Murdoch's World

Murdoch's World

The Last Of The Old Media Empires

Book - 2013
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"NPR's media correspondent delves into the most influential media company in the world, News Corporation, showing how Murdoch survived the corruption scandal that nearly tore it apart In July 2012, testifying before a British parliamentary inquiry about the News of the World telephone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch experienced what he called "the most humble day of my life." Murdoch seemed certain to lose control of the monolithic news company he had built from a single Australian daily. The drama was all the more remarkable because of his unrivaled political and cultural influence worldwide, through Britain's take-no-prisoners tabloids, the top-rated Fox News Channel, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Within months, Murdoch, bloodied but not bowed, reasserted his hold by splitting News Corp into two companies. The summer's stories of the jockeying among Murdoch's children and corporate lieutenants to succeed him were silenced; what promised to be the second half of King Lear never unfolded. News Corp marched on, its king aging but firmly on the throne. In Murdoch's World, David Folkenflik tells the story of how News Corp survived this tumultuous chapter, and of the man who makes the news, literally: Rupert Murdoch"--
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610390897
Branch Call Number: B MURDOCH
Characteristics: viii, 373 pages ;,25 cm


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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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