Rupert Murdoch humbled by hearing in hack scandal

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch was humble Tuesday by a committee of lawmakers who grill one of the world's most powerful media moguls and his son on their position in a phone-hacking scandal that has embroiled a few of Britain's top politicians, police and journalists.

Appearing frail and confused, the elder Murdoch at initial seemed repentant — he banged his hands on the table and said the day was the the majority humble of his life — but he became increasingly flustered at what time committee members peppered with him questions, often turning to his son James for answers.

In a tense question-and-answer session by means of lawmakers, Murdoch, 80, said he was "shocked, appalled and ashamed" at the hack of the phone of a murdered schoolgirl through his now-shuttered News of the World tabloid. He said he have seen no evidence that victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack and their relatives be targeted by some of his papers.

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