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New York Times Magazine staff writer Jonathan Mahler and media reporter Jim Rutenberg teamed on a colossal, three-part investigation of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire (and family drama), using the elderly mogul’s sale of his 21st Century Fox empire to Walt Disney as the catalyst for an incredibly noxious hit piece on Fox News, which is accused of virtually everything wrong with the world.
The tone is amazingly ideological and personally hostile, perhaps the most virulent and conspuiracy-minded attack on Fox News ever issued by the paper, certainly the longest one, against some stiff competition. It reads more like a paranoid left-wing screed from The Nation or In These Times than it does content for an objective newspaper.
Wednesday - Morning - Print - Release - April
It was posted Wednesday morning for a presumed print release in the April 7 edition of the Sunday Magazine.
The story’s sample plate of sorts, summarizing the massive story’s top-line arguments, was repugnant enough: “6 Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Rupert Murdoch and His Family.” The subhead: “Using 150 interviews on three continents, The Times describes the Murdoch family’s role in destabilizing democracy in North America, Europe and Australia.”
Summary - Liam - Stack - Reporter - Hostility
The summary is by Liam Stack, a reporter whose anti-conservative hostility sticks out even at the paper (see how he twisted a religion study to mock conservatives):
Here are some key takeaways from The Times’s investigation into the Murdoch family and its role in the illiberal, right-wing political wave sweeping the globe.
Fox - News - Pull - Republican - Party
Fox News has long exerted a gravitational pull on the Republican Party in the United States, where it most recently amplified the nativist revolt that has fueled the rise of the far right and the election of President Trump.
Mr. Murdoch’s media outlets have promoted right-wing politics and stoked reactionary populism across the globe in recent years.
Stack - Report - Family - Succession - Squabble
As Stack summarized, report focused heavily on the family succession squabble between...
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