No, Rupert, Jews Do Not Control The Press
Ever since Rupert Murdoch opened a Twitter account nearly a year ago, media journalists have been working overtime to cover the ecosphere of chatter that has built up around his incendiary tweets and the inevitable backlash that follows. The latest Twitter-born gaffe by the chairman and CEO of News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA) took place over the weekend, when Murdoch, who has been weighing in on the escalating Israel-Gaza conflict, tweeted , “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?” The tweet provoked an impassioned response, both on Twitter and by journalists who saw the comment as odiously anti-Semitic. CNN’s Howard Kurtz called it a “shameful slam,” while the Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart blasted it as “dumb and offensive” to both journalists and Jews. Murdoch apologized for the tweet a few hours later, clarifying that his comment was not aimed at specific journalists: “‘Jewish owned press’ have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don’t see this, but apologise unreservedly.” Nevertheless, some media outlets — including the Daily Beast, CNN and Variety — have theorized that Murdoch’s tweet was aimed at the New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), whose chairman and publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., is of Jewish descent. Murdoch has not been coy about his desire to take down the Times (News Corp…MORE
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