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Police Chiefs’ Kids Interned for Rupert Murdoch

News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch holds up a copy of the newly launched 'The Sun on Sunday' newspaper as he leaves his London home on February 26, 2012.  Rupert Murdoch's Sun on Sunday tabloid hit news stands on Sunday, replacing the defunct News of the World with a pledge to meet high ethical standards after a "challenging" chapter in its history. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

The latest phase of investigations into News Corp.'s British papers deals with the illicit connections, including alleged bribery, between journalists and public officials, particularly the Metropolitan Police. The government agency and publishing division News International were quite cozy indeed: In addition to the police horse fostered by former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, a former Scotland Yard chief testified today that his son gained "work experience" at Rupert Murdoch's company, likely with an unpaid internship, as did the son of his predecessor. "It was a perfectly normal process," he said, calling it "the kind of thing that would excite most 15-year-olds." Presumably the boys' tea-fetching earned only the highest marks. 

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Photo: CARL COURT/2012 AFP