“This is the most humble day of my career. After all that has happened, I know we need to be here today,” said Rupert Murdoch on Monday while being questioned by British Members of Parliament.
Owner of News of the World Rupert Murdoch, his son James Murdoch, and News Internationals chief executive Rebekah Brooks were questioned in the phone hacking allegations by British Members of Parliament. Rupert Murdoch and his son made an apologetic statement, not just to the Members of Parliament, but to the British people as well.
“Saying sorry is not enough. Things must be put right, No excuses.” Murdoch senior told MP’s before stating that News International will cooperate fully with police to see that justice is done. However, the questions ended quite abruptly after a protester launched an attack on the media mogul. “You naughty billionaire,” stated the protestor as he tossed a foam plate at Rupert Murdoch, according to Skye News. Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, rushed to her husband’s defense by swatting the attacker in the face. After being detained by police the protester has been identified as comedian Jonnie Marbles.
After a short suspension, former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was then questioned.
Brooks started by adding her own apologizes to that of Rupert and his son’s James and continued to defend her position at the major news corporation. “I can say that I have never paid a policeman myself,” Brooks then continued stating, “I have never knowingly sanctioned a payment to a police officer.”
Brooks denied knowledge of allegations before they appeared in the press and also stated that most Newspapers in Fleet Street London used private investigators and that she herself used them in a purely legitimate fashion. “If you saw, at the time of the Home Affairs Select Committee recently, you had various crime editors from Fleet Street discussing that in the past payments have been made to police officers,” Brooks adds in her defense “I was referring to that wide held belief, not a widespread practice.”