Australian politics, society & culture

Rupert Murdoch

Talking about the narcissistic national daily only encourages it
By Margaret Simons
Rupert Murdoch, 2012 © Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters
The political empire of the News Corp chairman
By Robert Manne
By Mungo MacCallum
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By Mark Latham
In a 361-page work, one would have expected these people to be identified and dissected – outed for their unsavoury contribution to left-wing aloofism. There is, after all, little point in throwing around labels unless they can be supported by detailed research, giving examples of the offending elites and the things
A frustrated politician: Rupert Murdoch in 1985. © Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis & Rupert Murdoch after facing the Leveson inquiry, 26 April 2012. © Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
By Monthly Wire
John van Tiggelen.
By John van Tiggelen
Rupert Murdoch after facing the Leveson inquiry, 26 April 2012. © Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Rupert is finally reaping what he sowed
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Murdoch’s Tweets of Doom
By Peter Conrad
Lachlan Murdoch prepares to see his father, London, July 2011. © Paul Hackett/Reuters
Lachlan Murdoch and News Corp
By Paola Totaro
A frustrated politician: Rupert Murdoch in 1985. © Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis
David McKnight’s 'Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Power'
By David Marr
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
By Eric Ellis
Deng Wen Ge - she changed her name to Wendi in her mid-teens - was born in Shandong around the time that her future husband was buying London's News of the World. One of three children, she grew up in neighbouring Xuzhou as a Subei ren - a vernacular term for the robust, rosy-cheeked folk of northern Jiangsu province
By Sally Warhaft
‘Is that the truth, or is your News Limited?' Last month, while this magazine celebrated its second birthday, Australia's pre-eminent media group, Fairfax, spiked a story profiling Wendi Deng Murdoch that one of its editors had commissioned. We don't yet know all the facts behind the Fairfax decision, but we do know
By Margaret Simons
The Hyatt is an historic hotel, or what passes for one in this young city, and the front of the building is heritage-listed so the doormen have to fit in. The uniforms are a gesture to some idea of what a servant might have worn back in the 1920s, when power first came to settle in Canberra, the sort of gesture that
How a lovestruck teenager, an angry man and an ambitious baron made sure bad news was no news on the path to Iraq
By Robert Manne
Four months later on January 17, 2003, the Hobart Mercury was singing the standard Murdoch tune:History is littered with the victims of tyrants and the tattered reputations of those who failed to take a stand against them … There may be some disquiet in the Australian community about the Howard Government’s enthusiasm
By Malcolm Knox
On May 11, 1989, the worst team to leave Australia was playing the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s. One of the worst team’s worst bowlers, Mervyn Hughes, was fielding a few steps from where I sat on the boundary. England welcomed Hughes, an antipodean caricature well known for his handlebar moustache and risible Big