Rupert Murdoch's phone hacking scandal

Of course we won't know until the dust has settled what Rupert Murdoch's precise roll in the phone hacking was. Did he know? Did he not know? It would be very interesting to find out just how much CEOs truly know of all the employees of all the companies in a particular conglomerate. When AT&T was sliced up into bite size pieces, there were numerous CEOs, presidents, VPs and branches, leaves, dew drops on the leaves. Bellsouth was huge even though it was just a small part of the original. What a newspaper person will do to get a scoop goes beyond risk and dives right into the fine line between legal and illegal if there is enough money riding on the outcome. Look at what the popperazi (sp?) do everyday just to get that $1 million photo. If you've got the skill to hack into a phone line and lack the ethics and morals to choose not to, then you've got a recipe for a huge income with scoops. It always boils down to money.


Since I survived the corporate jungle losing only a small part of my skin but keeping all my teeth, I know the arteries of corporate America do not have even a hand-shake acquaintance with all the capillaries within the body of the corporation. The president has no idea exactly how the mail arrives upon his desk and only the most unusual know the name of the mail boy/girl who delivers it. I only met the CEO of the Berry Company (which was a huge yellow page advertising company with offices across the country) once, and he wouldn't have known me at Walmart if our buggies had bumped in the checkout. The same goes for the President (I only met him once). The South Central VP knew my face, but not my name and suddenly decided that taking me to dinner in New Orleans as the only winner of a contest wasn't cost effective and so I was given an umbrella or something as consolation. The only way he knew I was the only one who surpassed quota was because of the contest. I got one "Great Job" from him written to me when I was a district manager, not when I was on the sales floor. That's how much attention VPs pay attention to the grunts. How much less do CEOs pay attention?

What a journalist will do to get the story is a story in itself. I have waded through water knee deep; watched sheriff deputies tussle with high school students angry their school had been consolidated with another school having to make a decision not to photograph it due to the minors involved. I have had sleepless nights concerning abused children; and witnessed wives bowed down with grief over their husbands killed in action. 

Just because a person works for a company does not mean they are a party to some illegal action another person does. I had no idea that a sales representative was lying to all her customers making promises and selling full pages at 1/4 page prices until a big hullabaloo happened when my boss swooped onto the sales floor and scooped her up escorting her to her office. If she had been my sales rep, I would have known what she was doing long before it was found out. I listened to each of my reps on their sales calls in order to help them improve their skills. Evidently her manager wasn't. There is a lot of that going on in corporate America today. 

Certainly, Murdoch must take the punches for something his employees did. Certainly, those in the know should be put in jail. But crucifying all the employees for what a few did is not justice. Telling the world that the Prime Minister of Great Britain should be ashamed for hiring an editor from World of News is irresponsible reporting and just as bad as the journalist who tapped the phones.

God promised us that life isn't fair. He showed us this when Jesus willingly died on the cross. God told us there would be no real justice until the Great White Throne. So why are we surprised at the injustice in our world today?

Thanks, Ambro, for the photo at freedigitalphotos.com
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