Synopses & Reviews
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is the most powerful media organization in the world. Murdoch's commercial success is obvious, but less well understood is his successful pursuit of political goals, using News Corp as his vehicle. David McKnight tracks Murdoch's influence, from his support for Reagan and Thatcher, to his attacks on Barack Obama and the Gordon Brown government. He examines the secretive corporate culture of News Corp: its private political seminars for editors, its sponsorship of think tanks, and its recurring editorial campaigns around the world. Its success is reflected in the fact that the campaigns are familiar to us all: small government and market deregulation, skepticism on climate change, support for neo-conservative adventures such as Iraq and criticism of all things "liberal." While the phone hacking crisis and possible bribery charges have tarnished his reputation, Rupert Murdoch's influence is far from finished.
"David McKnight has managed to write something that is at once original, courageous, realistic, and fresh."- Robert Manne, professor of Politics, La Trobe University
"David McKnight gives us the tools to work out where we stand—and what unites rather than divides us—as the struggle to defend our democracy begins in earnest."—Margo Kingston, author of Not Happy John
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is the most powerful media organisation in the world. Murdoch's commercial success is obvious, but less well understood is his successful pursuit of political goals, using News Corporation as his vehicle.
In Murdoch's Politics David McKnight tracks Murdoch's influence, from his support for Reagan and Thatcher, his deal with Tony Blair and attacks on Barack Obama. He examines the secretive corporate culture of News Corporation: its private political seminars for editors, its support for think tanks and its global campaigns on issues like Iraq and climate change.
Including analysis of the phone hacking crisis, possible bribery charges and Murdoch's appearance at the Leveson enquiry, this book is a highly topical study of one of the most influential and controversial figures of the modern age.
A historical and political analysis of the future of education in today's digital world of technological transformation and revolution.
About the Author
David McKnight is an associate professor at the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is the award-winning author of Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War(2005) and worked as a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald and ABC TV's prestigious investigative programme Four Corners.
Table of Contents
1. Crusading Corporation
2. The Outsider
3. At the barricades of the Reagan Revolution
4. Gate crashing the British establishment
5. Orthodoxy in the blood
6. Outfoxing the liberals
7. The reign of the Sun King
8. The road to Baghdad
9. False dawn on climate change