Read This to Learn About the Fallacy of False Equivalence

by Mark Wilson

There’s so much wrong about Janet Daley’s column in The Telegraph that I’m not quite sure where to start.

But here’s the biggest problem: a priori, when a right-wing news agency does something, it’s to support its conservative masters. Same goes for left-wing news agencies. Except when it doesn’t. Rupert Murdoch didn’t build his empire on politics. He built it on something more craven: divisiveness, conflict, and sensation. News of the World didn’t get killed because of its political leanings (whatever those might be). It got killed because it engaged in the most reprehensible tactics in order to get — wait for it — sensational news stories.

Daley frames the problem as one of more liberal types wanting to squelch speech, but it’s just a straw man, and not even a very good one. Free speech isn’t the issue, here. Breaking the law is the issue. Especially when News of the World is in cahoots with the police. And not just once. But it was an arrangement that lasted for a long time and continued until News of the World folded.