Murdoch's World

Murdoch's World

The Last of the Old Media Empires

Book - 2013
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"Explains how the man behind Britain's take-no-prisoners tabloids, who reinvigorated Roger Ailes by backing his vision for Fox News, who gave a new swagger to the New York Post and a new style to the Wall Street Journal, survived the scandals [throughout his career]--and the true cost of this survival"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781610390897
Characteristics: viii, 373 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Last of the old media empires


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May 07, 2018

The Murdock Empire reached tens of millions of people in the English-speaking world, in fact greatly influenced what information they received and how they received it. News International (and all the other names) operates like a mob organization with one family in control and everybody answerable to the patriarch, who controls everything. Like the mafia, the Murdocks push aside legal boundaries and make no bones about ruthlessly eliminating the competition while greatly cheapening the companies they acquire.

Reading the book in 2018 I couldn’t help but see the close parallels to the Trump Organization and family. Both Rupert Murdock had fathers who built a business and handed them off to their sons. But Rupert’s father, Sir Keith, was an honorable businessman while Trump’s father, Fred, was definitely not. Both Rupert and Donald has three wives (Murdock is now on number four), some of them not from their home country. Both had three children, two boys and one girl, who the father’s tried to set up in related businesses. note: the Trump thing is my input, not Folkenflik’s.

Rupert started out with his father’s newspaper in Adelaide, Australia and grew it into an international behemoth dominating the sleeze market for newspaper publishing, TV and movies in the UK and US. His ruthless tactics, however, were so extreme that two of his children, Lachlan and Elizabeth, rebelled and refused to be the heirs apparent. Only younger brother, James, keeps hanging around hoping to grab the scepter when the old man croaks.

Important reading if you feel politics should be more that popularity contests and TV entertainment fare.


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