Cameron Faces Parliament Over Ties to News Corp.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street for Parliament on July 20, 2011. Cameron was on his way to make a statement on the phone-hacking scandal before Members of Parliament. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images/Getty)

"You don't make decisions in hindsight, you make them in the present," British Prime Minister David Cameron told an unruly special session of Parliament this morning. "You live and you learn, and believe you me, I have learnt."

The day after News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch, arguably one of the most powerful men in Britain, defended himself and his company over charges of hacking and bribery at his newspapers, Britain's leader faced Parliament to defend his ties to the Murdoch organization. 

Cameron has faced intense scrutiny over his decision to hire Andy Coulson as his director of communications, as well as his personal ties to the Murdoch family and current and former News Corporation executives. Coulson, who resigned from Cameron's government in January, was an editor at News of the World during the time when the hacking and bribery occurred. He has since been arrested.

New York Times London bureau chief John Burns has been monitoring the hearings, and reports on the latest updates.

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