Black calls the kettle Rupert

Cardinal Conrad

It is dif­fi­cult to think of any­one less like­ly to offer an objec­tive assess­ment. Con­rad Black on why Rupert Mur­doch is a “great bad man”.

Although his per­son­al­i­ty is gen­er­al­ly quite agree­able, Mr Mur­doch has no loy­al­ty to any­one or any­thing except his com­pa­ny. He has dif­fi­cul­ty keep­ing friend­ships; rarely keeps his word for long; is an exploiter of the dis­com­fort of oth­ers; and has betrayed every polit­i­cal leader who ever helped him in any coun­try, except Ronald Rea­gan and per­haps Tony Blair. All his instincts are down­mar­ket; he is not only a tabloid sen­sa­tion­al­ist; he is a mali­cious myth-mak­er, an assas­sin of the dig­ni­ty of oth­ers and of respect­ed insti­tu­tions, all in the guise of anti-elit­ism. He mas­quer­ades as a pil­lar of con­tem­po­rary, enlight­ened pop­ulism in Britain and sen­si­ble con­ser­vatism in the US, though he has been assid­u­ous­ly kiss­ing the under­car­riage of the rulers of Bei­jing for years. His notions of pub­lic enter­tain­ment and civic val­ues are enshrined in the car­toon tele­vi­sion series The Simp­sons: all pub­lic offi­cials are crooks and the pub­lic is an igno­rant lumpen­pro­le­tari­at. There is noth­ing ille­gal in this, and it has amus­ing aspects, but it is unbe­com­ing some­one who has been the sub­ject of such wide­spread def­er­ence and offi­cial prefer­ments.” Extract from FT.com

But, since “there is noth­ing ille­gal in this…” what is Black’s rea­son for throw­ing mud at Mur­doch? Injured “inno­cence-by-asso­ci­a­tion”? Doesn’t work for me.

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