The News Corporation’s Wall Street Journal has played it straight and acquitted itself nicely in covering its British siblings. But there are yet risks on this side of the ocean. Before he became head of The Journal, Les Hinton was chairman of News International, Mr. Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, and twice testified before Parliament that the company had conducted an internal investigation into the phone-hacking incidents.
In his second appearance before Parliament, he said the company had gone to “extraordinary lengths” to make certain the incidents had been confined to Clive Goodman, who was then the Royals reporter for The News of the World. That did not turn out to be the case.