July 22, 2011 10:18 am ET by Eric Boehlert
One week ago, Rupert Murdoch’s longtime aide, Les Hinton, was forced to resign as publisher of theWall Street Journal because of the central role he’d been playing for years in News Corp.’s unraveling phone-hacking scandal. Hinton’s resignation, unthinkable just four weeks ago, signaled the severity of News Corp.’s woes in America.
Now another Murdoch publisher, Paul Carlucci, who oversees the New York Post, may be facing renewed questions from prosecutors about his business past and what role he played in a News Corp. computer hacking scandal that unfolded right here in the U.S.
The allegations were part of a larger anti-competitive practices scandal that has already cost Murdoch’s company hundreds of millions of dollars in legal setbacks and settlements, and a scandal that highlights what appears to be a culture of corruption inside News Corp.’s American operations. It’s a culture that flies in the face of Murdoch’s insistence that the hacking at his British tabloid represented an isolated incident.