May 1st, 2012

Media Committee: Clears James Murdoch of Misleading Them
Executives Crone, Hinton, Myler Gave Misleading Testimony

On the specific point of misleading the DCMS committee James Murdoch is cleared. The report, on the basis of party political split vote, does however claim that Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to exercise stewardship of a major international company and that James Murdoch showed “wilful ignorance” of the extent of phone hacking during 2009 and 2010. Tory members of the committee are basically saying Watson went over the top and they could not give  unanimous backing to the report.

Download the full report here.


  1. 1
    Fuck the Mps says:

    A group of Mps decide that someone in a private company is not fit and proper? ROFL , this from the house of thieves!!!

  2. 2
    Simon. says:

    No they don’t, the report finds Rupert Murdoch not fit to exercise stewardship of major international company.

    Why the spin?

  3. 3
    Show Biz for ugly people says:

    Clears James Murdoch?

    Yup, he’s come out of this looking just terrific.

    Murdoch lickspittle much?

  4. 4
    Suburban Hillbilly says:


  5. 5
    Vimeiro says:

    Ha Ha!

  6. 6
    UKIPMAN says:

    Gordon Brown was “not a fit person” to exercise stewardship of a major international country but nobody stopped him.

  7. 7
    Tobias Flangelflapper says:

    Interesting that the DCMS was split largely on Tory and Labour lines. The delectable Mrs Mensch for one seems firmly up News International’s arsehole. Only wish she was up mine.

  8. 8
    jgm2 says:


    Where does one go in order to be charged with the ‘crime’ of contempt of Parliament?

    MPs are like fucking gypsies. You pay ‘em money to do a job, they fuck it up completely and then they come back demanding more money with menaces.

    The c*unts should all be housed in caravans in a big lay-by.

  9. 9
    Albert Hall says:

    Never a truer word spoken.

  10. 10
    jgm2 says:

    Labour would never have allowed any parliamentary committee to have more than a single token opposition MP.

    Can’t risk folk coming up with the ‘wrong’ conclusions you see.

  11. 11
    The Sleeper says:

    Preferably in the outside lane of the M1

  12. 12
    just asking says:

    Not fit now, or not fit back when all this happened under Labour’s stewardship?

  13. 13
    Carlos says:

    Funny how “no definitive evidence” for an MP or Lord means exonerated as innocent, whereas for mere mortals, it means guilty but we can’t actually prove it so we’ll just use innuendo.


  14. 14
    Show Biz for ugly people says:

    nice edit on the title and content of this post btw;

    I guess even you must have had a hard time peddling your original line

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    And 600 unfit persons are running the country.

    Give Murdoch Cameron’s job, if he does half as bad a job as he has at News Int, we’ll all be fine.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    According to the BBC the Lib Dems swung the vote on Murdoch’s fitness “the right way”

  17. 17
    Kangaroo Court says:

    We have spoken.

  18. 18
    Gordon Brown says:

    Unlike myself who is clinically insane he had ‘Plausible Deniability’ as his defence

  19. 19
    Yoda says:

    Kettle, Calling, Black

  20. 20
    BBC says:

    The years 1997-2008 clearly are an urban legend

  21. 21
    The BBC, because of the unique way we're funded says:

    But the ‘prosperity’ was all real and only ended due to banker’s mistakes in America.

  22. 22

    Frankly my dear, he wasn’t fit to shovel from one lugger to another.

  23. 23
    Mando Lynne says:

    Definitely food for thought – umm, I wonder and ponder.

    World class business – (no holds barred)
    Profitable – (mega bucks in the bank)
    Top class staffers – (not risk averse)
    Great marketeers – (stuff the EU we can do better)
    Sound budgeting and delivery – ( seems OK to me)
    Thought through planning and business processes – (forget all the kneejerks and hoops)
    Innovation – ( not a problem)
    Clear concise strategy – (that would be new)
    No Uturns – (a first)
    Future development planning and investment – (driving for number one country)

    There will be others

    First draft for the new era and new age of Great Britain as a global force with teeth.

    What do you think?

  24. 24
    Sell the BBC and save £145.50 p per annum says:

    I think this report means that Newscorp will not be taking over BskyB.

    I await with interest the disclosure of Burton Copeland’s files.

  25. 25
    Spartacus says:

    DCMS committee claims that Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to exercise stewardship of a major international company.

    The voices of parliamentary experience talking?

  26. 26
    will says:

    i would not trust any member of parliament to run me a bath, let alone a country.

  27. 27
    Stacks of Sleaze says:

    The report was not unanimous.

    Under the rules the Conservative members who dissented had a right to make a supplemental report.

    They have not done so.

    I wonder why?

  28. 28
    Rinka Scott says:

    What happened to the guy with the custard pie?

  29. 29
    Benefit Bludger says:

    Major international country?

  30. 30
    Benefit Bludger says:

    Make him PM.

  31. 31
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Yes, some Tories still think cheerleading for Murdoch is the way forward.
    Swimming against the tide, though.
    Pass the popcorn, please.

  32. 32
    Jimmy says:

    Look just be happy with the Desmond gig. This is becoming undignified.

  33. 33
    JH says:

    …whereas the BBC and Guardian frantically trying to destroy a commercial rival – boring the tits of every one in the process – is the height of serenity and grace.

    My, how the left hate those who make their money through voluntary trade with others, rather than extorting it.

  34. 34
    JH says:

    He remains an unfunny, attention seeking c’nt.

  35. 35
    Poncho says:

    So members of Parliament state thate the Murdochs are not fit to run an international business. Question 1: Are these MPs fit for purpose? Question 2: Is there about to be a bid for B Sky B?

  36. 36
    Jimmy says:

    I just love how, out of all the possible headlines today, Guido goes with “Murdoch tells truth about something”.

  37. 37
    misterned says:

    This was all just the BBC’s puppets in parliament looking to hijack and prevent a competitor’s media deal from proceeding. It had sod all to do with hacking, and everything to do with the BBC trying to gain a total monopoly on the means to indoctrinate the entire nation through its own propaganda.

  38. 38
    misterned says:

    Murdoch would do a much better job of running the country than the current bunch of no-hopers, criminals and traitors.

  39. 39
    nonsense says:

    I’m sure Rupert will give a rat’s arse about this piffling report.

  40. 40
    James Murdoch says:

    Just goes to show we can still pull all the punches from our empire.

  41. 41
    misterned says:

    I think you may be right, however, with James Murdoch stepping down, and the decision still with OFCOM, I await the results of that decision with interest.

    For the record, I hope that News International are granted SKY and wait with beer and popcorn to watch the BBC wailing and bitching about it. The BBC are only trying to aggressively and greedily obtain a media monopoly themselves after all.

  42. 42
    JH says:

    I just love how, out of all the possible headlines for about three months, The BBC and The Guardian went with “Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch Murdoch, Ashcroft.”

    No one gives a fuck, Jimmy, they really don’t. The only reason there was any public outcry at all was the widely propagated falsehood that Mulcaire had deleted Milly Dowler’s voicemails.

    This wasn’t the case but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise watching the lefty propaganda machine’s hellbent attempt to bring down a commercial rival.

    It stinks.

  43. 43
    Synic says:

    Would this be many of the thieving corrupt MP’s who approved the illegal Iraq war, and failed to stop Brown & Co. destroying the economy, and who are responsible for the current deficit of £300m per day?
    Come on Murdoch — the gloves are off — expose them fully in the papers — day after day after day. Starting with everything you know about the duplicitous incompetent Cameron.

  44. 44
    Jimmy says:

    Well obviously not, judging by the thousands of posts here from people claiming that nobody cares.

  45. 45
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Old Rupe should point out in his defence that if the House of Commons was a company, and the MP’s its Directors and senior execs, it would certainly be found unfit, being riddled with fraud, criminality and with several actually jailed for theft of many thousands of pounds of shareholders’ money – our taxes. And yet these arseholes see fit to make moral judgements on a business that, whatever its sins, has employed thousands, paid tens of millions in tax, and left us with a relatively free and robust newspaper industry by tackling the unions.

  46. 46
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Good to see the Tories on the committee lining up with Rupert on this one. Cameron will surely be delighted.

  47. 47
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Gordo’s nethers needing your oral attention . On the coach pdq, you know he doesn’t like to be left uncleaned for any time

  48. 48
    Jimmy the Goat says:

    Ho hum de tedium

  49. 49
    Lie Bie says:

    Caravans are far too expensive. Wait for Millett’s sale of their old tents.

  50. 50
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Wouldn’t make any difference to us. Up here is Murdoch-free territory and no-one pays the telly tax.

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    + 60million

  52. 52
    A leading QC says:

    When faced with awkward questioning whilst giving evidence on oath the following tactics can sometimes be of use:

    1. Accidentally dropping the bible or better still the water jug on the floor.

    2. Slowing down your replies and generally meandering around the question if near to a natural break in the proceedings.

    3. Have someone in the public gallery who will faint or have a heart attack upon a given signal such as a cough.

    4. Have someone enter the courtroom and attack you.

    1 and 2 tend to delay matters. 3 and 4 are generally more effective and can even gain some sympathy.

  53. 53
    Adam Werritty says:

    Two pretty good days in a row for Dave now.

    Saying he prefers to wait for Hunt to give evidence on oath before Levenson rather than diving in now and giving his mere word to a civil servant type was a brilliant piece of thinking on his feet.

    Live to fight another day.

  54. 54
    Expat Geordie says:

    6th largest economy when Labour took power in 1997 may be of relevance.

  55. 55
    Expat Geordie says:

    And that story was about as straight as Gordon.

  56. 56

    ha ha ha haha hahahah hahahhahhaha hahhahhahhahahhahahhhah hahahhaha hhahahah hahhah So they are still in charge then: So thats the economy truly lied to and fu=ked

  57. 57
    Referee says:

    JH – Please remember Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked. Surely that is bad enough.
    The issue of whether messages were deleted as a result has still not been resolved, according to Surrey police.

  58. 58
    Totally disillusioned Portsmouth Voter says:

    At least News International exposed crooks like Handycock, not like the Portsmouth News which is representative as the UK edition of Pravda.

    How on earth do we get rid of this political crook and pervert? Until the postal voting system is completely reformed, we are stuck with him, and the two bedroom flats, with in excess of a dozen voters registered.

  59. 59
    Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

    Killed two birds with one stone here. Got out to Strasbourg for some shagging on taxpayer’s money and made an inane statement that I had placed in my local newspaper, the Portsmouth News which is in my pocket. Disregard all those comments, it has been a good day for me especially the shagging. Boaz.

  60. 60
    Charlie says says:

    MPs’ report on controversial methods used to get Newspaper Headlines is used by MPs’ to get controversial Newspaper Headlines.

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