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A Look Inside News of the World

The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting piece up by an anonymous former employee of Rupert Murdoch‘s now defunct News of the World, detailing all the shady business that went on under then-editor-in-chief Andy Coulson.

Early on, the job entailed transcribing audiotapes that sleazy women made of footballers with whom they had sex. The girls would set up famous players, then sell them out to the paper in order to get some cash and fame. The recordings usually consisted of extended, loud orgasms; I would swear they were faking it as I transcribed the grunts and groans for my editors.

The reporter made her name at the paper for an attempt to catch Mike Tyson in the midst of a coke-fueled binge. She didn’t succeed, but her editors made a bunch of stuff up about the boxer and she was soon the toast of the newsroom.

Strange that the reporter chose to remain anonymous, as one would think she gave enough information to allow anyone who was curious enough to discern her identity. Anyway, worth the read in full.

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