Scotland Yard detectives are trying to track down a purported secret recording of media mogul Rupert Murdoch allegedly telling journalists from The Sun newspaper that he was aware that paying public officials for news tips was part of the “culture of Fleet Street,” The Guardian newspaper reports.
On the tape, obtained by the British investigative website Exaro and broadcast last week in part on Channel 4, Murdoch allegedly admits he was aware of the practice of bribing public officials.
The comments were made during a purported meeting in March between Murdoch and nearly two dozen reporters and executives from The Sun who had been arrested over allegations of illegal news-gathering practices.
More than 60 journalists and public officials have been arrested in connection with the probe, dubbed Operation Elveden, that grew out of an earlier scandal involving phone-hacking. Many of the arrests stemmed from information the Murdoch media group voluntarily turned over to police, The Guardian has reported.
At one point, Murdoch tells the journalists, “It’s the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing.”
OK. Nothing new here. Move along.
I’m sorry. I guess I should be outraged, but does it really shock anyone that Rupert would say something like this? I think the biggest surprise here is that someone actually taped it without him knowing about it. The prince of darkness is losing his touch.
I could muster up some pretend indignation, but if I did, I’d be as sincere as Capt. Louis Renault when he ordered the shutdown of Rick’s American Cafe:
- Report: Scotland Yard seeks secret Rupert Murdoch tape (usatoday.com)
- Rupert Murdoch Caught On Tape: Admits Paying Off Sources (crooksandliars.com)
- Scotland Yard seeks Rupert Murdoch secret tape (guardian.co.uk)
- Caught on tape: What Rupert Murdoch really thinks about bribing public officials (independent.co.uk)
- SHOCKER: Secret Tape Shows Rupert Murdoch Acknowledging UK Bribery Telling Reporters To “Trust Me” (deadline.com)