Rupert Murdoch attacked at hearing with a foam pie
LONDON — A protester splattered Rupert Murdoch with white foam in a foil pie dish on Tuesday, interrupting a dramatic hearing in which the media baron told British lawmakers he was not responsible for a phone hacking scandal that has rocked his global empire.
Murdoch appeared by turns vague, truculent, sharp and concise as he spoke alongside his son and deputy, James, calling the parliamentary inquisition “the most humble day of my career” but refusing to take personal blame for the crisis that has swept from a tabloid newspaper through the top levels of Britain’s police and even to the prime minister’s office.
Murdoch, 80, said he was “shocked, appalled and ashamed” at the hacking of the phone of a murdered schoolgirl by his now-shuttered News of the World tabloid.
But he quibbled with a suggestion that criminality had been endemic at the tabloid and said he had seen no evidence that victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack and their relatives were targeted by any of his papers.
- Rupert Murdoch Attacked During Phone Hacking Hearing [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Man Rushes at Rupert Murdoch During Parliament Hearing (foxnews.com)
Posted on July 19, 2011, in Government Trough and tagged James Murdoch, Media proprietor, News Corporation, News of the World, News of the World phone hacking affair, Rupert Murdoch, September 11 attacks, Wendi Deng. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.