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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Daily News Editor Slammed In British Report On Media Ethics

Our old friend, Daily News editor Colin Myler, got hammered in the Leveson report on media ethics today for helping Rupert Murdoch cover up the hacking scandal at News of the World:

The coverage of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into phone hacking by the British press, released on Thursday, have focused on its findings of pervasive misdeeds, especially at Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World, and its recommendation that a powerful new government watchdog is necessary to prevent future abuses. Lost somewhat in that are Leveson's conclusions about the ethical lapses of Colin Myler, currently editor in chief of the New York Daily News, who served as editor of NOTW as the paper began its death spiral. Myler was not at the paper when it engaged in phone hacking, but was brought on board in 2007 as the scandal was expanding. According to Rupert Murdoch, Myler was there to "find out what the hell was going on." Myler disputed his ex-boss's account, claiming that "he simply understood his role as being to edit the paper."

Still, Myler professed to being uneasy about what might be lurking in the paper's recent past. "I felt that there could have been bombs under the newsroom floor and I didn't know where they were and I didn't know when they were going to go off," he testified.

Rather than defuse them, the report suggests he aided the cover-up. "He vigorously and forcefully followed a line which, to pursue the analogy of a bomb under the newsroom floor, simply ignored his privately held fear of an impending explosion," Leveson concluded. "Although ... it may have been difficult or embarrassing, he did little to assuage his own 'discomfort' except lay down rules for the future."

The report also characterizes Myler's testimony as "hardly persuasive," "unconvincing," and causing "serious concern."

"I've worked with Colin Myler for a year, I think he's an outstanding editor, operated the newspaper with great abilty and complete integrity," said Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman. "I have every confidence in him." In Myler's short tenure — he arrived in in January, 2011 — he has infused the paper with energy and drive, relishing the competition against Col Allan, his former mentor and editor of the Post. Zuckerman will no doubt continue to ignore the murky recent chapters in Myler's past. As every newspaperman knows, the public's attention span is very short.

The public's attention span may be short, but mine isn't.

Every time Myler runs some anti-teacher, anti-union piece in the DN, especially when he runs one of those pieces that impugns the integrity and the motives of teachers, I will remind people that Myler is a criminal who engaged in a cover-up and a conspiracy.

He belongs in jail with Rupert and James Murdoch, Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks, Clive Goodman and a host of the other News Corp. criminals.


  1. Of course Zuckerman likes the POS, just look at yesterdays editorial that states, Failure Is Not An Option, then states that the failure by the principala and teachers with regsrds to graduates of high school and their inability to do college level work is criminal. The editors and this POS are the real criminals defending Bloomberg, Murdoch, and the other business thiefs. Will this finding by the British have any eccect on the U.S. tabloids?

  2. Yesterday's editorial was so dishonest, so misleading. It put all the blame on the teachers. All of it. Bloomberg, Klein, Tisch, King - they're the heroes.

    Colin Myler is fucking scum. So is Zuckerman.

  3. Nope, no effect. The only remedy is jail time for Mort Zuckerman, Colin Myers, Rupert Murdoch. They are unabashed criminals all of the same ilk.

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