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Rupert Murdoch: “Jewish Owned Press” Should Be More Pro-Israel

Rupert Murdoch isn’t pleased with the way the media is covering the military action in Gaza:

In yet another round of the media mogul who tweets, Rupert Murdoch is raising eyebrows again. On Saturday night, the News Corp chief executive took to the micro-blogging service to ask: Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?”

The fervently pro-Israel mogul had written other tweets Saturday criticizing press coverage of the Gaza conflict. “Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious,” he tweeted. “Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment.” He then wondered: “Can’t Obama stop his friends in Egypt shelling Israel?” Following these musings, the Huffington Post’s UK political directo Mehdi Hasanwondered, also on Twitter (of course), “Who is the bigger Twitter troll these days? Donald Trump or Rupert Murdoch?”

Peter Beinart responds:

Factually, the allegation is absurd. If you define “anti-Israel” as hostility not merely to one particular Israeli policy or leader, but to Israel itself, then there’s zero evidence that, say, The New York Times has been “anti-Israel” even in its coverage of the current Gaza War, let alone “every crisis” Israel has ever been involved in.

But Murdoch’s tweet is more than just dumb. It’s also offensive, both to journalists and Jews.

It’s offensive to journalists, because it implies that institutions of the “press” should reflect the ideological biases of their owners. Reading Murdoch’s tweet, it would be logical to conclude that he believes that any newspaper he owns should reflect his right-wing views, even in its news coverage. The Federal Communications Commission might want to consider that when evaluatingMurdoch’s reported bid to buy the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Murdoch’s tweet is offensive to Jews, because he’s suggesting that when it comes to Israel, media owners who are Jews should let their Jewishness guide their journalism. In the last couple of years, some on the left have gotten into trouble for using the phrase “Israel firster,” thus implying that some American Jews place loyalty to Israel above individual conscience or loyalty to the United States. Murdoch seems upset that Jewish media owners are not Israel firsters. He wants their tribal loyalty to a Jewish state to trump their professional obligation to oversee fair-minded, unbiased journalism.

Well, what do you expect? This is the guy who created an American cable network dedicated to spewing propaganda all day.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

Comments

  1. SKI says:

    Oy.

    What a schmuck.

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  2. DC Loser says:

    I understand Murdoch very well. That is why his Phoenix TV network in Hong Kong is so pro-China since his wife’s Chinese and she has lots of business connections on the mainland.

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  3. DC Loser says:

    More on Murdoch and Phoenix TV.

    http://icwhatyoumean.blogspot.com/2010/10/murdoch-and-chinese-phoenix-television.html

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  4. The Worlds Biggest Lie says:

    Who runs and rules it all and who prints the dough?

    “The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization.” Otto von Bismark (1815-1898), German Chancellor, after the Lincoln assassination

    History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.-James Madison

    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”–Thomas Jefferson

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  5. The Worlds Biggest Lie says:

    When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”– Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1815

    If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks…will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. – Thomas Jefferson in the debate over the Re-charter of the Bank Bill (1809)

    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”
    -Adolph Hitler
    Homosexuality?

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  6. Rob in CT says:

    “Anti-Israel” and “anti-semite” have been defined down to such an extent as to make the allegations laughable. It’s sad.

    Biggest Lie: take your meds.

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