The Humbling of Rupert Murdoch

The News Corp. scandal has shown us what can happen when a media conglomerate becomes a law — or an outlaw — unto itself

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Before I write on the British phone-hacking case convulsing Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., a bit of disclosure is in order. I work for TIME magazine, which is owned by Time Warner, whose cable channels, including HBO and CNN, compete with News Corp.'s, including FX and Fox News; whose 50%-owned broadcast network, the CW, competes with News Corp.'s Fox; whose film and TV studios (congrats, Harry Potter, on some record-breaking box office!) compete with News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox; and whose print outlets — like this one — compete for scoops and influence with News Corp.'s, like the Wall Street Journal.

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