Calls To Investigate Rupert Murdoch Now Bi-Partisan

The blow-back from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation hacking scandal may have just jumped the pond as now both Republicans and Democrats are calling on the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate allegations that the group hacked into the voice mail accounts of Sept. 11 victims.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) was the first to call for an investigation saying the scandal abroad raises “serious questions about whether the company has broken U.S. law”.  Rockefeller is the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  The group was sent a letter by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, (CREW) who also called for an investigation.

That call was later joined by New York Republican Pete King who sent his own letter addressed to FBI Director Robert Mueller saying that the journalists should face felony charges if the allegations are proven true.

While the details of the scandal are still emerging, at least one law professor thinks it is possible that US criminal laws were violated.

So far Federal Communications Commission has taken a hands off approach to the scandal investigation, choosing instead to let UK investigators take the lead.

There seems to be little immediate impact on Murdoch’s stateside media empire beyond just bad press.  A number of key members of the family which used to controlled The Wall Street Journal say they would not have agreed to sell the paper to Murdoch had they known of the chronic and severe ethical lapses by the Murdoch group.  But otherwise, until Congress or the Department of Justice decides to step in, it looks like Murdoch will be business as usual stateside.

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34 comments

Camila K.
Kamila A.4 years ago

We have to demand this investigation, and then demand why the republicans refuse it.....what's going on, GOPs? What's the deal? What are they hiding.....hmmmmm???

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D.5 years ago

Interesting that none of the Republican congressmen except for Peter King of New York want to investigate Murdoch. Wonder why?

Loretta R.
Loretta R.5 years ago

And he successfully brainwashed many people (including my husband and some of my friends) into believing all the lies, propaganda, and misinformation, even when I personally pointed out the evidence to the contrary.

Anthony Hilbert
Anthony Hilbert5 years ago

It's not necessary to prove he was guilty of hacking in the US. If the ongoing charges of bribing UK cops are proved, that's already a US felony under anti-corruption laws.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D.5 years ago

It might be worth noting that in order for Murdoch to own a media empire in this country, he had to become an American citizen and that was quickly facilitated by the right. In 2000, Gore was determined to be the winner of the election and yet Murdoch's media was giving information to the contrary. The complicity in corrupting elections in favor of Republicans has been agendized by Ruppert and son, Murdoch, and, their ilk.
I would be willing to bet we will see a gentler Republican party now that their water carrier is going by the bye. Too many unanswered questions that hopefully now, will be answered. Two corrupted elections, Kerry claiming his phone has been tapped (and how many other Americans). I predict this is going to be a Murdochgate but I will be just one of many millions waiting and watching to see if this bastard gets his just 'reward'. And, will the very impotent U.S. Attorney General do his job, finally, and prosecute?

John E.
John E.5 years ago

Already !!!!!
It is worth noting that Murdoch said that News Corp had handled the NOTW situation "extremely well in every way possible" and that only "minor mistakes" had been made.
Obviously the truth will not come easily ...
Perhaps George W Bush could be consulted in an effort to identify some interrogation techniques that may help to elicit the truth ... obviously we are not suggesting torture here ... GWB made his views clear on that more than once.
And ...
"Rupert Murdoch's newspapers and TV channels have supported all the US-UK wars over the past 30 years" ... which of course included the Iraq war, agreed by most to have been an illegal war.
Is it a crime to incite nations to engage in illegal war?
If not, why not?

Nelson B.
Nelson Baker5 years ago

I hope he is investigated.

Debra G.
Debra Girard5 years ago

Yay! Let's hope that with all of his money, he won't be able to weasel out of this one. This jerk frightens me. His goal is to own every bit of new media around the world, so we will get nothing but his right wing propaganda,- this is so Orwellian! Mainstream news is already propaganda, but at least for now we have some real news...

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson5 years ago

Lets just hope he gets tried and convicted, unlike Bush and company for war crimes and wall street for fraud. It would be a nice change of pace to see that justice is blind....and besides, he deserves it for all the damage he's done worldwide.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D.5 years ago

One thing is for sure; GOP is good at colluding and defrauding and, Democrats are good at investigating and getting to the source. The findings shall be very interesting indeed!