From The CC Insider…
The News of the World phone-hacking scandal is probably the biggest phone-related scandal ever (and that's counting all the phone-related scandals that involved penises!) But you wouldn't know it from reading News Corp. owned papers. Even the New York Post somehow restrained their infinite amount of monkeys banging away at an infinite amount of typewriters.
But in the nether regions of the Internet, a podcast rose up. John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman record a podcast together called The Bugle for The Times of London, a Murdoch owned paper. They somehow flew under the radar and mined the comedy-rich territory…
As some Murdoch-owned media properties chose to minimize the unfolding scandal, Mr. Skinner and the pair of comedians behind the podcast, Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver, went straight for the jugular. The Bugle, among the most popular comedy podcasts in Britain with roughly 400,000 weekly downloads, spent three weeks hammering their corporate owners, News International, and Mr. Murdoch himself.
This is significant considering how much power Rupert Murdoch has over shaping the perception of the trial and just how little his media empire chose to cover the scandal. John and Andy seemed pretty aware of that fact as they dug into Rupert Murdoch.
"I'm not saying Rupert Murdoch’s face didn't look better with a shaving cream pie in it," Mr. Oliver said during one episode. "You just don't want to find yourself with any misplaced sympathy for Rupert Murdoch."
The two then jokingly wondered on air whether anyone higher up at News International was listening. "Should this not have been stopped by now?" Mr. Oliver asked. "It doesn’t make sense!"
The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.
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