April 26th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers analyze Rupert Murdoch's admission of 'cover-up'

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Rupert Murdoch admitted Thursday there had been a "cover-up" of phone hacking at News of the World and apologized for not paying more attention to the scandal. He said that he had shut down his flagship British tabloid newspaper out of "panic" after a revelation that a murdered teenage girl had been a victim of phone hacking. Readers debated the meaning of this apology. Murdoch's assertion that News Corp. had been a victim of the cover-up, not the perpetrator, was mentioned by several people.

Rupert Murdoch admits phone-hacking 'cover-up,' apologizes

Many of our readers expressed outrage, saying they doubted Murdoch's sincerity in admitting the hacking and making an apology.

Polyglot64: "So he apologized for supposedly "not knowing" about the incident. Culpable deniability, the hallmark of those in power."

gailb59: "I like how people like to play dumb when they get caught. I didn't realize, I didn't know, I should have done this. All bull, people like Murdoch do not become wealthy powerful by not having a clue, please."

But is it possible that Murdoch didn't actually know what was going on?

libsRdisease: "Apology accepted. To all the liberal haters: the leader of a company doesn't always know what his lower-level employees are doing. If a cashier punches a customer at McDonald's is the CEO held responsible? Then why should Rupert Murdoch be held responsible for what his employees do? Liberals are so afraid of Fox News that they are willing to slander a good and honest man just to try to get rid of it. What are you so afraid of? The truth?"

Responsibility is responsibility, this person said.

katiefacemom: "You know, for a guy with his level of intelligence he is incredibly stupid to think anyone will buy this admission. He's still spreading the blame all around without getting any on himself. Mr. Murdoch, when you run company for which you accept all the accolades, you must know that ultimately, the buck stops with you. Regardless of all the others who share responsibility in this sickening debacle, it's your name that is the constant. You should be ashamed, yet you're still dodging. Apologies mean zip when responsibility isn't taken. It's just useless, worthless words."

Some thought Murdoch's statements were a bit much.

Achuzzlewit: "I think the point when he called himself and his paper a 'victim' is the point at which anyone with a shred of decency in that hearing room should have stood up, walked over, and punched him in the face. Repeatedly."

zrex808: "His defense for being a victim is weak and he wishes the penalty was merely a pie in the face."

Too much partisanship at play here?

Dylan Kerling: "It's sad how many people commenting here are stuck in this right vs. left paradigm. Once you look past the surface and social issues you see both parties are for the exact same policies when you look at the global picture. The funniest thing is  Obama and the Democrats have actually convinced people they got change! What a laugh. Obama and Bernanke doubled down on all of bush's and greenspans policies. The absolute best part is how they actually have the sheep thinking the '08 crash was all Bush's fault when it was glass steagall getting repealed under  Clinton that precipitated the whole thing."

A few readers groused about Murdoch's influence.

Solitairedog: "He has too much power over the media for one guy. There should be limits to what percentage of media one person may own."

Tex71: "Murdoch has had a great deal of control over politics in the UK and in the USA. This is never supposed to happen. Murdoch's influence is to some extent responsible for the high level of corruption that has allowed lobbyists and the corporations they represent to take control of the GOP."

What is Murdoch's goal?

geoffmartin7777: "Murdoch is trying to do in America what he almost got away with in the UK and in Australia ... exert right-wing political influence!"

What do you think about Murdoch's apology? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Scottish Mama

    @Muffy- A victim of money, shall we relieve him of it?

    April 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    FOX News is going down. Hannity and O'Reilly needs to get a job working for a living.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      going down??? Orielly has owned the top spot for years. Meanwhile CNN programs are clear down at the bottom

      April 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    @ Muffy, The email regarding the bribe was sent to Ak. The same remains true... Walmart is Bribemart! see? :)

    April 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Awww! I see a C/P coming all the way down to the last story of the day on these boards. he he ;)

    April 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @Mary what is C/P?

    April 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Na na

      Sorry. It means copy/paste.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Hello Scottish Mama, Yes I have learned to abbr some. ;)

    April 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Destry

    Mary called it. ^

    April 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Destry

    Well, this is awkward. The post I was refering to is gone, and I look like a sodding twit.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ellen

    How much longer is it going to be before they throw Murdock in the Tower of London? He needs to be hung, drawn and quartered. Imagine CNN pandering to Murdock today as though he were innocent. Shame on CNN. Given that Murdock told his staff to get "stories no matter what it took, just don't tell him what they had to do to get them" makes him just as guilty as his staff & for CNN to pander to him & tell him "poor little Rupert is a lot of rubbish. Shame on CNN they should get down and dirty with Murdock & MI5 should hang, draw & quarter the old rubber-neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Oldone

    All his holding and operations are for the bottom line regardless of the damage or death it causes! Murdoch and dear Windy are out for one thing POWER! The U.S. and Bush can think Murdoch and Turd Blossom for the IRAQ!

    April 27, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Don

    It wasn't his fault. It was the people who worked under him or the people who worked under the people who worked under him. In other words, it was the British government's and the police's fault for not doing their jobs and arresting the bums and shutting Murdoch out of there in the first place.

    The old crook's empire of Yellow journalism is so fetid it is stained brown.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |