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Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch Has No Idea Why He’s Apologizing For His Anti-Semitism

by David Badash on November 19, 2012

in Discrimination,News


Fox News and News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch Saturday attacked the “Jewish owned press” for they way the press — Jewish and non-Jewish — is covering the Gaza conflict.

Murdoch, for the record, is Christian.

Media Matters’ Matt Gertz explains why this is even more ugly than it seems:

The Anti-Defamation League writes of the “anti-Semitic lie” that “Jews control the banks, the media, and the government”:

This myth originates with The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, a proven forgery. The forgery continues to promote the stereotype that Jews own the banks and control the media. The reality is, in societies, like the United States, individuals who identify as Jews have succeeded. But in almost every other country where Jews have lived, they have been a small minority and experienced centuries of persecution.

The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinert writes that Murdoch’s comment is offensive to journalists as well as to Jewish people and suggests that Murdoch believes reporters for his publications should conform their reporting to his political views:

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 FCC might want to consider that when evaluating Murdoch’s reported bid to buy the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Murdoch himself became the target of the press and pundits for his ugly attack, and offered in response this faux apology:

So, Murdoch is apologizing but has no idea why, other than to make his first offense disappear.

Which means there’s neither remorse or understanding of the offense.

In May, as regular readers will remember, British MPs (members of Parliament) released a lengthy 125-page report stating Rupert Murdoch ”is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company.”

Apparently, they should have included tweeting.

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