When Rupert Murdoch Was My Boss

Keenly perceptive reporter Colarusso tells us: "As the News of the World imbroglio grows, more attention is being paid to that second seven-figure gift because the Chamber [of Commerce] has been advocating reforming the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—the very law the Justice Department could use to pursue News Corp. executives for the phone-hacking scandal."

Not only in England, but also right here. Congressional Democrats—though certainly not Republicans—are egging on the already involved FBI to further pursue any possibly unlawful practices by Murdoch media corporations here. Already it's looking into the hacking of phones of 9/11 victims.

The U.S. Senate has just obliged President Obama by passing a special two-year extension of FBI Director Robert Mueller's term. Rupert Murdoch would be wise to consult Fox News' constitutionalist Andrew Napolitano about Director Mueller's long-practiced encouragement of the FBI's extrajudicial ways of secretly obtaining information about "persons of interest."

Certainly never before in his fabled career has Rupert Murdoch been such a "person of interest."

Of particular interest to New Yorkers as Murdoch's troubles expand, former schools chancellor Joel Klein—who left behind overcrowded classrooms, neglect of students with special needs, and excessive suspensions of students—has been chosen by his current boss, Rupert Murdoch, to conduct an internal investigation of his grievously wounding scandal.

I'm surprised Klein didn't get our police commissioner, Ray Kelly, who was that chancellor's czar of student discipline, to help out.

If News Corp. doesn't rebound enough to survive, a casualty would be "Mr. Klein's compensation package, which will exceed $4.5 million this year, company filings show. He is eligible for News Corporation stock awards and receives a $1,200 monthly car allowance." (New York Times, July 24)

Worst possible case, if News Corp. goes under, the present chancellor, Dennis Walcott, who has praised Klein's record in that position, could bring him back to the Department of Education as a previously experienced, wise problem solver. But not as a coordinator of complaints from parents of the city’s public school students. As chancellor, Klein was largely indifferent to parents' criticisms. Such an appointment could result in parents' picketing the ultimate education boss, our Education Mayor, who has yet to be held significantly accountable for what Klein left behind.

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Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels

Misleading Title. This is a story about Rupert Murdoch in general. The only thing it says about his time owning the Voice is that shortly after his purchase the staff unionized. That's it. A story about how Murdoch managed the Voice would have been interesting. Hopefully somebody will write it.

Fakowitribe
Fakowitribe

I met Nat Hentoff many years ago, he was very pleasant and interesting..He's on top of all the crazy things government does. That's as in Democrat or Republican.. "The Lynx" and "Winkey"

Jo56
Jo56

If only the FBI would investigate MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC. How much money was given to the Democrats including that known Communist, Obama? Who cares about Murdock? News of the World was only part of the Fleet Street culture. Piers Morgan has admitted he did as much. Where is all the horror and dismay of his behavior? Really the hypocrisy is astounding in this article and in these comments.

Clip Job Rules
Clip Job Rules

Rolling Stone did a really lengthy piece about a month or two ago saying that everything at Fox News is about Roger Alias's agenda not Murdoch's.

Cas_eindhoven
Cas_eindhoven

Wait, Nat Hentoff is still with the Voice???

Glad to see it, but what happened???

Reggie213
Reggie213

The Hypocrisy is not as bad as your comment.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

He writes a column for us once a month, and has for the last year and a half.

 
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