Watson Defends Hacking Report

    Opposition Labour member of parliament Tom Watson (C) speaks during the launch of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee report entitled "News International and Phone-Hacking" at a press conference in London on May 1, 2012. The British parliamentary report said that News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch had showed "wilful blindness" over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid and was not fit to run a major company. The report also singled out former News International executive chairman Les Hinton, former legal manager Tom Crone and the News of the World's final editor Colin Myler as having all misled the committee. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT        (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

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    British M.P. Tom Watson, the man who has led the investigation into hacking allegations at News Corp., fired back Wednesday at critics of the findings that Murdoch is not “fit and proper” to run the media conglomerate. While some Conservative members of the committee have claimed Watson “hijacked” the report and made it “partisan,” Watson dismissed the criticism, saying “that’s exactly what they said when we did the report in 2009. So it’s no surprise that they’ve repeated the line this time around.” Meanwhile, satellite broadcaster BSkyB scrambled to prove to British regulators that it is “fit and proper” following Murdoch’s censure, and a U.S. watchdog group called for a review of Murdoch’s immensely profitable Fox News.

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