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Rupert Murdoch goes on the offensive

The last time Murdoch was questioned in the UK, he ended up with a pie in his face. This time, it’s the government’s turn.

This follows allegations that Cameron has already compromised his integrity as a consequence of his former proximity to the Murdoch empire and individuals closely linked to phone hacking, particularly former Sun editor Andy Coulson, who once worked as Cameron’s press adviser.

Instead Murdoch spent most of it languidly failing to recollect specific meetings with former leaders and vigorously denying he had any real influence over British politicians. He said he had “never asked a British prime minister for anything.”

He said he had neither requested nor been offered favors from Margaret Thatcher nor Tony Blair. He also denied discussing the BSkyB deal with Cameron.

Meanwhile, over in the House of Commons, a very hot-under-the-collar Cameron was offering a mea culpa of sorts. "I think we all, on both sides of this house, did a bit too much cozying up to Mr. Murdoch," he told fellow lawmakers.

The last time Murdoch was questioned in the UK, he memorably ended up with a shaving cream pie shoved in his face. This time, it appears to be the turn of the government.