MURDOCHRACY: How To Win Friends And Influence A Justice Department Investigation Of News Corp

Murdoch_Uncle_Sam.jpg GAWKER: News Corp has a much-anticipated quarterly earnings call today, following yesterday’s board meeting. The one (and only) real agenda item is to figure out how to move past the devastating UK phone hacking scandal—which means making sure it doesn’t spread to America. Fortunately, News Corp has something going for it: best friends! MORE

TIME: The man tapped by Rupert Murdoch to oversee News Corp.’s internal probe of wrongdoing by the company has some elite qualifications. Viet Dinh went to Harvard and Harvard Law School, clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, served as assistant attorney general early in the Bush administration, co-authored the Patriot Act, and now teaches corporate law at Georgetown University Law Center. He also is best friends with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, who is leading the U.S. investigation into the company. […] It is unclear whether either Dinh or Bharara considered recusing himself from the investigations because of their friendship. Dinh declined to be interviewed for this story, as did Bharara. MORE

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