Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch Under F.B.I. Investigation over Alleged 9/11 Victims’ Phone Hacking
Australian media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is under FBI investigation for allegations that his News Corp, parent company of Fox News and other media outlets around the world, tried to hack into the phones of victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington, DC.
The Associated Press reports that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and other members of the US Congress demanded the investigation of the New York-based company, which is in “crisis mode” following a similar hacking scandal in the United Kingdom.
In that despicable affair, News Corp paper News of the World shut down after it was revealed that it had hacked into the phone of murdered British teen Milly Dowler and that the paper may have impeded a police investigation of her disappearance. In their deplorable quest for newsworthy information, News of the World investigators even deleted messages from Dowler’s voice mailbox, giving her parents false hope that their daughter was still alive.
The paper also snooped on other child murder victims, victims of those killed in the July 7, 2005 London terror attacks, the families of British troops killed in the War on Terror– even former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Murdoch, whose News Corp owns Fox News, 20th Century Fox studios, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, three British papers and various media outlets in Australia and elsewhere, will appear before the British Parliament with his son James as the UK government investigates the phone hacking and bribery scandal.
The fiasco has cost News Corp its bid to acquire satellite broadcaster BSkyB, a $10 billion deal.
US Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney told the Associated Press that she cannot “comment specifically on investigations, though anytime we see evidence of wrongdoing, we take appropriate action.”
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