Four years ago, Rupert Murdoch-owned UK tabloid The News of the World got caught hacking the voicemail of "hundreds of celebrities" and other public figures. Now, the full extent of the hacking's coming out—and it's bad. Amazingly dirty, actually!
It would be a shame if all the stories the tabloid got by stealing private phone messages got more attention than the scandalous methods this paper routinely employed to get those stories. Even in the amoral world of UK tabloids (and Rupert Murdoch's empire), this is well beyond the pale. So it's nice that the New York Times Magazine has finally produced a definitive report—showing that phone hacking was a routine and accepted procedure at News of the World.