Powerful US Senator wants to know more about the Murdoch empire's UK crimes

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27 Responses to “Powerful US Senator wants to know more about the Murdoch empire's UK crimes”

  1. Gunker says:

    I can’t help being cynical about a politician looking to see if there are ways to reign in the media. 

  2. niktemadur says:

    Eli Wiesel once said:  “Any man who has committed crimes against humanity does not deserve to die in freedom”.

    In the deep autumn of his years, at the very least, Rupert Murdoch deserves to die knowing that his legacy is tarnished, in a firestorm of vitriol and stress.  No repose nor solace for that cynical semi-fossilized sleazeball, to the grave and beyond.

  3. EH says:

    That’s “Jello” Jay Rockefeller, for his role in allowing warrantless wiretapping of US citizens by the NSA. A bought-and-sold corporatist skid-greaser, he’s probably just angling for trade secrets to give to the NYTimes. Vote this guy out before he can do any more damage.

    But, like all other citizens, they also have a duty to obey the law.

    Insert your own joke here.

  4. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Is it election time for him already?
    I vaguely recall people talking about there was an effort to hack the phones of 9-11 victims and survivors, and then nothing more after that…  I thought of any group they would be the most vocal in demanding investigation and transparency.

  5. jacobian says:

    But, like all other citizens, they also have a duty to obey the law.

    The elephant in the room is the extent to which the state security services were in collusion with News International.  How is it that they were able to get up to the minute info about cell phone locations of arbitrary people?  The most likely explanation (and one which witnesses in NI corroborate) is connections with the security services.

  6. NoWayJose says:

    I am reminded of this quote from Animal House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL99ErEuqWs

    The irony, it burns.

  7. Pedantic Douchebag says:

    Based on his pro-corporation and anti-privacy record, this is baffling. He’s not up for re-election for another two years, and this is a relatively old scandal (in terms of how news cycles work nowadays) in the UK. The timing of this is weird if it’s for direct personal gain.

    Perhaps his endgame is to give Fox News a bloody nose during the 2012 general election cycle, as an Obama surrogate, hoping for goodwill in other areas.

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      Up for reelection, or not, this is an opening the Democrats as a party can’t afford to ignore.  The Levenson report may provide the evidence necessary to revoke broadcast licenses for News Corp owned TV and radio stations.

      • Guest says:

        That would be great, aside from all the free time the FOXNEWS viewers would suddenly have.

        • IronEdithKidd says:

          There’s undoubtedly a subset that will simply fill the vitriol vaccuum with other hateful tripe, but at least the echo chamber will not be as deep.

          • Guest says:

            I’m worried more of it will come here, than already does.

          • IronEdithKidd says:

            @mdhatter03:disqus  We have our trusty moderators and surly regulars to chase off the trolls.  Still, your concern is valid.  I was going for a more positive angle.  Such as, maybe a few of these former viewers will volunteer some of their now ample free time, or take up a hobby that isn’t trolling on the internet, possibly getting off their butts and experiencing some quality meat-space interactions, etc.

            I’m probably getting unduly optimistic in my middle age.

      • Pedantic Douchebag says:

        Excellent point.

  8. John Stock says:

    Are the yanks looking for another extradition victim? Keep your filthy nose out.

  9. koko szanel says:

    He is only looking into it to see if he can somehow help Murdoch out.

  10. Jim Kelly says:

    Extradition victim? I believe Rupert’s a U.S. citizen.

  11. Guest says:

    They learned it by watching his family. 

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