How Murdoch’s minions hacked a US firm’s computers—and how Chris Christie made the scandal go away

News Corp.’s Soft Power in the U.S.
Published: Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 4:30 a.m.

Over the last month, many Americans watched from a distance in horror or amusement as it became evident that the News Corporation regarded Britain’s legal and political institutions as its own private club.

That could never happen in the United States, right?

As it turns out, a News Corporation division has twice come under significant civil and criminal investigations in the United States, but neither inquiry went anywhere. Given what has happened in Britain with the growing phone-hacking scandal, it is worth wondering why.

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