When the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal hit its fervor in mid-July, News Corp. property Fox News Channel welcomed a PR mogul named Bob Dilenschneider onto the set. Like a good Fox guest, Dilenschneider proceeded to minimize the scandal that was then---and still is---besieging the world’s second-largest media conglomerate. The media, charged Dilenschneider, was too fixated on News Corp. phone hacking when the larger problem---and other issues---were more worthy of attention.
Why are so many people piling on at this point? We know it’s a hacking scandal. Shouldn’t we get beyond it and really deal with the issue of hacking? Citicorp has been hacked into. Bank of America has been hacked into. American Express has been hacked into. Insurance companies have been hacked into . . . . So we have to figure out a way to deal with this hacking problem. That’s what we have to do.
Just two weeks later, Dilenschneider has gotten his wish: A Vanity Fair investigative piece goes long on the epidemic, detailing the extent of the problem and proffering an explanation as to why Washington has been “slow to fight back.” Vindication for Dilenschneider!