Attacks on Murdoch Intensify as Dow Jones Sale is Rumored
As the rumors of the takeover surfaced on July 6, the journalistic assault on Murdoch has continued.
Dean Starkman of the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) has led a crusade against the buyout. Since negotiations were announced in April, Starkman has written 16 stories criticizing the possible deal.
CJR, which labels itself as “a watchdog and a friend of the press,” has published 18 altogether – none favorable. A CJR editorial compared Murdoch to a “scorpion” its July/August editorial. “Memo from The Audit to the Dow Jones board and the Bancrofts: Don’t do it,” wrote Starkman in a June 26 post entitled “Pitiful.”
Almost the entire genre of professional media publications and watchdogs has been critical of the deal. Joe Strupp of Editor & Publisher called Murdoch a home wrecker.
“Putting in controls for what Murdoch can do with the Journal is like selling a landmark house and stipulating that it can never be painted a certain garish color or get covered in aluminum siding,” wrote Strupp. “If Murdoch buys this house, don’t be surprised if he replaces a few windows, knocks down couple of walls, and paints it a color the former owners will hate.”
Some Wall Street Journal reporters, acting in the name of “quality” journalism, demonstrated their bias against Murdoch by staging a half-day walkout on June 28 to protest the News Corp. deal.