Monday, July 11, 2011

Will Murdoch Scandals Spark Interest in Finding Climate Email Hackers?

El pobre viejecitoI know of no evidence Rupert Murdoch's news organizations had anything to do with the illegal hacks targeting email accounts of climate scientists. But given the widening scandal around the apparent willingness of Murdoch's News of the World to use hacking as a common newsgathering tool, shouldn't someone at least be looking into it?

The hackers targeted scientists not in America, but at Britain's University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit. Then a BBC weatherman was the first to receive hacked emails.

Will any reporter reopen the case? So far, the answer is no. A Google News search on the topic returns zero news articles. Only Treehugger has even raised the question.

The media - British and American alike - rushed to report to the controversy on the emails when actual investigations showed no scientific wrongdoing. But those same outlets have never shown any interest in identifying the criminals who perpetrated the hacking. (To be clear, I'm not accusing reporters of complicity - I'm accusing them of laziness.)
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