While the Murdochs scramble to contain the disaster over the phone hacking scandal, elements out of their control continue to escalate to the point of no return. Over the weekend, former executive of News International Rebekah Brooks was formerly arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption allegations. Following her arrest, Britain’s most senior policeman, Met police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson resigned stating:
“I have taken this decision as a consequence of the ongoing speculation and accusations relating to the Met’s links with News International at a senior level and in particular in relation to Mr Neil Wallis.”
The two dramatic events signal that the scandal is far from over, and will probably involve months and possibly years of investigation. How far up the food chain will it go? Who knows, but Rupert and James Murdoch should be very, very nervous. While they are doing their utmost to stem the tide of overwhelmingly negative PR, the truth is, events are now completely out of their control and they sit back like the rest of us and see where the chips fall.
The scandal is so epic in proportion that it is impossible to fully comprehend how deeply this will effect Britain’s media and political establishment. While the Murdoch empire has been struck a potentially fatal blow, the political establishment will next come under scrutiny for its incestuous relationship with the press.
PM David Cameron is working over time to do his own containment, but his links to Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks will also come back to haunt him, possibly ruining his chances of reelection if he is seen to have had an improper relationship.
Amazingly, we are only witnessing the beginning of a very unique revolution.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.