To discuss the phone hacking scandal engulfing the Rupert Murdoch media empire from Britain to the United States, Democracy Now! interviews ongtime journalist Sarah Ellison. She is a Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of the book, “War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire,” which chronicled the sweeping changes that took place at the publication after Murdoch acquired the newspaper in 2007. Ellison spent 10 years working at the Wall Street Journal. Commenting on Murdoch denying responsibility for the scanda, Ellison says, “It is even more difficult to really believe that when you know the way that his news organizations work. … There is a myth of Rupert Murdoch, that his editors know what he wants without him even having to tell him. He creates a culture where everyone is of a like mind. … It is difficult to imagine that some of the responsibility wouldn’t lie [at] his feet given that it is his organization.”

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