One of the first things they tell you about when you start in journalism is the importance of avoiding passive constructions: never "This was said by X" but "X said this."
Rupert Murdoch has never been one for the conventional pieties, though: you could deduce that from his apology, published in British newspapers this morning, for the appalling newsgathering methods employed by journalists at the News of the World. "We are sorry for the serious wrongdoing that occurred," he says, and "We are deeply sorry for the hurt suffered by the individuals affected": whereas what he means is "We are sorry we did wrong" and "We are deeply sorry that we hurt people." Otherwise, it might look as though he thought someone else was doing the wrong, someone else was causing the pain. And he couldn't possibly think that, could he?