Keith Rupert Murdoch, born in 1931, is an Australian American media mogul and is the chairman and CEO of News Corporation. Murdoch started with one newspaper in Australia before expanding News Corporation into the U.K., the U.S., and Asia.
Murdoch moved from the print media into the electronic media in 1986, when he founded Fox Broadcasting in the U.S. He invested in the internet and purchased the Wall Street Journal. His estimated net worth was $ 7.6 Billion before the scandal broke.
On July 19, 2011, Murdoch appeared before the House of Commons and answered questions about a phone hacking and corruption scandal. If some of the accusations prove to be true, Murdoch would be criminally liable and could eventually be sentenced to jail time.
At the time the scandal broke, Murdoch was attempting to gain full control of British Sky Broadcasting. Now the House of Commons is questioning whether News Corporation is fit to hold on to the 39% of the company it presently holds.
Peter Clarke, the former deputy commissioner of the Metropolitian Police Department stated that News International blocked early police inquiries by its ” complete lack of cooperation and lies.” So far the police have made at least eight arrests in the U.K.
In the U.S., Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer and Jay Rockefeller asked the U.S. Justice Department and the SEC to investigate the company.
So, what is the bottom line? What exactly is going on here? Sanityandsense.com offers a sane and sensible analysis. Rupert Murdoch appears to believe that because he is a billionaire, he is simply above the law in the U.K. and the U.S. The question is whether either country will enforce their law against a billionaire. The U.S. Congress has a track record of underwriting the incompetency of billionaires by bailing out corrupt corporations with taxpayer money like we did in 2008 and 2009.
Also sanityandsense.com must again point out that the media in the U.S. is extraordinarily biased. The U.S. media is either part of the neo-communist left wing media or the Fascist right wing media. It is virtually impossible to find any portion of the electronic media that is independent and reports the news fairly.
Sanityandsense.com points out to our readers that Murdoch is clearly part of the right wing media in both the U.K. and the U.S. The statements made by politicians in the U.S. are less of a call for justice than a crass political opportunity to gain political hegemony in the never ending battle between the neo-communists and the Fascists in the electronic media. It is indeed enough to gag a maggot!
R. Van Conoley