Tuesday, August 16, 2011

When you make a promise, keep a promise

A handy reminder that the people running Murdoch's News of the World forgot. And now it is coming back to bite them in the ass. In their case they made a promise to a reporter Clive Goodman, that if he was a stand up guy and didn't rat out the corporation at his trial they would give him his job back. Well, someone was a stand up guy and still didn't get his job back and has now released a letter ratting out the corporation.
Goodman's letter is from March 2, 2007, after he was released from prison. In the letter, Goodman says he is appealing his firing from the News of the World specifically because he carried out his duties with the "full knowledge and support" of top journalists on the paper, and because the practice was so widespread at the paper.

The letter claims that hacking was so frequently talked about that Coulson—who went on to become David Cameron's top spin doctor—eventually was forced to ban mention of the practice. Goodman also says that he was repeatedly promised to be kept on, even after he was arrested. He further claims that the paper continued to pay and consult him on stories, even after it was known that he would plead guilty.

"Tom Crone and the editor promised on many occasions that I could come back to a job at the newspaper if I did not implicate the paper or any of its staff in my mitigation plea," Goodman writes. "I did not, and I expect the paper to honour its promise to me."
If you take care of your associates, they will take care of you. If you screw your associates, they will screw you.

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