Paul McMullan Reveals Sordid Tactics at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World

Things we learned about the British tabloids from watching former News of the World deputy editor Paul McMullan’s testimony to the British government today:

— British tabloids have moles in rival British tabloids.

— British reporters will pay sources tens of thousands of pounds for a good scoop.

— “Dangling a carrot with a lot of money was a way to get the best stories, which the British public lapped up.”

–There’s a lot of hiding in shrubs and making secret recordings and digging through garbage.

— If celebrities wanted to stop being bothered by the paparazzi they should stop being celebrities.

— Car chases after celebrities are fun.

—  “Privacy is the space bad people need to do bad things in” and “privacy is for pedos” — as in pedophiles.

— Hacking Milly Dowler’s phone was “not a bad thing for a journalist to do” and “we were doing our best to find the little girl.”

— “We did all these things for the editors, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson” and “they’re the scum of journalism…”

More at The Telegraph and The Guardian.