Rupert Murdoch apologizes for slamming ‘Jewish owned’ media

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, November 19, 2012 12:03 EDT
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Billionaire media baron Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation, apologized “unreservedly” on Sunday for a comment he made criticizing “the Jewish owned press.”

Though Murdoch didn’t specify which media outlets he was talking about, he accused them of pitching an anti-Israeli framing of the conflict. “Why is the Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?” he asked on Twitter.

In an earlier post to his Twitter account, the owner of the Fox News Channel specifically cited The Associated Press and CNN for what he called “bias to the point of embarrassment.”

After a full day of criticism, he backed off the comments on Sunday, insisting that his critics have misrepresented his comments. “‘,[sic] Jewish owned press’ have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters,” he wrote. “Don’t see this, but apologise unreservedly.”

This video is from Bloomberg TV, aired Monday, November 19, 2012.


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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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