David Mark of Politico.com asked this question: The phone-hacking scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s British media operations is threatening to cross the Atlantic, with calls by several lawmakers for investigations into whether Murdoch’s News Corp. violated U.S. laws. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) was the first to call for an investigation.
Should Murdoch be investigated? Or are American Murdoch critics using the British episode as an excuse to probe an ideological foe?
My response: The ideological leanings of those calling for an investigation of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire are beside the point. News Corp. has been involved in reprehensible conduct and should be investigated wherever that conduct took place. If the investigations lead to the dissolution of News Corp., so be it.
No one should mourn the passing of a news organization that lacks basic journalistic integrity. Without a thorough investigation, the ethical and moral character of everyone associated with Murdoch’s operations is in question.