News of the World an Overdue Downfall

Last year I wrote a column for Snipe pondering the continued existence of News of the World

How the News of the World avoids prosecution under the Trade Descriptions Act is one of life’s little mysteries. The venerable tabloid stakes its reputation almost entirely on elaborate entrapment schemes designed to catch gullible semi-public figures with their trousers down (often literally)…. People have, thanks to years of shoddy journalism and media navel gazing, been conned into the tacit belief that if something happens and is reported upon it is automatically “news.”

It is awfully satisfying that NOTW finally collapsed under the weight of its own mendacity.

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