So, Uncle Roopy managed to turn on some sort of sincerity when in private conference with the Dowler family and their legal team. Fair enough.
But, the brief worded statement printed in Britain’s national Sundays and elsewhere? Words repeated /adapted from one of red-top Rebekah Brooks’ earlier statements as the #newsstainment NOTW was finally sacrificed?
”The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account. It failed when it came to itself.
”We are sorry for the serious wrongdoing that occurred. We are deeply sorry for the hurt suffered by the individuals affected.”
The News of the World* was in the business of holding others to account? Others including Milly Dowler (what did she do that deserved being held to account)? The grieving families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan or other theatres of war or, indeed, families of 9/11 victims in the US (what did they do that they deserved to be held to account)? A-, B- or even C-list celebs clearly not having done wrong? EPIC FAIL.
EPIC, EPIC FAIL.
(*And by News of the World, you can generally substitute News Corp, News International, even, it seems, The Sun)
And, seriously: when is Red-top Brooks going to actually, meaningfully apologise? A basic, simple, humble “I lied, screwed over so many innocent individuals and destroyed so many lives as Greg Miskiw pointed out” apology, complete with genuine remorse?
(Brooks) ‘I want to be absolutely clear that as editor of News of the World I had no knowledge whatsoever of phone hacking in the case of Milly Dowler and her family, or in any other cases during my tenure.”
Riiiight. So Brooks didn’t know sh*t, yet Rupert knew enough to actually man-up and apologise? My back wheel she knew nothing.
(Brooks again) ‘I also want to reassure you that the practice of phone hacking is not continuing at the News of the World”.
Ah. ‘NOT CONTINUING”? So, it did happen at some point on Brooks’ watch?
(Brooks again) “‘The hurt and suffering caused to Milly Dowler’s family, and the many other alleged crime victims of phone hacking, is horrendous and inexcusable.”
So when is Brooks going to follow suit with Rupert Murdoch and a-p-o-l-o-g-i-s-e?
Because, don’t forget, it wasn’t just on the News of the World, but The Sun.
From illegally-accessed highly confidential, private and personal (I wonder if Brooks owns an Oxford dictionary to check out those definitions) medical documents about Gordon Brown’s sick child Fraser, Brooks knew (more) about Fraser and callously promised to publish details from those same confidential, private and personal files at the same time as the Browns were just beginning to come to terms with the discovery.
(Brooks again, this from her resignation letter, July 15) “… as well as the press freedoms we value so highly, are all at risk.”
What about the 4,000-odd individuals whose freedom to privacy was not just breached, but callously, sadistically annihilated?
FAIL. EPIC, EPIC FAIL.
When is this bullsh*t going to end? When Brooks, Murdoch et al NOT ONLY apologise to ALL victims of their crime, but ALSO acknowledge that the material they ‘sourced’, the criminal methods they used, the operational grounds upon which they argued validity, never EVER amounted to news. EPIC, EPIC FAIL.
(Keywords: Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks, News of the World, phone hacking, Milly Dowler, News Corp, News International, Andy Coulson (not mentioned above, but might as well include him in your Google searches; ditto James Murdoch), The Sun, #NOTW, newsstainment, #newsstainment)