Police Chiefs’ Sons ‘Worked’ for Murdoch

    News Corp. signage is displayed in front of the company's offices in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch and his son James as well as News International Chief Executive Officer Rebekah Brooks were summoned to appear before U.K. lawmakers to answer questions about the company paying police for stories.

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    We wish we could say that the latest twist in investigations into News Corp.’s papers comes as a surprise. Two former Scotland Yard chiefs testified on Wednesday that their sons both gained “work experience” at News International, Rupert Murdoch’s publishing division. “It was a perfectly normal process,” said former Commissioner Ian Blair, “the kind of thing that would excite most 15-year-olds.” The nature of their experience wasn’t made clear, but the British usually equate the phrase with brief, unpaid internships. And while it’s hardly uncommon for kids to get internships through family connections, it may be further evidence of illicit ties between the Metropolitan Police and News Corp. Last week, it was revealed that former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks rode around for years on a police horse.

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