Hugh Grant explains the British phone hacking scandal for you


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Looking for an entertaining way to understand the dimensions of Britain’s News of the World phone hacking scandal?

One of the more cogent and persuasive primers comes not from any pundit or academic but from actor Hugh Grant — a victim of the tabloid newspaper himself. In this interview with the BBC, Grant explains how some of the sleazier members of the British press operate, and how he turned the tables on one of the News of the World’s former reporters by secretly taping him.


If you want to read Grant’s article about the experience in the New Statesman, with a remarkably candid exchange about how Rupert Murdoch’s media empire was both promoting and trying to tear down Nicole Kidman at the same time, click here.

Besides George Clooney, are any American actors this articulate and informed? Perhaps Grant should make a run for Parliament.

— John Horn


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