Robert Murdoch's imperial reachFrom: email@example.com
Apr 03 2019 14:23:39
Media power has historically accrued slowly, over the course of
generations, which is one reason it tends to be concentrated in
dynastic families. The Graham family owned The Washington Post for 80
years before selling it to Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos. William R.
Hearst III still presides over the Hearst Corporation, whose roots can
be traced to his great-grandfather, the
mining-baron-turned-United-States-senator George Hearst. The New York
Times has been controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family for more than a
century. The Murdoch empire is a relatively young one by comparison,
but it would be hard to argue that there is a more powerful media
family on earth.
The right-wing populist wave that looked like a fleeting cultural
phenomenon a few years ago has turned into the defining political
movement of the times, disrupting the world order of the last
half-century. The Murdoch empire did not cause this wave. But more than
any single media company, it enabled it, promoted it and profited from
it. Across the English-speaking world, the family’s outlets have helped
elevate marginal demagogues, mainstream ethnonationalism and politicize
the very notion of truth. The results have been striking. It may not
have been the family’s mission to destabilize democracies around the
world, but that has been its most consequential legacy.
RS Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>