The whole world watched as Rupert and James Murdoch faced questions from MPs over the phone-hacking scandal yesterday and users of Twitter were quick to show their dismay at the lack of answers from the media tycoons early on in the questioning.
‘Adopt the Rupert Murdoch approach to work today by just banging the table and claiming you have no idea how anything works,’tweeted ‘TwelveDens’.
Drama came in the form of an attempted shaving foam pie to Rupert Murdoch’s face – triggering a sharp rise in the number of tweets being posted.
‘On the worst day in News Corp history, Jonnie Marbles has given The Sun and Fox News the chance to make Rupert Murdoch look like the victim,’said Billy Bragg, expressing his disgust along with the rest of Twitter.
‘Pageantmalarkey’ tweeted shortly after the pie incident to say that the attacker was her ex-boyfriend. Her profile description, ‘Not funny. Not clever. Not your girlfriend,’was widely believed to have been typed in response to the incident. She has since corrected the rumour: ‘So we’re all up to speed that I did not break up with anyone yesterday, and that my Twitter bio is self depreciating? Good.”
The most compelling Twitter aspect of the story is still ongoing.
During the hearing, MP Louise Mensch mentioned sections of celebrity journalist Piers Morgan’s book, The Insider. She insinuated that he admitted in the book that he took part regularly in phone-hacking during his time in the UK press.
Morgan was quick to defend himself on Twitter: ‘I’ve never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone. I wrote in my book that someone warned me phones could be hacked, so I changed my pin number. That’s it.”
When Mensch got to Twitter the two exchanged words in a yet-to-be resolved confrontation, with Morgan demanding an apology from the politician.
Matt Smith is a journalism student at Brunel University.