Rupert Murdoch would not have become so powerful in the U.K. if he had not been able to give the people what they wanted and what the tabloids delivered. So did the inventors of the Yellow Press, Lords Northcliffe and Rothermere. They had similarly profited from the seemingly insatiable hunger among the working class for scandal, for what is nowadays called “sleaze.”
It is hard for outsiders to discuss this without being patronizing. In their day, our concerns about privacy were not known because today’s technology for invading it did not exist. The laws of libel were sufficient to protect the reputation of those injured.
But the press barons would not have become so rich and powerful if the English did not have a genius for making the vulgar lovable.
Only the English could have invented Falstaff.
It was Falstaffism that made Murdoch rich and powerful.