Further revelations undermine Murdoch
A letter written by one of the journalists implicated in the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal has now been published. In it, he claims that phone hacking was “widely discussed” at editorial meetings at the paper.
The claims are acutely troubling for the prime minister, David Cameron, who hired Coulson as his media adviser on the basis that he knew nothing about phone hacking. And they confront Rupert and James Murdoch with the humiliating prospect of being recalled to parliament to justify the evidence which they gave last month on the aftermath of Goodman’s allegations. In a separate letter, one of the Murdochs’ own law firms claim that parts of that evidence were variously “hard to credit”, “self-serving” and “inaccurate and misleading”.
If you can go to prison for 6 months for taking $5 worth of bottled water from a looted store, I wonder what the jail term should be for knowingly breaking the law for profit, when those laws are critical to protecting an open society.