Do we, though? Really? How much?

Yesterday, the British Parliament met in special session to discuss allegations against the tabloid newspaper, the News of the World – part of Rupert Murdoch’s News International media empire.

It’s been alleged that a private investigator hired by the News of the World hacked into the cell phone records of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, in 2002, and again, into the phones of several people related to victims of the July 7th 2005 terrorist attacks on the London public transport system.

Furthermore, it’s been claimed that News International paid thousands of pounds to British police officers, in exchange for “privileged information” on the rich, famous, or just plain newsworthy.

For the tabloids, it’s a gravy train that will never stop. Unless we derail it, ourselves. And – given that the tabloids now seem to be targeting the general public – perhaps we should.

It is said that we, the people, get the governments we deserve.

The same is true of our press.
After all, if we didn’t buy the newspaper / read the blog / tune in to the satellite TV station / retweet the headlines, the media houses would have to close up shop, and look for some other line of work.

We can cry “press freedom” and “First Amendment rights” all we want, but there’s the issue of ethics. Isn’t there?

And, if the media moguls won’t police themselves in this regard, it’s up to us – the reading, viewing, listening public – to do it for them. By declining to exercise our right to know. By tuning out. Switching off. Or unplugging.

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We Have A Right To Know! Yeah? Why?