Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Their master's voice.
What a guy! You have got to admit that Rupert Murdoch is one canny press tycoon because he has an unerring ability to choose editors across the world who think just like him. How else can we explain the extraordinary unity of thought in his newspaper empire about the need to make war on Iraq? After an exhaustive survey of the highest-selling and most influential papers across the world owned by Murdoch's News Corporation, it is clear that all are singing from the same hymn sheet. Some are bellicose baritone soloists who relish the fight. Some prefer a less strident, if more subtle, role in the chorus. But none, whether fortissimo or pianissimo, has dared to croon the anti-war tune. Their master's voice has never been questioned.
This strikes me as slightly disingenuous. Murdoch owns a fleet of newspapers. Of course the News Corp family is going to sing daddy's song. I would fully expect them to. I'd expect the same of the Fairfax group and the Guardian group too.