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The American press has long managed not to report on the phone-hacking scandal that Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper ‘News of the World‘ perpetrated. One never knows when Rupert will get out his check book for you to work at the Wall Street Journal or FoxNews so why harm your future prospects with actual journalism?

But maybe, just maybe, the actions of Murdoch’s minions have finally gone too far.

In 2002 a teenage English girl Milly Dowler disappeared — News of the World Reporters tapped into her telephone messages during the police investigation. Bad enough, but that is not all:

News of the World journalists intercepted – and deleted – the voicemail messages of Milly Dowler.

The messages were deleted by journalists in the first few days after Milly’s disappearance in order to free up space for more messages. As a result friends and relatives of Milly concluded wrongly that she might still be alive. Police feared evidence may have been destroyed.

If there’s a low-class act of faux journalism to be performed in this world it has Murdoch’s fingers all over it.

Yet, magically, the malfeasance never gets reported here.