"He said he wasn't, his father then interjected by saying he had heard of the phrase before adding: "We have never been guilty of that." - They knew EXACTLY what was going on.
A "humbled" Rupert Murdoch appeared before a committee of MPs this afternoon as a witness on the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed the News Corp boss' media empire. The committee's chair, John Whittingdale, denied James Murdoch the opportunity to read from a written statement; the younger Murdoch is the deputy COO at his …
I think the sub-text of that statement is
"We have never been found guilty of that before now and hope we'll get away with it again."
I don't generally like to be judgmental if people but I really think that in this case the Murdoch's are completely complicit in the whole saga. Rupert is well known for his attention to detail and micro-management of his business empire and all of a sudden he develops amnesia?
some are in jail now.
cant wait to see Murdoch (not the lovable loon from the A-Team - you know, the Murdoch we like) get some jail time. of course it will never happen as we all know he must have an awesome dossier of shit he has on everyone now.
good to see the MPs grow a little backbone finally. they still arent coming out smelling of roses though, and neither are the police
Watson asked Murdoch if it was true that his organisation had a zero tolerance to wrongdoing. The media tycoon answered "No. We encourage phone hacking in all forms while snorting copious amounts of cocaine off prostitutes tits." The media tycoon then promptly proceeded to facepalm.
be a staunch leftist, and anything that happens under your control is "a regrettable accident" and no one should dare hold the Leader responsible.."he's doing the best he can."
Mediate anywhere towards a stand away from welfare states, and paying with money you don't have..and suddenly you're convicted of everything that ever happened anywhere in your entire company/country/military.
Fraud, deceit and lies...the chief exec or President is only personally responsible if he's considered conservative.
Why not cut all the showy trial crap and propaganda, and just launch the ideological purge openly? No need to continue the insult that there's anything but a desire to eliminate an "unacceptable" point of view.
Any actual fairness would either drop ALL major media owners, CEO's and politicians, or bring down none.
I was privileged to see police corruption happen. About 2004 I had a muffin and a cup of tea in the British Library refectory, and there was nowhere to sit. There was one table with a free chair which I took. A journalist and a young Pc were at the table and how could I not overhear. The copper was explaining the new computer they had in the station, how it feeds statistics on all the crimes and the man with the pen was scribbling it all down. All the stuff now routinely issued to Neighbourhood Watches.
The Victorians had constables kindly helping journalists and that has never gone away. What is new and frightening is that we have learned that News International took over PR in the Yard, with the Commissioner in tow.
The Met's anti corruption squad has to find a poor kid of a copper who took a couple of tenners for a bit of helpful information. The kid in the dock will plead the Donaldson defence : it was a gift from a friend.
Now if this had been any other company, any non-media company, engaged in such corrupt behaviour, their offices would have been raided and executives arrested. What is even more extraordinary is that even after reports Murdoch's minions were frantically destroying documents and deleting email records, still no raids have taken place.
Best to not kick the dog too hard I guess. Especially THAT dog!
It is still difficult to delete backups without some form of audit trail. If (OK, possibly when) the UK Plod announce that they could not retrieve material, we should invite some US investigators in, who for all their faults take a suitably hard political/economic/technical line on this crap.
Paris, because at least she didn't screw all of us.
... would be more plausible if the evidence wasn't published in a popular national newspaper FFS. Didn't the Murdochs or the editors know, as everyone else did, what phrases like 'a document was handed to our reporter' really means? Handy translation guides between tabloid speak and English have been published before. Below is an updated version in light of recent infromation.
Has been revealed to us = we blagged it
Evidence has come to light = we stole it
A close friend = blackmail victim.
Friends say = illegally accessed voice mail says
has dropped proceedings against us = we got some dirt on them
An insider = made up informant to cover made up story
An insider at number 10 = Cameron
a top ranking policeman = the met commissioner
Boss of a huge global news empire = sad old man who knows nothing about newspapers
Editor = person who knows nothing about newspapers
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