Rupert Murdoch's State-Side Influence

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A British Parliamentary committee's report on Rupert Murdoch has declared that the 81-year-old News Corp. CEO "is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company." The move was a blow to Murdoch's media empire, which has considerable influence in the U.K.

Murdoch's influence in the United States, for example, is undeniable. Through properties like Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, Jess Todtfeld argues that Murdoch has democratized the media landscape and given voice to different points of view.

Todtfeld was a Fox News producer for 13 years. He now owns a media training company. While not necessarily a Murdoch defender, Todtfeld believes that Murdoch's willingness to invest in the news represents a unique point in the American media landscape.


Jess Todtfeld

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]


Can a producer for The Takeaway explain, how it is that we've gotten a half-dozen stories this week on News Corp in Britain, but not a single mention of the controversy over Elizabeth Warren's curious use of Native-American status in connection with her employment, and not a single mention of Dan Savage's outrageous language that caused high school students to walk out of one of his speeches -- ironically on the subject of bullying?

These are editorial choices that, had the party affiliations of the subjects been changed, I assume WOULD have been given extensive coverage by The Takeaway.

May. 02 2012 08:53 AM

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