Opinion: Murdoch is Bravest Media Owner

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch pauses as he delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform on October 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  Rupert Murdoch was the keynote speaker at the two-day National Summit on Education Reform.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    Rupert Murdoch has been “the bravest and most radical media owner in Britain in the last 40 years,” William Shawcross argues. Despite the phone-hacking scandal that has damaged Murdoch’s reputation, Shawcross writes that newspapers in Britain would not have been as successful or as varied without him, pointing out that Murdoch saved them from “the greedy print unions” and revived the Times Newspapers after he purchased that fledgling company.  “In the eyes of those who hate him, Murdoch’s real crime is to have challenged liberal conventions in the US and here,” Shawcross concludes.

    Read it at The Guardian