Monday, August 15, 2011

The Murdoch Touch: My Latest Northside SF Column

My Common Knowledge column in the latest issue of Northside San Francisco magazine:
Les Hinton (photo by Sonya Abrams)
The Murdoch Touch 
By John Zipperer 
People like me, who grew up not only in newspaper-reading households but also in families of newspaper editors, almost instinctively mourn the death of any paper. Even weak papers or politically obnoxious papers still earn our respect when they expire. 
But I don’t think many people outside Britain mourned the News of the World when owner Rupert Murdoch’s son, James, announced in July that the U.K. paper would abruptly cease publication. The paper was sacrificed in the wake of a massive and ongoing scandal that has engulfed Murdoch’s media empire, the rest of the British news media, and Britain’s leaders – who have for decades looked for the support of Murdoch’s conservative papers.
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