Friday, May 25, 2012

[PDI] Rupert "Fox News" Murdoch Meltdown

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Date: May 25, 2012 10:06 AM
Subject: Rupert "Fox News" Murdoch Meltdown
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*Rupert "Fox News" Murdoch is in meltdown mode. Three of his aides face
sanctions from Parliament for lying, another has been charged by UK
prosecutors with "conspiracy to pervert the course of justice," and Murdoch
himself is accused of having instructed then-Prime Minister Tony Blair to
block the phone-hacking investigation. In the U.S. there is no
Congressional investigation yet, but over 15,000 of us have demanded one. You
can do so now
and then forward this to everyone you know who puts truth and justice above
Fox News.*

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.

A British Parliamentary committee recently 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."

The RootsAction team

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Independent: Rupert Murdoch Executives Face Sanctions Over Hacking 'Lies'
Daily Mail: 'Rupert Murdoch DID Tell Tony Blair to Stop Me Pursuing
Phone-Hacking Claims'<>
The Economic Times: Murdoch Aide Rebekah Brooks Charged in Phone-Hacking
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