Daddy Issues

“Across the English-speaking world, the family’s outlets have helped elevate marginal demagogues, mainstream ethnonationalism and politicize the very notion of truth. The results have been striking. It may not have been the family’s mission to destabilize democracies around the world, but that has been its most consequential legacy … To see Fox News as an arm of the Trump White House risks missing the larger picture. It may be more accurate to say that the White House — just like the prime ministers’ offices in Britain and Australia — is just one tool among many that this family uses to exert influence over world events.” In the NYT Mag, Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg go deep on what is in many ways the story (and storyteller) of our time. How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire Of Influence Remade The World. “Murdoch and his children have toppled governments on two continents and destabilized the most important democracy on earth. What do they want?” (That quote is not all that different from some of the notes sent home from my kids’ school…)

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