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Fox News Parent NewsCorp May Face Corruption Investigation 145

rtfa-troll writes "The Guardian reports that News Corporation may face FCPA investigations after an 'official of the British ministry of defence' was charged 'for allegedly receiving £100,000 from Murdoch's tabloid newspapers.' News Corporation, headed by Rupert Murdoch, is loved by most of the readers of Slashdot as the owner of Fox News and as the company which put the overly complicated paywall on the Wall Street Journal. The article states that the charges 'would be hard for the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to ignore and would warrant investigation under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act which could lead to risks for 27 TV licences within the Fox network.'"
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Fox News Parent NewsCorp May Face Corruption Investigation

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  • by 3seas ( 184403 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @07:25PM (#42069339) Homepage Journal

    You know who is not going to be covering this story.

  • by rockiams ( 12481 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @07:28PM (#42069357) Homepage

    Yeah, what he said....I don't watch Fox News, but it seems if they are as crooked as it has been reported, will they even report on this? And if they do, I wonder how they will spin it..."Liberal lefty media trying to discredit Fox again!"

  • Re:Rupert will ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) * on Thursday November 22, 2012 @07:29PM (#42069365)

    Mr Murdoch will be able to buy his way out of trouble...

    If you mean pay huge fines that are still less than his yearly caviar tab, and then continue on "business as usual", then yes you are correct...

  • Re:Eyeroll (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 22, 2012 @08:03PM (#42069623)

    Why do you assume that complaining about a firewall is a liberal bias?

    Because if you're conservative, everything that is true or even approaching the truth is "lib'rul bias."

  • by jd2112 ( 1535857 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @08:28PM (#42069751)

    You know who is not going to be covering this story.

    You know who is not going to be covering this story.

    They will cover it, but put so much spin on it that it will make Murdoch look like the victim.

  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @08:50PM (#42069885) Journal

    The fact remains that if a US company is convicted of bribing officials in a foreign country, that company can be prosecuted under domestic law. Whether NewsCorp will be or not is another question, but there have been strong hints dropped since the case really exploded in Britain that US authorities are carefully watching what happens in Britain.

  • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @11:21PM (#42070637) Journal

    If fox get's pulled what happens to the NFL games?

    There will be a bidding war.

    Don't worry, you're not going to miss anything if Fox disappears, except perhaps the singular experience of seeing Karl Rove shit his pants on live TV when the network declared Barack Obama re-elected.

    And if you think maybe I'm being hyperbolic with the "shit-his-pants" description, it means you missed what happened on Fox when the election was called for the President. You could smell the fear-sweat through the TV screen when he realized he was going to have to tell a bunch of sociopath billionaires that they bought exactly nothing for the shipping containers full of money they gave to Rove on the promise that they'd get their own white president to own.

  • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @02:05AM (#42071391) Homepage Journal

    "Don''t like" Fox Noise? Dude, it's not even news. It's nothing more than a propaganda channel, funneling the wishes and opinions of one of the richest and crookedest bastards in the world into American living rooms.

    Have you noticed how divisive American politics has become? There is plenty of blame to lay at the feet of liberals and conservatives alike. Lots of blame for ALL of the big media channels. But Fox? Fox gets the lion's share of the blame for that. Those rotten bastards come into the living rooms of millions of Americans every day, to explain why Obummer is the Anti-Christ, and to explain for all the morons that America's end is nigh.

    News? Fox is adamantly opposed to offering news. It's all propaganda noise.

  • by Myopic ( 18616 ) * on Friday November 23, 2012 @01:10PM (#42074755)

    I know you meant you comment as a jest but I don't want to skip an opportunity to point out that you are literally correct. A free market is a market with zero regulations - zero. In such a market you could buy or sell anything without limitation, certainly including political influence. That is one more illustration why markets are good, free markets are bad. Reasonable adults discuss which regulations are worth their cost and don't blather about how regulations are always bad, which is what it means to advocate for "free" markets.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."