Rupert Murdoch is in hot water. The British public is calling for blood after revelations that his tabloid, News of the World, used illegal and unethical means — hacking a missing teen’s cell phone and paying cops for information — to obtain material for stories. Murdoch has responded by issuing a statement that purportedly condemns these tactics. But instead of coming down hard on these sleazy tactics, his statement actually condemns only the allegations against his organization, News of the World:
For the first time, Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corporation, released a statement on the scandal. “Recent allegations of phone hacking and making payments to police with respect to the News of the World are deplorable and unacceptable,” he said.
Maybe I’m being too lawyerly, but I read his statement as leaving open the possibility that what Murdoch finds deplorable and unacceptable is the fact that these allegations are being leveled at him. After all, the subject of the sentence is allegations. At any rate, it’s hardly a definitive condemnation of the underlying actions.
Try again, Rupert. Choose a better subject for your sentence.