This morning, the London Metropolitan Police arrested one police officer as well as four former and current editors of the Sun, Rupert Murdoch’s other British newspaper, in an ongoing police bribery investigation known as Operation Elveden. While the past few weeks have been relatively quiet on this and the other (phone-hacking) scandal front, it has been clear for a while now that the rot that ultimately killed off The News of the World had already spread its corrupt little tendrils to Britain’s other leading newspapers.
Just last month, CNN’s Piers Morgan was made to testify about comments he’d made implying hacking had been commonplace at the Daily Mail, where he’d been editor, and now it’s the Sun’s turn in the ignominious spotlight. Shortly after the arrests this morning, the paper’s offices were raided by police, searching for further evidence of wrongdoing. However, there is an ultrathin silver lining for News Corp. in today’s news: The arrests were precipitated not by the police’s inquiry but by the company’s own Management and Standards Committee, tasked with rooting out all ne’er-do-wells still in its midst.