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July 20, 2011 9:17 am ET

Yesterday, Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox News' parent company News Corp., testified before Parliament in response to allegations that employees of a News Corp. newspaper illegally hacked the phones of more than 4000 people and bribed officials to help them or cover it up. The FBI is looking into reports that News Corp., a U.S.-based company, also hacked phones of Americans, including 9/11 victims, and Members of Congress have called for investigations into allegations that News Corp. violated our laws by conducting illegal activity overseas.


CORE MESSAGE

In America, no one is above the law -- no matter how rich or  powerful.

Connect: In America, no one is above the law -- no matter how rich or powerful.

Define: Fox News' parent company, News Corp., is accused of breaking U.S. and British laws and using its massive power and influence to cover it up.

Explain: It's against the law for an American company to hack phones, bribe police, or blackmail public officials -- no matter where it happens. Americans deserve to know if laws were broken at their expense.

Contrast: The role of the press should be to tell the news, but News Corp. has spent millions of dollars buying influence in American politics and expanding its control of American media to tilt the playing field in favor of their political agenda.

Core values: Our Democracy cannot function without a free and honest press. This is about standing up to a powerful interest for what's right.


ATTACKS AND RESPONSES


"The News Corp. scandal is a U.K. problem, not a U.S. problem and Congress has better things to do."


"There is no proof of wrongdoing."


"Attacks on News Corp. are evidence of a liberal witch hunt."

  • News Corp.'s misconduct is not a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats, the 9/11 families whose phones were allegedly hacked, and more than a hundred thousand Americans are demanding answers.
  • Even News Corp.'s own shareholders are suing Rupert Murdoch for using company resources for "personal and political objectives," saying that this scandal shows a "culture run amuck within News Corp and a Board that provides no effective review or oversight."


"News Corp. is no different than dozens of other media outlets and tabloids, especially those who published the WikiLeaks cables."


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp., is currently listed as the 122nd richest person in the world and the 36th richest person in the United States, with a net worth of over $7.6 billion.
  • News Corp.'s holdings in the U.S. include Fox television networks, newspapers like the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, and 20th Century Fox movie studios. Put together, these holdings are far larger and far more profitable than those in the U.K.
  • The head of News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper division was recently arrested in connection with the phone hacking scandal. Meanwhile in the U.S., Les Hinton the publisher of News Corp.'s Wall Street Journal, also resigned in response to phone hacking allegations. Hinton ran News International during the U.K. hacking scandal and led an internal investigation that cleared News of the World of wrongdoing -- after which he was promoted within News. Corp.
  • This is not the first time American News Corp. outlets have been under scrutiny - News Corp. just paid over $650 million to silence charges that they hacked the computers of their competitors.
  • Fox News, owned by News Corp., has reported developments in the News Corp. scandal far less than other cable news outlets. They've downplayed the serious allegations against the company and even defended News Corp.'s actions.
  • Nearly a dozen Senators and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have called for investigations into News Corp.'s alleged phone hacking and bribery.




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