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Ruh-Roh! Fox News Pal Peter King Wants News Corp. Investigated In U.S.

Reported by Ellen - July 14, 2011 -

You know Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is in trouble when a guy like Rep. Peter King – a BFF of Fox News – is demanding an investigation into whether or not the media giant that happens to be Fox’s parent engaged in any phone hacking here in the U.S. Even if King's demand remains trained on only one other News Corp subsidiary.

King has written to FBI Director Robert Mueller:

According the recent reports, journalists working for the News of the World solicited a New York police officer to gain access to the content of private phone records of 9/11 victims from the days leading to the attacks. It is revolting to imagine that members of the media would seek to compromise the integrity of a public official for financial gain in the pursuit of yellow journalism. The 9/11 families have suffered egregiously, but unfortunately they remain vulnerable against such unjustifiable parasitic strains. We can spare no effort or expense in continuing our support for them.

If these allegations are proven true, the conduct would merit felony charges for attempting to violate various Federal statutes related to corruption of public officials and prohibitions against wiretapping. Any person found guilty of this purported conduct should receive the harshest sanctions available under law.

King seems to have made a point of keeping the letter focused on News of the World but surely he knows that any investigation here would almost surely go beyond that. Of course, as King noted elsewhere in his letter, he’s not only chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee but represents a New York district that lost many constituents on 9/11. Still, he didn’t have to jump in because – as The Guardian and Media Matters have noted, Senators Jay Rockefeller, Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez and Barbara Boxer have all asked for a Justice Department probe, as has New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Senators Rockefeller and Lautenberg have also asked the SEC to investigate. King is the only Republican in the group.

I don’t see how Murdoch survives this scandal.

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