After Rupert Murdoch’s Recent Scandal Can Anyone Trust Fox News?

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Fox News has a huge following in this country. Formed in 1996, Fox News has quickly developed into one of the most watched and trusted news stations. Many folks in Mississippi who are friends of mine swear by Fox News’ “fair and balanced” approach to news. Let’s just cut to the chase: Fox is the conservative “yang” to CNN’s “ying” and Mississippi is a very conservative state. Nothing wrong with that.

However, after the recent phone hacking scandal that rocked Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, how can anyone trust Fox News? Wait, you ask, how does Rupert Murdoch have anything to do with Fox News? Well, Mr. Murdoch happens to own Fox News along with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. News speculation has already surfaced that indicates U.S. authorities may be investigating Murdoch’s U.S. companies.

For those unfamiliar with the allegations against Murdoch in England, his newspaper company, News of the World, has been charged with bribing police officers for information and tapping telephones (maybe with police assistance). Mr. Murdoch has denied any knowledge of this but has acknowledged that it occurred during a hearing in front of Parliament today. Mr. Murdoch even got cream pied by a protestor.

This could get really messy for Fox News. If Mr. Murdoch is unaware of what’s going on at his newspapers, maybe he’s also uninformed about what’s going on at his other media outlets as well. Gonna be some interesting days ahead for Fox News and company.

Charles R. “Chuck” Mullins has been a “fair and balanced” (for the most part) attorney for almost 17 years. Read more about him at the Coxwell & Associates website.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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