If it’s the buzz in media, you’d expect it to gain a mention on one of those weekend media criticism shows, like Fox’s Fox News Watch. As expected, the show spent considerable time on the question of media coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial and verdict, asking “did the media convict Casey Anthony?” The show took up the issue of MSNBC’s Mark Halperin and his off-color comment about President Obama that got him suspended from the network, DSK, Vice President Joe Biden‘s new Twitter account, and the cancellation of the Eliot Spitzer-led CNN show, In the Arena. Pretty much sums up the media week–unless you count that massive media scandal in the U.K. that involves the most powerful media tycoon on Earth who just so happens to run the company that owns the Fox News Channel?
The glaring omission from this list is any mention of the shuttering of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World, billed as the largest English-language newspaper in the world, which published its last edition today. The paper is folding following allegations that it hacked the voicemails of a slain teen girl in the United Kingdom, an action which potentially impeded the police investigation and gave the girl’s family false hope that she was still alive. There are also allegations that family members of soldiers who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and families of victims of the 2005 subway bombings have been phone hacked.
More than a few observers–including one of our very own–have noted the ways News Corp. properties are covering the scandal in the UK. Both Fox News and Fox Business covered the story on Friday, which made the lack of coverage on Fox News Watch stand out by comparison.
Watch it here, from Fox News:
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org