Rupert Murdoch Scandal

Who is Rupert Murdoch? Simply put, he is really old & really rich. His net worth is in the billions. He owns News Corporation, which owns Fox News, National Geographic, Hulu.com, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and Washington Times. Being that he is wealthy and has such a wide audience, he has made several appearances on lists such as “The 100 Most Influential People”. So what is the big problem with this guy? Apparently he knowingly had employees and policemen tap the telephone calls/voice mail boxes of tons of people in search of something newsworthy. This invasion of privacy has landed him in the hot seat with Britain’s Parliament. Who knows if he will end up serving any jail time for this, personally I don’t think he will.

What I find rather comical is the fact that one of the whistleblowers who original spoke of the phone tapping was found dead in his apartment and the British police are not considering the idea of a homicide. According to them he died of natural causes. I do not know the life expectancy in the UK, but in America not many people under the age of 50 die from “natural causes”.

When it comes to watching the news, I am a CNN kind-of-guy. One of the shows that I watch is Piers Morgan Tonight. He is a former editor for one of the publications that is owned by Murdoch. He also was accused of phone tapping during a Parliament hearing by Louise Mensch (a Conservative member of Parliament on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee). Here is the video of him defending himself. Her face is pretty funny when he calls in during one of her interviews.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=bestoftv/2011/07/19/exp.piers.responds.mensch.cnn

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