Call it Solomonic wisdom or whatever you fancy but that is exactly what James Murdoch did to shut a more than Century old newspaper in Britain in attempt to weather a storm caused by its reporters desperate for scoops at the expense of the victims.
To put the whole picture in perspective just imagine the Sunday Nation folding up because of a public backlash. Well that is the fate that befell UK's largest selling newspaper News of the World (NoW). And trust the Murdoch Empire to spring an unprecedented surprise to give itself room for reinvention.
Here is a recap for the uninitiated. Britain's best selling tabloid known for scoops on celebrities and politicians falls on its own sword by hacking phones of DEAD victims going as far as deleting messages to create room for more. Well, there comes a time when those with DISPOSABLE income for cheap talk cannot take such toxic gossip.
Give it to Rupert Murdoch's son James for sacrificing a whole institutions of 168 (yes one hundred and sixty eighty) years to please a populace suffocating from cheap gossip. But give credit where it is due, at least NoW showed some element of sensitivity albeit plastic. It is no brainer to see the Sun going the extra day to fill the smartly created void.
I couldn't fathom it when my students (remember the PENSIONER?) solicited my opinion on the merit of sacrificing a whole newspaper (NoW) to save its CEO Rebbekah Brooks. And there comes the common thread sewing politics across continents - POLITICS. Ms Brooks was the editor when all this hacking broke out early last decade and even testified on the same under oath. What is more, current UK PM's first director of communication - one Any Coulson - is the one who succeeded Ms Brooks besides the face that David Cameron himself was a social guest of Brooks sometimes back.
The moral of the present bombshell at NoW is that politics is the same evil across continents. Expediency is common denominator as evident in Rupert Murdoch's transparent gimmick to pull wool on the British's collective face while he schemes to buy BskyB later in the year.
In a nutshell when economics clashes with morals, there is only one winner an unfortunately it is not the later. Same game of deceit and fraud except played abroad. Let conspiracy theorists go overdrive to mint their stuff with regards to the present UK media Tsunami.