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Journalists are like soldiers: programmed for deception

Tom Streithorst applies Jane Jacobs’s theory of guardian and commercial morality to the phone hacking scandal.

By Tom Streithorst  

Tapping the phone of grieving parents just so you can titillate your readers is deeply reprehensible.  And anything that reduces the power of Rupert Murdoch cannot be a bad thing.  That said, I feel the sanctimony about the phone hacking scandal is a tad misplaced. Journalists always sneak around, have to dissimulate a bit to get closer to the truth. Had phone hacking had a worthier…

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