It will of course come as no surprise to many that Attila Ann Coulter is quick to Rupert Murdoch’s defense and comparing the hacking of phone messages by NewsCorp’s News of the World London tabloid with that of other mainstream newspapers who are also guilty of some hacking. There of course is no outrage in Coulter’s claims about the violation of privacy here regarding Murdoch’s Newscorp, just a rebuttal against those Ms. Coulter claims are “demanding the death penalty for Rupert Murdoch right now.” Really Ann? The death penalty? Hyperbole is also ladled on in most of her columns. It’s extra thick here.
Of course most reasonable people would agree that what has taken place with Murdoch’s tabloid is a far cry different than what other newspapers are guilty of. The News of the World hacked the private voicemail messages of Murdered teenager Milly Dowler and the parents of murdered Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman along with that of 9/11 survivors and quite possibly the loved ones of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan that worked for Murdoch’s News of the World. SOURCE
Set this next this Coulter’s comparison of the NY Times’ release of a private conversation between Newt Gingrich and other House GOP leaders back in 1997 talking about a House ethics committee investigation of Gingrich. Courts eventually ruled the taping was illegal but the “hacking” hardly compares to the invasion of non-public officials who had lost loved ones through crime, terror and a war.
These hacked conversations by News of the World were conversations whose outcome would not impact national political conditions and who were not under investigation for ethics violations. You may condemn the invasion of privacy but you would be hard pressed to find any but the hateful right-wingers like Coulter feeling much sympathy for Newt Gingrich. Coulter has in the past called a spade a spade regarding wire tapping but in her rose-colored view of the Bush White House’s phone privacy invasions, they were only done against known al-qaida sympathizers.
To sugar coat her case for Murdoch she even refers to him as “an American”, not what he really is, an Australian that became a legalized American citizen. Nothing wrong with this of course unless you are one of the doofezoids that listen to right-wing extremist like Coulter and the Murdoch-owned FOX network, and were unaware that his origins are not native-born American.
It’s one thing to rail against those who expose those who violate privacy rights that make your people look bad, but it s another thing to defend the same actions when it is your people, a former employer in fact, found paling around with creepy voyeurs.