It’s the kind of story that would’ve made a ripping read in News of the World. It has all the key ingredients for a holy grail story—secrets, politics, royalty, underhand dealings and plenty of cash changing hands—and yet the ultimate paper to nab such a story closed on Sunday after it was made public that British tabloid paper used illegal phone hacking to get exclusives on a murder victim, just one example of many that been made public in the last week.
As the final issue was released on Sunday morning, it was alleged that News of the World may have used phone hacking on 9/11 victims, and possibly victims of the London bombings too.
At the centre of the scandal is media mogul Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corporation. As the man who increasingly appears to have the whole world in his hands, the most poignant coverage of the drama this week has questioned Murdoch’s hold on not just his media organisations, but politicians and even those not connected to him but too afraid to speak out for fear of his wrath in the press.
Here are our picks for some of the best coverage we've seen, complete with NotW-style headlines:
“DEPLORABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE”: MURDOCH CALLS HIMSELF OUT. Is this the beginning of the end?
MURDOCH'S WATERGATE. Or Achilles heel.
WHAT THE P.M. DIDN’T DO. And what the papers won't say.
NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T: Who knew about the hacking report.
PAGE ONE: "Hacked to death" and other gleeful front-page headlines from various newspapers
HOW DO YOU SPELL REVENGE? Some parting barbs from the crossword makers at News of the World
JOURNO BLABS: EVERYBODY KNEW. (Includes a handy cheat sheet of the key people and events for those who need to catch up)
WORLD'S END: How far the empire really extends.
ONE EXPENSIVE HOBBY. Murdoch's prize tabloid meets its end under a "double decker bus", the NYT writes.
INCONCEIVABLE! If audio is more your thing, chuck this on while you make your breakfast. Comedian John Finnemore’s take on the last week of the World.