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Phone Hacking Scandal Hits British Tabloid 'The Mirror'
 Hacking Scandal Hits Mirror 

Hacking Scandal Hits Mirror

Ex-employee claims practice was standard a decade ago

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's empire might not have been the only media out there with a fondness for hacking phones: As the AP reports, Britain's lefty tab the Mirror is the latest fishrag on the dartboard in the spreading scandal. "It was seen as a bit of a wheeze,...

Ex-Execs Contradict James Murdoch Testimony

They say he was told of email revealing extent of hacking

(Newser) - James Murdoch’s testimony to members of Parliament on the tabloid scandal is again being challenged , this time by two former News International executives. An ex-News of the World editor and another exec say that contrary to what the younger Murdoch testified, they “did inform” him of an email...

As Scandal Rages, Murdoch Charges In

Hacking debacle could topple long-dominant British tabloids

(Newser) - With a $19 billion deal on the rocks, Rupert Murdoch is on the ground in London to face the phone hacking scandal head on. Reading the final issue of his News of the World tabloid, Murdoch arrived this morning at his UK newspaper headquarters even as opposition leader Ed Miliband...

Hugh Grant to Former 'News of the World' Editor Paul McMullen: 'Try Real Journalism' (Phone Hacking Scandal)

 Hugh Grant 
 Schools Former 
 NotW Editor 
phone hacking scandal

Hugh Grant Schools Former NotW Editor

Actor to Paul McMullen: 'Try real journalism'

(Newser) - Hugh Grant was one of the victims of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, and in a confrontation Mediaite calls "amazing," he slammed a former NotW editor yesterday on the BBC. Some background: Grant had a chance run-in with Paul McMullen last year, and McMullen told...

Foxy Spy May Spill All
 Foxy Spy May Spill All 

Foxy Spy May Spill All

Maybe able, willing to sell story to UK tabloid

(Newser) - Russian spy Anna Chapman's plea bargain agreement, which bans her from cashing in on her story, may only be enforceable on US soil, meaning Chapman could make a fortune selling her story, complete with pictures, to a British tabloid—a possibility Chapman may be considering, her lawyer tells Newsweek . Chapman...

Suspected Spy's Ex: Anna Was Great in Bed

Alex Chapman tells and shows all to Brit tab

(Newser) - It's only logical: If you're a hot Russian chick facing a stack of spying charges, then obviously some loser ex of yours is going to tell a tabloid what you were like in the sack. That loser ex is husband of 4 years Alex Chapman, who happily spills to the...

2007 Woods Cover-Up Exposed
  2007 Woods Cover-Up Exposed 

2007 Woods Cover-Up Exposed

Tiger Woods buried news of an affair with Mindy Lawton, sources say

(Newser) - A Men’s Fitness cover story on Tiger Woods in 2007 was actually a cover-up—a deal made to stop sister publication the National Enquirer from publishing a far more scandalous piece. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal Woods’ team made the deal after the Enquirer approached with pictures of...

Some UK Tabloid Stories Are Fake: Documentary

Starsuckers exposes tabloids' habit of publishing fabricated gossip

(Newser) - The upcoming British documentary Starsuckers proves what we’ve always suspected: Tabloids—at least, UK tabloids—will print just about anything, including “complete and utter babble,” the director tells the Guardian. Among the fake stories he got published—and, often, reprinted around the world: Avril Lavigne passed out...

Timberlake-Biel Off, Says... Justin's Granny
 Timberlake-Biel Off, 
 Says... Justin's Granny 

Timberlake-Biel Off, Says... Justin's Granny

UK tab miraculously gets Timberlake's grandma for comment on Biel

(Newser) - You would think Justin Timberlake’s grandma has better things to do than talk to British tabloids, but apparently you’d be wrong. The Daily Mirror claims Sadie Bomar told Closer, “Jessica was keen to marry, but Justin isn't ready. The girlfriends come and go, but we believe nothing...

Tabloid's Jackson Autopsy Report Fake: TMZ

Details were shocking, and apparently fabricated

(Newser) - Sources tell TMZ a story circulating on the Internet detailing Michael Jackson’s shocking autopsy results is not true. The supposed autopsy report, indicating that Jackson was bald and skeletal, had only pills in his stomach, and was riddled with needle wounds, among other things, was reported earlier today by...

Brit Reality Star Prepares to Die on Camera

Jade Goody's decision prompts questions of who is exploiting whom

(Newser) - Ever since she appeared on Big Brother at age 21, Jade Goody has captivated a British public willing to eat up every detail of the working-class reality star's life. Now that the 27-year-old has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the public may have the chance to watch her die, reports...

Bush on Brink, Says Tabloid
 Bush on Brink, Says Tabloid

Bush on Brink, Says Tabloid

(Newser) - Former President George W. Bush is “depressed and paranoid,” even “suicidal,” proclaims the tabloid glossy the Globe. Yes, “insiders fear” that the erstwhile leader of the free world will terminate himself: He’s “boozing up a storm,” and is “terrified of Barack...

Phelps Cops to Smoking Pot
 Phelps Cops to Smoking Pot 

Phelps Cops to Smoking Pot

Says he demonstrated "bad judgment"

(Newser) - Michael Phelps admitted today to smoking pot after a British tabloid ran a photo of him sucking a bong, the Times of London reports. The Olympic swimming star apologized, saying he “demonstrated bad judgment. I'm 23 years old and despite the successes I've had in the pool, I acted...

Duchovny Kicks Up Racket Over Cheating Story

Star sues Daily Mail for printing rumor he strayed with tennis pro

(Newser) - David Duchovny sued a British newspaper yesterday for the media flap it created by claiming the actor cheated on his wife with a tennis player, Reuters reports. The Daily Mail's story "is false—it never happened," the lawsuit states. Duchovny, who split from wife Tea Leoni several months...

Madonna's 'KGB' Tactics Irk Guy

Hubby fumed that Madonna spying on him

(Newser) - "This is a divorce, not the Cold War," Guy Ritchie fumed at Madonna, accusing her of stealth stalking tactics like "something concocted by the KGB." His pop star wife, a “control freak,” knew in advance that Ritchie was meeting family to discuss how to...

McCann Family Pals Win Libel Settlement

Tabloids hit with $650K judgment for 'wholly untrue' claims

(Newser) - A British tabloid company has paid some $650,000 in libel damages after printing false information about the friends who dined with Madeleine McCann’s parents on the night of the 3-year-old’s disappearance. The Express Newspapers chain apologized to the group and agreed that its claims were “wholly...

UK Press Grinds Starbucks for Wasting Water

Firm vows change after tabloid claims chain uses 6.2M gallons daily

(Newser) - Starbucks is abuzz as it tests new methods of spoon-cleaning, a reaction to a UK tabloid's report that the caffeine titan wastes 6.2 million gallons of water daily, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Every store leaves a tap running constantly, the Sun said; Starbucks confirmed the claim, explaining that the...

Obama Brother Surfaces in Britain
Obama Brother Surfaces
in Britain

Obama Brother Surfaces in Britain

Kenyan Bernard 'so proud' of candidate

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s Kenyan half-brother Bernard has emerged in England after a British tabloid tracked him down. Bernard Obama told the Sun he was “proud of my brother” and said he was sure Barack would win the White House. “He will be a breath of fresh air for...

Madonna to Divorce Ritchie
 Madonna to Divorce Ritchie 

Madonna to Divorce Ritchie

Sources predict an amicable separation

(Newser) - Madonna has asked Guy Ritche, her husband of 7 years, for a divorce, the Mirror reports. After a troubled year for their marriage and consultation with divorce lawyers, Madge decided to make it final, friends of the couple said last night. “It was quite painless but very sad. He's...

Baby Bump for Brit?
 Baby Bump for Brit? 

Baby Bump for Brit?

Photo of shopping singer starts rumor mill

(Newser) - A Britney "bump watch" is on now that the Daily Mail has caught Spears resting a "protective" hand around her slightly rounded belly. Baby, maybe—or too many milkshakes. The singer was shopping in sweats and a T-shirt when a photographer snapped her clasping her abdomen. She’s...

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