All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.
— Katherine Fullerton Gerould

Rupert Murdoch with Rebekah Brooks

If it is true that a fish rots from the head, then how much is Murdoch to blame for the phone hacking scandal under News of the World editor, Rebekah Brooks?

From humble family beginnings at South Australia’s Advertiser newspaper to the head of the News Ltd conglomerate, Rupert Murdoch and his clan have mastered the formulae of both money and influence that equal tremendous power. Now that the money is gone and influence waning, it seems power is destined to quickly follow. 

Murdoch’s $12 billion bid for British Sky Broadcasting is truly lost in the noise of the phone-hacking scandal after it was revealed journalists hacked the mobile phone of a murdered school girl and impacted a police investigation. Where is the honour amongst thieves? The shockwaves quickly crossed the Atlantic with the FBI now ready to launch an investigation of similar information gathering tactic around September 11, 2001.  

Whilst News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has resigned, it may pay Murdoch to look closer to home for the culture he has fostered that encouraged brutal determinism in favour of integrity.  

A culture of excellence is to be demonstrated by leadership, a business after is only as good as its people and its people only as good as their leader. To be fair Murdoch may in fact be the exemplary leader, but he is now in a position to push that culture down through his business if he is to regain his hold on influence, money and ultimately a position of power.