?—has a tremendous account of The Guardian’s sterling work investigating wrongdoing at News International. Reporter Nick Davies continued to work story despite the fact that News International, the Metropolitan Police, the Press Complaints Commission, and the political establishment continued to insist that there was nothing more to it than a single “rotten apple” at the News of the World. The always delightful Rebekah Brooks allegedly told colleagues that the story was going to end with Guardian editor “Alan Rusbridger on his knees, begging for mercy.” Read the whole story and you can’t help hoping that he reminds her of that predictions when he visits her in one of Her Majesty’s prisons. Meanwhile, Davies should be thinking about who he would like to play him in the movie version of this story, which has the potential to be Britain’s answer to “All the President’s Men.” If there’s any justice, Hugh Grant will get the role. • The Guardian reports that Dick Fedorcio, director of public affairs for the Metropolitan Police, could be the next individual to take his turn in the scandal spotlight. While the paper is at pains to point out that “there is no evidence Fedorcio has done anything wrong,” it raises a number of questions that reporters and politicians are likely to want answered, from whether “Scotland Yard's rapid decision to refuse to reopen the case in July 2009 [was] influenced in any way by its close links with the News of the World’ to whether Fedorcio played a role “in the subsequent police statements to parliament, press and public which, we now know, included falsehoods, half-truths and evasions.” With two senior-level resignations already, and the spotlight turning to corruption at the Met, Fedorcio is clearly in for an interesting few weeks. • Am I the only one who finds the case that the News Corp scandal will help the PR industry win “its arm wrestle with an over-stretched and cash-strapped news media”—articulated here by the Independent’s Ian Burrell—entirely unconvincing? • I hate to be a pedant (okay, that’s a complete lie) but the intro to this New York Times piece reads: “Washington was the first American city with an African-American majority, but it has lost that distinction.” Really? Did some other city travel back in time to get an African-American majority earlier? If so, the story probably deserves wider coverage than it’s getting.
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