Murdoch Tape: Bribe Scandal 'Next to Nothing'
Recording reveals meeting with journalists
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 3:53 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2013 7:38 AM CDT
In this Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, file photo, Rupert and Wendi Murdoch arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

(Newser) – A newly released tape reportedly reveals a conversation between Rupert Murdoch and Sun journalists—and its contents are looking damaging for the News Corp. boss. Apparently speaking to staff arrested on bribery claims, Murdoch calls the investigation into his media empire "the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing," Channel 4 reports alongside an ExaroNews story. He also suggests that paying officials off is nothing new, the AP notes: "We're talking about payments for news tips from cops. That's been going on a hundred years."

He slams "incompetent" cops, telling his staff, "You guys got thrown out of bed by gangs of cops at six in the morning, and I'm just as annoyed as you are." When a journalist says that "it would be nice to hit back," Murdoch answers: "We will, we will." News Corp. is sticking up for the boss over the recording, said to have been made in March. Murdoch is showing "understandable empathy" with the reporters, the company says, per the BBC. "No other company has done as much to identify what went wrong, compensate the victims, and ensure the same mistakes do not happen again," says a company rep.

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bej20A90
Jul 13, 2013 2:14 PM CDT
Truly a CRIMINAL for being a t o b a c c o d r u g p u s h e r.
Liberal-Lib
Jul 10, 2013 1:55 PM CDT
I love it! You gotta hand it to Murdoch. He never let a fact get in the way of a good story and he's got so many rubes worldwide bamboozled it's absurd. He doesn't care about facts. He doesn't care about rules. He doesn't care about the law. He doesn't care about the people who watch his shows, read his papers or line his pockets. He's a highly successful conservative.,, is unapologietic about it and is even proud. This is what it MEANS to be a conservative and honest conservatives will not deny it. They revel in it. Get it now?
RAD45
Jul 4, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
This sort of explains a lot of stuff I hear on FOX News... stories being run with sketchy information. News being broadcast when it's actually "opinion" and opinion not based on a whole lot. Murdoch has more control of America's newsprint and airwaves than most people realize. Did you know American citizenship is also for sale if you have at least a half-million dollars and can run a business? Considering Murdoch's declining reputation for truth, perhaps that citizenship should be reviewed?