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Phone-hacking: Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks face MPs - live | Politics | guardian.co.uk

3.47pm: Dan Sabbagh, the Guardian's head of media, is providing live analysis of the session as it happens here. Dan says "the great old man of newspapers looked hopelessly out of touch in the early stages of the father and son grilling in front of MPs today".

There were the marathon pauses; the one word answers; the look, again and again of mystification. He tried, several times, to defer to James, who clearly had plenty of answers at his finger tips. His hand beat the desk several times to emphasise the occasional long answer. But above all, Rupert Murdoch knew nothing about phone hacking - and he didn't look like he was acting either.

3.46pm: Philip Davies, a Conservative, is asking the questions now.

Q: What advice did you have about appearing here today?

JM says they were advised essentially to tell the truth.

Q: How often do you speak to your editors?

RM says he sometimes rings the editor of the News of the World on a Saturday to find out what they are doing. He always rings the editor of the Sunday Times, but he stresses he is not interfering.

"I'm not really in touch."

RM says if there is an editor he is most closely in touch with it's the editor of the Wall Street Journal, because they work in the same building.

Q: Do you speak to the editor of the Sun twice a day?

No, says RM.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jul 19th, 2011 at 11:35:36 AM EST
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