Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bond Imitates Life?

In the 1998 James Bond film, Jonathan Pryce plays media mogul Elliott Carver, a megalomanical and ruthless executive bent on not only reporting news but actually crafting the headlines. It's amazing that the same thing can loosely be said about Rupert Murdoch because some Bond fans have long stated that Murdoch and Carver are a lot alike.

Certainly, it's unclear as to whether Murdoch knew what was going on at his newspaper, News of the World, but, under his watch, the paper has done some pretty heinous things. The scandal just continues to grow.

It's not a one-to-one comparison between Carver and Murdoch, but it is certainly a case where art is somewhat resembling life.

I don't think that Murdoch wants to spark a war between the United Kingdom and China by sinking a British frigate as Carver did in the movie, but I wouldn't have thought that a division of his company would hack the cell phone of a missing 13-year-old girl who later turned out to be murdered. I wouldn't have imagined that a newspaper of his would hack victims of the London bombings or fallen British soldiers or the British Royal Family or the Prime Minister or any of the other communications his paper is being officially or unofficially accused of hacking.

When a guy like Murdoch is in charge, anything is possible. Media experts are saying that there is no sign that the scandal is expanding across the pond, but they are saying that this could end up with Murdoch out of control of News Corp. if the scandal keeps going up the food chain. News Corp. is the parent company of Fox News. Time will tell.

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