A committee in Britain's Parliament has decided that Rupert Murdoch is unfit to run an international corporation. And what experience do these men have that entitles them to make such a statement?
Six members of a 10-lawmaker committee believe Murdoch is responsible for a phone-hacking scandal that has rocked his British media group and say he "is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company."
According to the report, "News International and its parent News Corporation exhibited willful blindness, for which the companies' directors — including Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch — should ultimately take responsibility."
Had the lawmakers left it at that, they'd get little argument. The leadership has to accept responsibility.
But for the lawmakers to claim that the 81-year-old Murdoch should not be running a global enterprise such as News Corp. goes too far.
Five of the six committee members who endorsed the 85-page report are from the Labour Party. The sixth is a Liberal Democrat. The committee's four Conservatives, seeing a political hit job, refused to support it.
The crusade against Murdoch was led by Tom Watson. A seasoned businessman? Hardly.
Aside for some background in marketing and advertising, he's been a virtual career politician, working as a political adviser for a labor union and the Labour Party itself before he was elected to Parliament. He hasn't even run a fish-and-chips stand, much less a business that employs tens of thousands and has global reach.
Yet he thinks he's qualified to judge Murdoch.