Rebekah Brooks Arrest: Former News of the World Editor's Scandal Sparks Debate
Rebekah Brooks was arrested Sunday in connection to the phone-hacking scandal that’s plagued the shuttered News of the World publication. The former editor’s arrest sparked a variety of comments on Twitter, ranging from analysis to jokes and anger.
Brooks is a long-time confidante of News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. She resigned as head of News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper unit on Friday. STORY: Rupert Murdoch Confidante Rebekah Brooks Arrested by Police
Robert Peston, a correspondent for BBC news, emphasized the significance of Brooks’ arrest.
“The arrest of Rebekah Brooks is a huge deal - one degree of separation from the most powerful people (several of them) in the UK,” he tweeted.
Many people made jokes playing on the cliché of Brooks receiving one phone call in jail.
“RebekahBrooks will be allowed one phone call after her arrest. By rights, we should all be able to listen in on it,” write British actor and comedian Toby Hadoke.
Other used their 140 words to poke fun at Brooks’ hair and looks. Some found those attacks inappropriate.
“With so many substantive things to say about Rebekah Brooks and her acts, disgusted to see so many tweets starting by attacking her looks,” wrote Alisa Perren.
Many made quips about the inevitable film that will profile the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
“Psyched for Nicole Kidman's performance as Rebekah Brooks, which she wins an Oscar for the line "Mother! Why is my name spelled like this?!"” joked filmmaker Richard Shepard.
While many on Twitter celebrated Brooks’ arrest, at least one person pointed out that the legal system has to be the same for all.
“And, yes, *even* Rebekah Brooks is entitled to #DueProcess and the right against self-incrimination,” tweeted David Allen Green, a British lawyer, writer and news correspondent for the New Statesman.