Rupert Murdoch 'We Are Sorry' Letter: Do You Buy It?
News International to Print Apology Over the Weekend
Rupert Murdoch signed off on an apology letter to be printed in all News International properties over the weekend as the phone hacking scandal grows. (We keep saying that because it keeps growing.)
You can see the letter below- let us know what you think. It's not realistic for Murdoch to claim any responsibility for the phone hacking and bribery scandals, but there's something disingenuous about it: it reads as "sorry we couldn't stop ourselves".
The Rupert Murdoch apology letter, making the rounds on Twitter, reads as follows:
"The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account.
It failed when it came to itself.
We are sorry for the serious wrongdoing that occurred.
We are deeply sorry for the hurt suffered by the individuals affected.
We regret not acting faster to sort things out.
I realise that simply apologising is not enough.
Our business was founded on the idea that a free and open press should be
a positive force in society. We need to live up to this.
In the coming days, as we take further concrete steps to resolve these issues
and make amends for the damage they have caused, you will hear more from us."
It's difficult to take the letter at face value, considering the years of coverup that News International (and possibly News Corp) invested in the phone hacking campaign. What it really comes down to is this: They're sorry they got caught.
Rupert Murdoch to Apologize to Milly Dowler's Family
According to Sky News producer Tim Gatt, Rupert Murdoch has requested a private meeting with Milly Dowler's family, in order to "apologize unreservedly". The Murdoch-Dowler meeting is taking place on June 15.