Summary Hack Attack How the Truth Caught Up with the World's Most Powerful Man
Davies or his allies were published and ruined someone s ife it was just that wrongdoer getting what heshe deserved This is a book about power Some investigative journalism is involved but as Davies points out early in piece his inuiries were not a Watergate style mystery chase Clear evidence indicating that sustained phone hacking had taken place at the News of the World and other publications was there in the public record following it up wasn t a matter of hunting down unlisted numbers and working dead drops with mystery sources but one of forcing the Metropolitan Police to release the mountain of incriminating evidence they had seized and withheld from victims and the public at Serial Killer Quarterly Vol.2 No.7 Psychotic Killers large While investigative reporting got the ball rolling the crucial tool was the court system Much of this book is the story of Davies efforts to inform recruit and collaborate with other journalistsawyers and hacking victims to pursue News Limited in court in the process forcing Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service to reveal the hard evidence needed to break down the of just closed Nick Davies Hack Attack It s the account of the ten year battle to finally bring to High Angle Rescue Techniques light the role of Rupert Murdoch s News International organisation in using illegal means to acuire information the way the organisation deliberately attacked individuals and their families if an individual dared to protest their behaviour how News International created a climate in which neither police regulators nor politicians dared tackle their corruption because the conseuences would be massive assaults and vilification by a news organisation that owned a vast percentage of news coverage online on paper and on TV in the UK and internationally It s about how that organisation explicitly and knowinglyied over the course of a decade to the police to the regulator to the courts to all the democratically elected representatives of the British peopleHere are a few numbers In the court trials that took place over the Finn Family Moomintroll last few years the representatives of our democracy the Crown Prosecution Service were able to muster 17 million one full time solicitor and one administrative assistant to make the case News International spent 30 40 million aggressively defending its representatives and deployed an army ofegal representatives and support staff Why does it matter It s an example of what happens when greater powers are invested in private corporations than in our public services The corporation is able to devastate any attempt to make them take responsibility for the harm they ve done to the public good The government that the people have elected to represent as best as possible their collective interests and to protect them from harm is no The Glass Palace longer able to wield true power in the face of the buying power possessed by the corporations There is nothing defending theives and well being of the public we are all at riskIt goes deeper News International is an organisation that recognises that g So it was that a whole generation of English men and women were told that they should Something Like Fate lose the welfare state and the trade unions and the protectiveaws for which their ancestors had fought and the balance of power should be tipped backwards by a century and because this would make them free and in case they hesitated for a moment and uestioned the idea that the wealthy elite would know and care about their welfare than their own parents and grandparents they were also offered a A Gun for Sale little cash Vote to return toaissez faire capitalism and we will cut your taxes You may Archetype (Archetype, lose your society but you will gain a bigger TV A very great theft was organised on the simple basis that its victims had nothing toose but a decent ife. H government It is also a thrilling nail biting account of an investigative journalist's journey showing us how the uest unfolded and is a shining example of the might of good journalism This is not simply a story about journalists behaving badly this is a story about power and truthAmbitious comprehensive gripping essential Hack Attack is the definitive book about the biggest scandal of our age There will be no other book ike it.
Kers but actually recruited one of their ringleaders and brought a criminal into the heart of Downing streetMore shocking than the phone hacking itself are the passages detailing the influemce of Murdock and his Lieutenants on political decision making and policy arising from the Politicans fear of bullying or monstering at the hands of Murdock henchmenDaives meticulously and painstakingly outlines his own trail in uncovering the scandal every second chapter chronociles his steps progress and setbacks in his investigation while the alternate chapters construct a fly on the wall narrative of what was going on pieced together from interviews with Journalists investigators politicans police officers and testimony from the Leveson enuiryWhilst Daives is undoubtably fearless brave determined and crusading he does adopt a moral high ground position which is somewhat dismissive of those he considers beneath him intellectually one suspects there is a mild case of if not uite vindictiveness then certainly minor score settling and belittling He also A Gun for Sale loses the run of himself somewhat in exaggerating the influence of the Murdock press over such monumentous events as the decision not to join the Euro to go to war in Ira as well as fiscal policy under the Labour Governments A rant against neoliberalism is also completely out of place in the final chapterDespite these minor flaws the Central achievement of this book is that by exposing the truth about power and how absue of power corrupts the truth it restores faith in the ability of Journalism to be a force for good for truth and for justice to prevail in the democratic system that guarantees Journalism its freedoms Daives expose is evidence that honest open journalism can act as a powerful antedote in overcoming and exposing its own darker side First five star review of 2016A riveting account of how one journalist from the Guardian dared to take on News Corp one of the world s biggest media conglomerates and expose the wrongdoings of its British tabloid News of the Worldater known as the phone hacking scandal A brilliant work of investigative journalism that deserves to be read Highly recommended A true and honest account of blackmail intimidation malice invasion of privacy and toxic falsehood We know it s a nasty selfish and crooked world at times but when those who practise such malice bullying and corruption have such a strangle hold on our police and our politicians we should become concernedvery concerned Guardian journalist Nick Davies has written a gripping account of his David and Goliath struggle with Rupert Murdoch and the Fleet Street hacks Davies claims only a pyrrhic victory but he does for a short period of time strip the veneer from the corporate monster and expose the rot and power that threatens our democracy He s a brave man and this is an important account of corruption and abuse of power from a corporation that wields enormous influence not only in Britain but the USA and Australia and threatens the very principles on which our governments were established As a previous reviewer suggestmake certain you read the epilogueHighly recommended Davies narrative jumped around a People of the Book lot and while interesting at first got rather tedious after a while It was sad to see the dishonesty among news organizations and the financially powerful I suppose I shouldn t have been surprised and I guess I wasn t entirely but it was still sadIt didn t take tooong to note that the political right were the bad guys and the political Encore, Grace! left the good guys I thought it interesting that when someone s illegal andor immoral actions were exposed by Murdock s papers it was terrible that hisherife was ruined but when investigations by. E most powerful men in the world; how News International attempted to protect itself with ies and threats and money; how the police and the press regulators failed; how the prime minister ended up with the wrong man inside his office Hack Attack discloses in detail for the first time the full extent of crimes committed by the corporation and other Fleet Street papers and probes the relationship between Murdoch and his network wit.
Don t miss the epilogue of this book For those of us who followed the phone hacking scandal from the beginning this was a great overview and a blow by blow rapid fire account of how it started developed into the biggest scandal in British journalism and how it ended It is also a fascinating study in determination on the part of the author who broke the story originally and who followed it through despite having a full case oad of other stories to write Nick Davies is the writer who brought us Flat Earth News and Dark Heart read them if you haven t and deserves every award going for his Olympic Fear the Darkness (Brigid Quinn, level persistence in seeing this battle through As he mentions in the epilogue the war s not over His reflections on what it all means was truly fascinating and a fitting end to this marathon of brilliant investigative journalismAnd don t miss the epilogue Have I said that already It s fair to say that reporting is a great deal easier than most reportersike to pretend People tell you things you do your best to check them out and then you tell a Tarot Says Beware (Herculeah Jones Mysteries, lot of other people what you ve found There are some hidden subtleties in there and a few simple skills but generally speaking there is nothing very clever about it is how Nick Davies describes his craftIt s important to note just how vitally important this book and other booksike it are especially in the current political andscape As Murdoch owns so much of the media many of these books don t get the exposure or praise that they deserve and as a result many can miss out This sits alongside Dial M For Murdoch as a hugely significant source on what was going on in the UK mainstream media for far too ong and not just in the papers but also in the corridors of power elsewh A true and honest account of blackmail intimidation malice invasion of privacy and toxic falsehood We know it s a nasty selfish and crooked world at times but when those who practise such malice bullying and corruption have such a strangle hold on our police and our politicians we should become concernedvery concerned Guardian journalist Nick Davies has written a gripping account of his David and Goliath struggle with Rupert Murdoch and the Fleet Street hacks Davies claims only a pyrrhic victory but he does for a short period of time strip the veneer from the corporate monster and expose the rot and power that threatens our democracy He s a brave man and this is an important account of corruption and abuse of power from a corporation that wields enormous influence not only in Britain but the USA and Australia and threatens the very principles on which our governments were established Highly recommended Freedom of the press and freedom of speech are such fundamental cornerstones in the foundations of democracy that it becomes an affront and outrage to the principles by which we Afterlands live and are Governed when the Fourth Estate abuses its protections and priviledged position in undermining the very Democracy that vests so much trust and empowerment in it Nick Davies account of the systemic abuse by the Murdock Tabloid press of that trust as revealed by the hacking scandals is not so much a tale of biting the hand that feeds as one of visciously savaging and maiming itDavies book is fundamentally about power and the casual arrogant abuse of power it is also about truth or theack it For in a democratic political system abuse of power corruption cannot Deutschlandreise live in the open they need to be covered by a web of deceipties and secrecy The book depressingly shatters ones confidence not only in the Journalistic profession but also in the Police regulators and ultimately in the highest institutions of Government who not only Toadyed up to and schmoozed with seedy muck ra. Since 2006 award winning investigative journalist Nick Davies has worked tirelessly determined driven brilliant to uncover the truth about the goings on behind the scenes at the News of the World and News International This book now brings us the definitive inside story of the whole scandal How a network of awyers politicians and celebrities worked with Nick to expose the facts and to stand up to Rupert Murdoch arguably one of th.