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One cannot, even facetiously, describe this account of Rupert Murdoch’s life and the most influential media empire in the history of the English-speaking world as “fair and balanced.“ It is neither. But it is entertaining and informative, sometimes dauntingly so (as in the organizational details), though tilting more than slightly from that objective center that Murdoch’s American broadcast news outlet, Fox, characterizes itself as being. Folkenflik, the media correspondent for NPR, has encountered Murdoch’s world in that capacity and, formerly, when he was with the Baltimore Sun, and he has developed the contacts and style that make this reportage fascinating and credible. In covering the variety of media acquisitions and operations in Australia, the UK, and the U.S., Folkenflik—writing in the midst of the disclosures of hacking and the ensuing scandal, bloodletting, and criminal charges—portrays the corporate culture behind them. He describes the internecine wars, often familial, within an organization that, however much it claims to encourage autonomy, is consistently an extension of the man at its head, the Australian “buccaneer,” Murdoch. --Mark Levine

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“Entertaining and informative…Folkenflik, the media correspondent for NPR… has developed the contacts and style that make this reportage fascinating and credible.”—Booklist

“Folkenflik lucidly and effectively sorts out the complicated phone-hacking story and its political ramifications.”—Kirkus

Murdoch's World is bolstered by deep reporting, including scores of interviews, and laced with delicious anecdotes.”—Los Angeles Times

“I'm not sure I've seen a more apt capturing of Roger Ailes, a hardcore ideologue, the creator of one of the great anti-fact engines in the history of American life but at some level at [his] core someone who knows how to create and loves great television above all else.”—Josh Marshall, publisher of Talking Points Memo
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161039089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610390897
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very engrossing narrative that is informative, sobering, and chilling. The book reflects the author's own reporting over many years on the aggressive Murdoch news/entertainment empire as well as research done specifically for the book. It has an extensive bibliography and has meticulously annotated page notes documenting sources that occupy about a fourth of the entire book. There is also a detailed index that works with the Kindle.

This reader was aware of some of the excesses of the news media of Murdoch's empire, both in the US and the UK. However he did appreciate the depth of the depravity that is documented in detail by this book for activities in the UK that ultimately resulted in the closing of News of the World in England, after 168 years of publishing.
* Widespread hacking of telephone voicemail boxes (thousands) to gain tidbits for publishing. The targets ranged from royalty like Prince Charles, close relatives of former prime ministers, MPs, celebrities like Hugh Grant, to more ordinary people: people who had been killed in the 2005 bus and subway bombings, British soldiers killed in Afghanistan or Iraq, and during the police hunt the phone 13 year old girl who had been murdered.
* Scotland Yard kept and ignored extensive documentation of hacking activity.
* Bribing the police to gain confidential information on people's whereabouts or phone numbers to hack.
* Blackmailing a person into giving interviews.
* Following MP members of investigative committees by private investigators who were looking for dirt.
* Tit-for-tat or undue influence with politicians at the highest levels of the UK government.

Unsavory activities in the US had some surprises, but they are not on the scale of what happened in the UK.
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A valuable accounting of Rupert Murdoch's career of subverting the foundations of democracy and civilisation. The book shows how powerless the institutions of democracies are to resist the corrupting influence of power-mad media tycoons like Murdoch. Where are the checks and balances against such power? What is to prevent another power-mad media tycoon from taking over where Murdoch left off and finishing off democracy once and for all. Though we all probably agree that democracy cannot survive without an informed and educated populace, what if it is not in the interests of the media owners to have an informed populace? What if it is in their interests instead to systematically misinform the populace? Who is going to stop them? Who can silence Murdoch's army of shouting bullies like OReilly and Hannity? The book makes one think about the vulnerability of democracy to media demagoguery and its uncertain future.
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No matter ones politics this is a great book that looks into how the news is delivered and the many back stories that the public never sees. I especially liked the parts that dealt with the PR machines of the various corporations. The author fills the book with lots of anecdotes so it reads very quickly. I don't know how I feel about Murchoch in the end... part genius part antagonist part involved citizen. Fascinating read on what makes news.
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This is a very insightful book as to what news stations do to promote their own agenda. They will stop at nothing to get their version of the news out to the people...I highly recommend this book!!!!
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folkenflick has a very engaging style, as he presents disturbing old and new details in a relaxing way - just look at the chapter titles: RUPERT IN OZ, FAIR AND BALANCED, THE FLYING MUSLIMS [an amazing chapter on the transitioning of juan williams from NPR correspondent to Foxnews "correspondent"], AILES SEEKS A LEGACY.

the heart of this book is the story of the crash landing of many murdoch european media ventures leading to the rapid descent of (USA) newscorp. > against the backdrop of the Foxnews journalistic disgrace called coverage of the 2012 election. all the overstuffed parrot puppets hit the deck hard...dick morris watched from the fair and balanced cafeteria or wherever, clutching his already packed briefcase, while rove ran about the studio, looking for the fratboys who said, sorry, it's all over. bright spot, megyn kelly handled the whole two reeler with dignity and humour. the same kind of mania which had enveloped murdoch's british "family" a wile earlier, as they saw their calculated misdeeds pass before their eyes, on the way to unemployment, the slammer, or both.

there's an hilarious passage about mr. ailes own hysteria, trying to locate a fair and balanced (?) biographer. this dude gets a raise because his station did not deliver Romney-Ryan. go figure.
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In the interest of full disclosure, I know David from high school, so I was anticipating this book for awhile. Regardless, Murdoch's always been a fascinating character, and especially after the phone hacking scandal I was hoping to see this kind of comprehensive treatment of him. I was really impressed with the depth of research and level of insider information that David brought to this effort, and he's got a great breezy writing style. It didn't take me long at all to finish, and I was always eager to pick up where I left off. The focus of the narrative is on Murdoch's effort to continue his dynasty through his children, and how the escalating scandals made that increasingly difficult. I can recommend this book without reservation to anyone who has even a passing interest in the subject.
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