Emmett Tyrrell

Whatever was done in breach of the law in London, of course, will be investigated and prosecuted there. But there is no evidence that anything was done here. Those who call for an investigation of News Corp. here are on the wrong side of the freedom issue. What is The New York Times doing day after day filling its front pages with infantile hysteria? This is the same newspaper that published secret American intelligence documents hacked by the suppliers of WikiLeaks on its front pages. Presumably, innocent people were victims of terrorists because of it, possibly American soldiers. What hypocrisy by the Times to put a hacking story on its front page day after day and to complain about the Murdoch press's hacking story. This is the same newspaper that, during the Reagan presidency, ran a Kitty Kelley story supposedly having Frank Sinatra trysting surreptitiously with Nancy Reagan while the Old Cowboy was snoozing upstairs. Or more recently, the Times claimed that Roger Ailes of Fox News had committed wrongdoing that "could possibly rise to the level of conspiracy to lie to federal officials, a federal crime." That was in February, and we still are awaiting poor Ailes' indictment. Meanwhile, Fox News continues to make more money than the combined revenue of CNN, MSNBC and the evening news broadcasts of the networks, ABC, CBS and NBC.

The New York Times is bleeding money. Its front-page news stories about Murdoch will not change that and probably will only drive still more objective readers away, alarmed by its crusading zeal on behalf of a story with little resonance here. Reportedly, a rich Mexican, Carlos Slim, is keeping it afloat. He is not a Mexican by birth, and he is not slim. He is mysterious, and the mystery is, What does he see in the money-losing New York Times?

I predict that this scandal will work its way out in London and have little consequence here. If I am wrong and it does threaten the American free press, our Founding Fathers' safeguards embedded in the First Amendment were not strong enough.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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