The FBI has agreed to meet with the families of 9/11 victims to investigate allegations of phone hacking in the United States.
According to a lawyer for one such family, relatives of 9/11 victims are scheduled to meet with FBI director Robert Mueller and the U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to discuss the allegations, CNN reported on Wednesday. No specific date has been set for the meeting, the lawyer said.
Several lawmakers have pressed Holder to launch an investigation into News Corp.’s operations, after allegations about the paper’s hacking of 9/11 victims’ families surfaced in the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. The FBI investigation was launched late last week.
It is positive development that in addition to ongoing probes in the UK, the FBI has launched an investigation into the conduct of News Corp. employees. These inquiries must allow for a full public airing of the behavior of these irresponsible news outlets. If criminal behavior is found to have occurred, I hope those liable are prosecuted.
However there is also a need for a broader conversation about how the media has fallen down on its responsibilities — not by tapping the phones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crimes and terrorist attacks – but by failing to insure the public is truly informed about the most pressing issues of the day.
Gore, of course, has been locked in battle with News Corp. lately over its subsidiary Sky Italia’s decision to drop Current TV. Gore claimed that the channel was dropped because it hired Keith Olbermann, a frequent News Corp critic, but News Corp insiders told The Guardian it was because the two sides couldn’t reach a commercial agreement. - POLITICO
I think that, frankly, I am the best person to clean this up.