21/07/2011

Murdoch Misled

James Murdoch has been accused by two former senior executives at the News of the World of misleading Parliament over his knowledge of the extent of phone hacking at the newspaper.

What? Someone in the newspaper industry lied? My god, I need a sit down.

A former editor of the paper, and its lawyer, said that in 2009 they told Mr Murdoch, the chairman of News International, about evidence suggesting phone hacking was not limited to a single "rogue" reporter.

To be fair, when we all sat and watched the Murdochs no one thought they were going to be honest. Part of the fun was to watch then try and wriggle out of questions. I don't trust them so much I half expect to find out that James was putting on that silly America accent all along. And when all the truth comes out we'll find Wendi isn't Rupert's wife, she's a ninja assassin bodyguard.

But misleading a parliamentary committee is potentially a criminal offence. Oooh, if they get arrested and are allowed just one phone call, I wonder who's voicemail they'll listen to.

On Tuesday, Mr Murdoch was asked by MPs whether he had been aware of the key email. He said: "No, I was not aware of that at the time." However, Colin Myler, the former editor of the News of the World, and Tom Crone, the newspaper's lawyer, last night issued a statement in which they said they had told Mr Murdoch about the email.

To be fair, there are still some emails sitting in my Gmail inbox that I haven't read even though I keep getting asked about them. I have one down the bottom from some guy in Nigeria who knows how we can get our hands on some money from someone who died. All his needs is my bank details and I could get millions.

But I'm not going to reply. I'm not that bad. I'm going to forward it onto Greece. They need it more than I do right now.
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