Candice Bergen: Well, now it begins. “Who ME?” “They did WHAT?” Odd that NO one in charge had a clue. I understand it is a huge corporation with thousands of employees but was there NO oversight? What they did on a massive scale is so appalling. Is Rupert Murdoch not the captain of this media liner?
Does noblesse not OBLIGE?
Joan Ganz Cooney: I feel confident that Murdoch didn’t order anyone to pay off the police or hack into the voice mail of a 13 year old missing (actually dead) girl — but he is responsible for tolerating an “anything goes” set of values at his newspaper. And apparently never asking anyone “how did we get this story?” Seems odd or maybe not.
Mary Wells Lawrence: When a car or a plane or a box of cereal causes problems for a few or for many, it is rare when anyone blames the head of the corporation personally. But Rupert Murdoch is one of the heads of large corporations viewed, correctly or not, as a personal terrorist with employees and competitors – and hacking is a highly personal terrorist attack. It is hard not imagining his personal involvement, hard not to believe employees’ accusations — though the evidence is not all in yet.
If, in the end, it appears Mr Murdoch is guilty of creating an atmosphere in which others felt free to act as terrorists, he will suffer something worse than jail. He will die with no respect. Quickly forgotten, the way life deals, he will be a nobody.