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9-11 Families: Investigate Murdoch In U.S.

July 13, 2011 2:00 pm ET by Media Matters staff

Politico's Elias Groll reports today that "angry family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks on Wednesday called for a U.S. investigation into allegations that journalists at the British News of the World tabloid sought to hack the phones of their lost love ones."

From Politico:

"Someone should look into it to see if their rights were violated - the family members I've talked to are appalled, they're disgruntled, they have to relive the pain all over again," Jim Riches, a former deputy chief in the New York Fire Department whose 29-year-old fireman son was killed in the attacks, told POLITICO.

"I think they crossed the line. They're trying to get messages from loved ones in the last moments of their lives. It's horrible, and they should be held accountable. It's despicable and unethical," Riches added.

Sally Regenhard, vice chairwoman of 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters & World Trade Center Victims, said that she also supports an American probe and added that the latest allegations come at a particularly hard time for victims' families.





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    • Author by Imbecile (July 13, 2011 2:18 pm ET)
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      I wonder how the patriotic Fox News (News Corp) supporters will defend this. I can't imagine what it must be like to have to decide between 9/11 victims and your master, especially when your master has all along told you to revere all things 9/11 at all costs.*




      *Their exit out may be that 9/11 victims and their families are not to be revered if they contradict Fox News, any of its employees, or any product wholly or partially owned by News Corp.
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      • Author by nerzog (July 13, 2011 2:21 pm ET)
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        I think they've already dealt with that contingency. Wasn't it O'Reilly who viciously attacked the son of a 9/11 victim because he opposed the Iraq War? If I'm not mistaken, Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter have attacked the 9/11 families, as well.
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        • Author by ToastBakery (July 13, 2011 2:53 pm ET)
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          If you lost a loved one to 9/11 and don't agree to the GOP bloodlust and/or their politics, you would be attacked by the very same people who claim to stand and speak for the same victims. They only care about them because they mean persuadable votes. Party over country indeed.
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      • Author by highlyunlikely (July 13, 2011 2:41 pm ET)
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        Well, I'm waiting for Boulderhippy to say Murdock apologized in the UK so why doesn't he simply do it here?
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      • Author by MiddleAmerica (July 13, 2011 3:33 pm ET)
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        I admittedly have not followed this story closely so correct me if I'm wrong. News of the World is a gossip rag and did the hacking. Fox is a legit, right leaning news organization and has not been implicated in the hacking scandel.

        Seems like left-wing extremeists are using the 2 organizations interchangably to score petty political points.
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        • Author by cst (July 13, 2011 3:38 pm ET)
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          [Fox is a legit, right leaning news organization ]
          And we may get the fun of seeing them try to prove that in a court of law.
          Of course, they ALREADY went to court to defend their right to NOT tell the truth... and won.
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        • Author by highlyunlikely (July 13, 2011 3:40 pm ET)
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          You are wrong though the jury is out on whether you'll ever bring yourself to admit it, assuming you ever come to understand it.

          Boulderhippy does naivety in its purest form.
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        • Author by Matt2003 (July 13, 2011 3:47 pm ET)
             
          Radical right-wing extremeists [sic] always believe in guilt by association when it comes to the Left/Pro-Americans. Apparently that doesn't hold true when your radical right-wing extremeists [sic] are the ones exposed as the criminal. IOKIYAR
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        • Author by Persia (July 13, 2011 3:48 pm ET)
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          What a surprise. You are desperately trying to defend Murdoch's criminal enterprise.
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        • Author by eb (July 13, 2011 3:51 pm ET)
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          News of the World is a gossip rag and did the hacking. Fox is a legit, right leaning news organization

          Fox, especially its featured and recently featured pundits, certainly dish it out like a gossip rag. Same with the morning show.
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        • Author by JoeSixpack (July 13, 2011 3:56 pm ET)
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          Fox is a legit, right leaning news organization

          Bwah hah ha! Ok, I take back what I said the other day. Once in a while, conservatives can do comedy. Too bad it's almost never on purpose.
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        • Author by shaggles (July 13, 2011 4:08 pm ET)
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          What left wing extremists are you referring to? The 911 families? Cause they're just asking for NOTW to be investigated in the US.
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        • Author by bintx (July 13, 2011 4:12 pm ET)
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          Fox is not a "legit, right leaning news organization." Fox is not a news organization in any way, shape or form. It's tabloid television.

          Ever notice the similarities in Fox's website and that of the National Enquirer?
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          • Author by Imbecile (July 13, 2011 4:47 pm ET)
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            With one major difference: one of those organizations was recently nominated for a Pulitzer...and it wasn't Fox.
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        • Author by pete592 (July 13, 2011 4:24 pm ET)
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          "I admittedly have not followed this story closely"
          Which is impossible anyway if you're watching Fox.
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        • Author by bintx (July 13, 2011 4:24 pm ET)
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          Actually, thinking and intelligent people are paying attention to the real news. See, it's the parent corporation, News Corp. which is being questioned, not just Fox. News Corp. outlets all over the world are being investigated, including those in Australia. The Sunday Times is being investigated as well as The Telegraph, I believe. News International, the UK division of News Corp. which is run by Murdoch's son, James, is under fire and, rumor has it, may be shut down completely. Les Hinton, the head of the Dow Jones Company and publisher of the Wall Street Journal, both Murdoch entities, is also implicated.

          This is a system wide problem, hoosier. The investigation has nothing to do with your stupid us v. them game. It has to do with criminal activity being committed in the name of "journalism."
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        • Author by Imbecile (July 13, 2011 4:45 pm ET)
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          Your comment is not surprising in the least.

          But, one question, if I may: you call News of the World a gossip mag and Fox News a legit news organization. How did you make both determinations?
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        • Author by raddave43 (July 13, 2011 5:34 pm ET)
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          FUX and legit are two words that should never be used in the same sentance. The point is both are owned by the same man, who's morals have been called into question.
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      • Author by karenkat (July 13, 2011 7:14 pm ET)
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        To Imbecile (!)

        If the outFoxed moonbats are masters at anything, it's cognitive dissonance*.

        It's how they can believe that the only "true" Americans are Christians - and Jews, now that it's politically mandatory per the neocons - even though it's self-evident that Americans as a group are so much more varied. But who ever accused the Grover Norquists of being too nuanced? Or nuanced at all?

        The creatures who maligned the WTC victims and their families have their own reserved section of Hell waiting for them; imagine having to spend eternity eating lunch with Joe Lieberman (retch!!!) and the angelic Dick Cheney...

        All cynicism aside, I fervently hope that this Murdoch WeaselGate will break the rigid partisan divide in America and at least let us unite together, against it. All we need --- is for the FauxNews viewers to say, "Hey, wait a minute...", realize they've been hoodwinked all these years, and run the Murdochs back to Oz. Revoke his citizenship and exile the fool!!!


        * - after projection, another maddeningly obtuse & pathological response from the neocons & neolibs.
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    • Author by nerzog (July 13, 2011 2:19 pm ET)
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      I'd love to see what's under that rock.
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    • Author by mk3872 (July 13, 2011 2:31 pm ET)
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      Is this where O'Keefe learned that phone hacking is really just "investigative journalism" ?

      Let us not forgot that O'Keefe and Breitbart were hailed as geniuses by the MSM ...
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    • Author by cakesphere (July 13, 2011 2:36 pm ET)
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      I can't even begin to fathom the sort of sh*tstorm that will unfold in the U.S. if 9/11 victims had their phones hacked.
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      • Author by ToastBakery (July 13, 2011 2:58 pm ET)
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        Imagine if the White House or the Pentagon got hit. The 9/11 victim hackings are indeed very disgusting and wrong, but causing a national security crisis in the US will cause Murdoch's entire empire to shatter beyond repair.
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    • Author by congero6189599 (July 13, 2011 2:40 pm ET)
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      But,but,but,Faux has the highest ratings!
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    • Author by MiddleAmerica (July 13, 2011 3:28 pm ET)
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      Why limit the investigation to Murdoch held organizations?
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      • Author by Bongo Fury (July 13, 2011 3:32 pm ET)
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        Ah yes..The old--they do it too gambit. Sorry Charlie. Off topic and stupid doesn't play here.
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      • Author by cst (July 13, 2011 3:42 pm ET)
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        [Why limit the investigation to Murdoch held organizations?]
        Totally valid question. Here's one in return: With the shadow of the biggest scandal (AND criminal investigation) in journalistic history hanging over their corporate head, why shouldn't Fox News be EMBRACING the chance to have an open public investigation that would clear their name?
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      • Author by highlyunlikely (July 13, 2011 3:42 pm ET)
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        when another organization is reasonably suspected of wrongdoing, there'll be a separate investigation, Boulder.
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      • Author by cakesphere (July 13, 2011 3:45 pm ET)
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        Shoo, the adults are talking.

        "Everybody does it" is not a valid defense for anything. The whole "if everyone jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?" argument and all that.
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      • Author by Matt2003 (July 13, 2011 3:49 pm ET)
           
        What other organizations have been implicated in phone hacking of 9-11 victims?

        We'll wait for your answer.....
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      • Author by bintx (July 13, 2011 4:14 pm ET)
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        Why? Because they're the ones who got caught with their pants down, hoosier. They're the ones who committed the crimes and tried to cover them up.
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      • Author by pete592 (July 13, 2011 4:25 pm ET)
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        Because the buck stops with him.
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    • Author by FNC Liberal (July 13, 2011 6:58 pm ET)
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      The families of 9/11 victims should boycott future appearances on Fox News and their supporters like Limbaugh, Levine and Hannity.

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