Karma-geddon

From The Washington Post:

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday said James Murdoch, scion of media magnate Rupert Murdoch, should be recalled by Parliament to address allegations he misled lawmakers in his testimony on Britain’s phone hacking.

Further upping the pressure on James Murdoch, 38, an opposition lawmaker called for a police investigation into whether he lied.

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Poor Jamesy Wamesy!  He got caught with his pants down!

At issue is whether News Corp. executives knew of the widespread practice of phone hacking at their now-defunct News of the World tabloid — which illegally accessed the phones of thousands of British citizens — and whether the executives tried to cover it up.

In another development, U.S. Justice Department prosecutors are preparing subpoenas as part of their inquiry into allegations that News Corp. employees sought to hack into the phones of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and tried to bribe law enforcement officers for information, people familiar with the matter said Friday.

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The subpoenas would seek information from the company related to the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s British media operations, the people said. Murdoch is chairman and chief executive of News Corp., which is based in New York and has extensive U.S. operations. James Murdoch heads up News International, the newspaper-publishing arm of News Corp.

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On Tuesday, while testifying beside his father before a British select committee, James Murdoch denied having ever seen a key piece of evidence in the case that emerged in 2008 — an e-mail suggesting phone hacking went as high as the tabloid’s chief correspondent.

But after two former News Corp. executives cast doubt on his assertion — saying they personally had shown the younger Murdoch the e-mail in question – several British lawmakers insisted he should be recalled to address the discrepancy.

On Friday, Cameron, who himself is under pressure for his close ties to News Corp. executives arrested over the phone-hacking scandal, echoed those calls.

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Contradictions to Murdoch’s testimony emerged Thursday, when Colin Myler, former editor of the News of the World, and Tom Crone, the former legal director at the tabloid, issued a statement effectively claiming the younger Murdoch had lied.

The two said they showed Murdoch the e-mail, which was included in sealed court documents in the settlement of a 2008 lawsuit brought by Gordon Taylor, the executive director of Britain’s professional soccer players union, whose phone was allegedly hacked by the News of the World. Taylor received more than $1.3 million in an out-of-court settlement, which some lawmakers now allege amounted to hush money to keep a lid on the scandal.

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Murdoch and other News Corp. officials have maintained that until relatively recently, they believed News of the World’s hacking had been limited to one 2005 incident, in which Prince William’s phone messages were intercepted by the tabloid’s royal correspondent and a private investigator.

The suggestion that Murdoch may have known about the “For Neville” e-mail infuriated lawmakers. Tom Watson, a member of the opposition Labor Party who specifically asked Murdoch on Tuesday about the e-mail, said on Friday that he had now referred the question to investigators at Scotland Yard.

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17 responses to “Karma-geddon

  1. johncerickson

    Ya know, I have a couple of British friends who strongly disliked Cameron, even though my friends are pro-Conservative. (One’s ex-military, the other’s a military geek like me.) One of them referred to him as “slimey”, if memory serves. I thought they disliked him because of his championing the massive Defence cuts.
    I’m beginning to think it’s more about his offence – iveness! Methinks he may be just a WEE bit more involved in the whole Murdoch mess than he wants us all to believe.

    • uncle rupie is conservative, and even he doesn’t like cameron. i saw him during question time, and he wasn’t very slick when he tried to skate around naming the company that vetted andy coulson. he just made people even more curious. he didn’t strike me as a very stupid man, so that tells me that there’s something so bad about the company that he’d rather look like a fool than to disclose the name. i don’t expect him to serve out his term.

  2. jean-philippe

    I can’t thank you enough for not using Murdoch Sr. for the pantless dude…

  3. jeb

    It’s really fun to watch these self-serving slime buckets attempting to block the oncoming onslaught by competing to throw each other under the bus. Hopefully, they’ll all go down.

    And the DOJ better not let this slide here. They need to answer for their crimes in the US too.

    • this is getting so good, jeb, and by that, i mean bad. i think people will be tripping over each other in order to get to the prosecutors and be the first to make a deal. that’s what happens when you treat people like dirt. they don’t feel particularly loyal.

  4. So, Murdoch is s l o w l y losing power. His credibility is in the shitter like his standards. These are just final chapters for the end of his life.

    • that’s the best part, m’liss. this happened so late in his life that he doesn’t have time to repair his legacy. he’ll die rich, but he won’t live happy.

  5. This is getting deeper and goes into so many things that the Murdochs have perverted and queered that all this investigation might warrant a new cable channel just to keep up with it all. Is there any truth to the rumor that the Cock Bros. might buy Fox broadcasting lest the bullshit disapate?

    • i can’t wait for the miniseries! this story has more layers than onions, and it smells way worse and makes your eyes tear like they never have before. i read last night that sean hoare was not the first whistleblower to die. there was another one named big george webley. even if uncle rupie had nothing to do with the deaths, you have to believe that some ex-employees might reach out for protection in exchange for information. i doubt they’d feel very comfy with scotland yard, so maybe they’ll look to the justice department and the fbi? here’s hoping.

      • I would say “send him to The Village” but, alas, He’s probably the one running it! (who is number one?) (we want information-INFORMATION!) Is it true that James is the new Number Two??

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