Not for the first time, at News Corporation, has a global company suffered the slings and arrows of outraged criticism.
Oil group BP was humbled last year for allowing oil to leak from one of its wells in the Gulf of Mexico, aided and abetted by third-party engineering contractors. Critics, led by US politicians, slammed its long-term safety record. Chief executive Tony Hayward walked the plank, and the company was forced to pay hefty compensation. To this day, court actions rumble on.