British newspaper readers were greeted by a simple but bold apology as they flipped through the morning headlines.
In a letter placed by News International and donning the signature – and tone – of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, News of the World apologized for its wrongdoing and pledged to go forward with a new (albeit unmentioned) mission.
The apology came in the form of nine short sentences in which Murdoch and the News of the World atones for the paper’s errors. “We are sorry,” the apology starts out, splayed across the page in a font even the most near-sighted person would be able to read. Published in seven major national papers, including both Murdoch-owned properties the Sun and the Times, News Corp. made it clear they were looking to reach as many Brits as possible with their message of atonement. They found space for the ad in pages of all calibers of newspaper, too, from the middle-of-the-road Daily Mail to the upmarket Financial Times.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
-Ex VP Atiku Abubakar on Restructuring.
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