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Murdoch Speaks

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If you are going to read one article on Rupert Murdoch's impending takeover of the universe The Wall Street Journal, then (surprisingly enough) Eric Pooley's Time magazine cover story is the best of the lot. This is in large part because the Australian mogul decided to cooperate with Time, whereas he rebuffed Ken Auletta and The New York Times.

This was particularly interesting:

"CNN is pretty consistently on the left, if you look at their choice of stories, what they play up. It's not what they say. It's what they highlight." (CNN, which is also owned by Time Warner, hotly disputes this charge.) Then he mumbles conspiratorially, "And if you look at our general news, do we put on things which favor the right rather than the left? I don't know." Has Murdoch just said what I think he said? Has he flirted with an admission that Fox News skews right? If so, he quickly backs away. "We don't think we do. We've always insisted we don't. I don't think we do. Aw, it's subjective. Neither side admits it."

--Isaac Chotiner

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