A Look Inside News Corp.’s Business Conduct Manual! – The Awl

ALookInsideNewsCorp。

’s“BusinessConduct”?

Manual!

byAnthony?

Lydgate

OnTuesday,ParliamentpublishedaheapofcorrespondencerelatedtotheNewsoftheWorldphone-hackinginvestigation。

IncludedinthedocumenthaulwasNewsCorp。

’s“StandardsofBusinessConduct”manual,whichtheMurdochcamphaddutifullyforwardedtotheCulture,MediaandSportCommitteeupon?

request。

WhenJamesMurdochtestifiedbeforeParliamentbackinJuly,hementionedthe“Standards”manualseveraltimes,sayingthatitexplainedthecompany’sethicsguidelinesinafairlydetailedway,but“nottoomuch,sothatpeoplereadit。

”Themanual(which,itturnsout,wasavailableonlinethewholetime)waslastupdatedinMay2011,rightwhenthecurrentinstallmentofthehackingsagawasgettingitsstart。

Thepamphletisaneditorialtourdeforce,withimagerydrawnfromallcornersoftheMurdochs’excellentlydiversifiedmediaempire?

—?

children’sbooks,sportsshows,tabloidnewspapers,Hindi-languagesoapoperasandJamesCameronmovies。

Theoftenstartlingcontrastbetweenthecopyandtheaccompanyinggraphicswouldbeenoughtomakethemanualafunread?

—?

butit’senjoyabletobrowsethroughforotherreasons?

too。

Alwaysreporttotheappropriatepersons(andtothepersonstheyconsiderappropriate)。

MPJimSheridan:“Mr。

Murdoch,doyouacceptthatultimatelyyouareresponsibleforthiswholefiasco?

”RupertMurdoch:“Nope。

”Sheridan:“Whoisresponsible?

”Murdoch:“ThepeoplethatItrustedtorunit,andthenmaybethepeopletheytrusted。



Oh,don’tbringthemooninto?

this。

FoxNewsanchor:“Doesitgoanywhereclosetotheclimate-changedebatethat’sunderwayhereonEarth?

Imean,ifthemoonhaderuptingvolcanoes…it’snotlikewe’vebeenupthereburningfossilfuels。

”BillNye:“No,volcanoesarenotconnectedtotheburningoffossilfuels。



Thentheywatchedseveralepisodesof“SonsofAnarchy。



“PaulV。

Carluccitakesnoprisoners。

TheheadofamarketingdivisionofRupertMurdoch’sNewsCorp。

CarluccionceralliedhissalesforcebyshowingafilmclipfromTheUntouchablesinwhichAlCaponebeatsamantodeathwithabaseballbat。



Asafehealthyenvironmentinwhichsomearepredators,others?

prey。

RogerAiles,chairmanofFoxNews:“Ionlyunderstandfriendshiporscorchedearth。



Nothingsayscredibilitylikethese?

guys。

RupertMurdoch:“I’mnottalkingaboutthatissueatalltoday。

Sorry。

”FoxBusinessanchorStuartVarney:“Okay,noworries,Mr。

Chairman,that’sfinewithme。

”Murdoch:“I’mtoofarremovedouthere。

Sorry。

”Varney:“That’sallright,sir。



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on。

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eyes。



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