In July 2012 Rupert Murdoch experienced what he called “the most humbled day of my life” (he misspoke – he meant “humbling”) when he was testifying in front of a British Parliamentary inquiry into the activities of his British newspapers and was assailed by a man carrying a paper plate full of shaving foam. It seemed that he was within weeks of losing control of the business he had amassed and unquestionably loved but within six months it was as if it had never happened. News International’s share price was robust, Murdoch’s control unquestioned and he had promoted a bold division on News into two companies, one focusing on digital and TV, the other on print. There had been casualties – the flame-haired Rebecca Brooks faced a prison sentence; Prime Minister David Cameron was embarrassed; and the News of the World was shuttered. But the company in general, and Murdoch in particular marched on relentlessly to the sound of its own song, the News Internationale, as it were.
Murdoch has changed the landscape of news in Australia, first, Britain and now America. Always controversial, he has also overseen an talent pool of newspapermen and women that are the envy of their rivals. Murdoch may not be liked, but he is respected. His competitive instincts are second to none. And in Fox TV, he owns America’s most fearlessly disruptive popular cable station. So much has happened in the Murdoch story that it’s amazing that almost five years have passed since the last full biographical treatment. NPR News’s David Folkenflik brings us up to date with the ongoing greatest story of all time: the man who makes the news, literally: Rupert Murdoch.
About the Author
Award-winning journalist David Folkenflik has been NPR's media correspondent since 2004. He previously covered media and politics for the Baltimore Sun and edited the 2011 book, Page One: Inside The New York Times and the Future of Journalism. He has covered Murdoch and News Corp extensively and has been a frequent commentator on the hacking scandal in both the U.S. and the U.K.
"Entertaining and informative...Folkenflik, the media correspondent for NPR... has developed the contacts and style that make this reportage fascinating and credible."--Booklist "Folkenflik lucidly and effectively sorts out the complicated phone-hacking story and its political ramifications."--Kirkus "Murdoch's World is bolstered by deep reporting, including scores of interviews, and laced with delicious anecdotes."--Los Angeles Times "I'm not sure I've seen a more apt capturing of Roger Ailes, a hardcore ideologue, the creator of one of the great anti-fact engines in the history of American life but at some level at [his] core someone who knows how to create and loves great television above all else."--Josh Marshall, publisher of Talking Points Memo
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st October 2013
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.612