Guardian editor's phone call got NYT interested in hacking story

Washington Post

Paul Farhi reports Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger called Times executive editor Bill Keller early last year and said he was frustrated because his paper was the only major British news outlet still investigating the News of the World phone-hacking story.

Perhaps the Times would be interested in taking a look at the News Corp. scandal, Rusbridger asked?

Keller was intrigued. "I'd been watching the hacking story from afar, and it seemed like a good time to bring this amazing yarn to the attention of American readers," Keller said Wednesday via e-mail, "especially if there were fresh angles to be explored."

Times reporters spent five months reporting and writing a 6,000-word Times Magazine piece that was published last September. "The story led to a new police inquiry," writes Farhi, "and a revival of interest by Britain’s media, which began a steady drip of articles mapping the contours of corruption among Murdoch's powerful British media interests and the nation’s political establishment and police force."

> Murdoch may not have known about the hacking, but he set the tone

> Will Murdoch still be able to run News Corp. exactly as he pleases?

> Tabloid journalism doesn't deserve absolute First Amendment protection

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