* Sun, Times riff on scandal within own empire
* But New York Post buries story on Page 29
(Rewrites first paragraph)
By Robert Woodward and Christine Kearney
LONDON/NEW YORK, July 8 Some of Rupert
Murdoch's newspapers feasted on Friday on the demise of one of
their own -- Britain's News of the World -- serving up
headlines such as "World's End" and "Hacked To Death."
But other properties within his News Corp (NWSA.O) empire
offered more sober reporting or buried the story in inside
The Sun, which dominates the British tabloid market during
the week in the same way News of the World did on Sundays,
hyped the closing of under the front-page headline "World's
End." Friday's front page marked a departure from The Sun's
previous practice of making little mention of the telephone-
hacking scandal that led to its 168-year-old sister
publication's abrupt demise.
Murdoch's Manhattan-based tabloid, the New York Post,
buried the story inside its business section with a slim
nine-paragraph story on page 29 headlined: "The End of News of
the World." The Post's rival, the New York Daily News, ran a
page 3 story with "Die, Tabloid, Die!" as the headline.
U.S. media experts said the general downplaying of the
scandal by Murdoch tabloids was to be expected.
"How the Post played the story should come as no great
surprise," said Bill Grueskin, dean of academic affairs at New
York's Columbia University. "The Post is not known for its
aggressive coverage of News Corp."
A spokesperson for News Corp, Teri Everett, did not return
a query seeking comment.
Experts added that many publications do not cover criticism
of their own well.
"There have been exceptions, but media typically do a poor
job in covering negative issues related to their parent
companies," said Victor Pickard, an assistant professor in the
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York
'HACKED TO DEATH'
Murdoch broadsheets gave more prime coverage on Friday than
they have recently, including The Times, one of the most
prestigious UK dailies when Murdoch bought it in 1981.
The scandal has severely shaken the Murdoch media empire
and threatened his attempted $14 billion takeover of the
British satellite broadcaster BSkyB BSY.L.
Friday's headline in the Times was "Hacked to death" and it
ran a picture of a youthful Rupert Murdoch reading the Sunday
paper after buying it in 1969. It devoted its first 10 pages to
Its main editorial praised the work of the paper and its
journalists over the decades.
"Yet a terrible lapse in professional behavior ... has now
laid this great paper low," the editorial said. "A handful of
people have trampled upon others in grief and despair. They
have shamed themselves, destroyed a newspaper and damaged trust
in the free press. It will be a long time before that trust is
The Wall Street Journal, bought by Murdoch in 2007, ran a
front page story, but not in the same No. 1 position as its
rival The New York Times. Neither devoted editorials to the
Media organizations have often changed their practices
after scandals. The New York Times created a public editor
position after reporter Jayson Blair fabricated stories.
As for breaking news on the phone-hacking scandal, Grueskin
said Britain's The Guardian newspaper led the way.
"Broke the story wide open. No one else comes close," he
Editors at Murdoch papers have famously demanded aggressive
reporting from journalists as revealed in books some wrote
after leaving. One was titled: "Stick It Up Your Punter!" which
captured the tabloid sleaze and shock journalism success of The
Sun in the 1980s.
(Editing by Robert MacMillan, Daniel Trotta and Andre