It is clear that the Murdoch media holds the whip hand in its relationship with the Conservative government.
Here, two former News of the World executives have been found in contempt of Parliament over the phone hacking affair – a hugely serious issue that had far-reaching consequences, not least in the obstruction of police crime investigations.
And what happens to them?
They get “named and shamed” in the House of Commons.
I reckon these two hacks will be able to live with that; people in the reporting industry tend to be thick-skinned.
Parliament has the power to impose sentences up to and including imprisonment, but apparently a small slap on the wrist was all it could justify for the inconvenience these men have caused.
They’ll know they can do it again, then.
Two former News of the World executives have been found in contempt of Parliament for “misleading” MPs over phone-hacking.
Former Rupert Murdoch employees Colin Myler and Tom Crone face being named and shamed on the floor of the House of Commons after the finding by a powerful group of MPs.
Today’s 150-page report by the Privileges Committee examined the pair’s conduct around the time the newspaper was engulfed in the phone-hacking scandal.
It found ex-editor Mr Myler and ex-legal manager Mr Crone “misled” the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee where there they were grilled by MPs.
In Mr Myler’s case, the report said he answered “questions falsely about [his] knowledge of evidence that other News of the World employees had been involved in phone-hacking and other wrongdoing”.
Mr Crone, the report adds, “misled the committee” in 2009 over how the firm drew up a £600,000-plus payout to Professional Footballers’ Association chief Gordon Taylor.
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