Rupert Murdoch Hacking Hearing: 'This is the Most Humble Day of My Life'

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The head of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, and his son James, CEO of News International, are currently appearing before the British parliament in London to discuss the rapidly unspooling phone hacking scandal centered at their now-shuttered News of the World tabloid. While James began with a prepared statement, Rupert interrupted. "I would just like to say one sentence," he said. "This is the most humble day of my life."

Rupert, with his wife in pink behind him, was the first to receive questions and he slapped at the table while professing to know very little about the work of the 53,000 employees he boasted signing the checks for. "At what point did you discover that criminality was endemic" at News Corp., Labour Party member Tom Watson asked. "Endemic is a very hard... is a very wide-ranging word," Rupert responded.

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Rupert Murdoch Hacked: LulzSec Claims Media Mogul Dead in The Sun Website Takeover

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Rupert Murdoch, the News Corporation boss currently embroiled in a rapidly spreading phone hacking scandal, got hacked himself today. Before it crashed from traffic, the website for his British newspaper The Sun was redirecting automatically to a replica of The Sun homepage (as seen above) featuring the headline [sic], "Media moguls body discovered." The "report" reads, "Rupert Murdoch, the controversial media mogul, has reportedly been found dead in his garden, police announce," and blames "a large quantity of palladium," which Murdoch supposedly ingested "before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning." LulzSec, the hacker group, is claiming responsibility.

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Sean Hoare, News of the World Whistleblower, Found Dead Amid Murdoch Hacking Scandal: 'Not Suspicious'

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Now there's a dead body involved. In the juiciest twist yet, at least for non-media obsessives, the man who helped reignite the investigation into News Corporation's widespread, long-known-about phone hacking was found lifeless in his UK home on Monday. Sean Hoare, who told the New York Times Magazine last year that Andy Coulson, former NotW editor and David Cameron adviser, knew all about the illegal snooping, had a history with drugs and alcohol, but was a source on the ways of Rupert Murdoch and co. as recently as last week. "The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious," the Guardian reports. "Police investigations into this incident are ongoing." Hoare was hit by a "heavy pole" at a children's birthday party last week. We know just the movie company that could make this into box office gold... [Guardian]

Fox News' Brazen Sugarcoating of News Corp's Hacking Scandal

They've outdone themselves!

I mean, damn. The obviousness of it. The comparison of the News Corp hacking scandal to the hacking incidents at the Pentagon and Citibank boggles the mind, since the Pentagon and Citibank were the victims of hacking, while News of the World was the perpetrator. Not that that should even have to be spelled out.

[The Atlantic]


Rebekah Brooks, Fallen Murdoch Exec, Arrested in London [Update]

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​Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News International and favorite of Rupert Murdoch, was arrested today in London in connection with the phone-hacking 'n bribing scandal engulfing News Corp. Brooks was arrested by appointment at noon. The police statement didn't identify her by name, instead referring to her as a 43-year-old woman being arrested "in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking." The arrest comes just two days after Brooks' resignation from News International, and also two days before Rupert and James Murdoch are set to join Brooks in testifying in front of a parliamentary panel investigating the scandal. It's starting to look like Ten Little Indians over there.

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The 5 Weirdest News Corp Properties

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The Faithgirlz! Bible from Zondervan, a News Corp company.
Common knowledge holds that News Corp owns a lot of stuff. A lot a lot, including obvious things like Dow Jones and Fox News. But if you ever really go over News Corp's properties with a fine-tooth comb, you find some amusingly outside the box type stuff apart from their famously unsavory tabloids. Below, five of the more outré News Corp holdings.

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Rebekah Brooks, Former News International Chief, To Receive $5.6 Million Payout

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Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News International who resigned this week in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal tearing through News Corp, has received a hefty $5.6 million buyout package, according to the Daily Mail. Others being handed a thick envelope on their way out the door: the final editor of News of the World, Colin Myler, two of the company's senior lawyers, and of course Les Hinton, erstwhile CEO of Dow Jones and publisher of the Wall Street Journal who resigned yesterday. The Daily Mail reports that the financial packages will also include gag orders so that the higher-ups won't discuss the cases outside of criminal proceedings. More »

Rupert Murdoch Apologizes to Family of Phone-Hacked Murder Victim; Buys 'We Are Sorry' Ad

The News Corporation boss is in full-on contrition mode today -- now being under the strict PR guidance of Edelman and all -- after finally having allowed the resignation of News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, with more casualties like to come. For his part, Murdoch personally apologized today to the family of Milly Dowler, the 13-year-old U.K. murder victim whose voicemail was hacked at the hands of Murdoch's employees while she was missing. More generally, Murdoch and co. are using a full-page newspaper ad in every British newspaper this weekend to ask for the forgiveness of readers. Full text after the jump.

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Les Hinton's Exposure: WSJ Publisher Teeters on Edge of a Scandal's Abyss

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[Update, 4:15 p.m. July 15: He's out. WSJ itself reports: "Les Hinton, chief executive of News Corp.'s Dow Jones unit, is expected to resign today." 4:43 p.m.: He's officially out.]
How much longer can Les Hinton last as CEO of Dow Jones and publisher of the Wall Street Journal? He had planned to retire next year, so it's been said, but he won't last that long. The phone-hacking shitstorm that's got the U.K. in an uproar has washed up on our shores, and the FBI and publicity-hound-dog congressman Pete King are slavering after Rupert Murdoch and his minions for trying to hack into the lives of 9-11 victims. An employee of Murdoch's for 52 years -- think of him as Waylon Smithers -- Hinton would seem unlikely to be forced out of anything.

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Rupert Murdoch Hires PR Help, Gives Interview to Own Paper; FBI Investigating Phone Hacking

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Rupert Murdoch finally gave an interview about the ongoing investigation into the News Corporation phone hacking scandal in the U.K. today, but he did so on safe terrain: his own. He told the Wall Street Journal, which he bought in 2007, that News Corp. has handled the disclosures of unethical reporting and subsequent cover-up "extremely well in every way possible," and has made just "minor mistakes." Murdoch, 80, said the bad press is "just getting annoyed. I'll get over it. I'm tired." He also praised his son James, head of News International, for having "acted as fast as he could, the moment he could." The Nixon-esque quotes, dripping with delusion and denial, in his publication come on the same day Murdoch brought on public relations help from Edelman to help weather the crisis, as the FBI investigates whether or not victims of 9/11 were also victims of phone hacking by News Corp. minions.