Rupert Murdoch stuck his nose into press coverage of Israel and just "asked," in a tweet yesterday, "Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?" Then, after a bit of an outcry, Murdoch apologized via another tweet today, "',Jewish owned press' have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don't see this, but apologise unreservedly."
As Media Matters noted, the phrase "Jewish-owned press" is something of an anti-Semitic dogwhistle about Jews controlling banks and the media. But to me, what's objectionable is that there's a whole lot of heckuva nerve going on there.
Apparently, controlling his own media empire is not enough for Murdoch. He thinks he should have a say in what all the other ones do and how they report it. And his beef is not with their methods of coverage but with their political slant - as he perceives it.
But most insulting to me, as a Jew, is his suggestion that he knows what Jews' political views should be, even though he's not Jewish. And then not understanding why Jews are offended!
Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) November 18, 2012
",Jewish owned press" have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters.Don't see this, but apologise unreservedly.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) November 18, 2012
Note to Rupert
Keep It Up!
Ok, going now.
He’s definitely getting more blatant, though- even at his absolutely