The Blackberry Defense

Friday, December 16, 2011

Transcript

Earlier this week it was revealed that James Murdoch received an email in 2008 that suggests Murdoch knew about the scope of the News Corp phone hacking scandal long before he has claimed. But, even though Murdoch replied to the email, he claims he didn't read far enough down the chain to grasp the gravity of the situation. Brooke spoke with author William Powers about the Blackberry defense. 

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Comments [4]

@Chris Gray:

"Though not currently an Occupier, as a member of the 99% it seems to me that both of these 1%ers (Murdoch or Corzine) are the type who paid people to write their academic papers and took their tests for them. So not fully reading emails that they each signed off on, totally believable but something for which they are still responsible."

Not quite. A CEO can claim to take a "hands-off"/delegated approach to an individual newspaper in a media empire and while not 'wise', it doesn't rise to the level of criminal.

The CEO of an investment company, however, who literally 'signs off' on all of the financial reporting to certify that they are accurate and correct, is committing a felony if he knowingly certifies reports that he knows to be inaccurate or incorrect.

There is no equivalence between Murdoch and Corzine.

More to the point, Murdoch's behavior didn't affect Americans; Corzine's did.

But when it comes to relevant or severity, that's apparently unimportant when OTM picks their bogeyman.

Conservatives always trump liberals.

Dec. 24 2011 03:13 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Though not currently an Occupier, as a member of the 99% it seems to me that both of these 1%ers (Murdoch or Corzine) are the type who paid people to write their academic papers and took their tests for them. So not fully reading emails that they each signed off on, totally believable but something for which they are still responsible.

Dec. 21 2011 09:49 PM
Philip Prindeville from Portland, OR

Wow.

The President's "go-to guy" for financial advice, the supposed "smartest guy in the room", former governor and former senator Jon Corzine lost $1.2B (and possibly significantly more than that) as CEO of MF Global, and admits this in testimony on the Hill... and this all goes unmentioned by OTM.

Instead, as the antagonist of their cautionary tale of nonfeasance they decide to wheel out again (I lost track after they did segments on News Corp. 3 times in a row) the Murdoch family.

Why? Because for such obvious partisans as Garfield and Gladstone, "villain" and "conservative" are synonymous, whereas it's inconceivable that a liberal could be either incompetent or criminally negligent.

Corzine might be the 800lb gorilla in the room that you're trying hard to ignore, but it's too late: your audience is has already noticed the conspicuous absence of coverage.

That negative coverage of politicians is rigorously kept out of the media in North Korea is hardly shocking.

That here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, OTM censors itself so effectively in the absence of such oppression would be comic if it weren't profoundly tragic.

Dec. 21 2011 01:32 AM
Harvey Bernstein from Westchester NY (WNYC)

The mention of Rosemary Woods in the Blackberry Defense story brought back memories of an extremely witty song 'If I had a friend like miss rosemary woods' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-bcsF7rtfo that received lots of play on that left wing subversive station WBAI :-) during the Nixon administration. Enjoy!

Dec. 18 2011 11:11 AM

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