Can they handle the truth?

Today might be a momentous one in the unfolding drama that embraces News Corporation, phone hacking by journalists, police bribery, corruption and who knows what else as Rupert Murdoch and son James face a Parliamentary select committee investigating events that make up this scandal.

Expectations look to be very high indeed that the Murdochs and ex-News International executive Rebekah Brooks might "come clean" in their questioning by the committee. Indeed, clamours for them to "tell the truth" are overwhelming.

If you’ve seen the 1992 film A Few Good Men, you can’t help but be reminded of the memorable scene in the courtroom when the Jack Nicolson military character is grilled by the Tom Cruise lawyer character. I won’t spoil the outcome if you haven’t seen it; even if you have, take a look at this clip:

(If you don’t see the video embedded above, view it at YouTube.)

Is this what we’ll see this afternoon? Wishful thinking by many might suggest a possibility (I can’t imagine it, though). Will the Murdochs "come clean" as Paul Holmes calls for? Will they refuse to answer questions today but commit to actively doing so in formal investigation procedures and so suffer an immediate PR disaster as David Corker suggested on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme early this morning. Corker was legal counsel to Kevin Maxwell and Ian Maxwell, the sons of Robert Maxwell, in the early 1990s.

Or might the events and the outcome be something else entirely?

We’ll soon find out – live TV, radio and online coverage will blanket us when the committee starts at 2.30pm UK time.

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  1. Ewan Spence

    No killer blow, in fact no smoking gun. I think w’ll have some grandstanding from MP’s, a few questions from Tom Watson that make us go Hmmm, and a lot of people avoiding the words “no comment” otherwise that’ll get looped on the news forever. Like the first day in a Perry Mason trial… but w *may* see some other loose threads, of no consequence, that will be pulled later to unravel.

    • neville

      I agree, Ewan, not really expecting any huge drama this afternoon. In any case, can you actually imagine a Parliamentary select committee with Nicolson and Cruise characters? Plus this isn’t a trial by any means (other than “in the court of public opinion”).

      Funny, though, how that memorable scene from the movie readily springs to mind.

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