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Denying Blame, Rupert Murdoch Testifies in Phone Hacking Case, Is Attacked

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rebekah Brooks (R) Chief Executive of News International and Rupert Murdoch Chairman of News Corporation leave from his London residence shortly after his arrival in Britain on July 10, 2011. (MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former top aide Rebekah Brooks testified before parliament Tuesday during a dramatic hearing in which a man attempted to attack the media mogul as he told lawmakers he was not responsible for the phone hacking scandal that has dogged his empire.

 

Saying it was "the most humble day of my career," Murdoch was vague, concise and often sharp when he spoke alongside his son, James, refusing to shoulder blame for the crisis that rocked the newspaper world and Britain's police department.

Murdoch, 80, said he was "shocked, appalled and ashamed" at the hacking of a killed schoolgirl by his now-defunct News of the World tabloid — but bristled with the suggestion that criminality at the paper was endemic or that he was responsible or guilty of willful blindness.

"Endemic is a very hard, a very wide-ranging word," Murdoch said. "I also have to be very careful not to prejudice the course of justice that is taking place now."

Two hours into his testimony, a protester rushed at Murdoch with white foam before he was struck by his wife, Wendi Deng. The foam appeared to have splattered Murdoch's suit.

Former top-ranking Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks also testified during the afternoon. She resigned over the scandal and was arrested in connection to it last weekend.

With the Associated Press

Foam-Wielding Protester Charges Murdoch

Timeline of arrests in the alleged phone hacking scandal

 

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Comments [13]

nuff said from ny

You have to realize this is a guy who has no sense of right or wrong. He deals in lies and attacks that are usually bought and paid for so his ignorance is not surprising. He will do anything including throwing his own son under the bus--keep watching.

Jul. 20 2011 11:05 AM

Sure, we'll hear all about the criminal behavior of these sleazy people desperate to make money. But this is really an indictment of the British public, whose voracious consumption of sleaze provides the incentives to get more and more sensationalistic (including obtaining material in ways that are immoral and criminal).

It's the same here - we complain about the politicians, the corporations and the media but we're getting what we deserve because we're too lazy to be intelligent and involved.

Jul. 19 2011 02:50 PM
Alison

For those listeners who keep asking how does this matters to Americans, please look at this Guardian article this week:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/14/hacking-murdoch-paid-us-lobbyists

It claims in the summer 2010, by which time News International admits they knew about the scandals, and are alleged to have been complicit in a cover-up in the UK, they donated money to US Chamber of Commerce in order to lobby for the weakening of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

See also this press release from Global Financial Integrity:

http://www.gfip.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=387

Jul. 19 2011 12:35 PM
Angel from Manhattan

I wish this creepy creep and his creepy creep kids and his creepy prostitute wife would all just go away and choke to death on their beloved money.

Jul. 19 2011 12:12 PM
Steve from Uk, Wales

It seems that Rupert Murdoch was assaulted...

Jul. 19 2011 12:04 PM
Marc from NYC

The most striking aspect of this is that the MPs asked questions and did not make speeches. Compare this to the filibustering that goes on when our politicians conduct hearings and "question" witnesses.

Jul. 19 2011 11:23 AM
Steve from Wales, UK

People in North America might not know that News International Media has in the past supported the Labour Party as well as the Conservatives. They tend to see how the wind blows and plump for the candidate most likely to win the election, and then take the credit for it. The NI executives were invited to Number 10 Downing Street (through the back door) whoever is in power.

Jul. 19 2011 11:16 AM
Elizabeth from NYC

They've been guity of corruption for years and it's just now catching up with them.

Jul. 19 2011 11:10 AM
Katie from Brooklyn

His explanation of the £700,000 and £1,000,000 settlements is ridiculous. If you include the total cost of litigating a matter plus the total possible damages, what's the incentive to settle?? He's clearly lying.

Jul. 19 2011 10:57 AM
Simon

Just learned NewsCorp bought Wireless Generation last year. Wireless Generation works out a no-bid deal with NY worth $27 million to supply educational software to NY public schools. Joel Klein - schools chancellor for NYC - leaves the Bloomberg administration for a high profile job in News Corp. Conflict of interest?

Jul. 19 2011 10:47 AM
Diane from Caldwell nj

Rupert seems like he doesn't understand the issues and unable to respond in a civilized manner. maybe People will no longer be so afraid of him.

Jul. 19 2011 10:37 AM
Mark

I can't watch this with that sleazy half his age wife behind him doing her best Empress Dowager impression. Bleh.

Jul. 19 2011 10:36 AM
Adrian DeVore from Newark, NJ

Rupert Murdoch will never comprehend the systemic fallout of his very poorly run company!

Jul. 19 2011 10:25 AM

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