A parliamentary committee has judged that Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to run a major international company such as News Corp. due to his handling of the phone hacking scandal.
The verdict, from the Culture, Media and Sport committee in the House of Commons, is an unexpectedly damning one. Committee members made clear on Tuesday that it was not a unanimous one, setting up a political fight when the entire House votes on some of its findings.
The committee wrote that Murdoch “turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications,” and concluded that he “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company.”
The report is the culmination of years of investigation since the phone hacking crisis first broke in 2009. Since then, the scandal has caught everyone from journalists to police to politicians in its net, and cost Murdoch hundreds of millions of dollars.
Anyone surprised?, we doubt it. The Tories have of course stayed on the fence. If you saw sycophantic way Louise Mensch grovelled around questioning Murdoch on the day of the foam pie, it’s no more than you would expect. What astonishes us is that the report uses the words “not a fit person” to run a major international company. Don’t they know the rules?
None of these people are fit to run international companies, that’s why they get away with it. They are all so arrogant they think they are above the law, and as their friends create and control the law, they are correct.
Will this affect Murdoch, probably not, I doubt if the verdict from the Culture, Media and Sport committee, (a bunch of MP’s low enough down the food chain to not really understand how the system operates) will have much impact in the US.
I just find it hilarious that Murdoch & Sons claim they were unaware of the unethical way their journalists where operating. Maybe Murdoch hasn’t had much news room experience,after all, it’s not his fault he was born into a family who owned the Adelaide News.