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July 19th, 2011
05:38 AM ET

Question of the Day: Do you think Rupert Murdoch knew about the phone hacking?

(CNN) - News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks will appear before the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport in the UK Parliament this morning to answer questions about the phone-hacking scandal that has shaken Murdoch's global media empire.

British journalists working for Rupert Murdoch's News of the World are accused of hiring private detectives to hack illegally into the voice mails of thousands of people, ranging from top politicians and celebrities to murder victims and the families of fallen troops.

American Morning wants to know: Do you think Rupert Murdoch knew about the phone hacking?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.


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  1. Jonathan Sudler

    Has anyone checked to see if the shaving cream attacker (or his family) have received any large payments that can be traced back to Murdoch empire? This so called attack was such a media circus which, effectively deflected nearly all attention away from the criminal investigation at hand, and the players must be paid. Remember, we are talking about the Father of "Fox News" who are, like it or not, the best spin doctors out there.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  2. Dave

    As usual, the media have missed the most important part of the story: the blinding speed with which the 40-years-younger Mrs. Murdoch reacted to the pie attack. There wasn't time to think, "Hmm ... that man is after my rich husband - my meal ticket is in danger." She reacted instantly, without thought. That, students, is true love, a rare commodity in these troubled times.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  3. Aunt Theresa

    Absolutely. His vague answers wreak of lies by omission. Regardless as to whether or not he knew, as a man of his position he should accept responsibility for the actions of his subordinates.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  4. Mitchell Chastain

    Anthony apparently you have not been watching Fox. They have did A LOT of reporting on this and have not attempted to justify any of what happened.. As usual we liberals are allowing our liberal bias to shape our thinking and not really looking into the facts or waiting for them to come out. Let us all concetrate on destroying Murdock and Fox while our leaders are the real story while they destroy America.

    July 19, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  5. Richard

    Yes he knew, anytime your company has to pay out over 650 million dollars due to hacking into companies here in the U.S., he knew full well that his reports were doing it in England as well. Last night Rachel Maddow gave a report on the companies that are owned by News Corp. who broke into companies here in the U.S., and that within 4 days of going to court settled a 26 millions suit at one company that they broke into many times, by tracking the IP Address the hack came from.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  6. Tom R

    He knew, or should have known. Now his minions are being thrown under the bus.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  7. Dorothy Kincaid

    Of course he knew. This man has been and continues to spew his evil thoughout the world, with the blessings of many and now he says it was someone else. He was given and took the praise for the way in which he ran his empire and now? Please, you really think all of us are ignorant.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  8. Anthony (Dallas)

    Yes, of course he knows, everything.
    Period. No Question.

    July 19, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  9. Ron

    I would'nt be shocked if Murdoch had first hand knowledge of what his company was involved in, but my question is when will the United States investigate how guys like Murdoch control politicians here as well.

    July 19, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  10. serge moreau

    those people should be treated as spys and all be send to jail,anything else is not anought,murdoch is a criminal of the worse kind and should not go free

    July 19, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  11. Thomas Perez

    Did he Rupert Murdoch know ? Rupert Murdoch is the kind of micro managing megalomaniac that would know if somebody broke wind in the mail department ....... To pretend that he did not know how the very bread and butter of his scandal seeking paper paper was made is really quite naive... The question is who the sacrificial lamb is and im betting on a red headed one..

    July 19, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  12. Donna B

    Jeffery Tubin just said about the UK "they're an older democracy than we are"? Really – weren't they a monarchy at the time of the Revolutionary War?

    July 19, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  13. tod hale

    Ofcourse he did. However, the best part of all of this might be the FBI investigating any incidents that happened here in the U.S. That agency WILL NOT TOLERATE illegal information gathering and ....oh, wait....ummm.......never mind.

    July 19, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  14. Bill

    I believe he did know because of how wide spread this issue is. He was mentor to the main players. He has created a certain culture within his empire. So he is responsible and therefore accountable. The wacky world of Fox News makes sense now.

    July 19, 2011 at 6:46 am |
  15. Roger

    This is a bad thing that hurts the media that make the effort to bring the story by doing the right thing in getting facts and ideas of the story if he does not resign from News Corp. the stories and news they produces we will have more questions then answers how they get it did they get it with honor or they cheat in getting the story

    July 19, 2011 at 6:36 am |
  16. Ron

    Would Murdoch stepping down as CEO of newscorp and being de-facto CEO "chairman" really be a concession? When will people like this be put in jail? (not camp cupcake)

    July 19, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  17. Kevin P. Reilly

    How does a CEO not know about millions of dollars in hush money paid to victims of News Corp. hacking? Not only did Murdoch know of the hacking, he surely must have supported it.

    July 19, 2011 at 6:12 am |
  18. Julie Piwaron

    Ruport Murdoch is the CEO and the buck stops there.

    July 19, 2011 at 5:49 am |
  19. peter b

    Don't know if he did or not. The issue should be why he created a work culture that allowed this to happen. News Corp needs to be held accountable and that includes the top officers of the organization. By the way, when will the "talking legs" on Fox news start reporting on this scandal?

    July 19, 2011 at 5:45 am |
    • Anthony (Dallas)

      Fox will never report on this, in fact they mentioned on the web stream during a break that they would not touch the issue.

      July 19, 2011 at 8:03 am |