Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media impressario who gave you Bill O'Reilly, the latest incarnation of Glenn Beck, the New York Post, and other wonders of the modern media world, also owns some of the largest newspapers in the United Kingdom. And Over There, he's allegedly up to no good:
Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers has paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of his journalists' repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories.
The payments secured secrecy over out-of-court settlements in three cases that threatened to expose evidence of Murdoch journalists using private investigators who illegally hacked into the mobile phone messages of numerous public figures and to gain unlawful access to confidential personal data including tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemised phone bills. Cabinet ministers, MPs, actors and sports stars were all targets of the private investigators.