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Oops! James Murdoch received and responded to 2008 messages that referred to phone hacking


James, James, what's to become of you and Daddy Dearest? Wasn't it you who claimed oblivion to that enormous scandal that swirled around you like an industrial-sized toilet flush?

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Hard evidence is a bitch.

Via the New York Times:

LONDON — An e-mail chain released Tuesday by a parliamentary panel investigating the phone hacking scandal shows that Rupert Murdoch’s son James received and responded to messages in 2008 that referred to widespread phone hacking at The News of the World tabloid, the first documentation that he may have been notified of the wider problem long before he has admitted.

But see, he says he never read them. They just sat in his Blackberry. Unread. By him. He opened them, but, see, he didn't actually read them. Not ever. Honest.

Except for this:

As he forwarded the chain to Mr. Murdoch, Mr. Myler warned that the situation was “as bad as we feared” and requests a meeting to discuss the matter further. Mr. Murdoch’s reply offering to talk came two minutes later.

Oops. Busted.

Or maybe they were read and replied to by someone else. Maybe James's phone was hacked.



Quickie: Two top BSkyB shareholders to vote against James Murdoch


Today's Quickie:

Today is a very, very slow news day, so it comes down to this: A Murdoch story. Sorry to infect the blog this way, but you gotta do whatcha gotta do:

LONDON (Reuters) - Two top 10 shareholders in BSkyB will vote against James Murdoch remaining as chairman of the company at its AGM on Tuesday, according to newspaper reports.

The Sunday Telegraph said Legal and General (L&G) will vote against Murdoch, while the Sunday Times said Kames Capital has urged Murdoch to quit. A third big investor, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) is also set to vote against Murdoch's re-election.

He's crying all the way to the bank.

That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?


News Corp.'s James Murdoch gets a pay raise


Is there anyone, I mean besides the Koch brothers, who is less deserving of a pay raise than a member of the Murdoch family? James Murdoch is smack dab in the middle of a huge phone/computer hacking scandal, is a proud member of the 1%, but, as Think Progress is reporting, he's still getting a £1,300 pay increase from British broadcaster BSkyB:

The announcement, the Telegraph reports, made no mention of the scandals that have enveloped News Corp. since early this summer:

The increase, which brings Mr Murdoch’s pay for the non-executive role to £88,000, was revealed in an annual report from BSkyB that made no mention of the News of the World phone hacking scandal that has rocked News Corp and BSkyB, and ultimately derailed the deal.

It must be nice to be rewarded for being an unethical, lying little Son of a.. Rupert Murdoch.

Occupy News Corp.


Old allegations of spying by News Corp. could be used against them in hacking scandal


News Corps. has its own "lather, rinse, repeat" pattern. Hack, settle, buy. That's what they've done with many a business who has retaliated after having been hacked by them. They end up settling for a tidy sum, then get bought and controlled by the perpe-traitor, News Corp.

In fact, over the last ten years or so, they've had all sorts of lawsuits filed against them for corporate espionage, aka hacking, so that they can access information that puts them at an advantage in [insert market here]. Then Murdoch and Co. buy the companies that sued them and it all goes away.

What a racket.

Now it all could be coming back to bite them in the hiney. Via the L.A. Times:

Most of these cases are likely past the time when legal action could be brought, but these allegations could provide a hook for a fishing expedition by the government to determine whether hacking was limited to News Corp.'s British tabloid or part of the broader corporate culture.

It turns out that News America is only one of many News Corps. companies taking part in this sleazy stuff:

News Digital Systems, or NDS, faced similar allegations almost a decade ago by three companies: Vivendi's French pay-TV operator Canal Plus and U.S. satellite broadcasters Dish Network and DirecTV. [...]

In 2002, however, Canal Plus claimed NDS engineers had cracked its secret code, extracted the anti-piracy software and leaked it on the Internet. Dish and DirecTV alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. These actions were an attempt to give NDS a competitive advantage by weakening its rivals, the suits alleged.

Guess which Evil Master of Destroying The Enemy made deals with all three companies:

In 2002, News Corp. bought Vivendi's Italian pay-TV platform Telepiu, and in 2003, it took control of DirecTV.

You guessed right.

But at least now, those power grabs may backfire, and that would be some consolation.


British lawmakers demand that James Murdoch clarify hacking testimony


Yes, by all means, James, "clarify" your testimony. Or as I call it, "weasel":

LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers on Friday demanded that James Murdoch clarify why testimony he gave to a parliamentary committee probing the phone hacking scandal conflicted with a statement from two former executives.

The two people who challenged his previous testimony are former News of the World editor Colin Myler and Tom Crone, and former lawyer for News Corp.'s British arm, News International.

James M. doesn't have to actually attend another hearing, though, his written answers will suffice for now. Too bad. Body language can be revealing, although James seems pretty slick. Hopefully not slick enough to slither out of giving truthful testimony.


Direct from Fox-guarded hen house: Rupert Murdoch ally is "responsible" for internal investigation


Here is another link I can't follow since my New York Times access is limited, but I can share the email alert:

Joel I. Klein, the former New York City schools chancellor, was in a tricky position. Three weeks ago, Rupert Murdoch asked Mr. Klein, now his trusted deputy, to oversee an investigation into the phone hacking scandal that has deeply wounded News Corporation and its chairman, something Mr. Klein was eager to avoid.

“I am trying to get as far away from this as I can,” he lamented to a friend.

He has not succeeded. Mr. Klein, who joined News Corporation as a senior vice president in January, is not only responsible for the investigation that could uncover what company managers knew about the hacking, but he has become one of Mr. Murdoch’s closest and most visible advisers throughout the crisis.

His seemingly contradictory roles — de facto chief of internal affairs officer and ascendant executive with Mr. Murdoch’s earare raising questions about how robust and objective the internal inquiry can be.

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So a Murdoch buddy-- a Foxer guarding the hen house-- could very well interfere with what should be an "objective" internal inquiry (oxymoron). What could be more shocking.


Ex-News Of The World Employees Claim James Murdoch Misled Parliament; Murdoch's press release


I"m still struggling with Mr. Computer, so forgive the brevity. Just click on this to read TPM's thorough account of two former NOTW employees. Here's the tease:

A former reporter and the former legal manager for News Of The World are disputing part of James Murdoch's Tuesday testimony before Parliament, saying he knew there were other reporters involved in the phone hacking before News Corp settled a phone hacking lawsuit by the former head of Professional Footballers' Association. [...]

When asked whether he knew about the e-mail in the hearings, Murdoch said: "No, I was not aware of that at the time." He had previously said in a statement that he "did not have a complete picture" of the extent of the hackings when he OKed the settlement.

But Colin Myler, former editor of News of the World, and Tom Crone, former legal manager of News of the World, said in a statement on Thursday that they informed Murdoch of the "for Neville" e-mail at the time.

Here is James Murdoch's statement:

London, July 21, 2011  - I stand behind my testimony to the Select Committee.

News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) had total assets as of March 31, 2011 of approximately US$60 billion and total annual revenues of approximately US$33 billion. News Corporation is a diversified global media company with operations in six industry segments: cable network programming; filmed entertainment; television; direct broadcast satellite television; publishing; and other. The activities of News Corporation are conducted principally in the United States, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Latin America.

And now  back to scanning for whatever Murdoch hackitude may be lurking in my desktop.

UPDATE, via Keith Olbermann: James Murdoch may testify again after ex-NewsCorp execs say he did not tell truth...

Oh, and look what my buddy @LiberalPagan found: Now Two Murdoch Whistleblowers Dead