Does 'Potter' Foreshadow News Corp. Scandal?

A Harry Potter book written years ago includes a nasty tabloid reporter. She does anything for a story including turning herself into a bug to eavesdrop. In the end, she's caught. NewsCorp executive Rebekah Brooks was famous for doing anything for a story. She's lost her job now, after her critics said she took that impulse too far.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

So two major business stories are the end of the Harry Potter film series and the News Corp. scandal. Since both are set in Britain, it's inevitable that people see parallels.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

A "Harry Potter" book written years ago includes a nasty, underhanded tabloid newspaper reporter - a woman named Rita Skeeter. She does anything for a sleazy story.

INSKEEP: In fact, it is discovered that she has engaged in hidden surveillance of her subjects; she plants a bug. Or actually, she magically turns herself into a bug - a beetle - and listens into people. But in the end, she is caught and trapped in a glass jar.

KELLY: News Corp. executive Rebekah Brooks was famous for doing anything for a story. Today she's lost her job, after critics said she took that honorable impulse too far.

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KELLY: I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

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