- Post 02 May 2012
- By Newsbusters.com
They've tried and failed repeatedly to install the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" as a means of using the government to silence conservatives, now a George Soros-connected "ethics" group is taking another route to censorship.
The Hill reports that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is asking the Federal Communications to cancel Fox's broadcasting licenses in the United States because of the phone hacking scandal involving a newspaper owned by a sister company utterly separate from it in the United Kingdom.
Calling CREW merely an “ethics watchdog group,” The Hill reports that CREW “sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on Tuesday, arguing that U.S. law states that broadcast airwaves shall only be licensed to people of 'good character' and used 'in the public interest'.”
CREW wants the FCC to revoke broadcast licenses for the 27 stations the Fox network owns in the United States. Rupert Murdoch heads News Corp., the parent company of Fox. Murdoch's former newspaper, News of the World, is under investigation in England for allegedly bugging phones in order to obtain stories.
CREW's letter to the FCC asserts the phone hacking scandal in Great Britain is evidence of a "significant character deficiency" that could disqualify Fox from holding a license in the United States. Because no Fox/News Corp. media companies in the United States have been charged with any criminal wrongdoing or involvement in the phone-hacking scandal, the CREW crew make their argument a personal attack on Rupert Murdoch and his family, saying “the Murdochs clearly do not have the requisite character to retain their broadcast licenses.” ... continues...