Man Bites Murdoch – A Rollicking Good Read

11 03 2012

Man Bites Murdoch by Bruce Guthrie

The Media Trial of The Century found Murdoch Wanting

The history of Australian newspapers over the past half century as told through the eyes of Bruce Guthrie is a great read – particularly if you like seeing Rupert Murdoch exposed for what he is. In Man Bites Murdoch the media baron is clearly exposed as a member of the rarefied elite manipulating the world by cynically appealing to low-brow sensibilities. If you were ever wondering who are the 0.1% – the Mega Wealthy Amoral Oligarchs pulling stings to set the agenda for their own ends then Murdoch fits the description. And there’s some justice in it – The Media Trial of The Century found Murdoch Wanting

Man Bites Murdoch is a must read for anyone interested in behind the scenes stories and inner workings of print media in any so-called Western democracy. While the names and places focus on Australia and mainly Melbourne one suspects you could transplant the story to any major Western Capital. What stands out is the pressure on newspaper Editors to resists – or indeed succumb to – Big Business interests and political interference.  The book reveals Rupert Murdoch to be a man who demanded and inspired sycophantic followers among his executives and a man who disdained any kind of serious intellectualism in both the running and in the content of his media empires. Of course this will come as no surprise to many. It is however revealing in light of more recent events. Namely the closure of News of The World amid the stench of institutionalised corruption so foul that Murdoch was forced to appear before a select committee and humble himself in front of the cameras and therefore the world. See video mashup below.

One of the defining moments of Man Bites Murdoch is Bruce Guthrie’s account of a now infamous gathering of the Murdoch executive at Aspen Colorado in 1988. A presentation to the assembled coterie by Tom Petrie Editor of The Sun in London revealed stories of chequebook journalism, general skulduggery and ultimately heavy lifting of rival paper’s stories . . .For anyone who took journalism seriously it was appalling. When Murdoch asked for questions Bruce Guthrie courageously enquired Do you have any ethical framework at all at the London Sun? As Guthrie reports it this produced shouts of derision, raucous laughter and general hysteria. Murdoch himself intervened at the time saying I would have thought it’s news if the captain of the English cricket team is taking barmaids up to his room the night before a test match. Murdoch later remarked to Guthrie’s Australian boss Ken Cowley I see we have aFairfax wanker in our midst. 

Well now . . .i see we have a Mega-Wealthy elitist owning a huge slab of the global media  and fronting parliamentary committees in London declaring it to be The most humble day of his life – in our midst. I wonder how that could have happened? Of course just as Murdoch testified in front of the world, he knew nothing of all the hacking of telephones, emails and huge payouts to those adversely affected early in the scandal. Well after all Murdoch is a man of unimpeachable integrity isn’t he?  Well maybe he is but in this country The Media Trial of The Century found Murdoch Wanting

According to – We have nothing more to say about the emporer and his wideranging posse of arselickers, apologists, liars, warmongers, free marketeers, racists, anti-intellectuals, religious bigots and sexists – from his readers and advertisers, to his fascist mates in the establishment and our political leaders. That makes a lot of sense actually. In fact The Media Trial of The Century found Murdoch Wanting



One response

15 03 2012

An excellent synopsis of an oligarch.

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