British politicians long strove for the favor of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., but they suddenly turned on the company amid the phone-hacking scandal at its News of the World.
First Mr. Murdoch and his younger son James, chairman of the company's British newspaper division News International, appeared Tuesday morning before Parliament in a high-stakes but assuredly difficult bid to calm its members and the public. (Their session was interrupted by a protester attempting to hurl a pie tin filled with foam at the elder Mr. Murdoch.)
Then Rebekah Brooks, the Murdoch confidant and former News of the World editor who resigned last week as CEO of News International, took the hot seat.
Witnesses in Parliament do not testify under oath the way they often do in Congress, but they must answer "on their honor."
Here Rupert and James Murdoch resume their testimony after the protester's disruption, starting at about the 13-minute mark:
Here, an excerpt from Rebekah Brooks' testimony:
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- Watch the Clip: Protester Disrupts Murdochs' Parliament Appearance
- At Last, Piers Morgan Speaks on Murdoch Scandal
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- How Will Citizen Murdoch's U.S. Empire Fare in Scandal's Wake?
- Wall Street Journal Publisher Exits News Corp. in Latest Hacking-Scandal Fallout
- Murdoch Lieutenant Rebekah Brooks Resigns From News Corp. Over Hacking Scandal
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- Simon Dumenco: Why News Corp.'s Hapless Clean-Up of Its Phone-Hacking Scandal Is Doomed