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
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 U.S.
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.
Senate Commerce Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) to initiate an
investigation of News Corp. corruption and law-breaking.
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
It’s time we “occupy the airwaves.”