Secret recordings of Rupert Murdoch and Sun staff: "We will hit back."

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Rupie was caught on tape, and Gawker has video and more details here:

ExaroNews a British investigative web site, has just published the full transcript of a secretly recorded meeting between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the staff of The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by News Corp., in which Murdoch admitted that he was aware for decades that journalists from his newspapers had been bribing both police and public officials. [...]

The Sun staffers were irate over Murdoch's decision to supply mass internal communications to the police "that had betrayed confidential sources, some of whom were public officials who received no payment for information," reports ExaroNews.

This little chat happened in a boardroom at The Sun's headquarters in East London. Here's a snippet (bolding is Gawker's):

Murdoch acknowledges that illegal newsgathering practices were a long-standing part of the culture (emphasis added):

"I guarantee you that [medical support] will continue. And I will do everything in my power to give you total support, even if you’re convicted and get six months or whatever. I think it’s just outrageous, but—and I don’t know of anybody, or anything, that did anything that wasn’t being done across Fleet Street and wasn’t the culture. And we’re being picked on. I think that it was the old right-wing establishment, [Lord] Puttnam, or worse, the left-wing get-even crowd of Gordon Brown. There was a sort of—we got caught with dirty hands, I guess, with the News of the World, and everybody piled in. It was a get-even time for things that were done with The Sun over the last 40 years, 38 years, whatever it is."

Aww, poor wittle tings. They were being "picked on."

Watch and read more here.

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    Cannot resist, Laffy! A three-fer for you, in react to these latest Murdoch err.. bread crumbs?

    Wendi Deng, aka 'Tiger Mom,' aka Mrs. Rupert Murdoch, is checking that Murdoch pre-nup again, after this latest revelation. #snarkicious Mrs. Murdoch was last seen practicing her pie throwing. We already know her defense skills in deflecting thrown cream pies:

    1. via Telegraph. UK Video Wendi Deng defends Murdoch from pie attack http://bit.ly/12eloz6 (Actual news footage)

    2. As only NWA can, http://youtu.be/JrR3bnLApDs , their take on Wendi Deng's fierce 'Stand By Your Man' defense tackle of Johnny Marbles' thrown cream pie stunt during a UK Parliamentary hearing into Murdoch's news ops' hacking scandal.

    3. Resharing John Fugelsang's excellent dating tips on how to bag a billionaire, in re: Rupert Murdoch's pending divorce: Take it away John! [ if you have not seen this.. it is ROFL ]

    http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/john-fugelsang-hes-83-single-and-worth-11bil-the-bachelor-rupert-murdoch-edition/

    At your service, Laffy! xoxox aka Amy