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Watching the slow tragic unfolding of the Greek drama in the house of Murdoch

As the chickens come home to roost in London, Joe Nocera captures well the symmetric nature of the Murdoch scandal. It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys. There has always been a rough edge in good journalism, but these people have acted like thugs — a point seemingly lost on the editorial page ...

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As the chickens come home to roost in London, Joe Nocera captures well the symmetric nature of the Murdoch scandal.

It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of guys. There has always been a rough edge in good journalism, but these people have acted like thugs -- a point seemingly lost on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal as it comments on its owners. I agree with pretty much everything Nocera writes. As with other major scandals, I am struck not only by how we never know what is going to happen next, as Nocera says, but also, how in retrospect each step seems inevitable. 

As the chickens come home to roost in London, Joe Nocera captures well the symmetric nature of the Murdoch scandal.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys. There has always been a rough edge in good journalism, but these people have acted like thugs — a point seemingly lost on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal as it comments on its owners. I agree with pretty much everything Nocera writes. As with other major scandals, I am struck not only by how we never know what is going to happen next, as Nocera says, but also, how in retrospect each step seems inevitable. 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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