Skip to comments.In Interview, Murdoch Defends News Corp.
Posted on 07/15/2011 6:14:36 AM PDT by Scanian
In his first significant public comments on the tabloid newspaper scandal that has engulfed his media empire, News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch vigorously defended the company's handling of the crisis but said it would establish an independent committee to "investigate every charge of improper conduct."
In an interview, Mr. Murdoch said News Corp. has handled the crisis "extremely well in every way possible," making just "minor mistakes."
News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal.
The six-year saga centers on dubious reporting tactics at the company's News of the World tabloid in the U.K., a controversy that in recent days has prompted the company to both shutter the paper and abandon one of its biggest deals ever its attempt to take full control of pay-TV company British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC.
Despite a public outcry, Mr. Murdoch said the damage to the company is "nothing that will not be recovered. We have a reputation of great good works in this country." Asked if he was aggravated by the negative headlines in recent days, he said he was "just getting annoyed. I'll get over it. I'm tired."
The 80-year-old Mr. Murdoch called The Wall Street Journal in response to inquiries about the status of his son, News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch, who is also non-executive chairman of BSkyB. Some people familiar with the company have raised the idea that James was considering stepping down as chairman of BSkyB, in an attempt to distance the satellite provider further from the scandal.
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Not sure why Peter King sounded alarms that made the FBI get involved, but if News Corp gets tagged for any hacking crap in the US, so should just about EVERY telecommunications business.
Perhaps some more reading is necessary on this one.
Murdoch, you deserve everything you get. You smuggled those guns to Mexico in a false flag operation and US citizens died.
Oh wait, wrong scandal. Why this affair even made the papers beats me, except in so far as it distracts from the colossal, murderous felonies committed by the ideological left.
So if your telephone is hacked, it’s ok?
When did Murdoch hack a phone?
He didn’t (of course). Some reporter in the UK hacked into a phone: whereupon Murdoch not only fired them, he got rid of the whole paper - a paper as old as any in America.
But if the ATF should smuggle guns in a false flag operation, or burn down an entire house with children in it - why that’s just fine. Hell, we should increase their funding.
So tell me, how do you hack a phone?
I’ve actually watched some of the parliamentary hearings from great britain and the definition of “hacking” appears to be growing wider all the time.
(Not insinuating that you or any FReeper would agree with the ATF. It’s just that the double standard in reporting from the Left is so sickening)
(yawwwwwwwn) Oh. Sorry. Never knew a scandal could be so boring.
Peter King got some deservedly unfavorable coverage from FOX when he immediately started calling for new laws to protect him after the Giffords shooting.