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Carl Bernstein writes: "And then there's the other inevitable Watergate comparison. The circumstances of the alleged lawbreaking within News Corp. suggest more than a passing resemblance to Richard Nixon presiding over a criminal conspiracy in which he insulated himself from specific knowledge of numerous individual criminal acts while being himself responsible for and authorizing general policies that routinely resulted in lawbreaking and unconstitutional conduct."

Rupert Murdoch, after purchasing News of the World in 1969. (photo: The Times UK)
Rupert Murdoch, after purchasing News of the World in 1969. (photo: The Times UK)

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+38 # fredboy 2011-07-11 09:26
We wish. But here's the deal:
If you or I did it, we would be in hot water. Criminal charges. Maybe prison time. Fines. And civil suits from those showing injury.
But here's today's solution: Get a corporation to do it. Then, if it's discovered, blame and punish underlings. Fire them. Fake agreement that the acts were disgraceful. Apologize.
Corporations shield. Corporations influence. Corporations rule.
+28 # Barbara K 2011-07-11 09:41
It's about time this crook gets caught for all the scandalous crap he has been pulling for several years. Hope he and his ilk get some prison time and are not allowed to buy their way out of the nasty schemes and hacking they have been engaged in with manipulating politics here and in other places too. Throw the book at him.
+23 # Consuelo Hannan 2011-07-11 11:13
I hope all that were affected by his crap can sue him out of business and the govt. file criminal charges.
+25 # Lulie 2011-07-11 11:32
That they committed these crimes does not surprise me. I will also not be surprised when this all blows over and no one is held accountable.
+1 # AML 2011-07-17 14:20
And for those unfortunate employees who will go down as a result of the crumbling empire, should have backed the truth.
+15 # Lee Black 2011-07-11 12:03
It's those unpopular government regulators that allow or restrict people like Murdoch from building those powerful, influential organizations, so destructive to public good.

And there is a move now toward weakening even the weak regulations and regulators that we have.
+17 # Terrapin 2011-07-11 12:04
Good!!! This piece of shit is archetypically the the same as the propaganda disseminators who enabled the Nazis. The Bush regime could not have operated as they did without FOX News.
I hope he meets the same fate as Hitlers henchmen did at Nuremberg.
+18 # katlat 2011-07-11 12:05
The similarity between the behavior of Murdoch and Nixon is not surprising. Roger Ailes was advising both of them.
+15 # jwb110 2011-07-11 12:36
It was essentially a boycot that brought News of the World and Murdoch down. If people don't like something don't get on your high horse and talk ethics. The world today talks dollars. Boycot, boycot, boycot! Money does talk and more loudly now that greed is so pervasive in America. Little peoples money talks loudest when it is being gouged for the profits Corporate America is getting wealthy off of.
Vote with your dollars to make America they way you want it to be. Watch and read the other guy's side no matter how distasteful and make lists of the advertisers. Let them know that their products will not be bought by you or any other person you can convince until they stop advertising in media with which you disagree.
+8 # billy bob 2011-07-11 18:53
If you subscribe to Comcast or Dish you're paying for fox news whether you watch it or not.

If you want to boycott fox's sponsors, there are about 100 of them.

My idea has always been to pick on ONE at a time. Tell Keith Olbermann to pick a weak sponsor and broadcast a mass boycott to all non-fox watchers in America. If that sponsor starts to feel the heat, they'll back out. Then do it to someone else. Pretty soon all of them will start to worry.

Then again, would fox news go off the air if it was commercial free? I kinda doubt it.

At any rate, shouting "boycott" is one thing. Actually DOING something to effectively TURN IT OFF, is another.
+13 # Activista 2011-07-11 12:45
Money controls media and politics - nothing new. But the criminal methods of hacking and police bribery, wiretap.
Just reminder: The New York Post reported on July 2 that DSK’s accuser had worked as a prostitute — a piece that triggered an immediate libel suit from the woman. For its salacious bit of reportage, the newspaper relied on a single, anonymous person, identified as “a source close to the defense investigation.”
Looks like Murdoch's tabloids in New York are more CORRUPT than crap in London.
+12 # propsguy 2011-07-11 16:22
it's high time these monopolistic empires crash and burn. may murdoch be the first of many
+8 # michelle 2011-07-11 17:49
OMG! Hard Copy! I was on a controversial court case in the 90's as the alternate juror. Hard copy had their reporters and film crew in the court room much to the disgust of the judge. The case involve a priest and sexual abuse. I phoned home on the lunch break to check on something (thank god nothing about the case luckily I follow instructions). This is back in the day with the big black pay phones. When I hung up I turned my head and crashed into a microphone that had been dropped over my shoulder on a long pole and saw the camera. They had recorded my conversation. The jurors were followed around at lunch by these clowns. OMG! I guess they have been 'hacking' for quite some time. What a shock.
+10 # billy bob 2011-07-11 18:45
I'm literally praying every time I think of it that this won't just fizzle out. I'm praying that the most evil man in world will finally go down hard, and take fox news with him.

This would be the best news I've heard in my entire life INCLUDING when they came out around Christmas a few years ago and said dark chocolate was actually GOOD for you!

Of course the only thing that would REALLY fix this permanently would be LEGISLATION by American politicians ensuring that this kind of influence can never be had by any unelected political RACKETEER again.

I want to see bill o'really sharing a cell with sean hannity. Of course mann coulter could still visit her bitches on CON-jugal visits.
+7 # Robyn 2011-07-11 20:46
The great untouchable Rupert Murdoch, the man is teflon, nothing sticks to him. When is he going to be called to account for his crimes?
+4 # Habib Khan 2011-07-12 04:16
Let us catch the big fish before it breaks through the net.
This one big fish has poisoned the waters of the whole media world. The News of the World was a blot on the press - three cheers for its demise. I fear it is a dodge to cut costs – soon we’ll see a Sun on Sunday. We pay a terrible price for our freedom of the press and people like him have taken us to a disgusting gutter press publications.

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