This July, a real-life conspiracy theory came to fruition.
News of the World, a now-defunct British Tabloid published by News Corp – the largest news media empire in the world – came under extensive allegations for phone hacking and public bribery.
Evidence has surfaced that News of the World has hacked phones of celebrities, politicians, members of the British Royal Family, and more. Back in the United States, the Department of Justice even opened up an investigation into News Corp, to add to the growing list of wrong-doings perpetrated by the company.
Meanwhile, an old News of the World journalist named Sean Hoare, the first to go public on the issue of phone hacking, was also found dead at his home. Police said the death was unexplained, but there didn’t seem to be any foul play.
But, yet, police and public officials have resigned due to evidence of bribery by the News Corp magazine.
Now, pause the tape. Rewind back to November 2009.
Two weeks before the Copenhagen Summit on climate change, a server was breached at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, known as ClimateGate. Thousands of emails and computer files from the ClimateGate server were copied and sent out to the general public.
To this day, the individual or group responsible has not been caught.
As far as the media went, News Corp and it’s affiliates – including Fox News – were all over the supposed “scandal.”
Various news organizations made it appear as there was some “climate change conspiracy” happening, nit-picking words in the email. Scientists called it a “smear campaign,” and, by all means, it was.
Fox News even falsified opinion polls to make it seem as if most Americans believed there was some type of conspiracy going on.
With all this in mind, here’s the question of the day: did News Corp have anything to do with the hacked ClimateGate emails?
It has been shown that News Corp has corporations with enough power to hack into whatever they need to. And it’s obvious that Fox News and Rupert Murdoch are really big opponents to global warming scientists.
It’s not just a feeble conspiracy theory, at least not anymore. It’s been shown that News Corp has the power not just to hack into emails and phones, but to get away with it – unless a reporter blow the whistle.
Perhaps time will tell.
Scientific American take on the ClimateGate “scandal”: