Rupert Spins His Magic; Phone Hacking Scandal Keeps the Headlines Coming for Britain's Daily Newspapers

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MEDIA boss Rupert Murdoch and his son James emerged from a day of high political theatre with their reputations enhanced but faced further scrutiny over the phone hacking scandal, Britain's press said yesterday.

The father and son team fended off questions from British MPs over the snowballing crisis at News International, and garnered sympathy after being assailed by a foam pie-wielding attacker.

However, Murdoch senior's apparently faltering memory Co interpreted by some as a ploy to evade tricky queries Co raised more questions than answers and brought into focus the 80-year-old's ability to run the News Corp media empire.

C[pounds sterling]The Murdoch family gave as good as they got during yesterday's Commons select committee hearing into what they knew (or didn't know) about the phone hacking scandal,C[yen] The Daily Telegraph argued.

Despite a largely positive performance, the broadsheet concluded that the duo's chastening appearance meant: C[pounds sterling]The spell that Rupert Murdoch has held over British politics was broken in three hoursC[yen].

Murdoch-owned title The Times struck an unsurprisingly upbeat tone, but conceded that James Murdoch's admission that the company paid the legal fees of Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the heart of the scandal, was cause for concern.

C[pounds sterling]Rupert and James Murdoch struck an apologetic tone... but the session left a number of questions unanswered,C[yen] its editorial said. …


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