I find it inconceivable that Hinton, who fired Goodman and who headed a division that paid Goodman £230,000 in compensation in 2007 and £13,000 in legal expenses after it fired him (according to evidence unearthed by Parliament), would not know the contents of the letter.
But I could be wrong—Hinton could be completely blameless in the phone-hacking scandal. I know it's a thankless job for a newspaper to investigate itself, its former boss, or one of its corporate cousins. But it was the Journal editorial page that threw down the Hinton gauntlet. Now that there's new evidence to doubt Hinton, will the editorial page examine it and reconsider its July 18 editorial?
In other phone-hacking news, Glenn Mulcaire, the News of the World private investigator who went to jail for hacking phones, is suing the paper, which has paid about £246,000 of his legal bills. It stopped paying on July 20 after the Commons hearing. He wants the court to force the company to start paying again. Also, Reuters reports that unnamed News Corp. executives are preparing for the departure of James Murdoch, son of the genocidal tyrant, from the company. Reconsider this column in email to email@example.com. Please don't hack my Twitter feed. (Email may be quoted by name in "The Fray,"Slate's readers' forum; in a future article; or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)