The New York Times v. Fox

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The New York Times v. Fox

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/​m​a​g​a​z​i​n​e​/​s​t​o​r​y​/​2018​/​01​/​14​/​s​u​l​z​b​e​r​g​e​r​-​n​e​w​-​y​o​r​k​-​t​i​m​e​s​-​u​n​s​o​l​i​c​i​t​e​d​-​a​d​v​i​c​e​-​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 [2018] 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.

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 [2018] 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.