Schanberg: My Murdoch essay from 2007 has a timeless quality

Romenesko Letters
Sydney Schanberg writes:

Dear Jim, This is a piece I posted on my now-dormant blog (“Schanberg Reports”). To me, it has a timeless quality — thought you might be interested.

An excerpt:

To any journalist in New York – or any regular newspaper reader for that matter – it was clear that Rupert Murdoch was a rough-riding business pirate intent on expanding his empire, one who would say or do almost anything to get his way. His rightist political ideology was real, but he generally made it secondary to his primary crusade – his search for profit, power and the most elusive goal of all, respectability. He was not satanic or even a demon; he was merely a human, modern-day robber baron.

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  • Anonymous

    As a youngish reporter in London, while freelancing for The Sunday Times in 1985, I was annoyed that the salsa singer and politician Ruben Blades refused me a backstage interview because I was working for a Rupert Murdoch paper. He wanted no association with the editor Fleet Street had branded “The Dirty Digger” and who went on to break the print unions.  He was on to something.