Look who’s talk­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Though many jour­nal­ists im­pose their views reg­u­larly in bi­ased po­lit­i­cal cov­er­age, on [July 31] the broad­cast net­works framed Ru­pert Mur­doch’s ac­qui­si­tion of the Wall Street Jour­nal around what agenda the ‘con­tro­ver­sial’ Mur­doch will ‘im­pose,’ the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter’s Brent Baker writes at www.mrc.org.

“Lead­ing into pro and con sound bites, CBS’s Kelly Wal­lace de­scribed Mur­doch as ‘a con­ser­va­tive who put his im­print on the New York Post and brought top­less women to the Sun in Lon­don. His crit­ics say he may not im­pose tabloid on the Jour­nal, but will im­pose his point of view.’

“NBC’s An­drea Mitchell de­clared Mur­doch ‘deeply con­ser­va­tive,’ but noted he’s also a ‘prag­matic’ man who has been ‘a sup­porter of lib­eral politi­cians.’ Mitchell re­layed how Mur­doch in­sists he ‘does not mix pol­i­tics and busi­ness,’ but ‘still, some are skep­ti­cal.’ The lib­eral Ken Auletta of the New Yorker con­tended Mur­doch ‘of­ten’ uses ‘his me­dia to ad­vance ei­ther his busi­ness or his po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.’

“Over on ABC, af­ter a sound bite from Auletta about how Mur­doch’s pol­i­tics in­flu­ence his publi­ca­tions, David Muir wor­ried: ‘For that rea­son, this has turned into a painful de­ci­sion’ for the fam­ily that owns the WSJ. ‘Sell for $5 bil­lion? Or is that sell­ing out? There were [. . . ] fears in the news­room.’ On screen, a WSJ head­line: ‘Fear, Mixed with Some Loathing; Many Re­porters at Wall Street Jour­nal Fret Over Mur­doch’s Ar­rival.’ ”

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