While it’s odd enough that Republicans and some “Democrats” still believe that Fox News is a real media outlet, as opposed to a wing of the Republican Party, Fox News and its parent company News Corp may be in trouble with the law.
News Corp has already admitted that one of its media outlets illegally spied on hundreds of people, including politicians and celebrities.
Much more disturbing is the original story, where the News Corp outlet hacked into the phone of a dead girl so they could get a story, and led the family to believe that she was still alive. Classy, right? Not satisfied with tormenting the parents of a dead girl, the process continued and they also hacked into the phones of victims of the 7/7 London bombings.
After all of this, how did News Corp CEO and Republican friend Rupert Murdoch react?
He called the victims of illegal activity “scumbags.”This is the person that Republicans, and worthless Democrats, can’t get enough of, and view as their political leader. Strange morals, aren’t they?
The UK (Leveson) report raises serious questions about corporate governance and failure of management at News Corp. Rupert Murdoch is News Corp. If the tables were turned, and a similar report were released about a Fox News competitor, say MSNBC, one can only imagine the outrage and demands for justice.
These are words that will concern lawmakers in the United States, where News Corporation has many media arms, including Fox News and 20th Century Fox, and recently announced that it is buying a 49 percent stake in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network.
The Leveson report refers to a series of e-mails and meetings in 2008 when James Murdoch signed off on a substantial payment to a phone hacking victim. He was then head of News Corporation’s UK arm, News International. The question during the inquiry was this: How much was James Murdoch told about phone hacking at the News of the World when he signed that check. Those involved said they couldn’t remember.
“If the explanation of James and Rupert Murdoch is correct,” the report concludes, then “One or more parts of the management… was engaged in a determined cover-up to keep relevant information about potential criminality within the organization from senior management.”
Earlier this year, US Senator Jay Rockefeller raised the question of whether News Corp violated any US laws. Maybe it’s time to pick that debate up again and find out what may or may not have happened in the US. Murdoch’s News Corp has had too many serious run-ins with the law to ignore this new report. We need to know more.