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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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