While online news outlets posted constant updates on the shuttering of News of the World and the terms “News Corp” and “Murdoch” trended on Twitter all day Thursday, some News Corp. news organizations remained relatively quiet on the subject.
The New York Post, Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid newspaper on this side of the Atlantic, did not update its website on Thursday afternoon to report the demise of their sibling paper. However, the Post did report on another event that took place in England: model Kate Moss’ attempt to divert or postpone the flights of military planes headed for Afghanistan so they would not interfere with her wedding ceremony. This news was originally reported by The Sun, another News Corp. tabloid in the UK.
In the Post's Friday print edition, the News of the World's closure was covered in a brief article buried on page 29 in which the announcement of the tabloid's being shuttered was described as a “strongly worded condemnation of the affair by James Murdoch.” By Friday, the Post’s website also had increased coverage of the News of the World scandal, including a video with James Murdoch, News Corp. deputy COO and chairman of News International, the subsidiary that controls the company's UK papers, discussing the scandal and the decision to shut down News of the World.
Meanwhile, the Post rival New York Daily News covered the story on page three under the headline “Die, Tabloid, Die.”
Fox News also had a different news agenda Thursday afternoon. While other outlets reported on the sudden collapse of Murdoch's tabloid, “America Live with Megyn Kelly”—which airs for two hours in the middle of each afternoon—instead covered the robbery of a lemonade stand in a Cleveland suburb. Correspondent Trace Gallagher emphasized that the thieves made off with $13.50 and said, “the lemonade bandits are still on the run.” Other hot topics throughout the Fox program included justice served after the heist of a Picasso sketch in broad daylight in San Francisco and the business benefits resulting from a dust storm in Phoenix, Arizona, which prompted fill-in host Martha MacCallum to tell viewers that it’s a “busy day for the car washing folks.”
Fox News did cover British Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for an inquiry into the News of the World's hacking practices for about two and a half minutes late Thursday morning during “America’s Newsroom.” Amy Kellogg, a senior foreign affairs correspondent based in the network’s London bureau, reported the news. Later, Kellogg appeared again to discuss the closure of News of the World, and a report from her was also included in Fox's big evening news show, "Special Report with Bret Baier." On Friday, the network's website also ramped up its coverage of the scandal, covering the arrest of a former News of the World editor and the paper's closure in general.
The Wall Street Journal—yet another News Corp. entity—took a more balanced approach to News of the World coverage. On Thursday, news of the tabloid’s final downfall was featured front and center on the Journal’s website and featured a video of James Murdoch discussing the News of the World closure on Sky News. The Journal's website also featured a piece entitled “168 Years of The News of the World” that briefly outlined the history of the newspaper and its “love of sex scandals, as well as its loathing of celebrities, sports stars and politicians.” In Friday's print edition, the Journal covered the closing of story in an article above the fold on the front page. The article described the move as “a dramatic bid to cap a scandal centered on the paper’s controversial reporting tactics in pursuit of racy scoops.”