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Rupert Murdoch’s Fight for Power

“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.

April 29, 2012 12:34 PM