With the News of the World newspaper officially dead, folks are beginning to wonder: Is the Rupert Murdoch Empire crumbling? Is it set to crumble?
How much did the News Corp chairman know about wiretapping? Did he authorize it?
Folks are also wondering if the UK scandal will make its way into the imaginations of other Americans besides the media.
Murdoch and his minions, former editor Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and his son James, face allegations of illegal wiretapping and lawsuits from celebrities and the relatives and friends of murder and kidnapping victims, allegations Murdoch decried years ago as competition from the New York Times.
Well, the Times were right in their reporting and the octogenarian Aussie is looking bad, real bad.
Since the scandal hit, the UK government has shown opposition to Murdoch's bid to own the UK's BSkyB Network. The low ball sale of MySpace for hundreds of millions of dollars less than what it's worth followed, along with multiple lawsuits against Fox News and the New York Post.
There were charges of nepotism and that odd tweet from Fox News last week that said that President Obama had been killed. That tweet stood for 10 hours unchallenged by Fox, who swatted away the craziness by calling the tweet a hack.
Fox is Murdoch's Cerebus in the form of a pitbull of American conservatism and contributes greatly to the addition of the scars on the mogul's 35-year-old media resume.
The News of the World scandal may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, an indication that some people all over the world (Murdoch's News Corp. has papers and TV networks in the UK, the U.S. and Australia, to list three continents) are fed up with how information is retrieved and controlled by one person, information that's both a mixture of politics and entertainment.
The portrait which emerges is one of a person that looks, eerily, like the media mogul/villain Eliot Carver in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
The story that caused the New York Post and Fox News owner to blink has to do with privacy, decency, respect and control.
But did you know there are dozens of other dust particles turning the billionaire's eyes red?
Find out some of them after the break!