As left-leaning interest groups call for U.S. authorities to investigate News Corp. amid the phone hacking scandal in Britain, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) is calling for the "appropriate agencies" to investigate to "ensure that Americans have not had their privacy violated."

Rockefeller, who is the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a statement that the News of the World phone tapping "raises serious questions about whether the company has broken U.S. law, and I encourage the appropriate agencies to investigate to ensure that Americans have not had their privacy violated.

"I am concerned that the admitted phone hacking in London by the News Corp. may have extended to 9/11 victims or other Americans. If they did, the consequences will be severe," he said in a statement.

Rockefeller has been critical of the news media, particularly Fox News and MSNBC with their partisanship, and even mused last year about wanting the FCC to shut the networks down.

 

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