THE NEW, HUGGABLE FCC

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION FINDS MURDOCH VIOLATED FEDERAL LAW -- THEN GIVES HIM A KISS

Family gatherings don't often take place in the bland hearing rooms of the Federal Communications Commission, but last week Rupert Murdoch showed up with his wife, daughter and son-in-law and grabbed front-row seats. When his daughter Elisabeth began showing off baby pictures, a grinning Murdoch joked, "Hey now, cut that out."

Suddenly, an investigation that had imperiled Murdoch's ownership of his Fox network -- a probe he once dubbed a "witch-hunt" -- had become a family affair. And the five commissioners did nothing to change the mood, voting unanimously to endorse a resolution that could soon free Murdoch to resume terrorizing...

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