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10:14PM Defamer US Edition | Jonathan May-Bowles – comedian and recipient of a Wendi Deng airborne beatdown – today pleaded guilty to assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress. Afterward, May-Bowles said “this has been the most humble day of my life”.
12:50AM Defamer US Edition | Lispy CNN host Piers Morgan’s increasingly desperate claims to have had no knowledge of phone hacking during his time as editor of the Daily Mirror just got a little harder to believe: The Telegraph and Daily Beast have published audio of Morgan admitting to a BBC Radio interviewer in 2009 that he played all kinds of dirty tricks. More »
4:48AM John Cook | Blotchy Gong Show revivalist and CNN host Piers Morgan came off looking good in his confrontation with a British MP who accused him – falsely, as it turns out – on Tuesday of having confessed in his memoir to phone hacking while he was editor of the Daily Mirror. So we decided to catalogue all the other – far more credible – indications that hacking went on under his nose during his tabloid days and… not so good! Let’s have a look. More »
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2:31AM Maureen OConnor | Obviously, this is not the real Rebekah Brooks singing her inner monologue to the tune of Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” If real Rebekah Brooks were to sing her inner monologue, it would be a string of British curse words set to the Wicked Witch of the West’s theme song in the Wizard of Oz. Until the internet gets around to that, here is a much cuter version of “Rebekah Brooks” singing about “Phone hacking, phone hacking, hey! Sun, Sun, Sun, Sun.” More »
11:46PM John Cook | Rupert Murdoch’s Times of London levelled a devastating charge today, via the cartoon above, at the reporters bent on getting to the bottom of News International’s apparent vast criminal conspiracy: What about the children? Will somebody please think of the children? Or at least Britney Spears’ farts? Anything but hacking, thanks.
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5:03AM Max Read | Sir Paul Stephenson, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has announced his resignation. Sir Paul had been implicated in the phone hacking scandal thanks to his ties to News International executives, with whom he socialised while the Met undertook its inquiry.
12:22AM Hamilton Nolan | Do you hear that? It’s the sound of another shoe, dropping. News Corp, besieged by a strange and unfamiliar phenomenon called “bad publicity that can’t just be ignored”, just announced that it’s abandoning its lengthy (and extremely important, at least in the context of European media) quest to take over British Sky Broadcasting. More »
11:04PM Hamilton Nolan | We already know that the News of the World hacked the phones of virtually everyone in England, including dead people and the British prime minister and, probably, you. But with the latest revelation, the scandal has actually folded in on itself. Is the NOTW scandal the singularity? More »
2:15AM Hamilton Nolan | Here’s one way to deal with a newspaper scandal: close the whole damn newspaper. James Murdoch – Rupert Murdoch’s son and the head of News International, the News Corp division that publishes the British tabloid News of the World – just announced that NotW will publish its final edition this weekend. More »