Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rupert Murdoch's shield in phone hacking scandal: Joel Klein

In times of crisis, closeness counts. And during Rupert and James Murdoch’s two punishing hours of testimony before British lawmakers in London Tuesday, no person outside the Murdoch family was closer to the two media barons than Joel Klein.

His bald, bespectacled head, set off by a green tie and dark suit, appeared in nearly every television shot of the hearing. And surely this bit of theater was intentional. After all, the hastily assembled News Corp. management and standards committee charged with dealing with the phone-hacking scandal, which reports directly to Klein, was held up again and again in the Murdochs’ testimony, as well as the subsequent testimony of former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks, as proof that the company was dedicated to finding and curing the rot within.

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