The New York Times spent six months, including more than 150 interviews, to create a three-part series attacking the Murdoch family and Fox.
Keep in mind that DaTimes gave us the Jayson Blair affair, Judith Miller’s over-the-top reporting on Iraq, and partisan accounts opposing the Trump presidency.
Moreover, Fox is far from the biggest organization on the information block. It ranks a distant fourth behind AT&T, Comcast, and Disney.
But DaTimes thinks Fox is a bully. “Mr. Murdoch and his feuding sons turned their media outlets into right-wing political influence machines that have destabilized democracy in North America, Europe, and Australia.”
Furthermore, DaTimes says that the probe looks at how Murdoch and his family have created an “illiberal, right-wing political wave sweeping the globe.”
Here is the indictment from last week’s series:
–“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.”
Note: nativist is the new way to call someone a racist.
–“Mr. Murdoch’s newspaper The Sun spent years demonizing the European Union to its readers in Britain, where it helped lead the Brexit campaign that persuaded a slim majority of voters in a 2016 referendum to endorse pulling out of the bloc. Political havoc has reigned in Britain ever since.”
Note: DaTimes doesn’t like Brexit or the election of Donald Trump or democracy when voters go against the news organization’s wishes.
–“And in Australia, where his hold over the media is most extensive, Mr. Murdoch’s outlets pushed for the repeal of the country’s carbon tax and helped topple a series of prime ministers who agenda he disliked, including Malcolm Turnbull last year.”
Note: DaTimes thinks climate change is the most important issue in the world after Trump.
After reading the series, I didn’t learn anything new. Most of the “revelations” have been often discussed in many other news outlets.
Here’s a taste of DaTimes’ own medicine.vIn a scathing analysis of the DaTimes upon the naming of the umpteenth generation to lead the news organization in 2018, media critic Jack Shafer wrote, “With all the pomp one associates with the crowning of a king the Times and its competitors sound the drums and blast the trumpets to mark the passing of the publisher’s scepter.” See the full story at https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/01/14/sulzberger-new-york-times-unsolicited-advice-216315
It’s rather ironic that Shafer pointed out the bad decisions made by the Sulzberger family and the good ones made by the Murdoch family. “it’s not the Ochs-Sulzbergers’ fault that they might not be the best owners for the paper’s future. These days a lot of businesses need more of a financial cushion than a family fortune can provide. Even multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch saw the sense in selling his film studio this year  when he realized he didn’t have the resources to compete with the likes of Disney, Netflix, and Amazon.”
Here’s my suggestion for DaTimes: Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.