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The politics of a meddler's news empire

Volume 18, Issue 2

October, 2012

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Marr, D. (2012). The politics of a meddler's news empire. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(2): 182-185. Review of Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power, by David McKnight. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2012, pp. 296pp. ISBN 978 1 74237 352 2 (pbk).
Author(s): David Marr
Reviewed book by David McKnight
Publication date: 
October, 2012

Australian journalists have a sad history of going off to Washington to be ruined. They leave home the hope of the side but after a visit to the boiler room and a peek into the furnace they return enthralled by American ambitions and dream of becoming players in its games of power. Rupert Murdoch was one of these. Visiting Washington in 1972, the young tycoon fell under the spell of Richard Nixon and was never the same again.
The flip-flops ended.