All social, political and economic policies and debates are communicated through our media. Therefore, the breadth of our democratic experience is largely defined by the structure of the media and its content.
A scandal that began with The News of the World's hacking of Prince William's voicemail, to ascertain, of all things, that he had borrowed an editing deck from a friend at a rival news organization, has spread to potentially thousands of individuals.
We demand that the FCC review all broadcast licenses granted to News Corp. to determine whether they meet the agency's "character qualifications." If investigations result in criminal convictions, News Corp. should forfeit its licenses to use our airwaves.
Media professionals should not squander the opportunity to take note of the more profoundly damaging scandal that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has wrought. That is the damage it has done to their profession and to the institution of journalism itself.