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Hong Kong gossip has it that the first time Wendi Deng met her future husband Rupert Murdoch, she accidentally-on-purpose spilled red wine on his trousers. Recounted by the Australian journalist Eric Ellis, the story is probably apocryphal, but it still captures something important: she is the sort of person other people like to tell stories... Read More
Like my friend Taki, I sympathize with Rupert Murdoch in his time of travail. Not only has Murdoch seen his lieutenants dragged off to jail after their assorted misdeeds, but the president of News Corporation was physically assaulted on July 19, after an abusive grilling by the House of Commons, as he was trying to... Read More
CounterPunch Diary
Was there ever a luckier clan than the Bancrofts, whose elders okayed the $5 billion sale of the Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. on Tuesday. There’s been some solemn talk about the Bancrofts’ “stewardship of this national institution” since they acquired the Dow Jones company a century ago. In fact the Journal... Read More
"I Am Thy Father's Ghost" A Journey into Rupert Murdoch's Soul
It has been astounding that a world-scale monster such as Rupert Murdoch has thus far fared well at the hands of his various profilists and biographers. Criticisms of him have either been too broad-brush to be useful, or too tempered with Waugh-derived facetiousness about press barons. Murdoch is far too fearsome an affront to any... Read More
The Megalomania of Rupert Murdoch The London Trip of a Global Tyrant
LONDON. This city is now recovering from the November visit of a global tyrant, on whose rampages the sun never sets. His name is not George Bush but Rupert Murdoch. Bush, acknowledged as their legitimately elected leader by at least some of his fellow citizens, presented so frail a political physique that it seemed faintly... Read More
A lot of people profess scorn for Rupert Murdoch. Fine: There's nothing like having your enemies underestimate you.
DESPITE RUMORS TO THE contrary, Rupert Murdoch was not interested in buying the Washington Star before Time Inc. decided last month to fold it. Similarly, Murdoch has not joined such newspaper combines ad Knight-Ridder, Dow Jones and the New York Times Co. in their eagerness to pay multiples of asset values for cable television properties.... Read More