The Tuesday Outlook: Murdoch Lobbied Against Law He’s Now Accused of Breaking

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Legal experts say that News Corp., Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – which owns the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Fox News and the now-shuttered News of the World – could face charges in the US for bribing officials overseas. US companies engaging in corrupt practices overseas can be prosecuted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

So guess who was lobbying against the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the same times its executives were engaging in conduct that could open them to prosecution under it?

The US Chamber of Commerce. And who is one of the Chamber’s biggest bankrollers? News Corp.

Why wouldn’t Rupert Murdoch want to fund efforts to weaken laws that his executives might have been violating? It’s not as if News Corp.’s other activities aren’t mirrored in its journalistic practices.

The phone-hacking scandal itself should come as no surprise from a media outlet that insisted that your phone should be liable for wiretapping without a warrant.

Likewise, it should come as no surprise that the media outlet which screams more loudly than any other for lower taxes, is actually making money off of your tax dollars, instead of paying into the US tax system.

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The Tuesday Outlook: Murdoch Lobbied Against Law He's Now Accused of Breaking

Updated