Knowing in the full, conscious sense of the word isn`t just an intellectual exercise. It`s also a call to action. When feminists and trade unionists made their account of women`s unequal place, they combined facts, indignation and publicity, and worked to have it changed.
So, as an account has been made by a few journalists and a few members of parliament of the scale of the corruption, the rest of the journalism profession has to make an examination of ourselves and our practices, and revisit the purpose of our trade.
Politicians who wooed and flattered Rupert Murdoch now feel some shame, too. But with that retrospective shame there is also present release -- release from the bonds of subservience to a ruthless popular press, and to its capo, Rupert Murdoch.