News Corp Hearings

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Listen to live coverage of the Murdochs' testimony to a parliamentary committee.Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, discusses the unfolding scandal in the UK over phone hacking at News of the World, the former News Corp tabloid.


Bob Hennelly

Comments [22]

Renfreu Neff from 10011

How are Murdoch/News Corp hearings being broadcast in real time, when there’s a 5-6 hour time difference between NY & London?

Jul. 19 2011 06:09 PM
Scott H from Westchester, NY

your guest said that Fox News could be at risk in the US, saying something along the lines their license being a privilege and things like moral standing count... but as I understand it, FCC licenses are only applicable to over-the-air broadcasts. The only thing you need to be a cable network is cable companies who want to carry your programming.

Jul. 19 2011 04:18 PM
Patrick Batchelder from Newark

Why the focus on this? It doesn't affect my life. Why no questions about the paradigm of people buying this trash tabloid? Where do they come into the equation of promoting more and more unethical reporting by simply reading this trash? Why aren't you instead reporting and questioning topics like the "gun walker" issue in Mexico? This is a BIG story but you've ignored it.

Jul. 19 2011 12:58 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC

@ Gary

1) Assange can't be a traitor to this country (not trader by the way) when he is not a US citizen (nor is he a Brit- so no go there either) and he's under house arrest as I understand, not "giving lectures all over Europe" he's not allowed to leave Britain...and as I said, I think confined to house arrest

2) NBC and CBS are not in Britain. The reason it's news is because of the size of Newscorp, the relationship between Newscorp and members of the press and police over there, because they lied about the extent of the practice in an earlier investigation, and because they HACKED INTO THE ACCOUNTS OF ORDINARY CITIZENS...DEAD SOLDIERS AND MURDER VICTIMS

Get a freaking clue!

Jul. 19 2011 12:13 PM
Robert from NYC

The reason everyone is so shocked by this outrage, is because everyone is living is a totally controled society. We are all told from the moment we are able to understand, that we all live in a 'free' society. So successful is this all-pervaisive propaganda, that no one is even aware of just how insidiously all information is controled by the 'Capitalist System'. Oh, we forgot to mention that in Orwellian terms we should call Capitalism 'Free' Enterprise, engaging in 'Free Trade' and looked over by a 'Free Press'.
---1984, has arrived a long time ago. Not in the demonized 'there', but in our so called...'s a 'Free Country'.

Jul. 19 2011 11:35 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

By the way, I want put to rest - even is just for this page - the ongoing, baseless claim made that Obama took a loan for his house from Rezko (false).

Obama bought an adjoining piece of property from Rezko. That's it.

Sure, Obama and Rezko had ties but nothing illegal happened. Period. You might hate Obama's connections, his policies, etc., but these smears and conspiracy theories don't stand.

Jul. 19 2011 11:20 AM

Is Cameron going to get questioned?

Jul. 19 2011 11:20 AM
gary from queens

There would be no feeding frenzy had NBC News were the target. Or CBS etc. News Corp is the reason it's NEWS!!!

Newspaper editors in the UK are taken away in handcuffs immediately after hacking into a little girl's text messages. But Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange is walking free giving lectures in europe, and the NY Times editors are expecting a pulitzer prize for leaking tons of national security secrets and placing countless lives in danger.

But then a trader like Julian Assange is no match for the villanous Rupert Murdoch---a "right winger" with the arrogance to think he had a right to compete with the state-run BBC empire!

Jul. 19 2011 11:16 AM
Elizabeth from NYC

They're culpable. It didn't look good for Joel Klein to join that company and it doesn't look good now.

Jul. 19 2011 11:15 AM

I think it's wonderful to hear executives making gazillions of dollars/pounds a year swearing under oath that they are so incompetent that they know nothing of what's going on in their organizaitons. So incompetent that the only questions they ask of their "underlings" is "Hey, Guy, what's up?"

Jul. 19 2011 11:04 AM
Micster from Greenwich, CT

Did you notice how many times James Murdoch said "I don;t have direct knowledge of that". What kind of parsing is that?

Jul. 19 2011 11:04 AM
Hugh Sansom

What hypocrisy...

The New York Times is better than the Murdoch press only insofar as it is more decorous in its misconduct.

The American press isn't hacking anything because it would never cross any mainstream American journalist's mind to dare challenge anyone in a position of power. The US press has completely enslaved itself to the US government and big business. Look at how the Times has rolled over on domestic US government spying (aided and abetted by US telecoms). Recall the Times support for the Iraq war, the complicity in Bush and Obama lying by Judith Miller, John F. Burns, Michael Gordon, Bill Keller, etc.

I don't know which nation's press is more revolting. At least the British have something like The Guardian getting wide readership. There is nothing remotely close with as wide an audience in the US. The closest we get is Democracy Now or Salon, both of which are vastly better than the Times or NPR.

Jul. 19 2011 11:02 AM
Kate from New York

@Martin Chuzzlewit - nice try, but your implied accusation doesn't hold water. Those were not major international news stories which have the implications that this one has - and this is the first time in many years that someone has been pulled in front of the British parliament in this way. It's a much bigger question why the Murdoch companies in the US are not covering this story. This story is as big in the UK right now as Watergate was for us in the 70's. It merits live coverage.

Jul. 19 2011 10:58 AM
enoughareddy from East Village

This is not worth the airtime you're giving it. Live coverage not needed – digested reporting after the event would be more than enough. Back to our national train wreck. Please!

Jul. 19 2011 10:57 AM
Kate from New York City

Hi Brian - could you talk about why James Murdoch has an American accent? Obviously he either grew up in the US or has spent substantial time here - but that surprises me because he is based in Europe.

Jul. 19 2011 10:57 AM
kirke Bent from Chatham, NJ

If the bribes were treated as a business expense, them Murdoch has a tax problem: In the US they are not deductible.

Who is the auditor for Murdoch's US company? The auditor, as well as top executives who sign the annual statement, certify that the Company's internal controls are satisfactory.

Lost emails and distroyed computers: I believe that the Federal Rules of Evidence require that, if requested records (five year limiy) are not produced, then they are deemed to be favorable to the company's opponents.

Jul. 19 2011 10:50 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I vote that you stay with the Murdoch hearings. BTW, I agree with Rick from Manhattan regarding the probing, but not too probing, questions.

Jul. 19 2011 10:44 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ Martin Chuzzlewit - Guess you're going with the non-sequiter, the ad hominem and the unsubstantiated. Oh, wait, you probably get your news info from the "fair and balanced" triumvirate, NY Post/Fox/WSJ.

The point is that Murdoch through his properties and employees, have systematically demonstrated for 30+ years an aggressive, unscrupulous pattern of behavior to not only report news, but also to manipulate it through both legal and illegal means. Certainly ALL news agencies have their perspective and many try to manipulate the news, but there is NO news organization in the contemporary era that has wielded so much influence by buying, strong-arming, employing or simply cozying-up-to the wealthy and political elite, especially in the UK.

Loose talk of "Barry" ain't going to distract or change that...

@ Tony - Regardless of potential bribe-takers in the British Parliament - of which there might be some - you can be assured that Parliament has no alternative but to hold these hearings since the British people are unreservedly outraged, and they don't think there is anything don't "fake" about it.

Jul. 19 2011 10:42 AM
rick from manhattan

I am afraid Brian and Bob don't understand the backstory at all which is how close the Murdochs are to Conservative party politicians including the Prime Minister; that's what the backdoor question was about- and the female Tory was trying to ask questions that made her look probing but my God not too probing please....

Jul. 19 2011 10:37 AM

So England also has pointless hearings with fake outrage by the very politician who were receiving bribes?

Jul. 19 2011 10:29 AM

No one has done more to lower the standards of journalism over the past 40 years than Rupert Murdoch. The NY Post is the worst newspaper in the country and Fox News Channel is the most intellectually dishonest and morally bankrupt news organization in America.

Fox News is as fair and balanced as the govts of China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are transparent, pluralistic, and democratic.

Jul. 19 2011 10:04 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Special live coverage, gee, that's odd.....

...they didn't broadcast live the Tony Rezko trial about how he gave his friends "Barry and Michelle" a house for virtually nothing via a "loan"....and then went to jail for it.
...they didn't cover Obama's recorded appeal to Code Pink in January of 2008 when he promised to unilaterally disarm the soon as he got us out of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009.
...they didn't broadcast live Reverend Wright's Jew hatred in his weekly anti-semitic and anti-American rants.
...they didn't broadcast Wright's appearance at the National Press Club in May 2008 when Axelrod cleaned him up and presented him to the press....only to have him go rogue and rave about the U.S. Marine Corp serving as a "Zionist legion." Obama had to "disavow" his "mentor of many years" two weeks later.
(It's all on the record.)
...they didn't broadcast Reverend Pfleger's many misogynistic and anti-semitic rants from the pulpit.

Fair and balanced, please.

Jul. 19 2011 09:55 AM

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