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July 12th, 2011
09:24 PM ET

Life of a tabloid journalist: tricks to get the story

News Corp. has called off its $12.5 billion bid to purchase British Sky Broadcasting.  This is a huge setback for media magnate Rupert Murdoch and comes amid the growing scandal over phone hacking. British lawmakers have called Murdoch, his son James and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks to testify before them next week. On Sunday, Murdoch’s tabloid News of the World shut its doors over allegations of illegal breach of privacy. Now two other Murdoch newpapers have been implicated in the scandal. British police have identified nearly 4,000 potential targets of phone hacking.

Former tabloid journalist David LaFontaine once worked for News of the World and Star Magazine. He talks to Back|Story about how far tabloid journalists go to get the story.


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