Guardian has done a great job in posting the video and transcript plus insightful commentary, “Rupert and James Murdoch at the select committee – interactive presentation – Video and text of Rupert and James Murdoch’s appearance before the culture select committee, with commentary from Lisa O’Carroll“
Here is an excerpt from Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger Newsweek article: How We Broke the Murdoch Scandal – Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on his dogged reporter, a U.S. ally—and a gamble that finally paid off,
“The tipping point came some time around the new year. The stream of civil legal actions became a torrent. The police became seriously engaged at last, appointing a new 45-strong team to do what had so glaringly not been done back in 2006. It has so far said that it has informed 170 out of nearly 4,000 targets. The regulator ripped up its old report as worthless. And then came the revelation by Nick Davies that NoTW had hacked into the phone calls of the missing teenager Milly Dowler, deleting her voice messages so that it could listen to new ones. That single action—which had given Milly’s parents hope during the dark days before it was confirmed that she had been murdered—caused a surge of revulsion from which NotW found it hard to recover.
Rarely has a single story had such a volcanic effect. Suddenly you couldn’t keep the politicians, journalists, police officers, and regulators off the TV screens. Police officers lined up to apologize for oversights and errors of judgment. M.P.s were suddenly saying very publicly things that, a fortnight earlier, they would only have whispered. Read the rest of this entry »
Webcast of Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch testifying in front of UK Parliament Committee on Tue 19 July 0730MST/0930ESTSaturday, 16 July, 2011
FYI. Assuming Canada hasn’t been geo-blocked for viewing by UK Parliament (which I think shouldn’t and I hope wouldn’t). [HT Jeff]
Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, News International Ltd, Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, News Corporation, and James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, International News Corporation”
Smart or Stupid: Murdoch defies U.K. parliament in hacking probe – Breaking: Rupert & James Murdoch will appear before Commons committee on TuesdayThursday, 14 July, 2011
11:0 am MST update: see breaking news update:
I don’t know enough about the rules of UK parliamentary committee hearings or US’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act but I think “Murdoch defies U.K. parliament in hacking probe” may be neither smart nor stupid, and simply legal moves to keep the old man and the company out of more trouble. While I don’t think Murdoch is going onto the same path as Lord Black (yet), I am openly wondering whether it would get to that one day?
News references worth reading (including breaking news):
Guardian, “Phone hacking scandal – live coverage“
“[breaking news update] * Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks will all appear before the Commons culture, media and sport committee on Tuesday. The Murdochs originally refused to appear, but pressure appears to have forced them to reconsider (see 4.45pm). [...]
2.42pm: Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York, who resigned over reports that he was a client of prostitution ring, claims at Slate that it is “unlikely” News Corporation’s “shoddy ethics were limited to Great Britain”. Furthermore, he argues that US law may have been broken on the facts we know already. He refers specifically to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars American companies from paying bribes abroad.
So acts in Britain by British citizens working on behalf of News Corp. create liability for News Corp., an American business incorporated in Delaware and listed on American financial exchanges. Read the rest of this entry »