A recent survey in the U.K. discovered that the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal has rocked public confidence in the media over there. Fifty-eight percent of the public says that the scandal has hurt media credibility. This morning, I wondered aloud — hey, what could the other 42 percent possibly be thinking?

That’s where the lone commenter on the post comes in:


12:39 PM EST

While it’s all kinds of sleazy, there’s no particular reason to think that phone-hacking doesn’t lead to increased accuracy in reporting.

Can’t believe I didn’t think of that! So true, too: There was even talk around the time of the scandal over the summer that Britain’s plaintiff-friendly libel laws forced reporters to resort to phone-hacking, the better to make sure that their scoops were both salacious and factual.