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Submission + - James Murdoch's Defense Crumbles

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Brian Cathcart writes that whatever happens to News Corp., it will surely happen without James Murdoch,, the clever, dashing heir apparent to his buccaneer father, Rupert, who has become a liability with little hope of survival. James Rupert told members of Parliament that when he approved a payment of about $1.1 million in 2008 to settle the first lawsuit brought by a phone-hacking victim, he was not shown an email that suggested phone hacking was more widespread at the News of the World, and not limited to one “rogue” reporter. "He is saying one thing—that in briefing him they gave an “incomplete picture”—and, remarkably, in a statement Thursday, they publicly denied that," writes Cathcart. "It is a significant moment, because it is the first public breaking of ranks among Murdoch executives to have occurred in the five years this scandal has been running." All the News Corp. executives used to tell the same story but one by one as the pressure has grown these people have been cast off or have drifted away and now as the little group has splintered and scattered, and they all need to save their own skins. "It’s not just James who is done," writes David Carr in the NY Times. "Rupert Murdoch, as we have long known him, is done as well.""

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