BEFORE THE INQUIRY: News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch appeared Wednesday before a U.K. panel looking into media ethics.
HIS TESTIMONY: He says his globe-spanning TV and newspaper empire doesn't carry as much political sway as is often believed. He says he wasn't the power behind the throne often depicted by his enemies.
THE GOAL: Speaking softly, deliberately and with dry humor, Murdoch sought to deflate what he described as myths about his business, his agenda and his friendships with those at the pinnacle of British politics.
- Rupert Murdoch