The best analysis I’ve read of the widening News of the World phone-hacking scandal is Carl Bernstein’s acute analysis in Newsweek, “Murdoch’s Watergate?” which also looks at the nefarious influence of Rupert Murdoch’s U.S. empire. Bernstein’s description of “the unfair and imbalanced politicized ‘news’ of the Fox News Channel” is sharp and perfect.
But Jon Stewart and Daily Show correspondent John Oliver capture the outrage. In this clip, Oliver tries to fly in using an umbrella, because he knows that’s what an Englishman does. He and Stewart compete to see whether the American or British press is worse. Guess who wins?
Among Oliver’s arguments for his home country’s press: “Do you know how hard it is to disgrace a British tabloid?”