While the media played yesterday’s appearance by Murdoch pere et fils as a rousing success, it looks like James Murdoch perjured himself and that two witnesses just turned.
Tom Crone and Colin Myler were well aware that the statement they were about to make could prove fatal to James Murdoch.
When the Guardian pointed out in the wake of his parliamentary testimony that Murdoch’s son had sought to blame them for concealment, one friend of the two men said: “To contradict James will be as good as coming out and calling him a liar.”
Myler and Crone, the News of the World’s then editor and News International’s top newspaper lawyer, both of whom have lost their jobs in the wake of the phone-hacking affair, subsequently spent the day debating what to do.
If their statement of Thursday nightis correct, Rupert’s son will have proved to have misled parliament. He will also have destroyed the Murdoch family’s last line of defence against the scandal – that they knew nothing, and had been betrayed by those underlings they trust
Once News International people start ratting each other out, who knows where it all ends?
Another question about British politics: how hard would it be for the Tories to dump Cameron mid-term?
Update. Here’s a SUSA (probably the polling group I trust the most) poll showing about 3/4 of Americans are following the scandal at least somewhat and that a similar number things the FBI should investigate News Corp. activity in the United States.