Saturday, May 12, 2012

[PDI] Fwd: Senate Hearing on Rupert Mudoch Now

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Date: May 12, 2012 10:02 AM
Subject: Senate Hearing on Rupert Mudoch Now
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*A law breaking U.S. company shouldn't be held accountable only by the

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*Over 10,000 people have signed the demand for a U.S. Senate investigation
of the criminality of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Let's make that 25,000 by
the end of the week. Share this email widely – and please sign.*

Dear Daniel,

For decades, Rupert Murdoch has been the most powerful media mogul on earth
– anointing, manipulating and intimidating political leaders across the
globe, including U.S. presidents.

Headquartered in the U.S., *Murdoch's News Corp. owns dozens of American
outlets including Fox News, Fox Broadcasting, Wall Street Journal and New
York Post.* His outlets are powerful opinion-shapers; no one pushed harder
for the Iraq invasion than Murdoch and his media.

Last week, a British Parliamentary committee declared Rupert Murdoch "not a
fit person" to run a major company. The committee found that Murdoch had
"turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness" while his London
newspapers massively hacked into private citizens' phones and computers –
and bribed police officials.

When a U.S. company bribes foreign officials, it *violates the U.S. Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act.*

*Let's urge the U.S. Senate to investigate and hold public hearings on the
corrupt practices of Murdoch and News Corp.*

For almost a year, while this scandal involving a U.S. company dominated
the news in England, our Congress looked away. Weeks ago, the British
attorney whose lawsuits broke open the scandal alleged that Murdoch's
journalists committed the crime of phone-hacking *against victims in the

The Senate Commerce Committee has oversight of American business and the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While British broadcast regulators
today investigate whether Murdoch is fit to hold a broadcast license in
England, the American FCC shows no interest in Murdoch's fitness to possess
27 U.S. TV licenses.

*Urge Senate Commerce Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) to initiate
an investigation of News Corp. corruption and

After it starts investigating News Corp., we will urge the committee to
probe why the FCC has taken our public property – the broadcast airwaves –
and turned them over, for free, to a handful of giant conglomerates
(Murdoch, Disney, General Electric, Comcast, etc.)

Please forward this email to friends and family.

It's time we "occupy the airwaves."

Jeff, Aimee, David, Sarah
and the RootsAction team

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