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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, December 4, 2006

"News of the World" Fallout

Ian Reeves discusses the repercussions following News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman's guilty plea over tapping Clarence House phones.  NOTW's editor has apologized to the Waleses. Reeves suggests that, rather than listening in, Goodman should have written a story about how easy it is to listen in. A consumer protection story might, he thinks, been of more use, than writing up gossip. But as he points out, the urge to listen to secrets, or to do anything unethical or illegal, is very powerful, and few can overcome it, if they can justify it, or think they won't be caught.

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