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Michelle Malkin On The NewsCorp Hacking Scandal

Spot-on:
News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch, his son James Murdoch, and newly-resigned and arrested NoTW editor-in-chief Rebekah Brooks are testifying before Parliament this morning as I write. CSPAN-3 is carrying the proceedings live here.

As a proud Fox News contributor for the past 10 years, I have come to News Corp.’s defense countless times and will continue to do so when critics distort the facts and wage unfair attacks.

This is not one of those times. There is no defense for this godawful fiasco.


Rupert Murdoch started at the hearing this morning by gently commenting that this is the “most humble moment” of his life. As it should be.

But saying it and showing it are two entirely different things. Just a few days ago, he was smiling broadly with disgraced editor Brooks, calling her his “first priority.” Asked about the comment at the Parliament hearing this morning, Murdoch suggested he didn’t actually say that because there were many microphones shoved in his face — but the backtracked when asked if he was asserting he was misquoted.

Yes, the police failed to do their jobs and apparently conspired to whitewash the voicemail hackings. But blaming Scotland Yard somehow as worse perpetrators than the company’s sanctioned hackers — as the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal editorial board did yesterday — is sheer madness.
My emphasis.

Don't get me wrong, I have many differences-in-opinion with Malkin, not the least of which is her affinity for Fox News Channel.

That said, she is right to call this a 'godawful fiasco' -- as it is.

The question is this: how damaging to the NewsCorp brand -- and Murdoch himself -- will this scandal be?