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A humble Murdoch blames in Parliament the “people I trusted” for the phone-hacking scandal

Wednesday, July 20th 2011 - 07:22 UTC
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Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his son James testified Tuesday to a British parliamentary committee at which he defended his son and his company over a scandal that has rocked the British establishment. Read full article

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  • ed

    that is even late .
    News Corp ? the puppet of some secret service operations.

    Jul 20th, 2011 - 08:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    very wise is this monkey,
    very wise indeed,

    still, a pie in the face, is better than a pie in the sky, lol.

    Jul 20th, 2011 - 02:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Who on earth let Murdoch fly to the USA, from where he may not easily be extradited to face criminal charges in the UK?

    It seems there is one rule for a media mogul and another for the (ex-)head of the IMF.

    If ever a human being should be exposed to the ''Walk of Shame' it should be Murdoch.

    ”Occasionally slapping the table in apparent frustration, he said the (News of the World) paper was only a small part of his business”
    Yeah, I remember reading that the Nuremburg Trial record said that the Russia campaign was only a small part of the Second World War.

    Jul 21st, 2011 - 07:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    I guess he was allowed to go because he has not been charged with anything yet.

    I am no fan of Murdoch but I am also of the opinion that much of his power has been gifted to him by thin-skinned, vain politicians. As Tony Blair said when he came to power, *It is better to ride the tiger than fight it”. So, he bent over every time Murdoch appeared to save himself from criticism from the Murdoch press. (Oooh, what are they going to do? Print an unflattering picture? Oh, the pain).

    The idea that Murdoch has the power to choose the government of the UK is another untested myth. He has always backed the candidate already ahead in the polls. Never once has he backed an under-dog and turned an election around.

    I wonder if this is a case of The Emperors New Clothes. The Murdoch family owns just 12% of News Corp. but has managed to wield deity-like powers over the media.

    Just some thoughts for discussion......

    Jul 21st, 2011 - 09:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Well, Elaine, if they had wanted, some holding charge could have been brought.
    No, they wanted him out of the country. too many political reputations at stake.

    And as for Blair bending over, he should have been, and still should be, royally shafted for the damage he brought to the UK and other countries. The wars are one thing, but the financial crisis was allowed to develop on his watch and with the connivance of his CoE, HoBoE and Cothe FSA: total culpability, alongside which the present Murdoch crisis pales into insignificance.

    Jul 21st, 2011 - 12:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    I am not sure they could have charged him YET but I completely agree they were keen for him to leave the country. This is one of the first days the news has not been totally dominated by this story. Partly because parliament is in recess but mostly because Murdock is gone.

    Now, maybe, the proper attention will be given to the Euro crisis.

    Other than the well-overdue reforms Blair made to parliament, I regard his time in office as a calamity. Not just the disasterous fiscal policies but the ridiculous number of unworkable laws he forced through. The man has an ego the size of a planet. And don't get me started on the greedy, power-crazed Cherie. : )

    Jul 21st, 2011 - 01:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • elaizaV

    The News of the Globe cell phone hacking hearing before British Parliament Tuesday quickly degenerated into a shaving cream pie attack against 80-year-old News Corp. mogul Rupert Murdoch. But Murdoch's wife wouldn't let the assailant get away with it. Wendi Deng, 42, released an urgent counter-offensive against the male who would smear her spouse in his darkest hour. The “Tiger Mom” swung away at the man who sought to embarrass her husband before the planet. Anyone with an extensive court suit could use a payday loan. Maybe this scandal is already the hardest issue that the media tycoon should get rid of.

    Jul 25th, 2011 - 09:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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