Created on Thursday, 03 May 2012 16:18
Written by Democracy Now!
Rupert Murdoch in "Unprecedented Firestorm" as UK Panel Finds Him Unfit to Run Global Media Empire
by Democracy Now!
A British parliamentary report has issued a scathing report that finds
Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to run a major international media
company because of how News Corp. handled its phone-hacking scandal. The
Parliamentary Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport said Murdoch
and his son, James, showed "willful blindness" about the scale of phone
hacking at the News of the World tabloid.
The panel’s finding has
prompted a U.S. watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics
in Washington, to call on the Federal Communications Commission to
revoke News Corp.'s 27 Fox broadcast licenses in the United States.
speak with David Leigh, investigations editor at The Guardian, the news
outlet that first exposed the phone-hacking practices taking place
within the Murdoch media empire. Leigh says the British panel's findings
could threaten Murdoch’s media presence across the Atlantic: "People
are now beginning to say, ’Doesn’t this bleed over into the man who runs
Fox News and has all those TV outlets in the U.S.?’ If he’s not fit and
proper person in Britain, he’s not a fit and proper person in the U.S.,
Guest: David Leigh
, investigations editor at The Guardian
, the news outlet that first exposed the Murdoch media empire’s phone-hacking practices.