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Rupert Murdoch sorry about phone hacking but is also defiant
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By turns contrite and defiant, media magnate Rupert Murdoch on Thursday apologized for the phone-hacking scandal that has tarnished his company but then blamed subordinates for covering up the problem and police for failing to investigate it properly.
"The buck stops with me," Murdoch said. "I failed. And I'm very sorry about that.... It's going to be a blot on my reputation for the rest of my life."
Had he known the extent of hacking by the News of the World tabloid, he would have "torn the place apart, and we wouldn't be here today," Murdoch testified on his second day before a British judicial inquiry on media ethics, which was spawned by the hacking scandal.
Yet the Australian-born tycoon acknowledged that, as chairman of media giant News Corp., he hadn't bothered to delve into the issue himself when evidence of wrongdoing began emerging as early as 2006. Then, when the scandal erupted last summer with revelations that the cellphone of a kidnapped girl was among those hacked, he shut down the 168-year-old News of the World in a rush of fear.
"You could feel the blast coming in the windows," Murdoch, 81, said in a London courtroom.
"I panicked. But I'm glad I did," he said.
"All I can do is apologize to a lot of people, including all the innocent people in the News of the World who lost their jobs."
Three criminal investigations have been launched as a result of the scandal; Scotland Yard says hundreds of people may have been the victims of illegal snooping by the News of the World. Dozens of journalists from the defunct paper and its sister tabloid the Sun have been arrested, although none has been charged.
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389 days ago
Gobatty, you are a true libtard! Your entire party should be incarcerated for stupidity if not actual criminal actions. I really don't know anyone stupid enough to vote for liberal democRAT politicians, but there must be a large number of people who prefer welfare above personal ambition,but I assume you come from a state run by the left wing democRAT crooks.
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