Murdoch Says NY Times Publishes ‘Anything Obama Wants’

Rupert Murdoch - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007. Source: World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org) (CC)

Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black? I mean come on, Rupert, it’s not as if your newspapers and TV networks (Fox News Channel fuhchrissakes) don’t have a very obvious bias. From TheWrap.com:

News Corp. Chairman-CEO Rupert Murdoch described himself as “maybe a radical” Tuesday night and accused the New York Times of being too close to the Obama administration.

“I have great respect for the Times, except it does have very clearly an agenda,” Murdoch said in an interview at the National Press Club in Washington with Marvin Kalb. “You can see it very clearly in the way they choose their stories, what they put on Page 1 — anything that Mr. Obama wants.”

Murdoch, whose Wall Street Journal soon will start to more directly compete with the Times by publishing a sections that covers New York also denied he has a personal tiff with Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the bottom of whose face was used to illustrate a recent Journal story on “feminine-looking” men’s appeal to women.

“I never saw it [in advance],” said Murdoch of the illustration. “I never noticed it. I think 99.9 percent of readers didn’t notice it and then someone did and it got written about in blogs. I know who did it. It was done as a joke. He [Sulzberger] should have a life. Come on.”

In the wide-ranging discussion for a program to be broadcast on public television, Murdoch also denied he was a Republican or that his Fox News Channel unfairly presented a conservative viewpoint.

“We have both sides in our news shows, our politics or whatever,” Murdoch told Kalb. “We have Democrats and Republicans and whatever.”

Asked by Kalb about how that compares with rival networks, Murdoch said, “They tend to be Democrats. Let’s be honest about it.”

“Is that a bad thing to be Democrats?” asked Kalb.

“No, but we aren’t Republicans,” said Murdoch.

Asked to explain what he was if not a Republican or a conservative, Murdoch replied, “Maybe a radical. Somewhere radical I would say.”…

Photo of Rupert Murdoch courtesy of World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org) (CC)

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  • James J

    Right, he's not a republican, fox hasn't got a conservative bias, the sky isn't blue, guns don't fire bullets, and bulls don't shit. I can't imagine who he thinks he's fooling, or why he would even bother.

  • tonyviner

    Just another in a long line of reasons proving that Australians are not to be trusted. Remember when Heath Ledger died? He let a lot of people down with that one.

    • oman28

      As an Australian I would love to read this “long line of reasons”. I haven't had a good laugh today.

      • dumbsaint

        No one warned him about the drop bears when he came to visit

      • tonyviner

        1. Wolverine is Canadian
        2. South Australia was founded as a free colony, as were Western Australia and Victoria, which eventually began to accept convict settlers. Virtually nobody in the West knows this therefore it must be Australia's fault
        3. “Stolen Generations” – While most Americans might admire this particular series of events, I find it disgusting.
        4. That's a knife!
        5. You have a town named for Charles Darwin, but that is between you and God
        6. The koala is not actually a bear
        7. AC/DC
        8. Australia has a very generous and advanced immigration program. As an American I do not understand this.
        9. The adult literacy rate in Australia hovers around the 99% mark. Once again, as an American I shudder at the thought.
        10. Australia has a number of successful Labor Parties. Can we have one?
        11. Lady Chatterley's Lover

        • oman28

          LOL! Thanks for your time

        • E.B. Wolf

          What?
          You mean Chopper didn't even make the list?

          • tonyviner

            12. All things Eric Bana

            Sorry for the mix-up.

          • oman28

            Are you kidding? Chopper's a legend. He should be Prime Minister. Or perhaps Australian ambassador to the US…?

        • 5by5

          12. That's a grill, numbnuts, not a “barbie”. A Barbie is a plastic doll a Sheila plays with.

    • E.B. Wolf

      Very Intuitive. As a native Australian I can assure you that all Australians are liars.

      • Guy Fawkes

        That’s what I like about you.

  • Borgar

    Murdoch is evil, and I wish him hell.

  • 5by5

    Murdoch is much more comfortable with having his news organization tell the White House what to do, rather than the White House telling a news organization what to do.

    It's crazy upside-down world!

  • Dwight Bobson

    Anyone buying his words as truth do not know their history. If he can't turn journalism into tabloid for money, it has no value to him.

  • Raymond Wiley

    INXS was awesome, they make up for Wolverine being Canadian. What Wolverine has to do with Australia, I don’t know…

  • Raymond Wiley

    INXS was awesome, they make up for Wolverine being Canadian. What Wolverine has to do with Australia, I don't know…

  • Guy Fawkes

    That’s what I like about you.

  • Guy Fawkes

    News Corp and Rupert Murdoch Land
    They write and publish what you want to read. Unless it’s really the truth and that can be uncomfortable.

  • Guy Fawkes

    News Corp and Rupert Murdoch Land
    They write and publish what you want to read. Unless it’s really the truth and that can be uncomfortable.

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