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The phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed British newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch is now making waves in the United States as well, according to a media critic and former commentator for Fox News. Jeff Cohen, an associate professor of journalism and director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, says this is a defining moment for the chairman and CEO of News Corporation.

"I’ve followed Rupert Murdoch for years, and he often stumbles but never seems to fall. He has befriended or intimidated politicians in countries across the world to get his way — from China to England to the U.S. He was the first truly global media mogul. Who knows how high up the scandal may reach?"

Cohen, whose books include "Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media" and "Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News," founded the media watchdog group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) in 1986.