Rupert Murdoch’s Fight for Power

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Rupert Murdoch (L) looks to his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, as they are driven from The Royal Courts of Justice after he gave evidence to The Leveson Inquiry on April 26, 2012 in London, England. This phase of the inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press in the United Kingdom is looking at the owners of various media groups. The inquiry, which may take a year or more to complete, comes in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that saw the closure of The News of The World newspaper in 2011  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    “For the past 30 years, the Murdoch empire has sought to undermine and destabilize elected governments, and independent regulators,” writes Labour peer David Puttnam in an op-ed for The Guardian. The pursuit of greater power for his media empire has long driven Murdoch’s maneuverings, Puttnam says, arguing that the mogul’s outlets propagate a political stance that “is in the end nothing less than a sophisticated attempt to optimize the power and influence of News Corporation and its populist, rightwing agenda.” According to Putnam, Murdoch is an opportunist when it comes to his political allies, attracting them with the massed allure of his media conglomerate, then dropping them when they become liabilities.

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