Wolff: Murdoch likely 'livid' over dead monkey 'toon
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Friday February 20, 2009

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It could be over for New York Post editor Col Allen.

After Wednesday's publication of a cartoon depicting what many believe to be President Obama as a dead ape shot down by police, the ensuing protests were swift.

Friday's "non-apology," as MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann called it, could be the last straw for Rupert Murdoch, the international media baron and owner of News Corporation. Olbermann's guest Thursday night, author Michael Wolff, confessed he believes Murdoch to be privately "livid" over the cartoon, likely drawing nigh a "serious moment" in the newspaper's history.

"I think this doesn't involve Rupert Murdoch," said Wolff. "The secret here and the really interesting development is Rupert Murdoch is not happy with this. I would say actually slightly educated speculation is he is livid. This is not what Rupert wants. This is not where he wants to be. He is actually a rather a fan of Barack Obama's plus he's positioning himself vis-a-vis this new administration so his New York Post to come along and be so out of sync, so tone deaf, so off the point to put it mildly is going to be a problem for a lot of people there."

Wolff is the author of "The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch."

"... The person who is in trouble is the editor of the paper, Col Allen. And Col Allen, who is a long time Murdoch associate, very close to the Murdoch family, has pushed it too far. I think this is a serious moment in the history of the New York Post."

"So how does this end up?" asked Olbermann. "Obviously, if he's upset they are not going to ignore it. Does there some point in the future Col Allen disappear? Is there a private apology?"

"I think he's disappeared," said Wolff. "Col Allen is coming to the end of his run. He has spoken about his, the possibility of going back to Australia. This is part of an exit. I think Col has been deeply frustrated with the fact that Murdoch likes Barack Obama. That Murdoch is actually becoming in his old age rather liberal and I think he's been under a lot of pressure, Col has, toe the line, say nice things about Barack Obama."

"That is the internal," said the host. "Is there any external or will we never hear from this again from Rupert Murdoch's lips or anybody else in the Post?"

"We will never hear of it," said Wolff. It's that interesting Newscorp thing, they can close down and since they don't respond to outside pressure. The outside world does not exist. They will pretend. It will close down. Never again.

"...It will go from Murdoch's ears and maybe one other person's ears and it will just happen. But never again. In no Murdoch publications around the world will this ever surface."

This video is from MSNBC's Countdown, broadcast Feb. 19, 2009.

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