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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.
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!"
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