In public statements, Rupert Murdoch has sounded extremely remorseful about the infamous phone hacking scandal. But in a secret recording, made by someone at the Sun, Murdoch came off quite differently.
According to a report by Exaro and the UK’s Channel 4 news, Murdoch explained to arrested staffers that the hacking was “next to nothing” and had been going for many years. When Geoff Webster, the Sun’s deputy editor, suggested they should “hit back back when we can,” Murdoch agreed, saying, “We will; we will.”
Naturally the tape caused quite an uproar, but News Corp. is doing its best to brush it all aside.
In one statement, the company said Murdoch “has shown understandable empathy with the staff and families affected and will assume they are innocent until and unless proven guilty.”
In another, obtained by Deadline, News Corp. said “Mr. Murdoch never knew of payments made by Sun staff to police before News Corporation disclosed that to UK Authorities. Furthermore, he never said he knew of payments. It’s absolutely false to suggest otherwise.”