Murdoch’s Times of London blasted for ‘disgusting’ cartoon

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The cartoon, under title “Priorities,” shows starving people in Somalia saying “We’ve had a bellyful of phone-hacking …” Kurdish rights activist Hevallo Azad calls it an “attempt to divert attention” from News Corp.’s troubles, while the BBC’s Robert Rea says it’s “disgraceful” to imply that “focusing on corruption allows famine to go unchecked.” “Horrendous,” says a website that gives the paper and Rupert Murdoch a dubious award.

The responses generally fall in one of two directions: utter disgust or the notion that while the cartoon makes a point, having it come from a Murdoch-owned newspaper makes it just straight ridiculous. For some, it’s being seen as an attempt to try to get readers to move away from the story and focus on something else.

> Guardian deputy editor: What do you think about this cartoon?

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  • F. Douglas

    I didn’t say it was no big deal. Obviously, what the News of the World folks did was very wrong, and caused a lot of damage. The question I raised: Was this really the second most important story in the world that week, as measured by the Pew people? Was it made that big a deal in the press because it merited that much attention, or because of journalists’ disdain for Murdoch? I’d argue it is the latter. If you are a journalist, you, with your “FawksSux” handle, and your rabid hatred for Murdoch, are a good example of the MSM’s inability to give Murdoch and his New Corp. a fair shake in its coverage.

  • Anonymous

    @Brother Matthias and F. Douglas,If you think the phone hacking is no big deal, just come right out and say that “media outfits who break the law, in such a disgusting way, and with the tacit approval of upper management” is not a big news story.

    That makes you a vile apologist and credulous dupe to the Murdoch propaganda corporation.

  • Anonymous

    Finally, a cartoon that warrants the beheading of the cartoonist.

  • F. Douglas

    According to the Pew research center, the hacking story was the second-most reported news last week behind the debt debate. Why would an overseas phone-hacking scandal be such a big deal in the US press, unless the MSM took great delight in jabbing the evil Murdoch, New Corp. and Fox News?

    Bashing Murdoch, et al is a full-time occupation for some. Look at Media Matters. I wish I had a penny for all the negative New Corp pieces posted here. I’d be rich.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jas.mccaffery James McCaffery

    A search of the front page of the Guardian (2:30 pm Thurs.), which first broke the phone-hacking story, reveals a breaking story about the UN emergency Somalia summit, with links to a video about the famine, an interactive map about drought conditions in the Horn of Africa, and a story about US aid to famine victims. At the same time, the words “Somalia” and “famine” appear nowhere on the Times of London home page.

  • http://twitter.com/krisjones1 Kris Jones

    It’s somewhat ironic given that the UK government has thus far been the biggest donor towards famine relief in the Horn of Africa and the British public, via the Disasters Emergency Committee, has responded very positively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1159473461 Steve Provost

    It’s in extremely poor taste AND it’s an attempt to minimize the phone-hacking allegations. But beyond this, it’s a pathetically bad metaphor. If the cartoonist wanted to illustrate “a bellyful,” he/she would show Jabba the Hutt or some other obese character, not starving children.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    As BoingBoing notes, the main promo on the front page of the Times today is “The Curse of the Celebrity Interview.” http://www.boingboing.net/2011/07/21/times-editorial-cart.html

    If News International or News Corp. as a whole really wants us to believe the “few bad apples” theory, this might not be their best tactic. Or maybe they’ve just given up on hoping people will buy it, and are going with “We’re ALL sociopaths — so?”

  • Anonymous

    It’s also accurate. This story is getting dispproportionate hype. Because of the FOX-and-Murdoch-hating element.

    (CNN: Suggesting Wendy M. was a dragon lady? Really? Really, CNN?)

    Journalistic objectivity is being challenged here. And the journalists are failing.